Category Archives: Glow

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.



Glow accounts for Stirling Council partners

To facilitate collaboration with our partner organisations, it is possible for us to create Glow accounts for individuals who are not automatically provided with them (for instance, through being a member of staff in a school).

If you are a member of a partner organisation and you need access to Glow, please see the files below. You will need to read the community rules, and together with a sponsor from within Stirling Council’s Schools, Learning and Education service you will need to complete and return the two forms.

Glow Partner Account Application Form

Glow Partner Account Terms and Conditions

Glow Community Rules

For those organisations who are not Stirling Council partners, there is information on how to apply for an account via Education Scotland on Glow Connect.

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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