Monthly Archives: September 2008

East Lothian Glow update: FRiday 26th Sep 08⤴

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  • Around 50% of the mentors have come forward with potential projects, and names of other interested staff.
  • Secondary staff accounts have been checked for potential duplicates with accounts already created elsewhere, and these staff contacted by email to confirm.
  • The remaining secondary staff accounts have been finally approved, so we can now start issuing their passwords.
  • A knowledgeable secondary pupil (Euan Doidge at Preston Lodge) has also been engaged to test out his student account, and identify any snags.
  • Primary school staff and pupils account data is being sent from Phoenix to Glow to get ready to create all these accounts.
  • We’ll be starting to issue passwords today, FRiday 26th Sep 2008, to interested secondary staff.
  • Meetings are now being arranged with Secondary HTs to find out their preferences for Glow deployment in their schools.
  • We have provided a talk to Scottish Learning Festival on lessons learned from edubuzz, to help inform Glow deployment elsewhere.

East Lothian Secondary Staff Glow Accounts Nearly Ready⤴

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Today we’ve completed the final approval step for secondary staff Glow logins.

This means that:

  • the data that’s come over from Phoenix has been checked
  • there are one or two staff we need to check, as they may have accounts from elsewhere that need transferred
  • all the rest of the 500 or so accounts are now being activated, and will be ready to go in 24 hours.

We’ve also approved the first student account, and those of a few admin staff who have already been showing an interest.

If you’re a secondary staff member and would like to start exploring Glow, please contact David Gilmour or Elizabeth Cowan.

First East Lothian students set to get Glow logins⤴

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This is just a quick update to let you know where we’ve got to, and current plans.

We’re ready to start issuing Glow logins to secondary staff and students. The machinery which enables the export of data from Phoenix to create new users in Glow has been tested and is working. It has been used to create accounts for staff and students at all the secondary schools. These are now all sitting waiting for us to pull the lever which generates passwords for the accounts. Once we do that, we’ll be able to print out spreadsheets of passwords, get the scissors out, and issue them. The process is currently continuing with primaries.

Some Glow Groups are starting to appear. An East Lothian level Group has been created, for example, for Phoenix users and another for Probationers.

We need some manageable groups to get started with. I’d like to issue login info to some smallish groups so that I can come and see what happens first hand when the account owners first try logging in and using Glow. Some likely gotchas we know about. For example, new passwords will probably be pre-expired, insist on being changed immediately, but not provide any clues as to what is an acceptable password! The aim is to identify all the issues that arise and learn from them so that we don’t waste time elsewhere.

Can you suggest any groups we should start with? Ideally we want people who are comfortable enough with ICT that they won’t be too fazed if there are teething troubles. We’d like to keep the focus on educational benefits, so it would be great if the groups could be people with particular projects in mind that they think Glow might enable, or help support. An examples might be using a Glow Group as a shared communication space to support a school, inter-school or EL-wide project.

A number of East Lothian staff and schools have been expressing an interest in Glow. There are some with Glow in their development plans, for example.

There’s a “Glow Lounge” at the Scottish Learning Festival. If you’re at the SLF, this offers a “Teachmeet-style” opportunity to drop in and see what people have been up to with Glow elsewhere. For some reason it’s not mentioned on the SLF site, as far as I can see. Google found me another Glow Lounge, though: “an exceptionally funky venue in Clapham” http://www.theglowlounge.com/

Pro/Engineer Wildfire 4 Training⤴

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On Monday Myself and my colleague, Sandy Smith, will be starting 2 days training on PTC’s Pro/Engineer Wildfire 4 CAD Application. We will be the first school in Scotland to trained to use this.

More example images here

The training is being delivered by the wonderfully enthusiastic John Forth.

This an incredibly powerful, professional level package. Its probably used most famously on the Discovery Channel TV Programme, ‘American Chopper’. This is where custom chopper manufacturer, OCC use it to visualise the custom chopper designs and produce the working drawings.

This is being delivered in an extremely interesting way. The software is free but only if the teacher goes through the training and achieves a good level of use. The effect of this is that the use of professional level applications is supported  in school and a base of good skills is supported.

Pro/Engineer Wildfire 4 Training⤴

from @ Islay ICT

On Monday Myself and my colleague, Sandy Smith, will be starting 2 days training on PTC’s Pro/Engineer Wildfire 4 CAD Application. We will be the first school in Scotland to trained to use this.

More example images here

The training is being delivered by the wonderfully enthusiastic John Forth.

This an incredibly powerful, professional level package. Its probably used most famously on the Discovery Channel TV Programme, ‘American Chopper’. This is where custom chopper manufacturer, OCC use it to visualise the custom chopper designs and produce the working drawings.

This is being delivered in an extremely interesting way. The software is free but only if the teacher goes through the training and achieves a good level of use. The effect of this is that the use of professional level applications is supported  in school and a base of good skills is supported.