“Firestats” site visitor statistics plugin reinstalled

Due to a persistent problem with a database table following an upgrade, the WordPress Firestats plugin has been reinstalled.  If you use it, you’ll notice that your counters have been reset. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused, but by creating new tables it minimises any risk of any further difficulties.


Ode to ma wee sleekit iPhone…

 The Scottish Government has launched a free iPhone app which contains the complete works of the Bard in a searchable database – over 550 poems and songs in total.

It also features a glossary to help those unfamiliar with the Scots terms used, a guide to the traditional haggis supper and biographical information about the 18th century poet’s short but eventful life.

Culture Minister, Fiona Hyslop said: “This app uses the very latest technology to bring Burns firmly into the 21st century, with his enduring messages of human equality and international brotherhood now available to iPhone users the world over.”  Promoting Burns is a key part of the SNP Government’s marketing strategy, with the new £21million Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire set to open to the public this week.

Classroom resources

New maths tool available…..

Microsoft Mathematics provides a graphing calculator that plots in 2D and 3D, step-by-step equation solving, and useful tools to help students with maths and science studies.

It provides a set of mathematical tools that help pupils get school work done quickly and easily. Microsoft Mathematics is designed to work just like a handheld calculator., students can learn to solve equations step-by-step while gaining a better understanding of fundamental concepts in pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, physics, chemistry, and calculus.

If you are interested in trying this out email to request installation.

Interactive Whiteboards

Is your Interactive Whiteboard projector working?

There’s a new support and maintenance contract in place as of today so you can log a call with Matrix Display to get it fixed.  You will find information here on quick fix solutions before calling the Helpdesk number and some really useful good practice tips on looking after your equipment.  Pass the word on!


Glow gets new “Service Status” tool

New Glow Status Application

You can now check the current status of all Glow services at 

We’ve added a link to the new service on the home page, just beside the Glow login link. 

Here’s the launch announcement from the Glow team:

Information on any upcoming planned maintenance to Glow and any issues with Glow services is currently provided via the Glow Planned Maintenance Distribution List. To improve and augment this communication channel we have developed a Glow Status Application and I’m delighted to let you know that this has just gone live. This will give every Glow user access to real time information about Glow availability.

The Status Application consists of two tabs. The first gives real time information on the status of Glow services. At a glance you’ll be able to see if there are any services that are unavailable or have an associated alert (ie where there is a performance or functionality limitation). More detailed information will be available if there are any problems.

The second tab gives information on upcoming planned maintenance to Glow. This will be a list including the date and time, an overview of the work and the impact on service – ie if Glow or a component will be unavailable, or just at risk of disruption.

This application is accessible to everyone and can be found at Note that the application requires Flash.

  • We’ve built in lots of functionality as well. For example –
    You will be able to forward information about specific planned maintenance jobs to friends or colleagues via email.
  • It will provide RSS feeds for both service status updates and planned maintenance announcements for use in your favourite reader.
  • The information will auto update every 15 minutes so you will always have the latest information right in front of you.
  • You will be also be able to host the application in your Authority Glow Groups – please contact me if you would like to do this.
  • It will deliver the latest service news regarding new features and improvements to Glow.