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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..





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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

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.


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.








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.

To carryout similar work you can find help and support at




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. https://glowscotland.sharepoint.com/sites/GlowHelp/community/_layouts/15/start.aspx#/SitePages/Community Home.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0


Guess the Christmas Tune⤴

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Lots of Christmas fun was had by the children in Carmondean Primary and Deans Community High School in West Lothian over the Christmas period as they worked together to create an entertaining site in Glow O365. While the P1 girls and boys expertly acted out different famous Christmas songs, Glow users from all over the country were able to watch and join in the fun by guessing the festive tunes. Then to check their answers, they could watch the talented pupils from Deans Community High pupils singing the correct songs. Have a look for yourself and join in the fun using the link here.

P1s Deans Community Pupils







Lawthorn primary school⤴

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We visited Lawthorn primary school to find out how they have been using Glow

Listen to teacher, Mr English, sharing what he has been doing and which of the Glow services he has been finding useful.

And now we have some pupils talking about what Glow has meant for them