Frequently Asked Questions: Glow and Language Nut

Problems logging on to languagenut.

Try this:

  • Go to your internet browser and search for languagenut
  • Choose languagenut uk
  • You should then be able to log in using the username and password you were given at school. 

Glow: You should be able to log in to Glow, but what do you do once you are there?

You need to download apps and there are loads to explore.

When you log in to glow you will be on your launchpad. At the top of the page you should see the phrases launch pad and then app library. Click on app library and lots of tiles will appear. You can refine your search (down the left hand side of the page(, or scroll through all tiles to see what you might like. Click on a tile if you would like to use it. A page with information about the site will appear and a box that says ‘add to my launch pad’

Click this once. Click the cross to leave the page. Continue to add tiles to your launchpad in the same way. Then click my launchpad at the top of the page and you should have all your chosen tiles in front of you. Click on the ones you want to use. We did not have time to do all this in school, but there is lots to find. If you don’t already have the outlook email app on your launch pad then search for outlook in the app library and add it your launch pad. There is also a game called Interland. Try to find that tile. The game is all about being safe on the internet. It is good for primary age children to play and learn at the same time. 

Computer Club 4 Year Surprise

We have been lucky enough to have Amanda Ford work with children across our school for just over 4 years. Amanda is a former parent in the school and  works at West Of Scotland University and Glasgow Caledonian University teaching coding and games design as part of her studies for her PHd. She is an accredited Microsoft Innovation Education Expert and has worked tirelessly in our school to run a computer club as well as sometimes help with whole classes if a teacher has requested help with technology.

As Amanda surpassed 100 hours of coding with children in Royston PS, Head Teacher Jane McShane felt a surprise was well deserved. On Friday 2nd June, at her regular computing after-school club, Amanda was surprised with a party attended by all staff and many of the children who have attended her clubs throughout the 4 years. Amanda was presented with a bouquet of flowers in recognition of our thanks for her hard work over the last four years.

 

 

 

Creating Landmarks

Over the past few week we have been working on a project about creating Scottish landmarks in Minecraft. However before we get to Minecraft we need to plan our drawings first. We did this by first sketching out the various views of our landmark, before moving on to drawing them on A4 squared paper.

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We were about to go create them in Minecraft and the technology beat us us. Our newly imaged Raspberry Pi’s didn’t want to talk to our monitors so we went to plan B which was make the models using real blocks. To do this we had to go round all the classes and borrow the blocks they all use for counting. However it was helpful to see our pictures start to come to life and we are really excited about getting them created in Minecraft soon as the pi’s are now sorted out.

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