Tag: Glow

09 August 2021, 16:00 – 17:00 Introducing Microsoft Tools within Glow

9th August 2021, 16:00 – 17:00 Return To School Webinar Series : Introducing Microsoft Tools within Glow

This introductory webinar will cover core tools which are available to every Glow user. The content of our session will include:

  • Glow Launchpad – personalise your launchpad including how access resources available locally and nationally.
  • Outlook and Calendar – support collaboration , identify key features, and create calendars to share resources or develop numeracy.
  • OneDrive – a one stop shop to tools which can create, collaborate, and store resources.
  • Whiteboard – this multifaceted interactive tool can be used to support pedagogy across the curriculum and is suitable for everyone.
  • Immersive Reader – accessibility tools which benefit all O365 users.

This webinar aims to:

  • enable participants to gain awareness of key Microsoft tools within Glow;
  • allow practitioners to explore how these tools can support learning, teaching and collaboration with learners or colleagues; and
  • highlight further professional learning and materials which support the delivery of high quality learning experiences through Glow and its O365 tools.

Please note, a practitioner Glow login is required to join in the webinar.

Click here to book Introducing Microsoft Tools within Glow on 9th August.

This session will be repeated on the 16th and 24th August 2021.

07 June 2021, 16:00-17:00, Glow Using Teams With Learners

Monday 7th June 4:00 – 5:00pm

Using Teams With Learners

About this event

Please be aware these sessions are for practitioners across Scotland who have a Glow account. A staff Glow account will be required to access the Microsoft Team where the session will take place.

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This session aims to familiarise participants with Teams in Glow, and how it can be used to help you create collaborate classrooms and connect with colleagues, stay organised and have conversations all in one place.

In Teams you have access to all your apps and documents and can easily respond to chat and conversations even on the go and keeps you in the loop. Organise interactive lessons with built in Class Notebook

We will cover:

  • Accessing & Joining a Team
  • Conversations/Announcements
  • Files (Class Materials)
  • Channels
  • Setting up and Managing Meetings (used for live lessons)
  • Assignments
  • Set up Class Notebook & Add Insights Tab

Note – This session may be of particular interest to those practitioners who are new to Glow, returning to teaching or newly qualified practitioners preparing for 2021/22.

Register here 

24 May 2021, 16:00-17:00, GLOW Microsoft O365 OneDrive – Promote Student Collaboration

Monday 24th May 4:00-5:00pm

GLOW Microsoft O365 OneDrive – Promote Student Collaboration

Have all your important files at your fingertips whenever you need them, you can view, access and find your files from anywhere and share, everything is backed up secured and protected. All files can be viewed from any device on your desktop, web and mobile app to be more flexible, collaborative and productive.

This 60-minute session aims to familiarise participants with Glow Launchpads and Office 365 OneDrive, its core features and how it can be used for professional collaboration, learning and teaching. 

We will cover: 

  •  Launchpads – accessing OneDrive
  • What OneDrive is – Your Personal Storage 
  •  Navigation Pane and Toolbar 
  •  Managing Files and Folders 
  •  Sharing Options 
  •  Create/Organise/Locate Files and Materials 
  •  Live Collaboration – Experience Multiuser on a Document 
  •  Immersive Reader, Dictate 

A staff Glow account will be required to access the Microsoft ‘Education Scotland Digital Team’ where the session will take place, please click on the link below to register.

Please sign up here 

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Adapting to Teaching Online – Gillian Gillen, All Saints Secondary School, Glasgow


Since lockdown kicked in my main concern as a teacher has been – how do we reach our learners? Pupils had all been given their Glow logins and passwords before the school closed, so we all created Glow groups and started sending tasks online. People rose to the challenge, sending fun, modern meaningful lessons with variety and structure.  

Then the reality of Digital Literacy kicked in – many young people struggled to access their work and for those who did see the emails and reply, attaching a document was not straightforward. It is often taken for granted, Digital Literacy. There is a general expectation amongst adults that young people are ‘whizz kids’ with technology. In my experience, across a number of schools, that is not the case.


Our Council is providing iPads to learners – this plan was in place well before Covid19. It is a staggered rollout, so some schools already have their devices, and some are still scheduled to receive theirs over the coming months. Being an active member of the Digital Working Group, I had already started preparing. I have a Student Digital Leaders of Learning group and they were creating resources for use across the school. We had iPad training events where we promoted the use of OneDrive so that lessons were readily accessible on staff iPads. I started a Digital Newsletter to smooth the transition to Apple: 

 When staff were issued iPads earlier than planned it looked like we were all going to have ample time to prepare ourselves to support learners with their iPads. But now we aren’t in school. Collaboration and development opportunities have been lost and our priorities have swung towards doing the best we can with what we have, and adapting rapidly to the ever-changing needs of our learners. 

Most of our learners have a device of some sort at home (some don’t, and they’ve been sent Home Learning Packs). I did a short video on how to access Glow, showing learners how to add to their Launch Pad and which Apps they would need. As my first wave of lessons went out, I quickly realised that pupils who would normally embrace the tasks weren’t responding to the emails. The Glow groups default meant that emails to the Group weren’t going to their Inboxes and instead could only be viewed if the pupil went into their group. If you access Glow from a browser like Safari or Chrome on a mobile, you can’t even see the Groups menu. I filmed a short video on how to access Glow Groups from a mobile, and I changed the defaults on my groups. We put it on the school’s Facebook feed and waited. Gradually, there were more responses coming in, but still not as many as we’d like. 

I had screen recorded some of my lessons, doing a voiceover and taking my virtual learners through PowerPoints. I also downloaded my class novel and audiobook, and screen recorded my Kindle as it read the first chapter of the book. I sent these out and settled into some semblance of a routine. My younger learners really enjoyed the videos and were taking photos of their work and sending it in. I used Mark Up and my Apple Pencil to correct and offer feedback, drawing sparkly stars on their work and sending it back. It was when I was chatting to teacher friends on WhatsApp that I discovered that this, too, wasn’t common practice. I recorded a short video showing how I Screen Record a PowerPoint lesson, then sent it to my WhatsApp group. The questions then came back thick and fast – but where is my screen record button, how did you get Kindle to read the story etc. I responded, adapted my videos and sent more. I then started to drop them onto a YouTube channel so that they would be easier to find. I’ve improved them a bit, using iMovie to edit out passwords and adding a little background music to the ones for learners. I’ve since added clips on sending Word documents, logging onto Glow in Word, and using the dictate and Immersive Reader on Word. I have plans for more. 

These have all been in response to questions sent to me, both from pupils and colleagues. I’ve had some lovely stories sent by pupils since, all carefully typed into Word then shared links on Glow. Still not as many as I’d like.  I’m hoping that once we are all back at school I’ll gradually be able to show my other learners face to face how to do these things, so that they can continue to build on their digital literacy skills and really make the most of all the fantastic resources available to them online. If learners have the technical ability to access and respond to the lessons, it will improve their blended learning experiences. We are now gradually introducing Teams to learners, and using it for lessons; I think this will be where the fun really begins! 

Gillian Gillen