In these Showcase posts we’d like to highlight the good practice in Glow in East Ayrshire schools. The Showcase examples are from the top Glow groups in EA from the first half of the session (Aug – Dec).
Grange Academy featured 5 Glow groups in the top 20, across English, Social Subjects and PE departments. These Glow groups have become embedded in the pupils’ learning and are used to support homework and revision. The sites contain numerous resources (documents, links, videos) and make excellent use of discussion forums and wikis. Departments have been supported by the Librarian, Miss Reid, in the development of Glow.
For Glow users there is more information, contact details and links to the groups on the Glow Showcase on EA Glow.
Grange Academy English Department
Grange Academy Miss MacKinnon S3 English
Grange Academy Mr Samson Int 2 History
Grange Academy Mr Shannon Higher Modern Studies
Grange Academy Mr Adams Int PE
A basic idea for class use of Glow (across all curricular areas) is to use the Page Viewer web part to display a topical article from newspaper or magazine and combine this with a Discussion or Glow Forum web part.
- In your Glow group go to Modify Shared Page then Add Web Part.
- Choose Page Viewer from the establishment gallery.
- Add the url (web address) of the newspaper or magazine page to the box.
- You can amend the appearance of the web part e. g. the title and size (you may need to change the height of the web part to about 30 cm to fit in the whole page of the article).
- Then add either a basic Discussion web part from the establishment gallery or a Glow Forum web part from the virtual server gallery. The Glow Forum web part is more sophisticated. You can also add multiple Glow Forums to your Glow group, e. g. if you have new pages for different class topics.
- You can start off a discussion with your class by, for example, asking questions about the article, or by making statements to ignite contributions.
An example of this can be seen at the JHA Library Discussion page.
There are also interesting examples of Glow groups using these tools at the Discussion Forums Cookbooks.
Thanks to Marianne Flanagan at Dalrymple Primary School for this tip!
This tip is useful if you have an ever-expanding list in My Glow Groups that you would like to manage and access more effectively, for example:
- E-Portfolios for one or more classes
- Glow groups for every class in your department
In an existing Glow group (e.g. a class, subject or department group) create a new Links list -
- Go to Advanced Settings then Create.
- Chose the Links List web part and customise and title it to suit your needs.
- Go back to the Glow page and Add Web Part.
- Choose the newly created Links list from the establishment menu.
- Add links to the list for the Glow groups you want to group together, e.g. P7 e-portfolios, or S1 Social Subjects Glow groups.
You now have access to the Glow groups via a ‘parent’ Glow group of some kind. Now you can organise your My Glow Groups -
- Go to My Glow Groups.
- Add the ‘parent’ Glow group to your Favourites.
- If you already had all of the other Glow groups in your favourites too, remove them (they will still be listed under My Glow Groups, but will appear further down the list).
- The ‘parent’ Glow group will now appear near the top of the list of My Glow Groups. This will now be the main access point for all of the Glow groups you have listed in the new Links list.
A new Glow front page (Glow Lite) will hopefully make the management of Favourites easier – due sometime soon!
A simple way of using Glow with a class is to use images together with a discussion forum. (See the post ‘Beginners’ Tips – Options for adding images to a Glow Group.’)
The image can be used as a prompt or an inspiration for responsive writing, or as the basis of a series of questions on a topic. Here are some examples -
- History – Use an image from an historical period as a basis for a discussion question on that period, e.g. Victorian Britain, World War One, Wars of Independence, Slave Trade, etc. You could use a series of images for multiple questions.
- Sciences - Use an image of a scientific process as a basis for a discussion questions on that process, e.g. Respiration, Digestion, Chemical Reactions, Electrical Circuits, etc. This example could be replicated to include topics from every other curricular area.
- Languages – Use images of scenarios to support Modern Language learning, e.g. for a food and drink topic. Give pupils instructions on responding in the chosen language.
- English – Use images to illicit creative writing responses from pupils. This could take the form of a documents library where pupils could upload poems / stories on Word. You could also include a discussion forum for feedback.
There are some examples of how images have been successfully used in Glow Groups here.
Using a Glow Group to support a class Novel Study is an excellent way to introduce Glow to classroom practice.
It is possible to set up a very basic Glow Group for your class. For example, you could have everything on the Noticeboard page:
- the book cover image
- a list of activities relating to the novel study
- a discussion forum with questions on different aspects of the novel
Or, you could make it more detailed with
- separate pages for each component of the novel study, e.g. Plot, Characters, Dialogue, Setting …
- dedicated discussion forums in each page with questions for the pupils or prompts for discussion
- document upload areas where pupils could submit written work
- links to relevant websites
- images relating to the novel e.g. its setting, historical context …
- embedded videos of pupils reading or acting out scenes from the book
Another suggestion (which has been used in some schools) is to create separate pages for class reading groups, and allowing the pupils to control the content of their group’s page, e.g.
- add images
- create their own discussions / questions
- add presentations
- add creative writing responses to the novel
If your Novel Study turns into an interdisciplinary project, you could create links to other projects’ Glow Groups or create a page for interdisciplinary work within the Novel Study group.
Examples of Novel Study Glow Groups at East Ayrshire include Lainshaw PS P4 Charlotte\’s Web group and a St John’s PS group [link to be added]. Keep an eye out for more local examples on the East Ayrshire Glow Showcase.
There are also many examples of literacy projects, including Novel Studies, that have successfully used Glow, on Glow Cookbooks, e.g.
P6 Joint Literacy Project
Using a Discussion Board
P6 Novel Study Glow Group.