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EduTech Scot 2017

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend the EduTech Scotland conference in Glasgow. It was a fantastic event, with lots of inspiring talks and great ideas shared. Check out the #edutechscot hashtag on Twitter to see some of the chat.

I could write at great length about all the amazing presentations and interesting workshops I saw, but instead I’m just going to point out a few really cool resources that I learned about yesterday.

  • The first keynote was given by Amanda Regan of the European Space Agency. Did you know the ESA has an entire education website?  Bonus – she showed this lovely slide as part of her talk:

  • The second talk was by Prof Judy Robertson and was about the new Technologies Experiences and Outcomes. She pointed out a brilliant resource, a new teachers’ guide to Early, First and Second levels. It can be found at teachCS.scot. It really is a fantastic resource, co-authored by Kate Farrell, and contains lots of links and suggestions to activities and resources, mapped to the Es and Os and benchmarks.
  • Janice Feighery spoke about how Ireland’s digital strategy has been implemented, and pointed out Google’s Computer Science First resource. The activities are aimed at pupils between 9 and 14.
  • Lynne Biagioni gave a presentation about Scholar. This is a great revision and study resource for secondary pupils in a variety of subjects.
  • One of the workshops I attended was a demo of Wevideo by Erik Raestad and Nick Cox of XMA. This is a cross-platform video editing app.  There is a free version available, although of course it will be more limited, but worth checking out!
  • There was a wonderful presentation from Lee Dunn of the Digital Schools Awards, along with two of the headteachers from the original Digital Schools. Definitely worth registering your school, and there is a secondary version coming!

This is not an exhaustive list of all the great ideas I learned about, but it’s all the resources I noted down to link to! Do click on some of the links above and check them out.

I’ll leave you with this thought, also from Amanda Regan’s talk:

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!

Need more help? Tweet us at @stirdigilearn or email stirlingdigital@glow.sch.uk.

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:

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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.

Need more help? Tweet us at @stirdigilearn or email stirlingdigital@glow.sch.uk.