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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.








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.

Barassie Nursery – pm Travelling Ted Blog⤴

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Barassie Nursery – pm.

Not the original Travelling Ted blog, but this is an idea worth repeating:

Welcome to Travelling Ted’s Blog

Look through our blog to see all the places Travelling Ted has visited. Find out about all the things he got to do and all the things he saw on the way

Glenburn primary school⤴

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cab sec meeting

Four children from Glenburn Primary have been to the Scottish Parliament buildings in Edinburgh to speak to Angela Constance MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning and Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages.

 The fab four, Ellie (P7), Courtney (P6), Andrew and Jaxon (both P5) were invited to share their experiences of being ‘Digital Leaders’ in their school – where they support other young people and teachers with the use of GLOW – the national online community for education – and other forms of technology during lessons.

Jaxon said: “It was brilliant to get invited to up to Parliament, but a bit scary too! Talking to the Minister about Glow and how we use technology was really exciting.”

Courtney added: “As Digital Leaders in our school, we help each other to be the best we can be. I told the Ministers we wanted to try and help all other pupils to be the best they can be.”

Ellie, Courtney, Andrew and Jaxon described the work they have been doing at school confidently and passionately, impressing both Ministers with their knowledge and understanding on the role of technology in learning.

Ellie said: “I was really proud we got invited to talk about our work in school. I hope it will help others set up groups like our Digital Leaders so they can also use Glow to share their learning as well.”

Andrew added: “I felt really nervous when we got to meet the Ministers. But before I knew it I was talking away about Glow and all the different ways we use technology at Glenburn. It was great!”

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Digital Learning Session for Scottish Ministers⤴

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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.”

Why I like Glow 2