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Tips, Tricks, Examples of Glow Blog use (Glowing Posts) and other news. The Glowing Posts get added to this blog with the syndication plugin.

Glow Blogs YouTube tutorials by @donaldfeist

Glasgow Teacher Donald Feist (@donaldfeist) is producing some YouTube help videos on Glow Blogs. Glow Blogs Tutorial – YouTube Playlist.

Want to know how and why we use Glow Blogs as an incredible classroom resource? Look no further!
This short series is on how to create your own Glow Blog for the classroom. This is primarily aimed at Scottish teachers, however, as the platform for Glow Blogs is WordPress, this works for all teachers across the world who are allowed to use WordPress as an educational platform.

Health & Wellbeing at Morningside

This is a really detailed post about a learning session with primary 2/3. I  really enjoyed reading the post, somewhat amazed at how much went on. I imagine that parent would be delighted getting this view of their children’s classroom.

Health and wellbeing in p2/3

 

As an aside, lovely to see the use of featured images on the blog, this shows up nicely in the except created when I paste in the link to the blog here. It also shows in the latest posts section on the north Lanarkshire Home page:

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Graphic Novels in the Classroom

This is a guest post by Metaphrog (John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs), creators of the award-nominated Louis graphic novels and The Red Shoes and Other Tales. Metaphrog, alongside Dave Hook from Stanley Odd, were the lead artists on Graphic Lyrics, our Booked! project with Shawlands Academy, Glasgow.

 
A post from Edinburgh International Book Festival Learning | Learning activities and events from Edinburgh International Book Festival

your place to find information on Edinburgh International Book Festival’s learning events and projects, as well as event recordings, activities and resources.

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Screen Options: Customising the Post Screen

The Screen Options on the WordPress Dashboard pages may help you simplify the post screen for younger pupils. It can also show some extra features on your blog. Here is a short screencast showing how these changes are made.

Featured Images

A feature of WordPress that not too many Glow Bloggers use at the moment is the Featured Image.

Features images can be added to posts and will be used by the blogs theme, either to display on the post and or to provide navigation.

for example in TwentyFourteen, the home page grid or slider is provided by posts with featured images. For example:

Featured images will also be picked up by twitter if you post a link to a blog. Like this:

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They are also shown if you paste the link to the blog into another post and on the LA home pages of Glow blogs.

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The featured image on this post is Water feature in Muang Boran (Ancient Siam) in Samut Prakan, Thailand found on flickr, taken by Uwe Schwarzbach and used under a Creative Commons — Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic — CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.

The mural is on tour

Bramble Brae are holding a community event this Friday (3rd of June) at 2pm. Come along and see the mural!

from: The mural is on tour

I love the subtitle of this blog:
Imagining Aberdeen: A Children’s Parliament and Aberdeen City Council Project | All blog posts by children from the Children’s Parliament Team.

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Children from across the city are Imagining Aberdeen as a place where children are healthy, happy and safe.

Our school partners are Bramble Brae Primary, Manor Park Primary, Riverbank Primary and Tullos Primary.

In phase 1 of our project 300 children have been considering life in the community, at home and at school and exploring the idea of human dignity. Phase 2, which will take place in early summer 2016, will see 20 children – our Imagineers – take part in a Mural Project which captures children’s vision for the city.

from: About Imagining Aberdeen | Imagining Aberdeen: A Children’s Parliament and Aberdeen City Council Project

Three Billy Goats Gruff – Digital story

A nice example of a sway embedded in a Glow blog: Three Billy Goats Gruff – Digital story « Polbeth Nursery School Blog, some of the nearby posts look intriguing too: Using Mathematical Language in our Mud Kitchen « Polbeth Nursery School Blog

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My Amazing Baking Project! – Endeavour

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Katy’s My Amazing Baking Project! is just one post on the Endeavour blog from Port Ellen Primary:

The Endeavour project came about through discussions on curriculum design and the desire to find a way to develop resilience, independence and self motivated learning skills in children that would enable them to succeed in the ever-changing workplace of the future.

and:

Over the past three years examples of projects carried out include organizing a kayaking expedition around Islay, creating a video game using Kodu, creating a documentary on sheep husbandry over the year, composing an original piece of Scottish music on the piano, choreographing a new Highland dance, making animations and building electronic circuits.

You can read more on the blog itself and in this TES article: It’s a shore thing – News – TES

Interview With Mr Meehan

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Bearsden Primary are using their Glow Blog to present their Soundcloud Audio: Interview with Mr Meehan | Bearsden Primary School

You can embed Soundcloud music or audio by pasting the URL to a soundcloud page into the Post editor.

You can also upload audio files of up to 50mb to your Glow blog to create a podcast episode.