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Annual Survey Of The Use Of Digital Technology Including Glow In Scotland’s Classrooms

Education Scotland carries out an annual survey of school staff and pupils to find out more about their use of digital technology in general and Glow in particular.  This has been run most years in the last decade and it

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Glow Announcement: Online Productivity Suite Contracts Awarded

The Glow Online Productivity Suite procurement exercise has recently concluded. Early consultation with a range of stakeholders identified two key elements for the procurement strategy; namely that new contracts would be longer in nature and that an element of choice

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Glow Blogs Update – February 2017 Release

There will be a new release on the Glow Blogs Service on Tuesday 28th February 2016 between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm.  We expect that the service will be unavailable for only a few minutes but should be considered at

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Glow Wiki Latest News

REMINDER ABOUT GLOW WIKIS: The following communication was sent out via email before Christmas. We would encourage wider circulation of this message so that users can consider alternatives and not invest their time and effort in creating new wikis in

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Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland

This short note is to advise that the Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland was published today. The document can be viewed at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/09/9494. The strategy aims to create the condition to allow digital technology to enhance learning and

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TWIG Assignments released on 28th July 2016

TWIG Assignments are now available to Glow users through TwigonGlow. This feature allows teachers to set Twig films as homework and track results while testing students on what they’ve learned. Teachers can track their students’ week-to-week progress and see exactly

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New Twig Player

Hi All, Some news for Twig & Tigtag users:- A player has just been released which allows users to download and play Twig / Tigtag films offline. To download films you must first install the Twig Player software application.  Please

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Glow Annual Survey 2016

Our Glow Annual Survey for 2016 is now live. The annual survey is important as it helps us gather information on how customers use Glow and helps us to improve the service. We are keen to hear views from the broad base

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Glow Blogs Update – July 2016 Release: Old Theme Removal

We are planning a new release on Glow Blogs in July. This will consist of some improvements to the service, fixes and updates. I hope to post more details soon. As part of the release we will be removing some

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SEEMiS Granular Controls Changes

As has been previously communicated, the Glow team is working with SEEMiS to introduce functionality for local authorities to have more granular control over the creation and usage of Glow accounts. Currently, controls within SEEMiS only allow for an opt-in

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Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland tile added to Glow App library

A new link tile for the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland has been added to the Glow app library today. The Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland is Tam Baillie. He works with his team to protect the rights

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Gifting Every Child Added To Glow Launchpad

A new link tile ‘Gifting Every Child’ published by Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) is now live on the Glow Launchpad. Presented in a simple online format incorporating text, audio, video and helpful guidelines, Gifting Every Child provides a

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Twig and Tigtag on Glow

Tigtag and Twig online resources are currently accessible via the Glow login and are used by schools across Scotland.  These award-winning resources provide high-quality videos and accompanying learning materials for sciences, mathematics and social studies. They were procured by Education

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Glow Blogs – Essential Maintenance – 08/03/16 at 13:00

Please be aware that, due to a need for essential maintenance, Glow Blogs will be unavailable today between 13:00 and 13:30. Apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause.

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Blogs Phase 3.2 Release Monday 7th March 2016

There will be a new release on the Glow Blogs service on Monday 7th March, 2016 between 16:00 and 17:00.  We expect that the service will be unavailable for only a few minutes but should be considered at risk for

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Glow TV – Scottish Attainment Challenge

The next in the ongoing series of Glow TV events related to the Scottish Attainment Challenge is this Friday (4th March) at 1300 Join Carol Wood who will be looking at the role and effect size of effective feedback and

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Yammer is live

Yammer is now live in Glow.   Part of Microsoft O365 it offers another option for collaboration across Glow users – across a school, a local authority or the whole of the Glow population   There is more information here https://glowhelp.wikis.glowscotland.org.uk/O365+Yammer

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Glow Privacy Impact Assessment

The Glow privacy impact assessment was originally published in June 2015.  As the Glow service continues to be updated, the privacy impact assessment is reassessed and reissued.  It also now includes all Glow core services. The following link will take

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Yammer is coming to Glow

On the 22nd of February, a new tool will be made available in Glow. Yammer is a social collaboration tool that is part of Microsoft O365.  It allows Glow users to work together, share documents, polls, discussions etc in an

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Education Endowment Fund and the Scottish Attainment Challenge

Glow event on Friday 19th February at 1300 Join Carol Wood of Education Scotland to find out more about the work of Education Endowment Fund and its research based Teaching and Learning Toolkit in the context of the Scottish Attainment

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Introduction to the Scottish Attainment Challenge

When – Friday 5th February, 2016 @ 1300 Where – Glow In this Glow TV event, Janie McManus, Assistant Director, Education Scotland, will provide an introduction to the Scottish Attainment Challenge. Launched in 2015 by the First Minister, the Scottish

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RM Unify in Glow – Changes

As of this morning (19th January), RM Unify within Glow – the Launchpad – has a new look The functionality is the same however the look is hopefully improved Key differences are: You no longer move between screens by going

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Glow – Important Changes to Browser Compatibility for O365

This week Microsoft provided an update on some changes being implemented across Office 365 (workloads are their term of the various tools within O365 such as SharePoint and Lync for example). The above screenshot is taken from this link. You

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Security and Glow

This post is aimed at helping Glow users who are wanting to know more about Glow and security, providing more information on the security levels within Glow and the actions taken. Security in any IT system has to be appropriate

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Glow Blogs and e-portfolios

A new plug-in has been developed for Glow Blogs which simplifies the creation and management of e-portfolios created in Glow Blogs. To provide you with more information about this functionality, there will be two Glow Meet sessions both of which

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Glow Blogs e-Portfolio Plugin Version 1.0

Cross-posted from the Glow Blog Help The e-Portfolio Plugin Version 1.0 has been released.  Pupils can now set up an e-Portfolio by selecting e-Portfolio from a popup on the Create Blog page. Exiting blogs can gain the functionality by activating

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Glow Blogs – e-portfolio update

In preparation for the forthcoming e-portfolio update we will be retiring all of the current e-portfolio themes on Thursday 5th November 2015. This means the e-portfolio themes will not be available to apply to new or existing blogs from the

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Microsoft Sway and Delve

Microsoft Sway and Delve Two new services went live on 26th October 2015, Microsoft Sway and Microsoft Delve. These new services are available with your Glow username and password, accessed within Microsoft O365. Sway allows Glow users to create highly

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Glow Blogs Update October 2015: E-portfolio Plugin

There will be a new release of the Glow Blogs Service on Thursday 29th October 2015

The update is planned for between 4:00 to 5:00 pm on Thursday 29-10-2015.

We expect that the service will be unavailable for only a few minutes but should be considered at risk for the whole period. This is in addition to the regular scheduled maintenance release at 4:30 today.

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Microsoft Sway

Microsoft Sway went live yesterday, 26th October 2015, it is a new service available with your Glow username and password, accessed within Microsoft O365. Sway allows a Glow user to create highly visual presentations with ease, these can then be

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Consultation on a Digital Learning Strategy for Scotland

A series of events and Glow Meets are taking place over the coming weeks as part of a public consultation on the development of a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland.  The consultation was announced at the Scottish Learning Festival by the

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Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy Consultation Launched

During a visit to the Glow Connect stand at the Scottish Learning Festival, Dr Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, launched the formal consultation of a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy. The key themes that are being consulted

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How to Host a Glow Meet

The Glow Meet service is powered by Adobe Connect. Every time Adobe Connect is used for connecting Glow users together, someone has to act as host. A host sets the room up and has the rights to manage other users

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Minister to visit the Glow stand at the Scottish Learning Festival

As part of his visit to the Scottish Learning Festival, The Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, will be at the Glow Connect stand (B25) in the main exhibition area at 9.15 am on Thursday 24

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Glow at the Scottish Learning Festival

It’s the Scottish Learning Festival on 23rd and 24th September and we’re going to be there to provide updates about Glow and demonstrate the many features on offer.  Join us at the Glow Connect stand (B25) at the entrance to the exhibition hall where we have

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Glow Community News

The latest edition of Glow Community News  has just been issued.  Glow Community News is our regular e-newsletter. In this edition find out more about what’s on offer through Glow, useful things to be aware of, how to access help and support

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How to Set Up and Reset Glow Passwords

Users of Glow, like any other system, forget their passwords from time to time. An automated service exists within Glow that allows users to reset their own passwords – this is the recommended approach for password resets as it can

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Glow Safety Online: Glow Community Rules and Report a Concern

We want users to be able to benefit from all that Glow has to offer while staying safe and secure online. The Glow Community Rules provide information and advice on the safe use of Glow. This includes the following good

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Twig and Tagtag Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Twig and Tigtag have been procured, through competitive tender, by Education Scotland for a further 12 months through to July 2016. As a result, these award-winning online resources will continue to be available to

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Blogging Bootcamp Review

Last session we ran a blogging bootcamp in Glow Blogs with the idea of helping classes to get going or improve their class blogs. The Bootcamp was a virtual one run from the bootcamp blog. For 10 weeks we posted

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Glow Blogs Theme Changes

Cross posted from: Theme Changes July 2015 | Glow Blog Help. In the Blogs Update Phase 2.2 in April we added three new themes. We also retired the Spectrum News Theme. We have now retired the Suffusion theme too. Existing

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Glow Privacy Impact Assessment

The Glow Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) is available for your review and comments. The PIA has been undertaken to inform children and young people, parents and professionals about privacy implications and to assist in making decisions about how to use

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Report a Concern Function

We will be making a ‘Report a Concern’ function available during week starting 6 July. This will be in the form of a ‘Report a Glow Concern’ link, which will be implemented on all Glow core services. This will allow

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Consulting with parents and teachers

To help us to develop a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) on Glow, research has been conducted to gain insight into the views of parents and teachers on online privacy within Glow. Headlines Overall, the parents and teachers consulted felt that

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Invitation to participate in digital learning events

Would you be interested in getting involved in a series of events taking place over the summer to discuss the impact of technology on learning? The events will be used to help develop a solid evidence base about the potential

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Annual Survey – Reminder

We posted this a couple of weeks ago, the responses are coming in in large numbers but the more people we hear from the better so please, if you do have any time at all, could you fill in this

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RM Unify linked accounts-Release 2.24

On Friday 22nd May 2015 the latest update was added to the GLOW RM Unify Application. The biggest part of this is ‘Linked Accounts’. Linked Accounts is when a teacher works in more than one school and therefore has 2

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Glow Blogs e-Portfolios

Glow Blogs have been widely used by some local authorities as an e-portfolio solution. To support the continuation of this, we are working towards releasing an improved method of creating and maintaining e-portfolios using Glow Blogs. Posts in blogs will

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Annual Survey – Glow and digital priorities in school

Every year we issue a short survey – one for staff and one for pupils, to gather opinions on the Glow service and the role of Glow and technology in general in the classroom. All responses are anonymous and completing the survey should take

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Changes to the Newsfeed app on Glow O365

We have been making some changes to the Newsfeed app on GlowO365. This is the place where you can take part in the national learning conversation. You can still access the app from the Newsfeed tile on the App launcher:

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