The report from Robert Gordon University is not as outdated as are many such exercises. We have the picture up to last April when, we are told, there was a low level of involvement by both primary and secondary teachers in IT and a low quality of usage. That is hardly encouraging, given the intensive promotion of technology as a learning tool in teacher training and teaching practice.
No doubt, the laissez-faire approach of the past few years has not helped, with plenty of rhetoric but not much more. There is clearly nothing wrong with national ambitions and general enthusiasm: last week's Scottish Office conference had those in abundance. But like much else associated with the Government's largesse, the effects of the pound;62 million National Grid for Learning and a pound;20 million teacher training programme will take time to filter through. The Robert Gordon research ought to be required reading in the meantime.