All posts in the ‘North Lanarkshire’ Category
- March 4th, 2013
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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.
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- November 2nd, 2012
- Comments: none Tags: : Categories Edinburgh City, Fife, Glasgow City, Glow, Glow Component, Learner Resources, North Lanarkshire, Technologies, Uncategorized, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian
RM Unify is the launchpad that will provide single sign on to Microsoft Office 365 and other applications.
It was piloted in Oct 2012 in a range of schools from across different local authorities, feedback was provided in a Glow Group and this feedback has been summarised and documented, the document is available in the national group – Migration of Glow to Office 365.
A great big thank you to all the schools and local authority staff involved. It was great to see the pupils enjoying the new look interface.
- This group also contains a video tour of RM Unify -More
- January 23rd, 2012
- Comments: none Tags: : Categories Glow, Glow Groups, North Lanarkshire, Uncategorized
Jennifer Neill is a teacher at Alexander Peden Primary School in North Lanarkshire. This year Jennifer’s remit has been to share a Primary Two class with a probationer teacher and support the other teachers in the school with the roll out of Glow. To do this she regularly meets with class teachers to discuss what interdisciplinary work they are completing in class and they look at ways in which Glow can compliment and support this. At present all pupils in the school have Glow log ons and are actively using Glow.
In Primary 7 the pupils were studying a topic on Vivisection for Literacy. Within this topic the pupils had a debate as to whether they agreed or disagreed with animal testing. The pupils first of all, after some research, had to consider all the reasons for and all the reasons against in relation to animal testing. The pupils then created short videos, using a video camera, giving an argument for or against animal testing, whichever they agreed with. In this cookbook we will look at how Jennifer and Scott Clark (North Lanarkshire Glow Development Officer) used Glow to support this Literacy activity.
Find out more in the Cookbook here.More
- January 20th, 2012
- Comments: none Tags: : Categories Glow, Glow Blogs, Glow Groups, North Lanarkshire, Technologies
Maureen Atkins is a Maths teacher at St Aidan’s High School in North Lanarkshire. She has been making good use of Glow in her teaching. She was involved in the school making the decision to move ahead with using e-portfolios with the S1 year group. Maureen was keen that evidence of pupil achievement that she had captured in the classroom would be available to be used by the pupils when creating posts in their e-portfolios. This Cookbook will focus on the Maths Store Glow Group and on the wiki. You will see a tour of the Glow Group and wiki and also interviews with Maureen where she will explain what she was setting out to do.
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- January 13th, 2012
- Comments: none Tags: : Categories Expressive Arts, Glow, Glow Groups, North Lanarkshire, Technologies
Irene Stewart is a Principal Teacher of Music at Bellshill Academy in North Lanarkshire. She began using Glow quite recently, encouraged by her own son’s use of Glow in primary school. She saw the potential for her secondary pupils to be accessing materials from home and also to be able to ask questions on Discussion Boards for help with their homework. Her son’s obvious enjoyment of using Glow made her think that her pupils would be motivated by using it.
This is the second of 2 Cookbooks which will look at how Irene has started to use Glow with her Standard Grade classes but mainly with S3. This second Cookbook on Irene’s use of Glow will focus on the pupils using a wiki to upload project work for Standard Grade Music.
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- November 13th, 2011
- Jennifer McDougall
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: Lee McConnell, National Schools Sport Week, olympic
: Categories Curriculum for Excellence, Events, Expressive Arts, Glow, Glow Meet, Health and Wellbeing, North Lanarkshire, Pupils
This week Scottish athlete Lee McConnell, 400 metres runner will be on Glowing Thursday to tell us about what it takes to be an Olympian and to encourage schools to get involved in National School Sports Week 2012.
Nearly half a million primary and secondary pupils from over 1,400 schools in Scotland participated in National School Sport Week last June, making it the biggest school sporting event in the country. So, the numbers for 2012 are set to rise!
The week will be from 11th – 15th June 2012 and the theme for this year is Stage your Games! The possibilities for capturing the Olympic and Paralympic spirit in your National School Sports Week events and for supporting interdisciplinary learning in Curriculum for Excellence are endless.
Join us live from Muirhouse Primary School in North Lanarkshire on Thursday 17th November at 11am and find out more about how you and your school can get involved! Sign up in Glow TV.More
- October 20th, 2011
- Comments: none Tags: : Categories Expressive Arts, Glow, Glow Groups, North Lanarkshire
Alan Jenkins is a music teacher at St Aidan’s High School in North Lanarkshire. After receiving a small amount of training in school Alan could see that he wanted to make use of it. He wanted to use Glow to share instrumental performance videos with his pupils. Alan felt that pupils will have pieces of music demonstrated to them in school but then this moment is gone and it is difficult for the pupils to remember what to do. He feels this is an issue that Glow provides a solution for.
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- October 12th, 2011
- Comments: none Tags: : Categories Expressive Arts, Glow, Glow Groups, North Lanarkshire, Perth and Kinross, Stirling
Ron Cowie – Stirling Council
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- October 12th, 2011
- Comments: none Tags: : Categories Glow, Glow Groups, North Lanarkshire, Technologies
Jennifer Neill is a teacher at Alexander Peden Primary School in North Lanarkshire. Jennifer’s remit had been to share a Primary Two class with a probationer teacher and support the other teachers in the school with the roll out of Glow. To do this she regularly met with class teachers to discuss what interdisciplinary work they are completing in class and they looked at ways in which Glow could complement and support this. At present all pupils in the school have Glow logons and are actively using Glow.
In Primary 4 the pupils were looking at story books, so Jennifer decided to use Glow to support this area of Literacy. Scott Clark (North Lanarkshire Glow Development Officer) suggested a website called Artisancam, Picture Book Maker to Jennifer. This resource provides a template which allows pupils to create their own picture book online, and they choose their own text and pictures. The pupils then save their picture book and are given a link so they can access it online. Jennifer provided a page in the P4 Glow Group called Creating a Book. Using this resource Jennifer gave the pupils a task of designing a picture book for Primary 1 and 2 pupils. Within the P4 Glow Group, Jennifer and Scott set up the page with was a Page Viewer of the Artisancam website. She also provided an area where the pupils could share their picture books and added a Discussion Board for peer assessment.
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- September 23rd, 2011
- Karen-Ann McSwiggan
- Comments: none Tags: : Categories Curriculum for Excellence, Glow, Glow Meet, Health and Wellbeing, Literacy, Media Literacy, Moving Image Education, North Lanarkshire, Pupils, Technologies, West Dunbartonshire
Today the audience was packed into the seminar room at SLF 2011 with no sign of people losing interest on the last afternoon. They were there to see speakers Patrick Mooney, PT English at Caldervale High School in North Lanarkshire and Gilian Penny Headteacher at Gavinburn Primary School in West Dunbartonshire in the Literacy across learning: using wider texts at second and third levels seminar.
Let’s have a listen to why some of the audience were at the seminar today:
|Click on the radio to hear why an education student has come to the seminar.|
|Click on the radio to hear why some international visitors have come to the seminar.|
Patrick Mooney is PT English at Caldervale High School and previously taught English at Cardinal Newman High School. He is passionate about using moving image education as a way to enhance literacy across learning.
Let’s have a listen to Patrick describing what he will be presenting on:
|Click on the radio to hear Patrick describing what he will be speaking about in the seminar.|
He spoke about the challenge of teaching literacy in a modern context and widening the definition of a text. As part of becoming a chartered teacher he researched moving image education and worked with Scotland on Screen. He explained that there are often perceived constraints in the secondary sector with teacher attitude, lack of kit and the need for leadership in moving forward with moving image education in the school. Although he told us that all the kit required is a web cam and a laptop. He stressed that moving image education is an fantastic tool to ensure that active learning is happening, that the pupils are highly motivated and that it builds on their resilience.
He went on to explain that the gains that can be made in terms of inclusion, true collaboration, creativity and enterprise and opportunities for teacher reflection on their own practice are substanial. Pupils with poorer literacy skills can be released from previous ‘failures’ they may have experienced with other forms of communication. Encouragingly, Patrick talked about the possibilities that moving image education opens up in the curriculum by acting as a gel for literacy across the curriculum and inter-disciplinary learning projects. He gave ideas for outcomes/products such as science news reports; documentaries on sports personalities/famous mathematicians/historical figures; movies to analyse performance in PE and projects such as documentaries to celebrate whole school life.
Pupils can really get to employ their own creativity and choice, they can be shown simply how to use the kit and then come up with their own ideas for projects backed by a framework of teacher planning. Patrick ended by speaking about how amazed he continues to be about how much effort pupils are willng to put into these projects – the planning, storyboarding, scripting, celebrating and performing. Pupils who have been very much switched off from the writing process are happily immersed in it due to the motivation of moving image education.
Gillian Penny is Headteacher at Gavinburn Primary School in West Dunbartonshire and is passionate about the wider text and digital creativity. Her presentation alternated between short, amazing video clips of pupils from her school and her explanation of the different projects they are invloved in.
|Click on the radio to hear Gillian describing what she will be speaking about in the seminar.|
Gillian believes it is very important for children to have an audience and purpose for their work as this is highly motivating for them and can change the effort and pride they take in this work. She is also interested in creating opportunities for her pupils to be involved in more interdisciplinary and active learning. In the school they frequently use animation as she feels it is a very powerful tool for pupils planning and storyboarding their work. She notes that it forces them to really think about the story they are telling.
The school also uses the I Can Present tool and green screening to allow pupils to make presentations. We saw a video of children pretending to be in a band and making award acceptance speeches. Gillian notes that for teachers who need persuading about these ways of working it is hard to ignore the quantity and quality of written work from the pupils as part of their planning process when working with these kinds of tools.
The school also makes very successful use of Guitar Hero and other tools for what Gillian calls their ‘Band in a Box’ or ‘Band out of a Box’ project. Pupils are arranged into groups of 4 which are made up by the teachers in order to get an appropriate mix. They create a rock band with imaginative back stories for every member of the band. They write lyrics and put these to music and create a music video to go along with it. They also go on tour virtually to another country and have to plan all the arrangements for this down to hotels, sticking to budgets and preparing a speech in the language of the country. They have performances, including dance and awards sessions within the school. These award sessions have a red carpet where real awards are given out and important dignitries and parents come to watch.
Click here to see this video example from the Consolarium blog of one of the music videos a group of Gillian’s pupils put together:
Gillian showed a video of the pupils reflecting on the process, they are clearly very excited by and thrilled with the whole project. They are able to talk at length about all the aspects of it, how they approached these and how much of their work went into it all. Pupils get to play to their strengths, Gillian commented on the fact that perhaps the pupil who hasn’t succeeded before has a great idea for the band and the other members are able to help make this idea come to fruition.
|Click on the radio to listen to some audience reactions to the seminar.|
|Click on the radio to listen to some audience reactions to the seminar.|
So what’s next for Gavinburn? From next week Gavinburn will have their own channel on Glow TV where they will be showcasing digital work every week. This is work that is ongoing in Gavinburn but might not normally make it out of the computer.
You will catch the SLF11 Glow TV interview with Gillian Penny by clicking here where you will be asked to log in with your Glow username and password.
The Glow TV session interview with Gillian and 2 of her pupils is now available below:
In addition you might want to have a look at a video of Gillian presenting at the Games Based Learning Conference 2010: