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Celebrate Burns on Glow this week

There are some great live events on Glow TV this week to celebrate the life and work of Ayrshire’s own Robert Burns.

On Wednesday 25th January there are two events specifically for primaries, both live from Dalgety Bay Primary School in Fife. The events feature Kevin Thompson from Burns 250.

Primary 1-3, 9.45 am

This first session live from the school will involve story telling about the life of Robert Burns, his poems, and lots of opportunities to sing along to many of his famous, and sometimes funny songs!

Primary 4-7, 11.00 am

The second session will tells Burns’ life-story based around his songs and poems. The songs and poems are woven into a narrative about key points in Burns’ life from his birth in 1759 to his untimely death just 37 years later. The best way to enjoy Burns is to take part so audience participation is encouraged where songs have choruses!

Thursday 26th January – Primary 6 – S4, 11.00 am

Authors Live session with Liz Lochhead, via Scottish Book Trust. The Makar will be talking about what Burns means to her and will also be reading some of her own poems.

East Ayrshire’s Scots Poetry Wiki

Please also remember that pupils of any age can contribute their poems to the Scots Poetry Wiki on East Ayrshire Glow. Just follow the simple instructions and share your poems!

(Photo of the statue of Burns at Kilmarnock’s Burns Monument Centre)

Digital storytelling with Little Bird Tales

Little bird tales is an excellent, free digital storytelling tool. You can upload audio and drawings / photos to create pages of a storybook. Nice and easy to use.

Google Fast Flip

Again, another non-Glow tip but a great tool from Google Labs.

Google Fast Flip displays overview images of newspaper headline pages. You can search for a current topics and view a wide range of up-to-date headline pages from newspapers around the world. Clicking on one of the newspapers gives you a readable viewer, with a page flip tool to go through multiple newspapers very quickly.

This tool could be very useful for pupils looking at current affairs topics / comparing news coverage in Social Studies, English or Media Studies. It could also serve as a tool in media literacy and information skills lessons.

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