Glow 101: What is Glow?

question1Glow includes a lot of things.

Glow includes:

  • Outlook email
  • Word, powerpoint or any other O365 tools
  • A place to store and share files
  • A collaborative tool
  • A collection of links to other sites

…and any number of other features that are found in Glow and form part of Glow, but none of them actually define with Glow is.

So what is Glow?

Recently I attended the EduTech Scotland conference, where I heard Ian Stuart (@IanStuart66, formerly head of Islay High School, now a consultant for No Tosh) speak. He said something that really resonated with me.

“Glow is a library ticket.”

When you log on to Glow and explore the App Library, you will see a plethora of tools available to you. At the time of Ian’s presentation on 7th December, there were 142 tools in Glow. These range from the ones that will be familiar to all teachers – Outlook email, Office 365 tools, SharePoint storage – to those more specific to particular subjects, or particular subsets of learners. Have a look. Add some useful tiles to your Launchpad. Point out useful apps to your classes. And let us know about any particularly interesting uses of Glow in your classroom – we would love to know!

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Glow 101: The App Library

There are hundreds of apps available on Glow, some of which are simple links, while others allow you to access services that are only available through Glow. Still others allow you to link your logins, so once you are logged into Glow you no longer need to log in to services such as Scholar or Google Classroom separately.

If you click on “Add” (at the end of your Launchpad – see Glow 101: The Launchpad) and then select “App from Library” you should see something like this:


You can search or browse the apps available, and add them to your Launchpad so you have quick access to them every time you log into Glow.

If you want to add a link that is not already available on Glow, you can instead select “Personal Tile” and create your own.

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Glow 101: The Launchpad

When you log into Glow, you see a Launchpad with various Tiles. These Tiles act as links to other sites, or applications within Glow (such as your Outlook email).

The four icons on the left-hand side link to your own personal Launchpad, as well as those of your school, Stirling Council, and Scotland as a whole. Click on these to toggle between the different Launchpads.

Did you know? You can personalise your own launchpad by adding tiles, moving them around and even creating new tiles if you want to link to a site you use frequently.

For more information on customising your launchpad, see this introductory page on Glow Connect.

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