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An invitation to the RM Seminars

RM invite you to come along to the RM Seminar in Stirling. This is a free event and it is CPD accredited. Throughout the day we’ll be running three streams of presentations – two technical and one Glow related. You’ll also get the chance to network with peers and experts. Example sessions include:

– Glow and the Scottish Attainment Challenge
– Managing Mobile Devices with Lightspeed
– Your Network in the Cloud

This seminar takes place on 22nd March and we hope to see you there!
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New Apps in the Glow App Library

Find out about the latest apps in the Glow App Library to accelerate teaching and learning…

LiteracyPlanet is a comprehensive online program for the development of key literacy skills. For ages 4–15, it features 1,000s of interactive exercises for pre-reading, phonics, sight words, reading, spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar and punctuation.
Read more

Whether it be a simple post, an encouraging comment, a skill share, blog or photograph, Good2Go enables children to express themselves, reflect on their passions, skills and qualities, and importantly raise each other’s aspirations and sense of self-worth.
Read more about Good2Go

Written by specialist children’s writers, Q-Files is the world’s first fully comprehensive, free-to-user, advert-free, and regularly updated, online encyclopaedia. It has been designed specifically for children.

School Cloud Systems
On offer from BETT award-winning company School Cloud Systems is a helpful room booking system, allowing staff to book IT rooms, iPads, meeting rooms and sports facilities with single sign-on.
Find out more about School Cloud Systems


This month’s blog posts provide a quick and helpful insight into how to achieve even more from Glow:

  • Good2Go provides solutions to some of society’s toughest challenges. Find out how
  • Find out how other schools are using online technology to improve literacy and maths.

Glow usage in Stirling and Clacks exceeds 100,000 sessions!

Glow usage in Stirling & Clackmannanshire establishments exceeded 100,000 sessions in January 2016!

Over the last year, the number of  monthly Glow sessions has increased by more than 4000%

In January 2016,  Glow was accessed nearly 3700 times every day!

In 16 months since September 2014, when the 20#20 Strategy Group identified the central critical role of Glow, the number of active Glow users has increased from less than 100 to almost 4000

Glow Usage

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 – https://glowhelp.wikis.glowscotland.org.uk/O365+Yammer.

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 – https://glowhelp.wikis.glowscotland.org.uk/Yammer+and+the+Newsfeed

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 CEP@glowmail.org.uk. 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: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/ and  http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/  

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: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/fa/ICTFalkirkPrimaries/online-animation-tools/  

Resources which may help in creating a game can be found here: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/fa/ICTFalkirkPrimaries/creating-online-quizzes-for-the-classroom/  

Resources which may help in creating an app can be found here: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/fa/ICTFalkirkPrimaries/thinking-of-creating-an-app-for-your-school/

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

Innovation Fund – Applications Open

Applications have opened for the £1.5 million Innovation Fund to help schools close the attainment gap.  

Schools can choose whether to apply quickly for funds to run projects that are ready to start in March, or to consider bids for the 2016/17 financial year. The Fund is open to all publicly funded primary, secondary and special schools in Scotland which are not already benefitting from the Attainment Scotland Fund.

Funds of £3,000-£10,000 (per school) are available for projects that will help children and young people experiencing socio economic disadvantage. Applications are encouraged from partnerships of schools working collaboratively or individual schools.

Under the twin track application scheme, schools can apply:

  • Fast track: by 21 February 2016 for projects that will start in March. Notification will be given between 1 and 4 March.
  • Standard track: by 31 March for projects that will start in the year from April 2016. Notification will be given by the end of April.

Proposals should have a particular focus on literacy, numeracy or health and wellbeing. They can be new ideas, or a project with a specific focus, building on what has had the greatest impact within a school, cluster or group of schools. This may include projects involving parental / family engagement and career long professional development or those that help develop and realise aspirations for children and young people.

The guidance and application form are available:

• On our website

By email

The information is also on the #SAC Scottish Attainment Challenge Glow site (login required), where practitioners can seek advice and collaborate on applications.

February Email Information (Education)


Final migration process


By Friday the 5th of February, there should be no school/establishment education users accessing Groupwise.  All education staff should be using Microsoft Outlook email.


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