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Braidbar Primary School Book Group Forum⤴

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Mr Howie, P5/P6 class teacher, discusses with pupils how a Glow forum was used to support engagement with reading.

Ruby likes a mix of fiction and non-fiction and has these as her favourites..





and ..







Mathew likes these books …






‘As a teacher it gave me the opportunity to ask extended questions about reading’, says Mr Howie.

In this video, Ruby and Mathew discus their favourite books and the use of the Class Glow Site forum to share their reviews. Whilst Mr. Howie asks extended questions to tease out the context of use and impact on learning.

Mr. Howie was asked, “why Glow Forum for this activity?”. He replied, “I wanted my Book Club to be a place where pupils could meet and discuss their thoughts in relation to different texts and authors. We already had a newsfeed on the homepage where they interacted, but I felt I needed something more structured where these discussions could be grouped into different threads. The Glow Forum was the ideal choice. It was easy to set up and the pupils could add their own folders and titles where appropriate. This kept the discussions separate and it also made it easy to identify books/topics that the pupils would be keen on accessing.”

Here are some screenshots from the School Glow Book Forum…



If you want to find out more about using a forum to support class discussions and collaborative learning check out:

Coaching discussion skills

- Introduction to Class Sites

Create an online space for learning and collaboration

Cairn Primary School Primary 2/3 Glow Pages⤴

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Diane Owens from Cairn Primary School in Maybole explains how she began using Glow with her Primary 2/3 class.

Diane had used the previous version of Glow and was given some basic training on the new Office 365 version of Glow by another member of staff in her school.


After this Diane began setting up a class site for her P2/3 class.  Diane found she needed a bit of help to begin with, but once she got started it was quite straightforward.

Diane decided to set up a site where her class could access messages from the teacher at home and also find their homework.  As the class were P2/3 and operating at First Level, Diane found that the photographs feature of Glow was very useful.


Diane posted photographs which related to the pupils’ homework to help them complete it at home.

As well as this Diane found that the pupils really enjoyed seeing photographs which related to work in the classroom and particularly enjoyed being able to share this with their parents and other family members at home.

Diane also created a list of useful weblinks for the pupils, which included sites such as:

Homework Shop

Think U Know

Woodlands Maths and Literacy

National Geographic kids’ site

Diane found that one of the most popular aspects for the pupils was the ease of communication with the teacher when the pupils were at home or out of school.  They regularly commented that this was their favourite thing about using Glow.



Diane reports that she was pleasantly surprised and pleased by how confident the young learners in her class were in using Glow.  Diane has 2 Pcs and a laptop in her classroom and the class have 2 sessions in the school’s ICT suite per week, one for curricular work and one for ICT skills.







Cairn Primary School Glow School Site⤴

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Amanda Pickard at Cairn Primary, Maybole shows how she encouraged staff to use Glow to help make learning fun.



Amanda used the previous version of Glow for learning and teaching and was keen for all staff to use the new version. As a result she embarked on a training programme for all staff in the school. After this was completed, Amanda felt the ideal way to get started was to create a school site on Glow, with a school landing page and pages for each class and teacher.

Amanda created the Cairn Primary School’s Glow Landing page:


She then encouraged each teacher to create their own class page with help if needed.

Amanda created her own page for her Primary 6 class:


Every class page has a Newsfeed, Things to Do list, useful weblinks and photographs.

Amanda’s P6 class has additional pages created for topics studied by the class:


The Modern World

Safer Internet Day

All homework for P6 is uploaded on to the P6 Glow page.  Pupils can manage their homework for the week and have the choice to download it early depending on any commitments they may have during the week.  This has worked well for quite a number of pupils.

The weblinks section has proved useful as a resource to help pupils complete their homework with popular links including Education City, Sumdog, Cool Maths, Woodland Maths and Literacy websites. As well as this the teacher added topic specific websites such as Yad Vashem and Guardian of the Memory websites for Holocaust Memorial Day.

Another feature which proved useful for learning was the survey feature.

As well as setting up the survey on the class page, a graphical representation can be called up showing pupils the results of the survey:


This is an ideal tool for helping pupils learn about information handling and they can create their own surveys and analyse the results.

The pupils are particularly keen on the Photographs section of the class page where all photographs of learning activities and other class activities are posted.  Amanda reports that pupils love being able to show their families what they have been up to in school and this has proved to be one of the most popular areas on the page.

As well as this, the Newsfeed has allowed an ongoing conversation about learning to take place amongst teacher and pupils and other pupils. The informality of this conversation can sometimes disguise the fact that there is meaningful help being provided amongst peers with homework and of course the conversation is monitored by the class teacher.

Amanda’s plans for next session include having staff proformas on the school landing page to make them available to all teachers.  For her class she is planning to begin using OneNote which will allow her and her pupils to edit documents simultaneously, for example working together on a Word document.








Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway⤴



Operation Safety was conceived in 2000 as an expansion of the Road Safety course being rolled out in primary schools and initially involved Schools Services, Police, Fire Service and Ambulance Service.  Over the years Operation Safety has developed and additional partner agencies now participate. There are now 12 scenarios giving life skills in a safe environment to enhance the pupils’ knowledge of what to do in these situations.  It is hoped they remember these lessons in future if they find themselves in a similar position in real life.  The scenarios evolve to keep up to date with the current issues, for example, Internet Safety includes bullying on-line and on mobile phones. Each year over 2,200 P6/7 pupils attend Operation Safety. Operation Safety was first mentioned at one of the Glow Training courses attended by Community Police Officers as one of the officers involved saw the potential of using Glow.

Glow Group Noticeboard Images - click to enlarge
Glow Group Noticeboard Images – click to enlarge

Diane Webb is a Development Officer for Glow with Dumfries and Galloway. It was decided at a meeting attended by both the police and education that a Glow Group would be created for use within the authority to enhance the experience for the pupils attending the sessions. Discussions were held to decide what would be included in the Glow Group. They decided that a Glow Group would work well to showcase art work and creative writing by the pupils and also to facilitate feedback from the pupils themselves after they took part in the project. They were also keen that the Glow Group could contain film of the pupils, from different schools, participating in some of the activities and also films of interviews with the pupils about the activities. The plan was that pupils would only get access to the Glow Group once they had attended their Operation Safety session.


Tour of the Operation Safety Glow Group (6:30)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

The basic template for the Group was created and the surveys were created and added.  The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) film, Jigsaw, was added after seeking permission from CEOP and the YouTube video, Children See, Children Do. The layout changed as Diane and her team added various items to the pages to make them more attractive and useful for the pupils and teachers.

Creative Writing Page
Be Safe Be Bright - click to enlarge

Be Safe Be Bright – click to enlarge

The Glow Group also includes a Creative Writing Page and they’re hoping to expand this to include more pieces of pupil writing as the Glow Group starts to be used.

Picture Library Page
Posters - click to enlarge

Posters – click to enlarge

There were hundreds of posters available from running the project previously and it is was really difficult for the team to choose which ones to showcase on this page. Again, it is hoped that they will be able to use this page to showcase pupil artwork from around the local authority.


Armed with a video camera, tripod and microphone Diane and her colleague Andrea Austin attended Operation Safety in Stranraer and filmed the scenarios they wanted to use for the Glow Group.  They also collected pupil work from PC Milven.  The videos were edited back at base by one of their colleagues on the Glow Team. It is intended to extend the range of videos available on the Glow Group by filming further videos the next time Operation Safety runs.

Beer Glasses film from the Glow Group (2:16)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

What did Diane need to successfully set up the Operation Safety Glow Group?

  • A Glow Group created at local authority level in Dumfries and Galloway.
  • Pupils to be added into the Glow Group school by school, once they have completed the Operation Safety course.
  • Surveys created and put onto the Noticeboard page for the pupils and staff from the schools to respond to.
  • Various pages created within the Glow Group.
  • A picture library created to hold pupils’ art work.
  • A Creative Writing documents web part to hold pupils’ work.
  • Various videos uploaded to TeacherTube and then embedded into xml web parts within the Glow Group.


There are many aspects of the Operation Safety Glow Group which could have been included in the recipe section. However, I have chosen creating the survey for the focus and you will find videos on this below. You will find links to other Cookbooks containing how-to videos on similar aspects to the ones additioanlly included in the Operation Safety Glow Group.

Creating a Survey (10:04)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

Adding the survey to the page (2:06)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

These Cookbooks contain information about embedding video in your Glow Group:

Embedding Video as a Stimulus for Writing

Engaging Videos in an Earth and Space Glow Group at Coylton Primary

LEGO activities at SLF: Part 4- Pictures and Videos

These Cookbooks contain further information about using surveys in Glow

Embedding Glow in daily learning and teaching

Raising attainment in literacy in Primary 3

Encouraging deeper learning: pupils creating surveys

Enabling Pupil Voice – using a Glow Survey


The following videos are really about the impact of the project rather than the Glow Group as it is too early yet to be able to tell how well the Glow Group is extending the learning.

The first video is Diane describing the project and the Glow Group and the remainder of the videos are from the What we Learned page of the Glow Group and also available on Teacher Tube.

Diane Webb speaks about Operation Safety (3:06)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

In their own words (0:37)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

The Best Bit of Operation Safety – Pupil Comments (0:50)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

What scared us most – Pupil Comments (1:36)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

Top Tips – Pupil Comments (2:51)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

What we learned about online games (0:19)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

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