Twig and Tigtag Updates

Twig refresh now live!

Education Scotland and Twig World are delighted to announce the launch of the newly updated and refreshed Twig On Glow website, which coincides with the switch over to the new Glow platform.  Twig continues to bring you stunning film footage and learning materials for sciences, maths and geography all linked to Curriculum for Excellence. Twig has already started the process of mapping the content to the national qualifications and there are quick links now available in the top menu bar. More links will be added as further content is mapped, for instance to the newly included Science Experiments films.

Faster loading

As well as the refreshed design interface, users will find that the new Twig On Glow site loads faster, the mind map responds more quickly and the films cache more effectively which will improve streaming. 

New content on Tigtag

People and Places is the new Tigtag module for geography. Matched to Curriculum for Excellence, the module includes 223 films covering six topics:

  • Environmental awareness and care
  • Future of energy
  • Human impact on the environment
  • Human geography
  • Physical geography
  • Mapping

Imperial College London and Tigtag launch free online resource to help Scotland’s primary school teachers with science

 Primary school teachers can sign up now at

Thinking like a scientist is a valuable skill. Analysing information, asking good questions and recognising how evidence wins arguments; all these things help people make better decisions. The time to nurture this skill is when children are naturally most curious about the world around them – when they are of primary school age.

According to a 2013 National Science Learning Centre report, only 5% of primary school teachers have a science degree, and teachers themselves say that their confidence to give inspiring science lessons rises when they have access to appropriate training, guidance and resources, to help them plug the gaps. 

That’s why Imperial College London ( and education technology provider Tigtag ( have come together to support every teacher to deliver the science curriculum.

Through Reach Out CPD (Continuing Professional Development) teachers can learn directly from Imperial experts about the science they need to cover in the classroom. Offering concise topic knowledge, short films, experiment ideas and more, this new resource aims to equip all primary teachers with the skills to excite children about science.  All training is delivered online in handy 20-minute units, so busy teachers can top up their knowledge anytime, anywhere on a computer, tablet or smartphone.

At the end of a course, teachers can download an official Reach Out CPD certificate endorsed by Imperial College London – one of the world’s leading science universities. 

Reach Out CPD is free to Scottish teachers and will remain so!

Sign up now at

More awards for TWIG

Twig World has been nominated as one of the Top 25 Most Innovative Companies within Digital Education in a new report by Total Education, the global educational technology event company. The report was compiled by interviewing experts in the major education markets around the world including teachers, industry professionals and keynote speakers. Twig World is one of only four content providers in the report.  This latest acknowledgement adds to a growing list of accolades for the company. Twig World has won many international education awards including the prestigious Bett Award for the past three years running.  Anthony Bouchier, CEO of Twig World says: “To be selected with the likes of Google and Microsoft just three years after launching our first product is a huge achievement and testament to the talent of our teams in Glasgow and London.  We are still at the start of our mission to empower teachers and learners as digital resources reach the classroom – there’s a much more to come from us in the years ahead!”

The report is available at

Primary Science on Glow 365

The new Primary Science Glow 365 site is currently under development but at the moment we have a Primary /Early Years blog page which is easily accessible and provides up to date relevant information for practitioners in each sector.

Our latest blogs include how to access the new FREE primary Reach Out CPD programme and you can  download the recent Supporting Primary and Early Years science Glow Meet.

To access the site  and remember your  glow password 

The site is work in progress and further developments will be introduced as the Glow 365 platform takes shape

‘Our Environment Competition’ resources

The team working on ‘Our Environment‘ competition on Scotland’s Environment website are beginning to add learning resources to their competition page.

This includes learning journeys, helpful hints about ‘What SE Web can do for you’, a page of useful links when planning your competition entry and briefing notes with helpful information for teachers. More resources and links are being added every week to this.

Remember the compeition is your chance to

  • find an environmental problem that you want to fix (or a potential problem you want to prevent)
  • describe the problem
  • work out what you want to change, how that could make us healthier and happier
  • work out how you are going to make it happen.

…and you could win £1000 for your school or group!

Disruptive Innovation Festival

The online Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) is working with organisations, universities and individuals from all over the world to spotlight and explore the disruptive innovations that are shaking up industry and creating new opportunities in the economy. Many of the sessions during the festival have been crowd-sourced from global contributors and emphasises the opportunity for interaction and engagement with these ideas. Throughout the four weeks, the DIF provides thought-leadership, advice, short courses, design challenges, resources and networks for new or budding entrepreneurs, designers, makers and doers. The DIF will also welcome participation from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s network including business, policy makers, academics and designers who are contributing to and participating in the DIF 2014.

Of particular relevance from a STEM perspective are the following sessions:

[27 Oct] Eben Bayer – An Entrepreneur’s Story

[29 Oct] The Circular Economy: an educator’s guide

[30 Oct] Systems thinking and restorative agriculture-at scale

[30 Oct] Assembly Line or Mind Gym? Where is education going?

[3 Nov] Mark Miodownik – Made to be Made Again

[6 Nov] Sir Ken Robinson – Inspiring a Generation

[6 Nov] Education: What are the new stories?

[12 Nov] Janine Benyus & Michael Pawlyn – Biomimicry

[Throughout] Experts on Demand

[Throughout] Design Challenges

People sign up to receive news about the DIF at

All of the sessions are free to attend, and most will be made available for a short period of time after the event.

Higher Computing Science – half day events

As part of Education Scotland’s ongoing support of the new national qualifications a series of half day events for Higher Computing Science have been organised for later this year.  These events are a follow up to the very successful national conference held in May of this year.  The main aims of the events will be to:
•    examine a range of appropriate approaches to learning and teaching
•    exemplify new course content
•    discuss areas of course content where further support may be necessary.

The events will take place as follows:

7 November, Denholm House, Livingston

9.30 – 12.30
1.00 – 4.00

10 December, Optima, 58 Robertson Street, Glasgow

9.30 – 12.30
1.00 – 4.00

To register your interest in attending one of these events please contact