Consultation with parents, teachers and pupils on GLOW

Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s Scrutiny & Audit Committee recently visited Hill of Banchory School to learn more about the role of GLOW and other ICT learning tools in Aberdeenshire schools.

GLOW, the national intranet for teachers, pupils and parents, allows the sharing of information and activities, including interactive educational games, revision papers, links to other sites and news features.

During the visit members were given a detailed history of the evolution of GLOW and how it will be developed in future years, as well as information about other technological devices and pilot schemes currently in use across Aberdeenshire’s schools.

The committee noted considerable differences between many of the school’s GLOW sites and advised that more be done to share best practice across all system users.

Members also raised the issue of users having difficulties with passwords which was a common complaint made by teachers and parents. Councillors were advised that passwords require to be renewed every six months and anyone not accessing the system within that period will not be able to get in.

Chair of the Scrutiny and Audit Committee, Councillor Gillian Owen said:

“It was a very worthwhile and informative visit and helped to address many of the initial concerns members had about GLOW. It was encouraging to see the breadth of innovation that is being used in our schools to help pupils learn.

“The committee is now seeking feedback from pupils, parent and teachers about their experiences of GLOW in order to help address any issues that they have with the system.”

Vic-chair of the committee, Councillor Richard Thomson, added: “I found the visit very useful and interesting, particularly in order to appreciate the difference between the way ICT is taught as an academic subject and ICT as it is incorporated into the everyday teaching of a subject in Aberdeenshire’s classrooms.

“I look forward to hearing the feedback from all users of GLOW.”