All posts in the ‘Aberdeen City’ Category
- March 28th, 2013
- Comments: 2 Comments » Tags: : Categories Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Dundee City, Glow, Glow Component, Uncategorized
Glow is packed full of educational resources and national communities where teaching staff can collaborate with colleagues across Scotland.
To showcase some of these great resources RM is hosting two more Glow Roadshows.
Dates, Time & Location:
Saturday 27th of April 2013, 10.00am to 2.00pm , Aberdeen
Saturday 18th of May 2013, 10.00am to 2.00pm, Dundee
Purpose: To highlight and promote the learning and teaching resources and professional learning opportunities available through Glow using RM Unify.
Format: Representatives from TWIG, J2E, The Daily What for education, RM and Scran will have a stand to exhibit and discuss their resources. In addition there will be a rolling programme of presentations during the day.
See table at the bottom of this post
• Twig on Glow
Over 1500 high quality films covering Maths, Science, Geography and Health – complete with support resources matched to the curriculum of excellence levels 2, 3, and 4.
• The Daily What News
Online news service provided for Scottish Schools supporting the development of literacy and language across the curriculum. The site also provides a wealth of support materials.
Just 2 easy is an online blogging tool. Children can create, sharing and learn in an esave environment.
Scran is a charity & online learning resource base with over 360,000 images & media from museums, galleries, archives and the media. These resources can be downloaded and used copyright free.
• Glow Nuggets
A whistle-stop tour of all the great resources available through Glow.
This event is open to teachers and staff, if you want to find out more or register to attend then please email Glowenquiries@rm.comMore
- March 4th, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: : Categories Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee City, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh City, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow City, Highland, Inverclyde, Local authorities, Mathematics, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney Islands, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland Islands, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, Uncategorized, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Western Isles
With the SQA National Qualifications examinations looming, the National Glow Team are pleased to announce the launch of exam revision support for NQ English and Mathematics. Aimed at pupils and supported by teachers, this Glow revision resource will help pupils in their preparation for national examinations by allowing them to post questions and queries into a teacher facilitated Glow Forum. The resource will be open to all pupils and teachers with the potential to become a vibrant self-supporting community.
Find out more here.More
- February 28th, 2010
- J Jelly
- Comments: 1 Comment Tags: Tags: careers, chemistry, industry, NQ Higher
: Categories Aberdeen City, Benefits, Events, Glow Meet, National Groups, Pupils, Sciences
Higher Chemistry pupils need to know about the Chemical Industry.
Unit 3, part a, is all about the Chemical Industry.
Other chemistry classes will want to hear about career prospects.
Chemical Engineers, Gavin Smith and Gordon Hardie, will be covering this Higher Chemistry topic, and giving a flavour of the life and rewards of a chemical engineer on Thursday, 18th March at 13.45 in a Glow Meet in the National Sciences Glow Group. Last year, 8 schools took part in the live Glow Meet. Many more are able to take advantage of this Glow Meet opportunity this year. Make sure your pupils can benefit! If you are not familiar with using Glow Meet, click here.
A career in the chemical industry is exciting and well-rewarded, but both the study required, and the job itself, can be hard work and dangerous. Listen to Gavin, who has decades of experience, and Gordon, a recent graduate recruit, retell their experiences. Kincorth Academy, Aberdeen, is hosting the event, so pupils there will be able to ask Gavin and Gordon questions directly, but classes from around the country will also be able to see and hear the engineers, and ask questions of them via Glow Meet’s tools. Ask them questions about the chemistry, and their jobs.
If you think you will be able to bring your pupils into the Glow Meet, leave a note in the National Sciences Glow Group.
What pupils need to know:
- The UK chemical industry is a major contributor to both the quality of our life and our national economy.
- Stages in the manufacture of a new product can include research, pilot study, scaling-up, production and review.
- A chemical manufacturing process usually involves a sequence of steps.
- A feedstock is a reactant from which other chemicals can be extracted or synthesised.
- The major raw materials in the chemical industry are fossil fuels, metallic ores and minerals, air and water.
- Chemical manufacturing may be organised as a batch or as a continuous process.
- Process conditions are chosen to maximise economic efficiency.
- Manufacturing costs include capital costs, fixed costs and variable costs.
- The UK chemical industry is, by and large, capital rather than labour intensive.
- Safety and environmental issues are of major importance to the chemical industry.
- Both historical and practical factors affect the location of chemical industries.
- The efficient use of energy is significant in most chemical processes.
- Factors influencing the choice of a particular route include cost, availability and suitability of feedstock(s), yield of product(s), opportunities for the recycling of reactants and marketability of by-products.
- August 25th, 2009
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: transition
: Categories Aberdeen City, Curriculum for Excellence, Glow Groups, Glow Meet
It was first week back at school for Northfield Academy and its associated Primary schools in Aberdeen last week. First year pupils started at the big school by taking part in four days of activities based on critical skills.
Eight Primary schools were involved in this project:
Holy Family RC School, Westpark School, Bramble Brae School, Heatheryburn School, Middlefield School, Muirfield School, Quarryhill School, Smithfield School.
It was my pleasure to help the school in the final stage of this transition project. Lorna Murray and I teamed up with the Aberdeen City Council Glow team to support a Glow meet with seven local primary schools. This Glow meet took place in their own Local Authority Transition Glow group .
Lorna Murray, Richard Elliot and I worked closely with the school transition team and the technicians at Northfield to support pupil presentations in the school hall. Four groups of pupils prepared powerpoint presentations describing their transition experience and then shared these live in a Glow meet room: both with parents and teachers and their respective primary schools, who watched from their classrooms across the city. Pupils from seven primary schools were able to ask S1 pupils they recognised, a wide variety of questions about moving up to Northfield Academy from Primary seven:
What was your first day like?
Is the work harder in the big school?
Did you get lost on your first day?
Was it a scary experience ?
It was wonderful to see parents and pupils sharing this experience in the school hall. S1 pupils at Northfield Academy described their their first week at the big school in front of a large real, and larger virtual audience.
If you would like to know more about this transition project and how Glow can be used to connect up primary schools and secondary schools, contact Richard Elliot at the ACC Glow team or Andrea Strachan at Northfield Academy. Many thanks to Sue Muncer, Head Teacher at Northfield, for welcoming us into her school. It was a useful insight for us into transition and great fun working with her team.More
- June 9th, 2009
- Katie Barrowman
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: debate, Glow Meet, online events, Scotland
: Categories Aberdeen City, East Dunbartonshire, Events, Glow Meet
Our first online debate takes place this Thursday, the 11th of June. The Debate will come live over Glow Meet from the National Debating Group. Join the Glow Meet at 4PM to watch Bearsden Academy and Aberdeen Grammar debate the motion ‘This House Believes Now More Than Ever We Need A United Kingdom’ – this should be very interesting, and there will be a chance for virtual spectators to ask questions after the speeches.
Click Here to request access to the group and PLEASE check that you can access Glow Meet from your location before the event to avoid disappointment!More
- May 2nd, 2009
- J Jelly
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: chemistry, industry, NQ, science, SQA
: Categories Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Dundee City, East Dunbartonshire, Events, Glow Meet, South Ayrshire, Stirling, Uncategorized
April 29th saw the first national Glow Meet for chemistry classes. It was hosted in Aberdeen Grammar School thanks to P.T. Chemistry, Susan Davis, and Aberdeen City’s Principal Officer (Education ICT), Richard Elliott, but classes from around Scotland benefitted: St John’s HS, Dundee; Stirling HS; Marr College, South Ayrshire; Lenzie Academy, East Dunbartonshire; and several from Aberdeenshire – Fraserburgh Academy, Aboyne Academy and the Gordon Schools.
Craig Burnett, a recent entrant to the profession, described his path from Banchory Academy to his current postion with Talisman Energy, and also took the audience through the Higher Chemistry content statements about the Chemical Industry.
Gavin Smith shared his vast experience in various areas of the chemical industry with the pupils, and showed the huge responsibility that can weigh on engineers’ shoulders in terms of making sure that plants (including oil rigs) are safe – from design through to everyday procedures.
Some of the teachers who accessed the Glow Meet with their classes have left feedback in the National Sciences Glow Group:
“I used Glow Meet for the first time this morning and I really enjoyed it! I thought the presentation worked very well and I thought Gavin and Craig were very interesting and covered the topic well. I found Glow Meet very easy to use and I was happy to find that you could still join in the discussion just by typing. Thanks for giving me opportunity to join in this morning. I will be keeping an look-out for more Glow Meet events.”
“First experience of Glow Meet a very positive one. Gavin and Craig excellent at giving the pupils a wider perspective on the applications of Chemistry after school/university.
We found Glow Meet easy to use, no problems with set-up.
We didn’t have a microphone and so had to type all questions in – found this a bit restrictive and slowed things down a bit, making the Glow meet not quite as interactive as we had anticipated.
Would definitely participate again.”
“I am trying to push the use of Glow in SHS and it is events like this that are going to make it happen. The feedback from both Chemistry staff and pupils has been great. Thanks to Gavin and Craig and more please!”
If you have ideas for future Glow Meets for chemistry or any of the other sciences, leave a note in the National Sciences Glow Group, or by leaving a comment on this blog.More
- April 15th, 2009
- J Jelly
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: chemistry, industry, science
: Categories Aberdeen City, Events, Glow Meet, Uncategorized
Unit 3, Topic a, of Higher Chemistry looks at the Chemical Industry. A Glow Meet involving two chemical engineers, covering the Higher Chemistry Content Statements in this topic area, and giving an idea of the career opportunities available in the field, will take place on Wednesday 29th April at 9.25 – 10.30 in the National Sciences Glow Group
The engineers are Gavin Smith, Process Engineering Manager, Altra Energy and Craig Burnett, Operations Reservoir Engineer, from Talisman Energy Ltd. Gavin has 17 years’ experience in many industrial chemistry fields and Craig is recently qualified, with fresh memories of the decisions pupils are about to make regarding their future careers. They kindly responded to a plea for volunteers to assist Higher Chemistry classes in this way, issued through the Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Aberdeen Grammar School chemistry department is hosting the event, so pupils there will be able to ask Craig and Gavin questions directly, but classes from around the country will also be able to see and hear the engineers and ask questions of them via Glow Meet’s tools.
Richard Elliot of Aberdeen’s ICT Support Team is coordinating the Aberdeen end.
The Glow Meet room will be open from 9.00am on Wed 29/4/09, with the session getting underway in earnest at 9.25 until around 10.30.
Click here to find out more about using Glow Meet.
If you are planning on joining the Glow Meet, you can let the Glow Team and other participants know by leaving a note of your school and local authority on the discussions area in the National Sciences Glow Group as a reply to the post there.
Bring your chemistry classes in to this novel event where experienced industrial chemists can give pupils an insight into how chemistry and the topics they have to study, fit into the real world.
- February 27th, 2009
- J Jelly
- Comments: 2 Comments » Tags: Tags: Active Learning, AifL, Cooperative Learning, Critical Skills, Glow benefits
: Categories Aberdeen City, Curriculum for Excellence, Glow Groups, Uncategorized
There are so many ways to view and use a Glow Group. The prime role may be for teaching and learning with a class, for collaboration among staff, for distribution of information. This week I met Lynne Bowie, Curriculum for Excellence Officer in Aberdeen City. Lynne is developing a Glow Group as a CPD resource. The Sharing of Good Practice Glow Group is designed to ensure all staff have access to resources, research and examples of effective practice, that will prepare them to teach within the Curriculum Framework.
When Lynne attended a Glow awareness-raising session run by the Aberdeen ICT Team, she realised what an opportunity Glow offers to deliver the materials she is developing to all Aberdeen teachers. In the present financial and environmental climate, Glow has many benefits. Using Glow reduces the need for lots of paper based resources. Using Glow to host the materials means everyone can access them, unlike conferences where only those lucky to attend are fully provided for (…and who can get out to go to conferences when there is so little class cover available?). Using Glow means that the project, which brings together good practice advice and examples, will be sustainable since the Glow Group can continue to develop as practices improve and more guidance comes out about delivering Scotland’s curriculum.
The Glow Group itself is really a mini-collection of sites. The parent group has the Curriculum Framework at its heart, in particular the Learning & Teaching portion. There are subgroups covering AifL, Active Learning, Co-operative Learning and Critical Skills – all tools that have been highlighted for Curriculum for Excellence. Each of these also has subgroups to ensure all the elements involved are given good coverage and allow staff interaction in discussion pages. Lynne is standardising the layout of each area so staff will become familiar with the template and know where to look for the research, key features and local exemplification that is on each noticeboard page.
The Glow Group is still in development but there is no doubt that Aberdeen practitioners will be well served by it when it launches at summer.
- February 16th, 2009
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: TTI UoA Universities
: Categories Aberdeen City, UoA
The University of Aberdeen, School of Education is the first Teacher Training Instituion to develop Glow for teacher training. While they have a great deal of expertise in teaching for virtual learning Glow is new to them.
Katie Barrowman and I were presenting to a large number of lecturers, BEd and PGDE students from the School of Education, in the Macrobert Building on Wed 4th of Feb. Our glow messages and tour of Glow were filmed for the benefit of those students who could not be there, due to heavy snow. We were also in the Macrobert Building on Friday 13th to give Mentor training to fourteen people: ten staff and four students. Thanks to Terry Allan, Linda Stevens and UoA ICT support for making these events run smoothly. The UoA establishment home page looks a little different from other establishments and it is still being developed to suit their needs. It is a home page for both trainee teachers and lecturers and not as we find in most establishments with seperate home pages for Pupils and Staff. In the UoA all users have author rights in Glow, they can create Glow groups. This is an improvement over their existing intranet and VLE: Web CT. During the four one hour presentations we gave on Wed 4th, we took a number of questions about how can Glow fix traditional problems in education generally, such as linking up rural establishments and supporting transitions between establishments: pupils moving from primary to secondary school, students taking up placements and students moving to take up offers of work in schools .
Katie and I returned to the UoA thinking that the attendees would be highly motivated and quick to learn, most with an excellent knowledge of virtual learning and ICT. This turned out be correct. While Katie and I were facilitating hands on with Glow in the classroom, Rob Grant ICT coordintator, facilitated training for George Drew, an absent colleague, by Glow meet. George had laryngitis and could not speak but he managed to take part in training using a small logitech camera trained on the presenter, while he communicated with Rob via the messaging tool in Glow meet. George also took part in the main Glow meet hands on sesion after lunch with the whole class and two teachers from school establishments outside Aberdeen. They had been invited by Katie using Twitter. Rob and I also experimented with Application sharing to allow George to access Rob’s screen in the whiteboard. In this way Rob was able to show George around Glow groups that were created during the day by attendees. George is our first virtually trained mentor.
The Glow groups that attendees created are impressive and I look forward to seeing more of these in the UoA establishment next Friday when I return to the UoA for the second day of training.More
- December 11th, 2008
- Andrew Brown
- Comments: 6 Comments » Tags: Tags: Aberdeen City, Angus, benefits realisation, Midlothian
: Categories Aberdeen City, Angus, Midlothian
Today a small group of folk drawn from Aberdeen City, Angus, Midlothian, RM and Learning & Teaching Scotland got together for a workshop with a consultant to look into the area of Benefits Realisation. Part of the day was spent thinking about the original high level strategic benefits that the rollout of Glow would bring for users and administrators across the country, but the majority of the day was spent investigating how these high level benefits could be articulated in a much more meaningful, practical way for schools and local authorities to make use of.
Early on in the proceedings, it became clear why so often in many projects the area of Benefits Realisation gets placed in the ‘too hard’ tray, and only returned to at the end of the project. Tragically, this would be all too late in the process for many projects to provide any meaningful benchmarking or comparative data. With a project the scale and scope of Glow, production of benefits realisation documentation will be of great value to those tasked with measuring the progress of the project, and investigating how Glow has directly impacted on teaching and learning.
The challenge we face is in producing documentation out of the high level strategic benefits originally scoped at the outset of the project, that provides meaningful guidance for schools, local authorities and national agencies to work with. Not an easy task, but with the benefit (if you’ll pardon the pun!) of Glow, a task that we can make collaborative so that many can contribute?
Early in 2009, we’ll set up a Glow group inside Glowing Potential at the national level of Glow that will look at benefits realisation. In this group, we’ll put the documentation up for all to see as we’re working on it. That way, those with access to Glow can discuss it’s development in the Glow group and help shape it into a framework document for realising benefits that’s of value to us all.More