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)
Glow TV is a great new way to take part in national Glow Meets. Follow the link on the national site and you’ll see the excellent range of events already available to watch, for example regular Glow Meets such as World of Work Wednesdays, Glowing Thursdays, etc. The site will launch fully in August but if you sign up now you will be able to access the full range of events / services much quicker. Using My Glow TV you’ll be able to sign up for and keep track of all Glow programmes that are of interest.
The new version of Glow Meet is now available (as a working pilot). This can be added to a Glow Group in the same way as other webparts. You’ll find it in the Virtual Server Gallery and it is called ‘Glow Meet’. The old version is still there for now and it is called ‘Glow Meet Classic’.
The new Glow Meet uses Adobe Connect which doesn’t require Java but does require Flash 9 or above (which most machines should have). It is a much slicker, more useable web conferencing tool.
National Glow Meets will still use Glow Meet Classic but we’ll increasingly see the new version take over and replace this, possibly as early as May 2011.
Shortlees Primary School and Sorn Primary School pupils took part in the national Glow meet from the National Archives of Scotland – ‘The Life of Robert Burns: A New Discovery?’ Hundreds of pupils from schools throughout Scotland took part in this event, which included discussions with National Archives staff about the discovery of a letter from Burns’ final days. You can find out more information and see a recording of the event here.
The Shortlees and Sorn pupils taking part in the Glow meet thoroughly enjoyed the event and are keen to take part in more national events like this one. As one of the participants said: “We were all amazed by the Glow Meet. The session brought Glow to life!”
Pupils’ Comments on the Glow Meet at Littlemill
Littlemill Primary School have recently partnered with Trossachs Primary School to take part in a joint project called Our Local Area. These small, rural schools have a shared Glow group where they can post images and information about their local area, for example the farming and mining industries. They can also take part in discussion and ask each other questions about their local areas.
Last month the two schools took part in a Glow Meet, allowing the pupils to meet each other. This was very successful and more Glow Meets are planned this term. For more info contact Miss Liddell at Littlemill PS.