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National Digital Learning Week 2019

National Digital Learning Week returns for 2019

National Digital Learning week is back. This year the event will take place from Monday 13 to Friday 17 May.

For the fifth annual National Digital Learning Week all early learning and childcare centres and schools across Scotland are invited to take part in five curriculum focused challenges in STEM, Social Studies, Expressive Arts, Literacy and Numeracy. To ensure all teachers are fully supported to take part Education Scotland have developed a package of materials including activity suggestions and how to guides.

Schools that share their work are in with a chance of winning some exclusive Glow goodies. Simply tag @digilearnscot on Twitter and use #NDLW19 or upload directly on the Glow Blog.

For more information and to get started with the challenges visit the National Digital Glow Blog today!

2019 Google Bootcamps

Are you a teacher in a Stirling Council school? Are you interested in becoming a Google Certified Educator? Are you already certified at Level 1 and looking to progress to Level 2?

This year we are hosting two Google Bootcamps to allow staff to become Google Certified Educators at both Level 1 and Level 2.

Dates and venues:

Thursday 21 March and Friday 22 March (Bannockburn High School)
Thursday 16 May and Friday 17 May (Dunblane High School)

Staff wishing to sign up must have permission from their Head Teacher to be out of school and must attend both days of the course.

Register here!

Passwords for young children

I have been doing some research recently into passwords that are reasonably strong, but still memorable enough for younger children to be able to use. Here are a few websites I have found that might be useful to teachers of younger children:

Dinopass – generates simple, pronounceable passwords using words and numbers. There is an option to go for more secure passwords that include special characters as well.

LastPass – this popular password manager has a page where you can check the security of passwords.

WarpConduit’s password generator – these are not memorable words, like Dinopass, but they are designed to be “pronounceable” and thus easier to remember than random strings.

Safer Internet Day 2019

This year’s Safer Internet Day has the theme “together for a better internet”. On the website there are resource packs available for all age groups, from 4-18. The resources include videos, assemblies, and various activities for children and young people to do.

In line with the theme of making the internet a better place, there are a couple of great resources that are moving away from the “e-safety” model to more of a “digital citizenship” approach, and encouraging young people to make the most of the opportunities technology provides.

BBC Own It has the awesome tagline “be the boss of your online life” and is aimed at 8-12 year olds. As well as advice about dealing with bullying and so on, it has lots of information about developing digital skills and creativity. It has a “friendly older sibling” feel to it, with lots of videos by YouTubers.

Google’s Be Internet Legends is aimed at 7-11 year olds. It includes the “Interland” game, resources for teachers and parents.

Both BBC Own It and Be Internet Legends are available for free online and can be accessed directly or via the tiles on Glow.


Last year’s Safer Internet Day post is still available, with lots of links to more resources!

Digital Learning and Data Protection

Digital tools for learning and teaching

In Stirling Council schools and nurseries, we use a variety of digital tools for learning and teaching, to share information about the life of the school, communicate with parents and carers, and to celebrate success. Use of many of these tools requires sharing some personal data about children with the providers of the services. This may include, for example, children’s names, classes, and Glow or email addresses. For some services, we will need consent of parents and carers to share this personal data.

Core digital services

Across Stirling Council, we use Glow and Google’s G Suite for Education for learning and teaching. Data is shared with these services under the legal basis of public task – use of these services is deemed essential for learning and teaching, and we have legal agreements in place with both Education Scotland and Google to ensure that personal data is kept safe (see our Privacy Notices below for our use of these services).

Privacy notice for Glow

Privacy notice for G-suite

Privacy policies for services within Glow:

Glow’s own Privacy Policy

Glow has a number of National Apps, information about which can be found here. Their privacy policies are listed below.

Books for All

Languages on Screen

Screening Shorts

SCEL framework (staff only)


RM Blogs

RM People Directory

RM Community

Likewise, Seemis is used to securely manage children and young people’s personal data, including sensitive category data (such as information about their health). This data sharing is also done under the legal basis of public task, and appropriate agreements are in place to ensure the data is securely managed.

Other digital services

For other processes involving digital tools, schools may use the legal basis of either Public Task or Consent for data sharing, depending on how much data is shared and the purposes for which this takes place. Where  necessary, they will seek consent of parents/carers and the young people themselves when they are aged 12 and over.



CyberFirst Girls Competition

Calling all S2 girls and their teachers! Entries open on Monday for the CyberFirst Girls Competition, 2019.

“Over the past two years, 12,500 girls in schools across the UK have participated in our annual competition of problem-solving and code cracking challenges to crown the UK’s most cyber-capable young women.

  • The exciting competition is for girls in Year 8 in England and Wales, S2 in Scotland and Year 9 in Northern Ireland (12-13yrs of age). This age group has been deliberately chosen to give as many girls as possible the opportunity to find out more about cyber security with a view to potentially influencing the subjects they choose at GCSE. Only 11% of the global cyber workforce is made of women, so our ultimate aim is to inspire the girls into a career in cyber security.
  • Teachers, of any subject, can get involved and enter a team of girls. No prior specialist IT knowledge is required. Schools may enter as many teams as they wish.
  • The competition’s Grand Final will be taking place in Edinburgh on 24-25 March 2019.”

Click on the image below to go to the site!