With less than 3 months to go until Safer Internet Day, we’re excited to see that over 200 organisations have already registered their support for the day!
Now is an important moment to reach out to schools and other organisations to make sure they know about the day, and we’d appreciate your help in doing that!
In this update we include some resources to help you reach out via your blog, newsletter, social media and wider.
Help us build up the momentum by registering as a supporter now!
Director, UK Safer Internet Centre
Education Scotland are seeking feedback from all Glow users on what new functionality they would like to have added to Glow Blogs. A short survey has been created which they requested Glow users complete and share in order for them to collect as much feedback as possible.
The next release of Glow Blogs is scheduled for summer 2018. In order for all responses to be considered in time for the release, the deadline for survey responses is the 30th November. All responses received after this date will be collected for consideration for future releases of Glow Blogs.
The survey, and more information, is available here [ https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/glowbloghelp/suggestions/ ]https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/glowbloghelp/suggestions/
Thank you for your time!
The contracted PC hardware vendors have advised that, as of June 2018, orders for computer hardware will only be able to use the Windows 10 operating system.
Education, Youth and Communities will provide budget support to schools to identify and replace or upgrade PC computers considered unsuitable for a future planned upgrade to Windows 10.
ICT and Technical Services will coordinate this exercise. Arrangements will be made for disposal of identified unsuitable computers to coincide with receipt of replacement computers. Computers will be replaced on a one for one basis and be of same chassis type i.e. a laptop will replace a laptop etc.
Memory will be provided to upgrade computers to a minimum 4Gb.
Head teachers will be contacted directly to confirm arrangements.
It will be imperative that replaced computers are disposed of using the approved process.
NLC Launching Parents Evening Booking System which will allow bookings for Parents Evenings. Staff will be trained on this and training will commence on the week 11th September.
The 2017 Annual Survey of the Use of Digital Technology Including Glow In Scotland’s Classrooms is now live. The survey is open to all teachers, staff and pupils and provides us with valuable information on how you use Glow. More information, including links to the survey, are available through the link. I would be grateful if you could complete this survey and share it with your networks and colleagues.
We are also tweeting about this from our @GlowScot twitter account or tweet from your own twitter accounts to help us gain as much feedback as possible. Suggested tweets we are using are below.
– The Annual Survey Of The Use Of Digital Technology Including Glow In Scotland’s Classrooms is now Live. Take part – https://t.co/GQcQHGCztD
– School Staff – Now Live – Annual Survey Of The Use Of Digital Technology Including Glow In Scotland’s Classrooms http://ow.ly/vUk730bdCp8
– Pupils – Now Live – Annual Survey Of The Use Of Digital Technology Including Glow In Scotland’s Classrooms http://ow.ly/gVHN30bdTRW
A small release
Fix the JetPack contact form where maps stopped working
New Embed UCAS Widget
New Captcha Plugin on Public Blogs, a Captcha system has been added for non-logged on users on public blogs, this should cut down on spam.
New Yammer for comments, you can now switch to using Yammer instead of the built in comments.
Received from Education Scotland
We plan to make the switch-over to the new Glow Meet supplier on Friday 14th October. As a result, it means that on this date the Glow Meet/Glow TV service will be unavailable but normal services will resume on Monday 17th October.
Please avoid scheduling any events during this time, and I would be grateful if you can pass this information on to those within your authority that use the service.
Scottish Government has published the Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland
The document can be viewed at
The strategy aims to create the condition to allow digital technology to enhance learning and teaching across all curriculum areas. In doing so it will enable educators, learners and parents to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technology.
It sets out an approach that will support education establishments and local authorities in delivering education enhanced by digital technology. It is based around 4 key objectives:
- Empowering leaders
- Improving access
- Enhancing curriculum and assessment delivery
- Developing the skills of educators
A range of actions under each objective have been agreed with delivery partners at a national level following extensive consultation and engagement. The strategy also sets out a number of expectations of our local authorities and education establishments. Local level activity will complement national level actions enabling us to ensure that all learners can benefit from an education enhanced by digital technology.
the Deputy First minister will be taking part in a further Glow meet Session tomorrow. The link below has details about the event and how to sign up.