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Fife’s BIG Book Brains Quiz Final 2017⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

small-bbbq-2017Join nearly 130 primary schools in Fife on Tuesday 21st February at 10am for the final of the amazing BIG Book Brains Quiz, organised for the ninth year running by Fife Cultural Trust Libraries.

Reading Challenges and Quiz Heats have been taking place across Fife since last August and now we have 129 school teams who will come together to compete for the title of BIG Book Brains 2017. As well as winning some fabulous prizes, our champions have the chance to be ‘Librarians for a Day’ and select £500 worth of books for their school library sponsored by Scotia and Chameleon Books in Kilsyth.

You are all invited to tune in and rise to the challenge as you pit your book knowledge against the teams who have won through to the final in Rothes Halls, Glenrothes. Compered by Jonathan Meres, hilarious author of The World of Norm books, all schools joining us on Glow will have the chance to send a shout out to wish our teams good luck and the chance to win some great spot prizes. Don’t miss it!

Sign up to join in live – Fife’s BIG Book Brains Quiz Final 2017

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – John Penman⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Small - John PenmanJoin us on Monday 7th March at 11am for an opportunity to chat to an engineer who can help you as part of this year’s Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award.

Today’s engineer is John Penman, the Sales and Marketing Director for FiFe Fabrications, based in Fife. John started his career making coal cutters and served my apprenticeship as turner/Mechanical engineer. He then progressed his learning by going to college in the evening and gaining experience in various areas in engineering. He has learnt a lot about the sectors he sells into, these include test and measurement/Defence/oil and gas/Audio visual displays.

Sign up and join us live in Glow TV – Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – John Penman.

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Sing Across Fife⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Small- Sing Across FifeFife are leading the way with an innovative project combining song and technology entitled “ Sing Across Fife”. Using Glow TV over 12, 000 young voices from schools across Fife will sing “ Believe”, Fife Youth Music Initiative’s Song of the Year.

Join us on Tuesday 16th February at 1.30pm to hear the song and join in too – you don’t have to be a school in Fife – everyone is welcome!

Sign up and take part live in Glow TV – Sing Across Fife.

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Fife’s BIG Book Brains Quiz Final 2016⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Small - BBBQ2016Join over 120 primary schools in Fife for this year’s final of the amazing BIG Book Brains Quiz on Wednesday 17th February at 10am. Test your book brains against the crème de la crème of Fife’s readers.

Our teams have all been chosen from the winners of our Reading Challenges and Quiz Heats that have run over the last six months. As well as competing for some fabulous prizes, our champions have the chance to be ‘Librarians for a Day’ and select £500 worth of books for their school library sponsored by Scotia and Chameleon Books in Kilsyth.

You are all invited to tune in and rise to the challenge as you pit your book knowledge against our stars! Compered by Jonathan Meres, hilarious author of The World of Norm books, all schools joining us on Glow will have the chance to send a shout out to wish our teams good luck and the chance to win some great spot prizes.

Don’t miss it, sign up now! The event runs from 10am – 12 noon with a break for lunch, then we’ll be back at 1.30pm to announce the 2016 winners at our Award Ceremony.- Fife’s BIG Book Brains Quiz Final 2016.

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Safer Internet Day 2015 Kinglassie Primary School⤴

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A little background to the story……

The Internet Safety – Learners site was developed to illustrate how technology could be used to support teaching and learning.

The purpose was to exemplify key features available through the technology and how this could be used to improve the learning experience.

Olivia Wexelstein (Teacher of P7) at Kinglassie Primary School in Fife kindly agreed to develop a series of lessons with a clear focus on Safer Internet Day. Both the Head Teacher and Olivia recognised that the technology could in fact be used to support a whole school Internet Safety project.

The project was carried out on February 9-10 2015 which would coincide with Safer Internet Day. Although the technology supported a whole school approach to Internet Safety it also opened up possible opportunities for other learners and educators across Scotland to take part and contribute to the project.

It was clear throughout the planning of the project that technology offered a wide range of ideas and possibilities to improve the learning experience. Each task was designed to incorporate various features of technology and this allowed learners an opportunity to engage with technology on a wider scale.

 

Was Glow services the only type of technologies used in the project?

No, although Glow offers a wide range of technological services other types of technologies were explored as the purpose of the project was to exemplify how technology could be used to support teaching and learning.

 

Which Glow services were used for the project?

Olivia created tasks which allowed learners the opportunity to use the following features within Glow:

Office 365

  • OneNote to share ideas
  • Newsfeed to communicate and share learning experiences with others
  • Discussion forum to discuss a Safer Internet Day video
  • A dedicated area which allowed learners to upload their work

Wikis

  • Another collaborative tool which supported learners in working together on a specific task

 

Did young people have an opportunity to use any other types of technology other than services offered through Glow?

Yes, Olivia used Padlet (https://padlet.com/) which is a virtual wall that allows people to express their ideas and thoughts. It really is like an online sheet of paper where content e.g. images, videos, documents and text etc can be added anywhere on the page from any device.

 

Can I have a look at the site to see what Kinglassie PS achieved?

Absolutely, the site is available at: http://tinyurl.com/lkhaz5b. The site was available and promoted using the national newsfeed on Glow as well as using other communication channels such as the Education Scotland Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Digital Learning Session for Scottish Ministers⤴

from @ Glow Gallery

On Wednesday 10th December, pupils and teachers from six Scottish schools met the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance and Minister for Schools, Science and Scotland’s Languages, Alasdair Allan to talk about Glow and how they use Glow and digital technology in their schools.

Digital leaders from Glenburn Primary School, South Ayrshire talking to Angela Constance about how they support their teachers and peers in using digital technology.

Glenburn Primary School 1There was a real buzz around the room as pupils spoke enthusiastically about digital technology and demonstrated the tools that they are using in their schools. Some of the reasons they liked Glow were:

  • Pupils can talk to each other about what they did in class and share ideas
  • They feel they are too young for social networks like Facebook or Twitter, so Glow provides an alternative way to chat
  • Glow is a safe environment
  • They liked the personalised launchpad as it gives easy access to their favourite apps
  • The advice on Glow about not giving away personal details is useful (Community Rules)
  • Teachers can upload revision videos to Glow. Accessing it from Glow varies the way pupils learn and revise
  • Teacher can add comments to homework

Pupils from Kirkton of Largo Primary School, Fife showing Angela Constance their class site and blog (foreground)Kirkton of Largo Primary School 1

Pupils from Preston Lodge High School, East Lothian chatting to Alasdair Allan about apps they use in the classroom (background)

The pupils were also honest about the drawbacks of using Glow, listing internet connectivity problems when they all log into Glow and the lack of devices in the classroom sometimes being an issue.

Gemma Sanderson, a teacher from Kirkton of Largo Primary School said: “Glow is so much better, I’m on it every day”. “The main thing for our school is that everything is in Glow – all in one place. Children like how everything is linked.”

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Lynburn Primary: enthusing learners and promoting responsibility⤴

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Practising Mandarin words and phrases. Click to enlarge.

Practising Mandarin. Click to enlarge.

Jacqui Clark is a Primary 5 teacher at Lynburn Primary School in Fife. She has been using Glow for about eighteen months initially just with her own class and now supporting colleagues throughout the school. Jacqui is very positive about the learning opportunities Glow has opened up – allowing pupils to discuss and collaborate, to share their work with their peers and their families, to record and assess their own progress.

This cookbook illustrates a number of ways in which Jacqui has embedded Glow in daily learning and teaching.

Context

Jacqui’s first use of Glow was a project on the Declaration of Arbroath. Her class contacted a history teacher at Arbroath High School who was able to support their project remotely through a Glow Group and a Glow Meet session. This provided an excellent testing ground for Jacqui to explore the potential of Glow to expand learning beyond the classroom. Through Glow Meet pupils engaged in a question and answer session with the history teacher, their learning enhanced by his expertise and local knowledge.

The children subsequently became very enthusiastic about participating in national Glow Meet events, often checking the calendar on the National Site themselves and asking if the class could sign up for events of interest.

Jacqui Clark talks about how she got started with Glow (2:26)Lynburn Primary: enthusing learners and promoting responsibility

Following the success of her first experiences of Glow, Jacqui this year created a class Glow Group for her P5s. The Group evolves during the course of the year, as the learning progresses.

Her class have begun to learn Mandarin. Resources used in class, such as PowerPoint files, and links to websites have been added to the Glow Group for pupils to use to support their homework. Pupils have used a discussion board to post their thoughts about the Mandarin lessons.

A story in the Daily What about the arrival of two new pandas at Edinburgh Zoo caught the children’s attention. They studied the story together in class and then used some of the accompanying lesson suggestions and resources. They researched what pandas would require in a zoo environment, designed suitable habitats and wrote reports. The results were uploaded into the Glow Group to be shared with the rest of the class and discussed with parents and carers at home.

Learning Tai-Chi. Click to enlarge.

Learning Tai-Chi. Click to enlarge.

A trip to Edinburgh Zoo was then organised, where pupils enjoyed furthering their understanding of Chinese culture by taking part in a tai-chi lesson, and learning from zoo staff about the logistics of transporting pandas and settling them into a new environment. Evidence of pupils’ learning is recorded in the photos uploaded into the Glow Group and through the presentations they created, recording their experiences.

Jacqui Clark talks about the P5 Glow Group, pt 1 (4:30)Lynburn Primary: enthusing learners and promoting responsibility

Santa visits Lynburn. Click to enlarge.

Santa visits Lynburn. Click to enlarge.

Jacqui is keen to use Glow to develop pupil e-portfolios. As a pre-cursor she is introducing the children to the concept of blogging. At Christmas Jacqui used two additional Glow accounts, created in the names of Santa C and R. Rudolph, to post messages on a blog. The posts rapidly engaged the pupils’ interest – indeed the scenario snowballed with other classes becoming caught up in the story of Santa’s search for his missing reindeer! Pupils responded to the tasks set through discussion boards and by adding their own posts to the blogs.

 Jacqui Clark talks about the P5 Glow Group, pt 2 (2:58)Lynburn Primary: enthusing learners and promoting responsibility

The enthusiasm of the P5s for Glow is evident in their independent use at home, such as updating their own pages (described in a separate cookbook), showing their parents and carers work they’ve been doing, and using games and activities on the National Site. Their parents have been keen to find out more about Glow and how they can support their children’s learning. Jacqui created a Homework page where parents could post up questions or comments, use links to suggested online activities and contribute their own website recommendations. To date, it has been the pupils, rather than their parents, who have used the discussion board to post comments, but it has remained a useful point of contact with families.

 Jacqui Clark talks about the P5 Glow Group, pt 3 (2:19)Lynburn Primary: enthusing learners and promoting responsibility

The Wedding invitation. Click to enlarge.

The Wedding invitation. Click to enlarge.

Jacqui’s remit includes supporting her colleagues with Glow. One facet of this has been establishing whole school Glow Groups which everyone can use. In April, a Glow Group was created to support a whole week of activities around the Royal Wedding. In a hectic, but clearly very enjoyable, few days pupils were involved in many aspects of wedding planning including making a cake, creating invitations and collecting the replies, organising the caterers and making sure the bride had something to wear! The week culminated in the school’s very own wedding on the Friday morning. A wealth of photos capturing evidence of the learning has been uploaded to ‘The Royal Wedding’ Glow Group. Jacqui’s P5 pupils provided peer mentoring to other classes in the school, supporting them with undertaking a series of challenges posted in the Glow Group. Pupils also supported members of staff in creating their own Glow pages. The week’s activities stimulated a lot of interest from staff about Glow, and this together with the pupil peer mentoring, has had quite a substantial impact on uptake within the school.

 Jacqui Clark talks about ‘The Royal Wedding’ Glow Group (3:07)Lynburn Primary: enthusing learners and promoting responsibility

Ingredients

For her P5 class Glow Group Jacqui:

* created a Glow Group on the school site

* added all her pupils as ‘Contributors’

* added additional pages

* created multiple Documents, Web links and Discussions web parts

* added topical features, such as the snowflakes and red noses

Method

The video clips below explain the processes of customising a Glow Group as Jacqui has done.

* how to add, rename or delete pages (2:56) Lynburn Primary: enthusing learners and promoting responsibility

* how to upload a document (2:24) Lynburn Primary: enthusing learners and promoting responsibility

* how to add a post to a discussion board (3:00)Lynburn Primary: enthusing learners and promoting responsibility

* how to add a web link (3:56)Lynburn Primary: enthusing learners and promoting responsibility

* how to create an additional Documents web part (7:42)Lynburn Primary: enthusing learners and promoting responsibility

* how to close, restore or move web parts (4:21) Lynburn Primary: enthusing learners and promoting responsibility

* how to compress images before uploading to Glow (8:12) Lynburn Primary: enthusing learners and promoting responsibility

* how to upload images to an Image Gallery web part (8:51)Lynburn Primary: enthusing learners and promoting responsibility

The Glow Help blog contains information about adding snowflakes and red noses to your own Glow Groups.

Impact

Jacqui feels that she has learnt much about using Glow – about the activities that she would definitely continue, such as pupils’ own pages – and the things she’d do differently (compressing photos before uploading, to speed up how long they take to display). She has been impressed by pupils’ enthusiasm for learning, and the motivation that Glow provides. She’s been delighted too with pupils’ sense of responsibility and their confidence: they have provided peer mentoring, supported school staff and talked about Glow to a meeting of Fife headteachers. Next year she’s keen to progress with introducing e-portfolios into the school.

Jacqui Clark talks about her next steps with Glow (0:44)Lynburn Primary: enthusing learners and promoting responsibility

Pupils have been keen to lead the learning, talking about news stories they’ve seen in the ‘Daily What’, games and activities they’ve found on the national site, or national Glow Meet events that they want to participate in.  

Lynburn pupils talk about their favourite activities on the National Site (0:58)Lynburn Primary: enthusing learners and promoting responsibility

Lynburn pupils talk about teaching others about Glow (1:14)Lynburn Primary: enthusing learners and promoting responsibility

Lynburn pupils talk about Glow Meet (2:22)Lynburn Primary: enthusing learners and promoting responsibility

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Lynburn Primary: giving pupils responsibility for their own Glow Group⤴

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The pupils' own Glow Group. Click to enlarge.

The pupils' own Glow Group. Click to enlarge.

Jacqui Clark is a P5 teacher at Lynburn Primary School in Fife. She has been using Glow for about eighteen months, first with her own class and then supporting colleagues and pupils throughout the school.

This is the second of two cookbooks about Jacqui’s work. The first focused on how Jacqui used Glow to support learning in areas as diverse as Mandarin, Christmas and the Royal Wedding! In this cookbook we look at how she has given the children in her class their own Glow Group and given them the responsibility for ensuring it is used appropriately. She is delighted with the way they have responded to that challenge.

Context

Jacqui’s Primary 5 class were already well used to Glow, to the Glow Group environment and in particular to using Discussion boards to post comments about their work or to ask questions.

One pupil's page. Click to enlarge.

One pupil's page. Click to enlarge.

The class were then keen to have their own Glow pages. While pupils could have used their ‘My Glow’ for this purpose, Jacqui decided to create a Glow Group with one page per child. Pupils use these pages to post messages for each other, upload photos of activities they are involved in outside school, post up personal news, announce when they have uploaded new work for peer assessment and store pieces of work they want to be able to share with their families

The P5s have been given ‘Administrator’ rights to this Glow Group, allowing them to be able to create new web parts when required. This is an uncommonly high level of rights for pupils to be given on a Glow Group (’Reader with Discussions’ or ‘Contributor’ are more typical), and could cause some problems, such as with pupils deleting each others’ work. However, the class have proved very mature in their use of the Glow Group and handled the responsibility well. Indeed they have taken the messages of internet safety and being responsible citizens to heart, rapidly flagging up to Jacqui any item that they feel is inappropriate.

Jacqui Clark talks about her pupils’ Glow Group (1:47) Lynburn Primary: giving pupils responsibility for their own Glow Group

Ingredients

For the class Glow Group, Jacqui needed to do the following:

* created a Glow Group on the school site

* gave her pupils Administrators of the Group

* created a page for each pupil

The pupils themselves then:

* created multiple web parts, so that each had their own News, Documents and Discussions web parts

* added a Glow Image Gallery web part

* added content to their own pages and to their friends’

Method

The following video clips show how to customise and use a Glow Group as Jacqui and her class have done.

* how to add, rename or delete pages (2:56) Lynburn Primary: giving pupils responsibility for their own Glow Group

* how to upload a document (2:24) Lynburn Primary: giving pupils responsibility for their own Glow Group

* how to add a post to a discussion board (3:00) Lynburn Primary: giving pupils responsibility for their own Glow Group

* how to create an additional Documents (or other) web part (7:42) Lynburn Primary: giving pupils responsibility for their own Glow Group

* how to close, restore or move web parts (4:21)  Lynburn Primary: giving pupils responsibility for their own Glow Group

* how to compress images before uploading to Glow (8:12) Lynburn Primary: giving pupils responsibility for their own Glow Group

* how to upload images to an Image Gallery web part (8:51) Lynburn Primary: giving pupils responsibility for their own Glow Group

Impact

Using a Glow Group for ’social’ purposes have proved a hit with Jacqui’s class. While every pupil has a ‘My Glow’ space, it is not easy to allow other pupils access to this, nor easy for staff to keep an eye on what is posted. Use of a Glow Group gives all members of the class easy visibility of everyone’s pages. For staff it can provide a good teaching environment in which to reinforce lessons about internet safety, to discuss the implications of copyright when sourcing images on the web, and to encourage respect for peers.

Lynburn pupils talk about their pupil Glow Group (0:35)Lynburn Primary: giving pupils responsibility for their own Glow Group

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Creating a room booking system on Glow⤴

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Booking of Rooms Glow Group. Click to enlarge.

Booking of Rooms Glow Group. Click to enlarge.

Ian Gibson is a Business Studies and Computing teacher at St. Andrew’s High School in Fife. He is also a Glow Mentor and a member of the ICT working committee in the school. Last year the committee was tasked with developing an electronic room booking system. This cookbook details how the room booking system was created and the impact it has had in the school.

Context

The school has two ICT suites which are available for staff to book for use with classes. Initially a diary-based system was used to manage the bookings, but this has proved far from ideal. With the diaries kept at reception it was not easy for staff to check room availability during lesson time and inevitably with a paper-based system confusion often occurred over scored-out bookings and amendments! 

The school’s ICT working party were asked to investigate options for an electronic booking system. Using the internal email system  for this purpose appeared problematic, but the means to create a booking system within Glow looked quite feasible. Such a system would also necessitate staff logging on to Glow regularly and perhaps encourage them to explore further.

Ian searched through the Glow Help forum and the cookbooks to see if any other school had created a similar booking system. Though he found no information that fitted the bill, he did find a cookbook – detailing the creation of graphical interfaces and hidden pages – that proved particularly useful.

Ian Gibson explains the background (5:25)Creating a room booking system on Glow

Calendar month view. Click to enlarge.

Calendar month view. Click to enlarge.

Ian created the ‘Booking of Rooms’ Glow Group, designed a graphical interface and added links to hidden pages containing a ‘What’s on’ web part for each room. The initial plan of providing a booking system for the two rooms had rapidly grown to include three ICT rooms, the Assembly Hall and Library.

Calendar day view. Click to enlarge.

Calendar day view. Click to enlarge.

When the Glow Group was launch, there were some teething problems, particularly from staff requiring help to log on, if they were not regular Glow users. The problems, though, quickly diminished, as staff became familiar with the process. Ian added a ‘Help’ button to the graphical interface to provide a support guide.

Staff are now able to see at a glance with rooms are available, make a booking, and create recurring bookings for long-term projects. It was decided, by the ICT working party, that staff would not have the rights to edit or delete bookings, in order to prevent any accidental changes. Ian, and others with Administrator rights to the Glow Group, make any changes that staff request.

Ian Gibson explains the permissions on the Room Booking system (1:01)Creating a room booking system on Glow

Ian Gibson demonstrates how bookings are added and deleted (3:21) Creating a room booking system on Glow

Ingredients

To create the room booking system, Ian required:

* a Glow Group

* an image for the background of the graphical interface

* art software (or PowerPoint) to create the graphical interface

Method

Ian created the Glow Group, removed all the default pages, other than the Noticeboard, and replaced these with ‘hidden pages’ (standard pages but without page tabs).

Next he created a graphical interface, inserted this into a Text Editor web part and added hotspots to link to the hidden pages.

Multiple ‘What’s on’ web parts were then created, one for each of the rooms in the booking system. A ‘What’s on’ web part was placed on each of the hidden pages, and the view of the web part changed so that it displayed as a calendar.

Permissions were set on each calendar allowing staff to view existing bookings and add their own bookings, but permissions to edit or delete bookings were removed.

The video clips below explain each part of this process:

* How to delete pages and close web parts (1:56) Creating a room booking system on Glow

* How to create the background for the graphical interface (4:59)Creating a room booking system on Glow

* How to create hidden pages (2:52) Creating a room booking system on Glow

* How to create hotspots to hidden pages (4:57) Creating a room booking system on Glow

* How to create multiple What’s on web parts and change to calendar view (2:54) Creating a room booking system on Glow

* How to set the Glow Group membership and amend the permissions on the What’s on web parts (8:05)Creating a room booking system on Glow

Impact

The use of the room booking system has had considerable impact at St. Andrews. Use of the ICT rooms has increased, as staff are able to check availability far more rapidly – and accurately – than the previous diary-based system allowed. Staff can plan both for long-term projects, making recurring bookings, and also grab last-minute availability, when needed. Senior manager too have benefited in being able to check how effectively room resources are being used.

Ian mentions in particular that the system has been “brilliant” for whole school and special events, where booking the rooms well in advanced give staff peace of mind that the rooms will be available as expected.

Ian Gibson describes the impact of the Room Booking system (1:58) Creating a room booking system on Glow

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