A glowing (sorry) report from the BBC descibes how some teachers and pupils are accessing learning through Glow:

The Scottish education intranet system, now being copied across the world, is allowing teaching staff and pupils to get some work done between the sledging and snowball fights.

The Glow programme, which was the world’s first national intranet for education when it was launched in 2007, has been rolled out to all of Scotland’s 32 local authorities. It is designed to link the country’s schools and provide a forum for pupils, teaching staff and parents in which to share lessons and resources.

In areas where snow has forced schools to close, Glow has proved its value, say teaching officials. Teachers can set work for pupils and engage with them, even though the school itself is shut.

Officials say there has been international interest in the system since it was set up in 2007 at a cost of £37m. Run by the curriculum body Learning and Teaching Scotland, Glow can be accessed by 850,000 pupils, teachers and parents. In 2008, the Star Wars director and education advocate George Lucas, told the US House of Representatives that America should follow Scotland’s lead and set up a similar platform for online learning.

I have to admit that after my initial enthusiasm (I did make some small contribution to the original tendering process all those years ago when Glow  – or Spark then SSDN as it was then – was a mere twinkle in the eye) I let my own Glow Group fall into abeyance  and only logged on infrequently. And let’s just say that my role as a Glow mentor never really took off.

However, this inclement weather and exponential leaps forward in take up and content mean that I am more inclined to speak about Glow’s benefits to all and sundry. Let’s hope others do the same.

Here’s a post from Anna Rossvoll, Creative Learning whatever the weather, wherein she describes using Glow this week.