It seems that every time I am asked to stand up and talk about Glow my job gets a little bit easier.
The latest improvement is Glow Light, the new landing page for Glow. Glow Light went live for many users across Scotland yesterday and marks a significant change to how people will use and view Glow because it gives users control of what they see as soon as they arrive into the Glow portal.
When you see the Glow Light page for the first time it looks like this:
It is really easy to change how Glow Light looks by removing buttons or adding new buttons (that can either take you to another favourite place within Glow or to an external favourite website).
A user can also reorder the way the buttons appear or indeed even chose to not see the Glow Light interface the next time they log on.
The background image will change every week. We have a lovely wee bank of images to take us up until Christmas. After that it is over to individuals, schools and Local Authorities to chose what images are displayed on the Glow Light landing page – meaning a chance for us all to showcase our work or local area to all Glow users.
The search button (seen in the middle of the new landing page) has been greatly improved too. It is now possible to search by file type or only Glow groups. A federated search has been added which currently means LTS Online content will also be returned when a user searches for a term from within Glow. This can be added to in the future by searching CPD Find or Journey to Excellence content, for example. This new improved search can be accessed from any Glow group, as well as from the Light landing page.
More information on Glow Light, including how a school ASM can turn it on can be found here.