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One Note Class Creator at Invergordon Academy⤴

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By Gareth Braddick

I am a teacher of English and, more recently, Media at N4 and N5 level. Having read about the use of OneNote Class Creator, I decided to try creating full Media courses, and a supported course for my lower ability S3 English class, within OneNote for the 2015-16 session.

Set Up

The OneNote Class Creator App in Glow makes creating a class notebook straight forward by taking you through the process step by step on screen. Setting up a Glow “sub-site” is less straight forward but if you follow the instructions properly- I didn’t initially and messed up the permissions needed for pupils to access the class notebook- then it all works seamlessly.


I wanted to get up and running fairly quickly with this class so started with adapting current materials. Word files are very easy to transfer into OneNote and the Character Recognition tool allows you to make these editable for the pupils.

Further to simply digitising work, OneNote provides opportunities to supplement current materials with features that will support learners. For example, I inserted video clips that matched each chapter of the novel we had studied, giving pupils a quick reminder of the plot before they attempted an activity.

“Tagging” is also a very useful tool for supporting pupils’ learning. I am using a combination of colour coding and emoticons to give continuous, meaningful feedback with tags. This reassures pupils and gives them motivation.


The final task for the Stormbreaker unit is for pupils to create a newspaper article retelling the story, based on a fictional interview with the central character. Inserting a PowerPoint file, adapted to provide headings, gives pupils quick access to a ready-made template that helps them structure their work.


I am hoping to develop new resources over the summer which will provide richer tasks, involving making connections between video and a written novel.


Firstly, access to a range of media is clearly of great benefit to teachers and pupils, so working in an online environment permanently makes a lot of sense for this course in particular.

I based the unit on the “6 Key Aspects” of Media around a PowerPoint I developed. I inserted slides into pupils’ notebooks and then created tables for them to complete relevant tasks. The tasks involved finding images, analysing images and watching YouTube videos from links.



I intend to contain the whole course within a single Class Notebook, including unit assessments, project work and exam revision. Containing the whole course in one place makes it far easier for pupils and teachers to see how separate course elements fit together and also track results.

The ability to share the work environment with pupils and provide quick feedback has made me a more responsive teacher. Pupils have responded well to feedback and I think this is one of the most powerful reasons for using OneNote Class Creator. I’m looking forward to developing more resources over the coming year and hopefully moving on from adapting resources to developing new types of tasks that are made possible by the use of ICT.


Beith Languages Hub Website⤴

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By Amy Guidi           Beith Primary School            North Ayrshire

I have used a Glow Blog to create a 1+2 Languages web site.

This site has been created to support and facilitate Spanish language learning. Pupils have been writing scripts and recording themselves. These have been published on the website as podcasts. Each podcast included relevant links to websites that can challenge and support the listeners further. Pupils have been responsible for every stage of the podcast process.

I received support from a colleague in Braehead Primary School, in Stirling council and I attended a training session with our local Glow coordinator on the use of Glow blogs and how to customize the site.

I have been working with pupils on this project since mid May 2015 and we have four podcasts available for pupils, parents and staff.

This has had a very positive impact on pupils as they enjoy listening to their peers and are challenged to produce the next podcast for the site. Staff and parents are able to improve and practice their Spanish which has been vitally important in providing people with the necessary supports when introducing a new language across the school.beith 2

Staff have a starting point for Spanish lessons and links to tried and tested website, songs and apps. This has boosted their confidence in delivering Spanish lessons.

This is an ongoing project and I will continue to support learners to produce podcasts on a regular basis. All topics that are taught in class will be covered in podcasts. We hope to include movie clips next session.

The website is available to everyone at


Digital Leaders and Glow tools at St Bernadette’s RC Primary⤴

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John Cloherty, P6/7 teacher and ICT Coordinator at St Bernadette’s RC Primary, Falkirk and the P7 Digital Leaders Niamh Wallace and Molly Rodden explain how they have been using the Glow tools in their school.


St Bernadette’s Primary has 8 classes and a Digital Leader was assigned to each class. They are responsible for trouble-shooting and teaching classes through a skills based approach. There is a poster with a hotline number in each class! Staff and pupils then provide feedback about this approach.

During Digital Learning Week, the Digital Leaders were responsible for organising the week, including writing lesson plans for teaching each class. These had to include success criteria and learning intentions.

Initial training was recieved from Malcolm Wilson at Falkirk Council


The Digital Leaders are responsible for the school blog for their assigned class. Staff use their Glow email to send them pictures and information for inclusion in the blog. This has encouraged other classes to make better use of the tools and to actively seek new ways to use technology with learners. It has also encourage staff to listen to learners and to use their expertise.

The opportunities for collaborative work has been increased. Learners have been able to work together on PowerPoint, each taking responsibility for a different slide.stbs3

During Digital Learning Week, they took part in the collaborative story telling which allowed them to write part of a National story.

The learning has been more pupil led and has allowed personalisation and choice, linked to pupil interests. This ensures learners have ownership of the learning and more confidence, especially when teaching staff. The learners would recommend this approach as it helps to make learning fun. It has also helped consolidate their learning as they can’t forget how to do things when they are sharing with others. They have also learned it is important to be patient and enthusiasm is essential!


Future Use

The Digital Leaders programme will continue into next session and they are busy training the new leaders. It is hoped the Digital Leaders will continue training staff during collegiate times, pupils during class time and introduce some Parent sessions. They also have plans to use Glow Meet for a school TV channel.

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Using OneNote Class Creator at St Mungo’s High School, Falkirk⤴

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Jacqueline Campbell, Computing Science and Lynsey McNamee, Design and Technology have been working with interested staff across the school  using OneNote Class Notebook Creator and Office 365 sites with One Note class notebooks. The full version of OneNote is installed on all machines throughout the school including mobile trolleys with netbooks in every faculty.

How it has been used

In Higher Computing Science, learners have access to all resources through the OneNote Class Notebook, including videos, presentations, web links, etc. Learners can also access this on their own devices through the school’s BYOD policy. In recent weeks other departments have set up their new classes including D&T, Physics and Music.

They have had some support from Malcolm Wilson, Falkirk Council and Ian Stuart, Education Scotland, as well as some online support. Jacqueline is looking to build up a network of support as they move forward exploring new features and to move to the next level of use with OneNote.

This is part of a 3 year School Improvement focussed on ICT to enhance learning. Initially, a group of staff with interest came on board and in the new session, it will be rolled out to other departments.


The approach taken has been to use it as a tool, in particular as a resource that allows collaboration. When teaching, it opens up opportunities for collaboration – learner to learner, learner to staff, staff to staff. Also, it allows continued use at home and also further interaction via discussion and collaborative tasks. Feedback is becoming more meaningful and targeted. In addition, the ability to include all resources in the one place has been invaluable. This has allowed flipped learning opportunities to take place.

Learners themselves identified this approach as a useful study tool as it allowed them anytime access to the resources. They felt it was extremely beneficial in the lead up to exams as it allowed them to have the resources on phones, tablets and PCs. The uptake in different departments was seen as very positive by learners and they are enjoying the increased use of these tools because of the flexibility it gives them. They can now work together more easily, sharing resources and support. Some learners need to go over new work several times – using OneNote lends itself to this, allowing them to get it when they are ready.

This approach is very much part of raising the digital technologies agenda and enabling the use of digital tools to support learning. As it is embedded in the School Improvement plan, this ensures it will remain a high priority.

A school approach to using O365 at Harris Academy⤴

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DHT Peter Murphy and Elaine Hunter, School Librarian explain their whole school approach to using O365 as a communication tool for the school.

Using O365

For practitioners, the daily Please Takes, timetables, room bookings and daily announcements are all kept within the main site. This ensures staff access this daily to keep up-to-date.


Each department has a basic templates, which includes a newsfeed, web-links and document store. All pupils have access to this and are encouraged to use it. The department site is split into sub-sites for Advanced Higher, Higher, Nationals, S3 and S1/2. These are open to all pupils. In addition, each staff member has a page.


Support has been provided from June Jelly, Education Support Officer, Dundee City Council. Over the last year they have introduced it to the staff, including face-to-face training and a very comprehensive help document in electronic format.



Some departments have embraced as a means to share resources with pupils, allowing them to store everything in the one place. Others have begun using the Newsfeed as a way of communicating with pupils.

One department has an active Social Media presence and plan to embed that on the site.

Future Use

This approach ensures that it will be an on-going development, allowing staff to move forward at an appropriate pace. Some staff have requested additional support to enhance their site as they can see the benefits for learning.

There is some support for using templates on the Glow Help community. This outlines the different features available and will allow you to see how to take this forward in your own context. Home.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0


Using OneNote Class Creator for Higher Physics⤴

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 Carrick Academy

Michael Murray, Physics Teacher and school lead for their e-learning community

Carrick Academy has been using OneNote – Class Notebooks with their Higher Class. The full version of OneNote is installed on the Department’s computer suite.

The focus has been on the three tier functionality that the class notebook gives them:

  1. collaboration
  2. individual pupil notebooks
  3. content library

Michael accessed support from the Local Authority but is mainly self-taught. He also used the http://www.onenoteforteachers blog.

The National 5 class began using OneNote last session and continued to use it when they moved into Higher Physics. There were some technical issues to be overcome such as the correct browser, but this was easily put in place. With the release of Class Creator, the Higher class made increasing use of it. It is continually evolving and is being built from both teacher and learners.

The Impact on Teaching

The use of this tool in Glow has meant that it has been much easier for pupils to collaborate on work in a meaningful way and have access to resources outwith the classroom. Everything is now in the one place and there is additional functionality, such as easily embedding Mr Murray’s YouTube channel videos and Office Mix interactive PowerPoints.

Using the individual notebooks, specific tabs have been set-up for strengths and areas of development. These can be used to give learners both long and short term goals and provides opportunities for more personalised feedback and questioning. Their work can be annotated generating formative assessment opportunities. It also allows pupils to take more ownership of the work and is more manageable for the teacher to track.



The Impact on learning

The content library is split into the key areas, which allows learners to consolidate their learning and provides opportunities to extend learning.

It has also been used to track homework, using colour coding to allow learners to consider learning opportunities.

Learners have to produce a research assignment for SQA and this allowed them to easily store all their evidence in the one place. It also allowed the teacher to look at what they were working on when they were working on it, thus providing additional support.

The learners themselves identified this as an invaluable tool for studying and for the assignment. One of the learners digitised all his study notes for each curricular area and found this extremely useful. They would love wifi access to enable syncing in real time.

Future Plans

This approach will continue to be used with Advanced Higher, Higher and National 5 classes. It is hoped some other departments will follow suit.

Holyrood Secondary – Glow Literacy Site by K Barrowman⤴

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Holyrood Secondary School, Govanhill, Glasgow

In Holyrood Secondary school we have used the office 365 Glow sites, incorporating tools such as the Newsfeed, surveys, document stores and embedded media with our S1 and S2 pupils (800 children in total).

The site has lots of literacy based activities and links. There are standing activities, such as a reading club, links to external competitions, and a place to share writing. There is also a weekly challenge, with three activities based around a theme, each of which allows pupils to practice their literacy skills and share the results. An added bonus is that using the site ties in with the school’s rewards programme for S1 and S2 pupils, the Holyrood Challenge, and pupils can earn points for contributing to the site.


The Initial set-up of the site took about 4 hours, over a few days, and it takes around an hour each week to archive the previous week’s challenge, collate the points to be awarded, and set up the new challenges.

The impact has been increased learner engagement outside of school. All of the young people who engage with the site are doing so out of choice, and it has fostered a sense of community across classes and year groups. It has been an opportunity for wider achievement, and a really fun way of getting to know kids not in my classes.


Pupils are now aware of Glow, and what it can be used for. The maths department have set up a Numeracy group, and other departments are interested in getting involved. There is a greater willingness among staff and pupils to use online tools for learning. It has also offered a ‘safe’ environment for publishing and celebrating work, which some learners prefer to publishing on a public facing website.

I have now moved on from the school, but I will be working with one of the teachers to take over the running of the site for next session. I hope it will go from strength to strength!

Using OneNote with National 5 and Higher Classes⤴

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I set up a notebook for my National 5 classes and my Higher classes. I particularly used the Higher notebook in the six weeks leading up to the exam. In addition to the sections for each of the two Higher units I also created an additional section for Exam Preparation. In this section I pinpointed topics I thought would be most likely to come up. I created a page (within the section) for each topic and included on the page the following items;

  • Screen clipping of course content from course support notes
  • Screen clipping of a question related to the topic from specimen/exemplar
  • My notes relating to the topic
  • Any relevant hyperlinks
  • Videos (I had created before using screen cast software)


I also used the collaborative space to build revision resources that could be used by everyone. The screen print below shows the area of contemporary developments in Higher Computing Science.


I intend to add to this Class Notebook over the next couple of weeks (for next year’s class) by recording short audio files (from this year’s pupils) explaining specific topics and answers to questions.

In addition to adding my own pupils to this notebook I also added 5 Higher pupils from another school and their teacher. When I looked at the statistics of the number of views on this notebook after the final exam on 6th May there had been 849 views. I consider this to have been a worthwhile resource to have set up as there were only approximately 30 people accessing it.

RM Books ebooks system – Case Study – Harris Academy Dundee⤴

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Watch how Harris Academy Dundee engage students by working on top of electronic textbooks using RM Books Book Notes overlays.

Teachers add audio, video, links, text and discussion overlays to fully engage their students in their work. Students look up words using the dictionary, highlight key text for revision, make their own notes and reply to teachers’ discussions, all within the books.

Easy single-sign-on to RM Books via Glow enables students to quickly access their books at home and at school, on computers or via their own phones and devices.

Glow Meets with Bathgate Early Years Centre⤴

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  Making good use of Glow at Bathgate Early Years Centre.

At Bathgate Early Years Centre we use Glow to develop and extend children’s learning through participating in Glow TV events and hosting Glow meets and events of our own in the Early Years Meeting Room (West Lothian Council) . Our families also tell us they find our Glow blog is an effective means of communication and sharing information with them.

 Transition to P1 Glow meets.

Bathgate Early Years centre is associated with many different schools within the area. Meeting with children and staff from other establishments online enables us to build strong links with our associated schools. This gives our nursery children opportunities to chat to the Primary 1 teachers and pupils, many of whom they remember from the previous year at nursery. It is good practice to have a discussion with the nursery children beforehand to find out what interests them about moving on to school. This information can then be emailed to the P1 teacher in advance of the Glow meet to allow the P1’s to prepare their answers.


Glow meets provide a great opportunity to have ‘all together’ story and song times with P1’s in associated schools, particularly when it can be difficult to travel between establishments. They are also a good way of participating in special events, e.g. watching Nativity performances/ concerts/ assemblies.

Collegiate Glow meets.

Arranging to meet a colleague from other establishments or departments in a Glow meet is a useful means of communication and also saves on travelling time. The Glow meeting room has the facility of allowing you to ‘share your screen’. This has been a particularly helpful resource when faced with technical issues as the I.T. professional can easily guide you through them.

Sharing our learning Glow meets.

Another way in which we can use the Early Years meeting space on Glow is to share our learning with other establishments. When the nursery within our centre had chicks in an incubator, a web cam was set up to watch the every move of the chicks hatching. An email was sent to head teachers in West Lothian, inviting them to share the meeting room link with their staff so pupils from other establishments could also be part of this special learning experience.


Glow TV Events.

Children at Bathgate Early Years Centre are keen to take part in the exciting events on Glow TV. Previously we have enjoyed tuning into ‘World Book Day’ events and ‘Meet the Author’ events.

More recently we learned about dinosaurs when we took part in National Museums Scotland’ ‘Dinosaur Discoveries’ Glow TV event and also chatted to an astronaut about his experience as commander of the International Space Station!



Early Years Centre Blog.

In addition to updating our centres blog with newsletters and policy information our parents/carers and families enjoy regular updates on the children’s learning and interests in nursery. After consultation with parents, they agreed it would be helpful to understand what the children were learning from the activities and opportunities on offer and can now access Curriculum for Excellence outcomes on each post.