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100 best classroom web tools

Here is a great list of web tools that can be fantastic for use in school -

100 best classroom web tools in 2011 (Edudemic)

 Note: We may not have access to all of these due to authority firewall restrictions! :(

Quick Guide to Adding Content to Blogs

Here is a quick guide to adding content (text, images, files) to blogs -

Quick Guide to Adding Content to a Blog

I’ve also put this on a Page on the right for ease of access and also on the EA Glow Champions Group.

Mauchline Primary on Popplet

Mrs Cross’s P4/5 class have been using the excellent tool http://popplet.com/ in class. This is perfect for pupils doing mindmaps or diagrams to illustrate topics, and is very simple to use.

Beginners’ Tip – Resetting pupils’ passwords

School staff can change pupils’ passwords very easily.

  • In Staff Home go to Change Settings
  • Find the pupil in the National Directory search (best to use Advanced Search)
  • Click on Edit
  • You can enter a new password for the pupil in the box provided
  • Save

Clearly, pupils forgetting passwords can be an issue so it is best to make them as simple and easy to remember as possible.

Google Squared

Another non-Glow tip …

Google Squared displays results as a table of facts on the topic you search for. This is particularly useful when searching for ‘big’ topics, where a comprehensive set of facts exists, e. g. historical events, significant places, prominent people, and so on. This is useful for pupils doing research where a quick overview of the main facts / figures on the topic is required.

Again, this could be a useful tool for information skills lessons.

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.

Google Wonder Wheel

This tip has nothing to do with Glow but it is so good I had to include it here.

The Google Wonder Wheel sorts your search results into a wheel diagram, like a mind map, e. g. World War One search. Each result from the search can be further displayed in Wonder Wheel mode. Great for pupils, and useful for teachers too, e .g. lesson planning, topic research. Also ideally suited to information skills lessons.

How is it done?

Do your search on Google as normal, then once the results are displayed go to the More Search Tools link on the left-hand side. One of the options here is Wonder Wheel.

Advanced Tips – Using Glow Learn with an existing Glow Group

If you have a Glow Group for a class or activity and would like to add the more structured, formal content of Glow Learn, this is a brief explanation of how it is done. There are more detailed instructions on the Glow Learn Training Guide.

Note: It is important to begin a new session on Glow before creating anything on Glow Learn, so log off then back on.

  • In the Glow group you want to use, go to Add Web Parts then browse through the Virtual Server Gallery until you find the web part called Glow Learn – Learning Space. This creates a link between the Glow group and Glow Learn. A Learning Space is the name given to a Glow group that is combined with Glow Learn.
  • You may need to amend the membership of your Glow group. Any teachers accessing the Learning Space should be given Administrator rights. You should ensure all pupils that need access have appropriate membership.
  • Log off Glow then log back on. Go to Glow Learn via the link on the left-hand navigation bar.
  • In Glow Learn you will see that there is a new shared folder for the Learning Space. At first it will be empty.
  • To add a course to the Learning Space folder you can either copy an existing course from My Course or create a new course in the Learning Space folder.
  • To add an existing course, go to that course by expanding the My Courses folder. Highlight the course and copy it (using the Copy icon on the toolbar). Then go to the Learning Space toolbar and paste the course into it.
  • To create a new course in the Learning Space, click on the Learning Space folder then click on the Create a New Course icon on the toolbar. You can then add resources to it.
  • Next you have to enrol pupils on the course. With the course folder open, click on the Enrol icon on the toolbar. This creates a copy of the course, which is called the enrolled course – you should give it a relevant name that distinguishes it from the unenrolled course.
  • In the My Groups list open up the Learning Space folder and select the appropriate pupils / staff and add as student / teacher.
  • To check what you’ve done to your Learning Space, click on the enrolled course name in the Learning Space folder then click Launch in the right-hand window. You can access course details from here, e. g. resources and objectives.
  • Log off Glow then log back on. Go to the Glow group to see the Learning Space as it appears there. Anyone enrolled on the course will now see the course details and any assignments from here. Clicking on the course name will launch the course in Glow Learn.

You can use the Glow group tools with a Learning Space, e. g. a Discussion forum, to support the more formal aspects of the course that are being taught using Glow Learn.

Two examples of Learning Spaces in East Ayrshire schools are -

There are lots of interesting examples in the Glow Learn Cookbooks.

Beginners’ Tip – Organising multiple Glow groups

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!

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