Adobe Express for Education in Glow #GlowScot

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As part of our ongoing efforts to enhance digital literacy and creativity among our students, we would like to introduce you to Adobe Express for Education. This suite of tools offers a range of creative resources that can benefit both educators and learners, such as:

Adobe Express Suite:

  • A free, web-based and mobile app suite designed for creating and sharing visual content.
  • Includes tools for graphics, presentations, videos, and websites.
  • Provides easy-to-use templates and design elements.

Creative Tools Available:

  • Graphics: Design eye-catching visuals for presentations, posters, and social media.
  • Presentations: Create engaging slides with customizable templates.
  • Videos: Edit and produce video content for classroom projects.
  • Websites: Build simple web pages to showcase student work or class projects.

Educational Benefits:

  • Enhanced Creativity: Students can express themselves through various media formats.
  • Increased Engagement: Interactive content captures students’ attention.
  • Developing Digital Literacy: Familiarizing students with design tools prepares them for the digital world.
  • Collaboration Opportunities: Students can collaborate on creative projects.

Getting Started:

  • Access Adobe Express Suite via Glow. Use Microsoft Edge browser and you will see the Adobe Express tile within the Renfrewshire LaunchPad.
  • Explore self-paced learning resources, participate in live lessons, and access UK-aligned lesson plans.

To find out more, check out all the info on Glow Connect:

Glow Connect Adobe Express

Or on our Adobe Express Wakelet!

Microsoft Office Desktop Apps, Changes for Glow Users @GlowScot

In August 2023, Microsoft announced changes to their licence model programme that would ultimately impact the Glow Microsoft tenancy.

Since the announcement, the Glow Team have been engaging with Microsoft to discuss their planned changes to establish the exact impact to the Glow Microsoft tenancy, and what options are available in light of our contract.

We have been updating your local Glow Key Contacts periodically and have run several engagement sessions.

We would now like to share the update below that is currently planned to be rolled out by Microsoft to Glow Users from the 1st August 2024.

Regards, The Glow Team

Microsoft Desktop App Changes

  • From the 1st August 2024 users will no longer be able to download the Microsoft desktop applications through their Glow account
  • They will also not be able to activate products such as Word, Excel or PowerPoint desktop apps using their Glow M365 credentials
  • Please note that if users have previously downloaded and activated Microsoft Desktop Apps, they will no longer work with your Glow account

This is a change in Microsoft licensing that affects all Glow users, both staff and students and may impact home devices as well as in-school devices.

The alternatives to using the desktop applications is to use Microsoft 365 Web Apps and Microsoft Apps on a mobile device

Microsoft 365 Web Apps

There will be no impact to users currently accessing the Microsoft 365 Web Apps via a browser e.g. Chrome, Safari, Edge.

Glow users will still be able to use the full functionality provided via the Microsoft 365 Web Apps, that can be accessed in a browser using your Glow credentials.

  • Access and log on to access RM Unify
  • Use the Microsoft Product tiles to launch M365 e.g. OneDrive tile

Further help:

Microsoft Apps on a mobile device

There will be no impact to users currently accessing the Microsoft Apps via smaller mobile devices e.g. phone or tablet

You can use mobile apps on devices smaller than 10.9 inches.

Further help:

Guidance and FAQ support

Please click on the link below to access our dedicated page on Glow Connect to find out more.

Glow Connect – Microsoft Office Desktop App – August 2024 Changes

This page includes information regarding:

  • What products are affected?
  • What products are not affected?
  • How to find out if your product is affected?
  • How you can still use M365 Apps using your Glow account
  • FAQs for Microsoft Desktop App changes

Regards, The Glow Team


Microsoft tools available in Glow – Professional Learning @GlowScot

These PL sessions are available to book now via CPD Manager!

Please see below screenshot of new CPD listings for the above course. This course is running cross five dates however, not all dates need to be attended which is why there are separate listings to avoid staff being marked as absent for a course that they are not required to attend. The ‘overview’ session taking place on 12/09/24 and ‘session 4’ taking place on 16/01/25 are the two sessions that need to be attended and have been uploaded together under course ID number: 87176. Sessions 1-3 can be applied for in addition to the ‘overview’ and ‘session 4’ based upon whether staff think they would be applicable to them and therefore, have also been uploaded as individual listings. The course ID numbers for these sessions are noted below.

Please note that some of these sessions are taking place face-to-face and others taking place online. Details of where these courses are taking place can be viewed via the respective CPD listing however, please note that the sessions that are running face-to-face do not yet have a venue and will currently show on CPD as ‘AA – to be advised at a later date’ until a venue has been arranged and CPD is updated.

‘Session 1’ taking place on 25/09/24 course ID: 87184

‘Session 2’ taking place on 24/10/24 course ID: 87186

‘Session 3’ taking place on 20/11/24 course ID: 87187

Please feel free to pass this on to your teams/colleagues who may find this course useful.










Microsoft Tools in Glow: 4.00 – 5.30 pm

Overview of Glow Microsoft Tools (face-to-face)


Session 1 – delving deeper into Microsoft 365 (online)

Session 2 – delving deeper into Microsoft 365 (face-to-face)

Session 3 – delving deeper into Microsoft 365 (online)


Session 4 – sharing what you have learned and how you have used Microsoft tools (face-to-face)

Overview: 12/09/24


Session 1: 25/09/24

Session 2: 24/10/24

Session 3: 20/11/24


Session 4: 16/01/25

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