Diane Owens from Cairn Primary School in Maybole explains how she began using Glow with her primary class.
Diane had used the previous version of Glow and was given some basic training on the new Office 365 version of Glow by another member of staff in her school.
After this Diane began setting up a class site for her class. Diane found she needed a bit of help to begin with, but once she got started it was quite straightforward.
Diane decided to set up a site where her class could access messages from the teacher at home and also find their homework. As the class were operating at First Level, Diane found that the photographs feature of Glow was very useful.
Diane posted photographs which related to the pupils’ homework to help them complete it at home.
As well as this Diane found that the pupils really enjoyed seeing photographs which related to work in the classroom and particularly enjoyed being able to share this with their parents and other family members at home.
Diane also created a list of useful weblinks for the pupils, which included sites such as:
Think U Know
Woodlands Maths and Literacy
National Geographic kids’ site
Diane found that one of the most popular aspects for the pupils was the ease of communication with the teacher when the pupils were at home or out of school. They regularly commented that this was their favourite thing about using Glow.
Diane reports that she was pleasantly surprised and pleased by how confident the young learners in her class were in using Glow. Diane has 2 Pcs and a laptop in her classroom and the class have 2 sessions in the school’s ICT suite per week, one for curricular work and one for ICT skills.