Amanda Pickard at Cairn Primary, Maybole shows how she encouraged staff to use Glow to help make learning fun.
Amanda used the previous version of Glow for learning and teaching and was keen for all staff to use the new version. As a result she embarked on a training programme for all staff in the school. After this was completed, Amanda felt the ideal way to get started was to create a school site on Glow, with a school landing page and pages for each class and teacher.
Amanda created the Cairn Primary School’s Glow Landing page:
She then encouraged each teacher to create their own class page with help if needed.
Amanda created her own page for her Primary 6 class:
Every class page has a Newsfeed, Things to Do list, useful weblinks and photographs.
Amanda’s P6 class has additional pages created for topics studied by the class, for example:
The Modern World
Safer Internet Day
All homework for P6 is uploaded on to the P6 Glow page. Pupils can manage their homework for the week and have the choice to download it early depending on any commitments they may have during the week. This has worked well for quite a number of pupils.
The weblinks section has proved useful as a resource to help pupils complete their homework with popular links including Education City, Sumdog, Cool Maths, Woodland Maths and Literacy websites. As well as this the teacher added topic specific websites such as Yad Vashem and Guardian of the Memory websites for Holocaust Memorial Day.
Another feature which proved useful for learning was the survey feature.
As well as setting up the survey on the class page, a graphical representation can be called up showing pupils the results of the survey:
This is an ideal tool for helping pupils learn about information handling and they can create their own surveys and analyse the results.
The pupils are particularly keen on the Photographs section of the class page where all photographs of learning activities and other class activities are posted. Amanda reports that pupils love being able to show their families what they have been up to in school and this has proved to be one of the most popular areas on the page.
As well as this, the Newsfeed has allowed an ongoing conversation about learning to take place amongst teacher and pupils and other pupils. The informality of this conversation can sometimes disguise the fact that there is meaningful help being provided amongst peers with homework and of course the conversation is monitored by the class teacher.
Amanda’s plans for next session include having staff proformas on the school landing page to make them available to all teachers. For her class she is planning to begin using OneNote which will allow her and her pupils to edit documents simultaneously, for example working together on a Word document.