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Blogging as free CPD for teachers

East Lothian has been at the forefront of using blogging in Education. Lots of teachers and pupils are now using the EduBuzz WordPress system to support learning in the classroom. It is important to remember however that blogging can also be a powerful learning tool for teachers.

I came across a great example of this at the weekend. Stephanie Disbury is a Maths Teacher at Thurso High School who is using her blog to record her own learning journey. Not only does this benefit Stephanie, it can also provide a fascinating insight into the thoughts of a colleague 280 miles away. This is fantastic, affordable CPD for both of us! Take her recent post on assessment for example. This was clearly a critical incident for Stephanie – but it is also very useful for her readers to develop their own ideas on the future of assessment under Curriculum for Excellence. It’s well worth a read.

There are lots of other fantastic blogs out there. A good place to start is ScotEduBlogs – anyone who is anyone with a Blog in Scotland adds it to this free website. You can then get an RSS feed from this site which will let you know when a new post has been added to any blog listed!

Glow Refresh

Many of you will have logins for Glow, and even more will have heard of it.

We wanted to make you aware of an interesting development at Glow HQ. A Glow Refresh is underway which will add some features which many have been asking for.

The improvements included are:

  • There are 6 themes in Glow just now, 4 new ones are going to be added to give 10 in total to choose from.
  • Glow Forums – new discussion board functionality based on phpBB. This will be introduced to Glow in addition to the current discussion board functionality.
  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • Upgrade to mail storage
  • Upgrade to portal storage
  • Upgrade to mail functionality
  • Management reporting
  • A number of smaller changes

This is a very encouraging development and we’ll let you know when the new features are added. You can read more on this on the Glow Scotland Blog or by visiting the Glow Refresh Group (requires a Glow login).

If you’re an East Lothian teacher and you want a Glow login, email David Gilmour.