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New and improved Glow Connect launching Tuesday 12 December 2017

Glow Connect is the official website that provides a single point of reference for all individuals, teachers, learners, parents and carers with information, help and support about Glow and the services it has to offer.

Feedback from GLOW  stakeholders has indicated the current site needed to be updated and improved to provide a better user experience.

In consultation with users we have now updated the content, improved the navigation and provided access to Glow help and support in one place.

The site transition will start on Monday at 4pm and will be live to all users on Tuesday 12 December.

The Glow Connect homepage address will not change (https://connect.glowscotland.org.uk/), however any bookmarked pages from the old site will no longer work but will redirect to the new website homepage. You may want to highlight this to your Glow users to update their bookmarks.

Making Scotland a STEM Nation

STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland has now been published

A STEM (Sciences Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics) Education and Training Strategy was launched in the Scottish Parliament last week by Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science.  The strategy, together with a STEM Evidence Base Report, is now available to download from: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/10/1386/downloads

The strategy sets out the vision for STEM Education and Training for the next five years around the themes of Excellence, Equity, Inspiration and Connection. The ambitious actions for early learning and childcare, schools, colleges, universities and community learning and development (CLD) sectors have been developed through an extensive process of engagement and consultation.

Key commitments within the strategy include:

  • Improving the supply of high-quality STEM graduates into teaching
  • Recruiting a new network of STEM specialist advisors to support practitioners and raise STEM attainment
  • Enhancing opportunities for children in early learning and childcare (ELC) to learn about STEM and their natural environment through outdoor play
  • Delivering an enhanced programme of career-long professional learning for practitioners and technicians to improve STEM learning and teaching
  • Launching a new on-line STEM resource and directory for practitioners
  • Embedding best practice from the successful Improving Gender Balance project to improve participation by under-represented groups in STEM learning, courses and training, particularly for women and girls
  • Establishing a new Young STEM leaders programme to grow and spread inspiration and enthusiasm for STEM, starting in the early and primary years of education
  • Launching STEM Awards for ELC settings, schools and CLD settings
  • Growing successful STEM partnerships between schools and employers through the Developing the Young Workforce Programme
  • Helping science centres and festivals to attract under-served people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Creating a STEM hub network to strengthen regional-level collaboration between partners, including universities, science centres and employers.

A central focus on the strategy is to enable everyone to develop STEM skills for learning, for life and for work. Also included are commitments to expand Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeship Programmes to enable many to pursue jobs and careers in STEM through these pathways. This strong focus on skills and careers will further enhance national efforts to Develop the Young Workforce (DYW) and embed employment and career management skills in the curriculum through the Career Education Standard.

Education Scotland would like to take this opportunity to thank the many practitioners, authority staff and partners who helped to shape this strategy by participating in on-line surveys or by taking part in consultation and engagement events. We are very much looking forward to working with key partners to realise the bold ambitions within the strategy and to improving outcomes for learners, of all ages, across Scotland through STEM.

We would be grateful for any help you can give in disseminating the strategy to your colleagues and networks. Please remember too to share your ideas, practice and approaches in relation to STEM through Twitter @EdscotSciences #ScotSTEM and through our national STEM Yammer Group: http://glo.li/2A7gCgr.

External Sharing now available on Glow….

PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THIS BLOG CAREFULLY , INCLUDING ALL THE LINKS.

PLEASE DISCUSS WITH YOUR LINE MANAGER AND/OR SMT TEAM

Sharing files from Office 365 OneDrive

Microsoft O365 OneDrive allows you to share your content with Glow users and non-Glow users.

  • You can share files from your OneDrive with anyone you want
    There are risks and implications that you should consider before sharing
    There are a few ways to share and you should choose the method that suits your needs best and minimises your personal risk
    Why would I use it?
  • You can share files such as Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, PDFs and images with non-Glow users.

Education options include:

Parental engagement – learners and teachers can share content created in the classroom with parents
Peer collaboration – learners and teachers can collaborate with learners and teachers worldwide
Public blogs – teachers can embed externally shared files such as Word documents and PDFs into public blogs so that parents, other teachers, and interested parties that don’t have Glow accounts can view them.
As with everything in Glow, content should be appropriate for Glow, if you are unsure then please check the Glow Community Rules which should be followed at all times.

How do I get started?

Sharing files
First, navigate to OneDrive from the O365 App Launcher:


O365 App Launcher with OneDrive Icon Highlighted

You will be taken to the OneDrive screen which presents you with an overview of your files. All files in OneDrive are only accessible to you by default – not even system admins can access without taking steps that are recorded in a security log. Each file will have “Only you” in the ‘Sharing’ column. The exception is the ‘Shared with Everyone’ folder which has special permissions set to allow any Glow O365 user to access. (see ‘Shared with Everyone’ further below)

To begin sharing, select the file you wish to share (in this case Banff.docx) and then click ‘Share’ at the top of the screen or select ‘Share’ from the ellipsis menu (…) as highlighted.

                                                     OneDrive Screen with ‘Share’ highlighted

The Sharing dialogue window opens:

Share – Dialogue with default selected

The default option is to generate a link that will allow any Glow user to edit your file. Links generated are long and complex making them very difficult to guess, so people will only be able to access your file if you give them the link or someone you give the link to passes it on. Generating the link by itself doesn’t change the visibility of your file for search or Delve but will allow anyone in Glow who has the link to view and edit your file. If you want to change these permissions, click on the drop down arrow at the right hand side. You will be presented with the Share options

Share options explained

The options above are listed from top to bottom in descending order of exposure with the default ticked. To help you understand the consequences of each and make the best choice for your needs, we will start with the most controlled, ‘Specific people’, and work our way up the list. ‘Allow editing’ can be selected or deselected for the option you choose.

You have the following share options:

1. Specific people

2. People in Glow

3. Shared with Everyone

4. Anyone

Please click HERE for details on share options

Letting other users know they have access

You have two key ways of letting someone know they have access:

Email – You could email it directly from this screen; or,
Link – copy the link to send in something like Yammer or place on a website like SharePoint or Blogs. Many services also support ’embedding’ Office content and where this is true, that site will typically recognise the URL supplied and create a rich preview of the content. However, experience will vary and you should refer to the guidance of the service in which you wish to embed.

Removing Sharing
You can review, change or revoke the sharing status of any file at any time using the ‘i’ icon from the top menu or using the ‘Details’ option from the ellipsis menu

If you have any questions, please contact the Learning through Technology Team

Microsoft Teams for Education

The update to Microsoft Classroom, Microsoft Teams for Education is now available from the App Launcher (Waffle) via O365 in Glow.

We would encourage teachers to wait before setting up classes because:

  • The integration with SEEMIS will not be in place until the end of August , so any Teams  created before then will involve you manually adding pupils.
  • If pupils were allowed access now,  then  some of the current functionality in Teams could potentially be used inappropriately. By the end of August the additional admin settings will be inplace to reduce any risk.
  • If you try to use Teams at the moment you may get an error message asking you to contact your ICT personell (Please do NOT log any calls with ICT)

The SEEMIS integration will allow your classes to be populated with the correct students, and this list will dynamically change as pupils join or leave your class. The classes will automatically be correctly named in fitting with the systems you have in place at the school.

We will be providing twilight sessions in the next few weeks to advise on how to use Microsoft Teams so please look back here regularly for updates and links to twilights.

Please direct any questions you may have on Teams for Education to:

James.mclean@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
Susan.sey@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

 

 

 

Glow Annual Survey

The 2017 Glow Annual Survey is now live. The survey is open to all teachers, staff and pupils and provides us with valuable information on how you use Glow. More information, including links to the survey, are available through the link. Let us know your views and help shape the future of Glow

https://connect.glowscotland.org.uk/2017/04/27/annual-survey-of-the-use-of-digital-technology-including-glow-in-scotlands-classrooms/

Computing Science resources

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Computing Science is an incredibly exciting and inspiring area of the curriculum and it is essential that teachers and learners across Scotland benefit from the wealth of opportunities offered by the subject. The Glow Technologies Professional Learning Community provides teachers and learners with anytime, anywhere access to a wealth of contemporary, creative and engaging computing science online materials, resources and presentations. All materials are tailored to levels within broad general education and senior phase enabling easy and quick access to the most relevant resources. Watch videos and hear how teachers are enriching their learning experiences through the creative and interdisciplinary use of computing science. Join this well-established Glow community today.

Access the resources here, you will need your Glow username and password

 

Eportfolio creation in Glow

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Please be aware we have noted an issue that when learners select the Aberdeenshire E-Portfolio tile in Glow that if a profile had not been created an error message is displayed.

RM are investigating this issue

If a learner had previously created an E-Portfolio this can be found in the Notebooks folder of the Learners OneDrive

Brain Pop: Free trial extended to November 30th

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Free access to the many thousands of resources on Brain Pop have been extended to November 30th.

This will allow you to try out the resource with your students.

If you think this is a good resource then after the trial please contact the Learning through Technology team for further details

To access the resources, log into Glow and in the Aberdeenshire Launchpad simply click on the Brain Pop tile

If you have an ipad..

Mobile Apps

  • Please let teachers know that they have full access to apps for “BrainPOP UK”, “BrainPOP Jr” and “BrainPOP ESL”
  • Username – “abercc”. Password – “brainpop”. There are no issues letting everyone have the login details via email and your GLOW blog.
  • Free download from the app store. The app will remember the user details after the first login
  • This page gives some more info about the apps – http://www.brainpop.co.uk/blog/about-our-apps

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education: Glow TV Event

Please see below for details of this exciting opportunity for all education practitioners in Aberdeenshire.

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills Mr John Swinney MSP will be leading a Glow TV broadcast on Monday the 29th August at 12.45pm.  The blog post below will give you details of how to register and how to submit a question before the event if you are unable to watch live on Monday.  The broadcast will be recorded so you will be able to view it in the Watch Again facility on Glow – we will send out this link after the event.

Please register at the link below and submit a question for the Education Secretary

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/eslb/2016/08/25/a-discussion-with-john-swinney-msp/

Missed this ? Then watch again here: