Category Archives: Social Media

John Swinney on Glow TV

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills Mr John Swinney MSP will be leading a Glow TV broadcast on Monday the 29th August at 12.45pm.
The blog post below will give you details of how to register and how to submit a question before the event if you are unable to watch live on Monday.  The broadcast will be recorded so you will be able to view it in the Watch Again facility on Glow – we will send out this link after the event.
I’d encourage you to circulate this to colleagues and encourage them to send in any questions in advance as this is expected to be a popular broadcast.

Share Your Learning…with Scotland!

There are now many schools in Stirling & Clacks using the Glow Blogs webspace to host their school websites.  There are also many classes blogging about their learning activities.

#ShareOurLearning is a place where class blogs across Scotland can share what they are learning.

Class Bloggers can choose which of their posts to share.  By simply categorising or tagging you posts with shareourlearning and registering here, any posts you categorise or tag will show up on the national site.

How to Join In

  1. You need a publicly accessible blog.
  2. You decide to use either a category or tag on your blog.
  3. Make a post you want to share or find an old one. Add the category or tag. For example  shareourlearning
  4. Once your post is published click on this link, go to the national site and fill in the form on this page: Share Out Learning
  5. Your posts that are tagged (or categorised) will be automatically added to the #ShareOurLearning site.

Yammer launching on Glow O365

Another update to Glow is coming with Yammer being launched later this month, the current target date being 22nd February 2016.  There are initial help guides available within the help wiki –

Yammer’s launch is slightly different to the previous launches of Delve, Sway and Video because the release of Yammer does impact upon existing services.  The Glow tenancy can only have one community wide social network and this means that when Yammer is switched on, the newsfeed across the tenancy is switched off.
What this means for end users is:

  • The newsfeed icon will no longer be available in the app launcher
  • Newsfeeds within sites will not be affected
  • Users will no longer be able to see the national newsfeed
  • Users will be able to see an aggregated newsfeed of all sites they are following, by using a specific link

The above is detailed here –

2016 E-Safety Competition for Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire children and young people aged 8-18

The Central E-Safety Partnership announce the 2016 E-Safety Competition for Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire children and young people aged 8-18. Click here for the competition poster. CEP_2016_online_safety_competition poster

Prizes include tablet devices, lock-and-play gaming sessions, online subscriptions, t-shirts, cinema tickets and more – and to win children and young people aged 8-18 just have to create a game/app or an animation/video to help deliver a strong e-safety message and promote positive uses of digital technology.

Help celebrate great uses of the Internet and mobile technology, and promote tips for keeping safe online and in using mobile devices by creating an app/game or animation/video to help children and young people better understand about the positives of sharing online but also the dangers of inappropriate sharing, as well as how to avoid making hurtful comments online.

Who can enter

Children and young people who live in the Forth Valley area or who attend schools within the Forth Valley E-safety partnership area (Clackmannan Council, Falkirk Council and Stirling Council areas) in the following categories:

Entry categories

Age 8-11

Age 12-15

Age 16-18

Entries can be from individuals or groups of children and young people – in the event of the group being of different ages the entry must be in the category for the eldest member of the group.

How to enter

What’s most important is the message and not the medium. Entries can be in whatever form is easiest for you. The entry can be sent if that is possible or hosted elsewhere and the link sent as the entry. Note that images in any entry must not include faces of real people, and no copyright must be infringed. The theme for Safer Internet Day (i.e. “PLAY YOUR PART FOR A BETTER INTERNET”) needs to be included in some way as part of the  entry.  Send your entry (or a link to your entry if stored online elsewhere) via email to This may be a link to the created /animation video hosted elsewhere (such as YouTube). Make sure you include details of the names of who created the song or rap, the age category, and where you’re from (school name or area in the Forth Valley area).

What you’ll win

There will be a range of exciting prizes. And winning entries will be included in the Central E-Safety Partnership online space and publicised, to include the names of the creators and their school or geographical area.

Deadline for entries

This was launched to coincide with Safer Internet Day on February 9 with deadline for entries being received being 30 April 2016

How your entry will be judged

After the deadline the judging panel will select a winner in each category and all entrants will be advised of the outcome of the judging process.

How your entry will be shared after the deadline

All entries which meet the criteria of promoting positive uses of the Internet and delivering an e-safety message may be shared in a public online space and will include the names of the writers and their school or geographical area.

Terms and conditions

1. All entries must be received no later than the closing date of 30 April 2016.

2. All entrants must be living in the Forth Valley area or from schools within the Forth Valley e-safety Partnership area (Clackmannan Council, Falkirk Council, and Stirling Council areas).

3. Material submitted must be the original work of the children or young people entering the competition, should not have been previously entered in any competition and should not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of third parties.

4. Entries may be created by groups of children or young people working collaboratively and must be entered in the category of the eldest child/young person in the group.

5. Entries must include the names of all those who created the entry, the category in which they are entering, and the name of their school (or location area).

6. Winning entries will be posted online following the outcome of the judging process. All entries which meet the criteria of promoting positive uses of the Internet and delivering an e-safety message may be shared in a public online space and will include the names of the writers and their school/geographical area.

7. Entrants should keep a copy of their entries as entered material will not be returned.

8. By entering the competition entrants accept the terms and conditions and agree that entries may be used by the Forth Valley e-safety Partnership for promotional purposes at no cost, which will include placing them online and promoting via various avenues. The rights and ownership of the entries will remain with the creators.

This competition is promoted by the Central E-Safety Partnership which covers the Forth Valley area of central Scotland.

E-Safety Advice and guides

You can find e-safety advice and guides here which might help with content you wish to include in your app/game or animation/video: and  

Resources which may help

BrainPOP animated videos specifically aimed at children and young people are being made available free of charge for the duration of the competition to Glow users in Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire – just click on the BrainPOP tile on the local authority launchpad within Glow. All BrainPOP animated videos and resources on a whole range of topics (which inclides e-safety resources) will be accessible free of charge to Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire until 30 April.

Freely available resources which may help in creating an animation can be found here:  

Resources which may help in creating a game can be found here:  

Resources which may help in creating an app can be found here:

Please note that the above links are only provided as suggested starting points and entrants may choose to use any tool which they prefer.

Digital Media Literacy – Do you know?

Should we have a “huge distrust of the increasing use of ‘brands’ in education which leads to increasing competition between the ‘haves’ and further disadvantage among the ‘have nots’?”

Dean Groom discusses…

There are FIVE things that kids need to know about and apply.

  1. All media messages are constructed.
  2. Media messages are constructed using a creative language with its own rules.
  3. Different people experience the same media message differently.
  4. Media have embedded values, opinions, and points of view.
  5. Most media messages are organized to gain profit and/or power.

Pupil e-Portfolio Update

The e-Portfolio Plugin Version 1.0 has been released.  Pupils can now set up an e-Portfolio by selecting e-Portfolio from a popup on the Create Blog page. Existing blogs can gain the functionality by activating the e-Portfolio plugin.The old portfolio themes are no longer available in the theme picker.

The e-Portfolio plugin make creating a profile from a series of posts much simpler. There is a new Taxonomy ‘Profile Tags’ which control which posts appear on the profile. Pupils can create as many profiles as they like.

A series of help pages are available on using the e-Portfolio Plugin.



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This release also add the ability to embed Sways in a blog by pasting in the url to the sway: Example post.

Q – I have been trying to set up new e-portfolios but cannot find my local authority theme?

A – The various LA themes have been disabled for new blogs as the e-portfolios have been changed to use a plugin rather than a theme:
Help for the new system is here:

News posted about the e-portfolios:

Get in touch  with John Johnston if you need more information:

Glow Blog Website Christmas Roundup

Education Scotland Learning Blog

National #ShareOurLearning Blog

This blog collects learning automatically sent in by class blogs from around Scotland.

Scranalogue – The SCRAN Culture Heritage Learning Blog

STEM Central


Stirling & Clacks networking & resource sharing Blogs


Stirling & Clacks School Websites


Stirling Blogs Home:

Clacks Blogs Home:

Scotland Blogs Home:



Looking for useful resources and examples of good practice?

Go to to vote on the best edublogs of 2015…

…but also consider that all of these blogs have been nominated for being the best in each category.  So it makes sense to visit the blogs and see what help, resources or examples of good practice can be found in each.

The blogs/sites are categorised, so click on a link and see where it takes you…


  1. Best new blog
  2. Best group blog
  3. Best class blog
  4. Best student blog
  5. Best ed tech / resource sharing blog
  6. Best teacher blog
  7. Best library / librarian blog
  8. Best administrator blog
  9. Most influential blog post of the year
  10. Best individual tweeter
  11. Best individual blog

Best New Blog

Best Group Blog

Best Class Blog

Best Student Blog

Best Ed Tech / Resource Sharing

Best Teacher Blog

Best Library Blog

Best Administrator Blog

Most Influential Blog Post

Best Individual Tweeter

Best Individual Blog