ICT in Education Excellence Group Report

The ICT in Education Excellence Group has submitted its final report to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong  Learning. This report explores the future of Glow, post December 2013. A copy of the report can be obtained by clicking here.

The Cabinet Secretary would like to hear your views and thoughts in relation to the report and its recommendations. I would encourage you to respond to the Cabinet Secretary’s request for feedback. Arrangements for sending feedback can be found by clicking here.

QR Codes

QR (Quick Response) codes are becoming more common in newspapers, magazines and on advertising posters. They are also starting to be used in school activities. An example of a QR code can be found below.

If you have a QR reader on your Smartphone, ipad or tablet and you scan this QR code you will be taken to the start of this blog.

Click here for further information about how you can make use of QR codes to support your puils’ learning and to enhance communication with parents.

An Internet search will uncover a variety of ideas to promote the use of QR codes in your classroom. Some examples can be found by clicking here.


Twitter is a simple way to increase communication between the school and pupils and parents. At present you are unable to access Twitter via the education network but we hope to provide access soon. Some schools have already set up Twitter accounts, administering their accounts via Smartphones or from their home computers.

So far the following establishments have set up Twitter accounts.

Clydeview Academy:   @clydeview_a

Notre Dame High School:   @ndhs1

Gourock Primary School:   @gourockpr

The Inverclyde QIO team also has a Twitter account:   @InverclydeQIO


SCRAN  provides educational access to digital materials representing Scottish material culture and history. The website hosts 370,000 images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media. It can be used as a superior form of clip art or for particular learning applications. For learning, there are Pathfinder Packs for instant use; and tools such as Curriculum Navigator, Albums, Stuff, Create, Multicreate, Mini Website and Slides to let you discover, store, design, assemble and share your own learning resources.

Click here to view a demonstration of how to use SCRAN. You can use your Glow user name and password to log on to SCRAN. Click here to visit the site.

Audacity Audio Recorder

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows. The editing commands are similar to those used in Word, which allows pupils to use the program with the minimum of instruction.

The program can be used by puils to make their own presentations during topic work. It can also be used to record evidence to include in the puil profile in areas such as language, literacy, drama and music.

Clcik here to find out more information about this piece of software and click here to access tutorials.

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