What is Glow?
Glow provides a username and password that gives Scottish learners and educators access to a number of core web services and online resources for education. Glow is funded by the Scottish Government
Who is it for?
Glow accounts are available to all schools and education establishments across Scotland, including independent schools and teacher education colleges/universities.
What is it for?
Glow accounts provide a variety of safe and secure cloud-based services for collaborative, innovative and social learning, co-creation, easy web publishing.
What does it comprise?
Glow is not just one place or platform. Instead, Glow offers a username and password that gives access to a number of different web services: RM Unify, Microsoft Office 365, WordPress blogs, Wikispaces wikis and Adobe Connect as part of the Broadcasting service:
RM Unify provides a launch pad to Glow services and resources with tiles to take users to each service/resource. There is also a management console for account/password management that allows users to reset their own passwords and teachers to reset those of their classes. In addition there is a growing app library of free and paid for resources that can be added to launch pads for individual users or a whole school/establishment.
Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based package that incorporates a number of Microsoft services: Outlook email and calendar; OneDrive cloud storage with unlimited storage capacity for each user; a social Newsfeed to connect all users; Office Online that provides web access to Powerpoint, Word, Excel and OneNote with no requirement for additional software; Sharepoint sites to enable schools, individual classes and projects to have their own, collaborative online space and Microsoft Skype for Business for instant web conferences with other users.
WordPress is the most popular blogging system in the world and is the system used in over 60 million websites. It is a content management system (CMS) that can be used to make simple blogs or complex modern websites. All Glow blogs can be kept private to the individual user/group of users, made available to all Glow users or made public and searchable on the web via search engines such as Google.
Wikispaces offer all Glow users the ability to create different kinds of wikis. A wiki is a website that can be developed collaboratively by a community of users, allowing any user to easily add and edit content. Wikis make it incredibly easy to create a classroom workspace where educators and learners can communicate, collaborate and share content on projects. Wikispaces allow you to create 3 types of wiki: a Classic wiki; a website– which hides the wiki admin tools; a Classroom– this type of wiki has education specific features, including projects, teams, events and comments.
Adobe Connect is a web conferencing platform that is used for Glow TV events and Glow meets with audiences of all sizes. Users can interact with the presenter via chats, polls and whiteboard tools as well as sharing their own web cam and mic to take over presenting. Users can apply to get a host account to use Adobe Connect to hold their own webinar/web conferenced events. *One to one or small group web conferencing is also available via Microsoft Lync within the Office 365 suite.