All posts in the ‘Dumfries and Galloway’ Category
- March 15th, 2013
- Con Morris
- Comments: none Tags: : Categories CPD, Dumfries and Galloway
Many local authorities in Scotland run successful early leadership programmes. Typically these are for teachers taking initial steps into project, team or school leadership. In session 2011-2012, Rodger Hill (QIO in Dumfries & Galloway Council) approached Education Scotland to build a community on Glow to support the work.
17 colleagues from Dumfries & Galloway, introduced themselves and took part in a programme of ten Glow Meets on such topics as mentoring, ICT and learning and promoting yourself. The programme included a work-shadowing exercise and a commitment to a change project.
Like all of the PL communities on Glow, colleagues on this community are making their professional learning visible for the benefit of other educators. You can find the community on http://bit.ly/eyphome on Glow
Rodger kindly popped in via Glow Meet and gave us a 15 minute outline of the EYP programme at a recent conference. You can find details of the recording on Glow
If you want a community for any professional learning topic, local or national, just drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to help
- 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
- September 15th, 2011
- Comments: none Tags: : Categories Dumfries and Galloway, Glow, Glow Groups, Technologies
Operation Safety was conceived in 2000 as an expansion of the Road Safety course being rolled out in primary schools and initially involved Schools Services, Police, Fire Service and Ambulance Service. Over the years Operation Safety has developed and additional partner agencies now participate. There are now 12 scenarios giving life skills in a safe environment to enhance the pupils’ knowledge of what to do in these situations. The scenarios evolve to keep up to date with the current issues, for example, Internet Safety includes bullying on-line and on mobile phones.
It was decided at a meeting attended by both the police and education that a Glow Group would be created for use within the authority to enhance the experience for the pupils attending the sessions. They decided that a Glow Group would work well to showcase art work and creative writing by the pupils and also to facilitate feedback from the pupils themselves after they took part in the project.
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- January 17th, 2011
- Julia Fenby
- Comments: 1 Comment Tags: : Categories 16+ Learning Choices, Career Opportunities and Pathways, Co-Create, Curriculum for Excellence, Dumfries and Galloway, East Dunbartonshire, Expressive Arts, Glow Meet, Inverclyde
YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) is the National Dance Agency for children and young people in Scotland. It is a leading provider of quality dance experiences and education, encouraging young people to get creative and active through dance.
Through the Co-Create project, YDance is providing continuing support to teachers of Higher Dance at Greenock Academy, Lenzie Academy and Dumfries High School including live CPD and choreography sessions through Glow Meet and pupil and teacher zones with lots of useful resources and helpful hints.
As well as practical workshops delivered by YDance in the schools, participating PE teachers have been meeting YDance tutors every week through Glow Meet for guidance on all aspects of the course, including the four set dances they have to teach. This approach has given teachers the opportunity to discuss choreography, share ideas and see examples of pupil work.
The YDance Glow Group is under development and is due to go live later this month. As well as providing an overview of the Co-Create project and the Higher Dance curriculum, it will include lots of useful guidance and support materials for anyone thinking of teaching or studying Higher Dance. A Pupil Zone will include hints and tips on the course, with practical advice on what to wear and healthy living, plus videos of pupils talking why Higher Dance has been a positive experience for them. A Teachers Zone will include sample videos of technique exercises and set dances, examples of written work and choreography lesson plans, together with support materials on career paths and opportunities for pupils.
For more information on YDance and the support and resources on offer for schools visit their website at www.ydance.orgMore
- May 28th, 2009
- J Jelly
- Comments: 1 Comment Tags: Tags: biology, Generation Science, Glow, health, primary, science
: Categories Dumfries and Galloway, East Lothian, Glow Groups, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, Uncategorized
A pilot Glow Group has been set up at national level to enhance the experience of a visit from Generation Science’s outreach show – Body Builders. Schools that have access to Glow and have booked a Body Builders Show from Generation Science in the next few weeks are able to use the Glow Group to extend the value of the visit.
The show scenario has four characters visiting the doctor:
Timmy Hawkes, a skater with bone trouble
Kevin Shearer, an out of breath football hero
Rome Zeglobe, an itchy explorer
Don Pupi Panti, a chef extraordinaire with flatulence
Through the very humorous interviews, the pupil audience gains a good understanding of body systems, general health, anatomy, and how to act in a responsible way regarding personal health. The Glow Group enables schools involved to follow up the visit by pupils’ responding to the patients requests for advice, by staff uploading pictures from the visits or posting further work related to the health topics.
It is hoped that teachers will give feedback on whether they feel the Glow Group gave extra value to the visit. This will help the Glow Team and Generation Science plan for next year’s shows.
Generation Science brings shows and workshops into schools to make the learning of science simple and fun. The website has details of all the shows, a downloadable programme and teachers’ notes. These back up the science covered in the shows with the Curriculum for Excellence links for teachers and with follow on experiments for pupils. The shows run from January to June each year. In 2008, 66000 children got to see a show!
If you have had Generation Science visits this year, please leave some feedback about it here and what you would want from Glow in supporting future visits.
- November 9th, 2008
- Katie Barrowman
- Comments: 1 Comment Tags: Tags: CPD, Dumfries and Galloway, Glow, Schools
: Categories Dumfries and Galloway, Local authorities, Uncategorized
I spent a fun two days in Dumfries and Galloway this week, taking part in three different events geared towards getting people onto and using Glow.
On Wednesday night, I joined the D&G Glow team for a Glow roadshow, where the cluster primary teachers gathered for a demo and introduction to Glow. There was a real buzz in the room (maybe a sugar rush from the lovely biscuits, but I think it was about Glow).
I was fortunate enough to work with some of the same teachers the next day in their own schools. We visited two primary schools, and got all the pupils from P4-7 logged into and playing with Glow. Any fears I had about this task being beyond the younger children were clearly unfounded, as they remembered every step from their short demo, and mostly managed to log on without issues. When one or two issues did arise, the excellent D&G Glow team were on hand to help out. The children had a chance to email their friends from Glow Mail and have a look around their school sites. They all seemed to love it, and were raring to get home and log on to the Glow Games. I was lucky enough to have the chance to talk to one of the classes, a Primary 3/4/5 in Moniaive Primary, about what other classes are doing with Glow around the country and I showed them some fun Glow Groups from Shetland and Aberdeenshire.
In the evening I joined the team in delivering a CPD event to teachers on the Glow communications tools, and the attendees discussed their own ideas for using these in the classroom and collaborating with each other. With the primary rollout just over halfway complete, and a fantastic local support team, Glow is gaining momentum in Dumfries and Galloway and everyone’s getting in on the act.More
- June 11th, 2008
- Comments: none Tags: : Categories Aberdeenshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Inverclyde
The latest Glow Mentor training proved inspirational for the educational community in Dumfries and Galloway, Inverclyde and Aberdeenshire.
Mentors in Dumfries and Galloway have already got started on a project where each school in the authority creates a virtual island. The island is populated by characters created by the pupils, and the islands communicate and collaborate through the tools available in Glow.
In Inverclyde, mentors plan to use Glow to help pupils catch up following absence or revise for a test or exam. Mentors also felt Glow provided a golden opportunity to involve parents in their child’s education, and are keen to start uploading material to keep pupils’ families informed.
One of the most interesting ideas to emerge from the Aberdeenshire event was mentors’ plans to train their pupils in Glow. The ‘Glow Bugs’ would then pass on their new knowledge to classmates, and earn their ‘Glow Wings’.
Feedback from the Mentors was very encouraging, and they have wasted no time in getting started with their projects. See future issues of Glowing for more updates!More