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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Trial Of Portal, GLOWing So Far......

Following on from my recent post, 'East Lothian Was Glowing This Morning' , we received the usernames and passwords for the trial of the glow portal at Knox Academy yesterday. Today Dave Rawson (ICT Coordinator for Knox) and I experienced our first taste of glow.

After attempting to enter the portal, with some what ‘Krypton Factor Challenge’ passwords and a number of email enquiries by Dave, we finally gained access.

The trial portal, as it stands, can only be accessed within Knox Academy and Kings Meadow Primary in East Lothian. Hence the glow trial intranet is relatively empty. Today, Dave managed to create a test Glow Group and edit some of the images on the Knox site as an administrator. The format, tabs, drop down menus and general content appear to be user friendly so far. This is how I imagined it to be. After a pretty much full teaching day and a meeting after work, I was only able to play within the portal for half an hour. (After 6pm, and on Fridays/ weekends, it is taken offline for maintenance servicing and updating).

Tomorrow, I would hope to use my only non-contact period to experiment a little more before our trial lessons next week. However, this evening I did manage to edit my own personal space within the portal….!

Unfortunately, we will not be able to demonstrate the live portal to the Knox staff during our presentation this Friday. Dave and I will, however, try our utmost to provide the clearest static images.

All very exciting! Watch this space......


At Wednesday, 08 November, 2006, Blogger Ewan McIntosh said...

More screen shots!!!! And how does it compare to the ease of sharing through a blog? The pros and cons in your opinion would be more than interesting.

At Wednesday, 08 November, 2006, Blogger Tess Watson said...

Hi Ewan, I haven't shared any thing on glow yet(Tomorrow, I would I am hoping to have more than 15 minutes!). I imagine it will be very secure though. My first Interaction within the portal will be with Dave rawson (not much choice really, lol! sorry dave ;)
I will let you and all know ASAP!

At Wednesday, 08 November, 2006, Anonymous Robert Jones said...

Fascinating. Do the "timetables" or "pupils" buttons work yet?

At Wednesday, 08 November, 2006, Blogger Tess Watson said...

In my limited time today, I couldn't get the 'timetable' button to show anything as yet. I couldn't access registered pupil data either today. Though(Our pupils will not access the portal until Monday (13th)I hope that I can investigate all the possible routes tomorrow.


At Wednesday, 08 November, 2006, Anonymous Neil Winton said...

I'm intrigued by the "Search for other Glow users" button. Is this going to be restricted to your own school, or will it be for all GLOW users everywhere?

At Thursday, 09 November, 2006, Blogger Con Morris said...

Good luck with your pilot! When you get a chance, I would welcome any thoughts you have on how teachers might use Glow for their CPD.

At Thursday, 09 November, 2006, Blogger Tess Watson said...

Hi Neil, as far as I am aware, the 'Search for glow users' button will be for searching every one who is a registered user with glow. Just now, for the trial, I believe it is only pupils and staff from the 'chosen classes' from the schools within the selected Authorities who are registered with the portal (i.e. Knox Academy and Kings Meadow Primary in East Lothian).You can search under different catagories; first name, Last name, area of interest, establishment etc.
Hopefully we will be able to experiment with this during the trial.


At Thursday, 09 November, 2006, Blogger Tess Watson said...

Thank you Con. Use of glow for CPD is some thing I will be looking into. I will post an article with regards to the use of glow for CPD in the future.

Watch this space!


At Sunday, 12 November, 2006, Anonymous Bob Hill said...

Dundee City also has its first taste of Glow pilot ongoing. The Pilot is just about using the portal and the Glow groups and Pupils and Timetables do not work yet. I will try to complement what Tessa is saying on my own blog.

At Sunday, 12 November, 2006, Blogger Tess Watson said...

Thanks for that Bob. I you would like a copy of my presentation that I gave to staff on friday, just drop me an email




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