May 052015

Small - Choices New Resource LaunchYou are invited to attend the launch of CHOICES – a new interactive film where you decide how the story unfolds!

CHOICES is the latest resource from, a diversionary initiative delivered on behalf of Scottish Government, providing information about substance misuse for young people aged 11-18. Aimed at the S3-S6 age group, CHOICES focuses on risks surrounding New Psychoactive Substances (sometimes mistakenly called ‘legal highs’) and alcohol.

Join us live in Glow TV on Wednesday 13th May at 11am to find out more. Register now in Glow TV.

May 052015

Small - 1+2 FactorThe 1+2 Factor is a national competition open to all Scottish education establishments. We want you to showcase the learning and teaching of languages in Scottish schools and encourage the use of digital technology to support the implementation of the 1 + 2 languages policy.

Join us live on Tuesday 12th May at 4pm to find out more about the competition and how the different tools in Glow could be used to support the learning of languages in your school.

May 012015

International Girls in ICT Day takes place on the fourth Thursday in April. This year, it will be celebrated on 24 April with the theme Expand horizons, Change attitudes. Lots of activity takes place across the world in the weeks around this day to promote the importance of attracting more girls and women into computing study and occupations.

Spotlight on women in computing

Ayrshire College is on a mission to challenge gender stereotypes in career and learning choices!

We take every opportunity to encourage females into male-dominated subjects and they don’t come much more male-dominated than computing! For example, each year we run a week-long campaign around Girls in ICT Day to promote and encourage women in and into computing. This year, throughout the week we heard from women who have forged a career in computing – in industry from Maggie Morrison, Caroline Stuart and Jean McInnes; and in education from Loraine Johnston and Lynsey O’Connor. Maggie, Caroline and Jean highlighted the variety of jobs they have had throughout their careers in computing and the many benefits they have experienced like travel, high salaries and flexibility. We also showcased women at the start of their careers in ICT – 19 year old apprentice Lisa Watson, as well as Ayrshire College mature students Jean Anderson and Carol Maguire, who talked about the life-changing possibilities offered by a career in ICT.

Ayrshire College is fully behind this initiative and for a flavour of how we are encouraging girls and women to expand their horizons click on

May 012015

Watch Again LogoMissed a Glow TV event that you were keen to watch with your class? Unable to attend a Professional Learning Glow TV session as it clashed with a meeting in school? Don’t worry all our events are recorded and you can access them all in one place in the Glow TV Watch Again Blog.

Simply search our extensive selection of events by date, CfE level or Curricular area and you can watch the recordings back at a time that suits you. As new events take place they too will be added to Watch Again so you will never need to miss out on any Glow TV event again!

May 012015

IMG_6201REGISTRATION IS NOW LIVE for the Millport Primary Fieldwork Skills Weekend.


*PLEASE N OTE* (There are  25 places, and places will be offered on a first come, first served basis. However, we will restrict places to 2 per school and prioritise schools who have not yet been on the course.)

Download the full programme for the weekend here:

DATE: Friday 29th May (evening) – Sunday 31st May

Location: Field Studies Council, Millport

Millport primary weekend1Overview of the course

This FREE CLPL opportunity (attendees must find make their own travel arrangements) is organised in partnership with the Field Studies Council and Education Scotland’s Social Studies team.

FSC Scotland delivers Primary, Environmental, Biology, Adventurous Activity and Geography courses for over 5000 students a year. This course builds on this expertise and aims to introduce participants to a range of different fieldwork activities which can be used with primary school students. The course is aimed at primary teachers and educators who want to further develop their skills to support and lead outdoor learning.

The weekend will cover risk assessments, planning fieldwork and organising Outdoor learning activities safely. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

During the course we will trial and evaluate a range of different activities which can be used to support and help structure a range of outdoor learning sessions. In particular we will consider how to structure ‘traditional’ observational fieldwork, investigations and sensory fieldwork aiming to more effectively engage students with the places they are studying and interacting with. We will also consider how effective formative assessment and technology can be incorporated into fieldwork.

Course objectives

By the end of the course participants will have:

  • Trialled different fieldwork activities, in a variety of environments, which can be used to explore Curriculum for Excellence, interdisciplinary learning and Learning for Sustainability through outdoor learning.
  • Considered different tasks to develop students’ thinking skills, help assess learning in the field and ideas which can be used in school grounds (including OPAL activities).
  • Carried out a risk assessment for an outdoor education activity, know the steps needed to carry out a risk assessment and have considered key ingredients of safe fieldwork practice.

Start and finish times

Resident visitors are requested to arrive on the first day of the course at the office reception before 5.30pm. Supper will be between 6pm and 7pm. An introductory talk will follow. Breakfast will be between 7.45-8.45am. The course will end on 2pm on the last day.

The standard of accomodation will be in basic dormitories but each participant will have a single room.

OPAL-logoMillport event 2014

The previous primary weekend was very successful. You can read all about it here:

Apr 292015

Global Treasure Apps

Calling teachers around the world! Download Global Treasure Apps for FREE for your students!

Global Treasure Apps are fun, interactive and informative apps, shining a new light on the world around us. The app won an International Serious Play Award in LA in 2014 for “outstanding visitor engagement with a measurable learning opportunity”, making Global Treasure Apps leaders in the field of Game Based Learning on Location. 

Global Treasure Apps are launching an exciting education initiative.

Global Treasure Apps are now offering their award-wining platform free to schools across the world to enable students to create their own location-based trails in a local visitor attraction of their choice.

Creating a location-based interactive trail for Global Treasure Apps is the perfect interdisciplinary learning project, covering IT, Geography, History and Culture.

The project also encourages Global Citizenship as the app is available in 20 languages and the students’ classwork will be showcased on a global platform, for others to use.

All the trails are FREE to download

For more info on how to download the app-creation platform for free, please contact:

Frances O’Neill, Managing Director: Global Treasure Apps

m: +44 (0)7765427429

Apr 282015

Small - Scotland SingsJoin us live in Glow TV on Friday 8th May at 10.30am for a good old sing-a-long session!

Siobhan Miller and Jeana Leslie will once again lead one of their fabulous Scotland Sings Glow TV events. They will teach two songs and encourage all the children to join in and make everyone feel good! The words for the songs will appear on screen so that everyone can join in.

Register to take part in Glow TV.

Apr 282015

Small - NMS Meet the ExpertJoin Volcanologist Rebecca Astbury to discover more about the explosive world of volcanoes! Classes will be able to see objects from a range of different volcanoes to help them understand what happens during and after an eruption. Rebecca will also demonstrate experiments that pupils can try in class afterwards to learn more about how lava moves and how volcanoes are formed.

Join us live from the National Museum of Scotland for this exciting session on Wednesday 6th May at 1.45pm. Register to take part in Glow TV.

Apr 282015

Small - Career in TechnologyJoin us live in Glow TV for the next in our series Promoting Digital Careers to hear from two ladies who have made their careers in the technologies.

This is an opportunity to hear from Rachael Jack and Louise Harris about how their jobs relate to the Technologies. Rachael uses computer graphics technologies to make discoveries about how people in different cultures communicate with each other and Louise is an artist who works with sounds and with moving images. This is a lively interactive session with lots to see and engage with.

Join us live on Wednesday 6th May at 11am. Register in Glow TV.