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Letter to Parents - Glow, Google Classroom and other important info

Tuesday 28th April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope you are staying safe and enjoying the sunshine as best you can.

As usual this week we have uploaded new sets of work for your child/children and encourage you to include breaks and time to play, be active and relax. Please continue to look after your family’s health and wellbeing during these challenging times. You are doing an incredible job.

If you prefer to have paper copies of the home learning packs, please respond to the text which will be sent to you today with your name, your child(ren)’s name(s) and their class(es). Thank you.

 

Glow & Google Classroom

We have been working hard to upgrade our remote learning to support our families during this unusual time. We will be using Glow logins to access a range of resources to help communication and learning while the schools are closed. Glow is an online platform which allows access to tools and services to help share teaching and learning materials and activities as well as providing ways of collaborative learning, design and creative experiences. The best way to log in to Glow and Google Classroom is through the Google Chrome browser if you are using a laptop or a PC. Glow can also be logged in through Xbox & PS4s and smart phones. Find out more about Glow here: https://glowconnect.org.uk/

 

Our pupils will receive their Glow login Details this week

This will allow them to access a range of resources to support their learning.

Please keep this login handy as it will also help pupils access Google Classroom.

Our admin staff will message you this directly via the Xpressions app. If you do not have Xpressions, you will receive the details by text message. If the school does not have your current e-mail address or mobile number, please click here and complete the form to receive your child’s log-in details.

 

How do pupils log in to Glow?

Type ‘Glow Scotland’ into a search engine or go to

Enter your glow login on the top line and your password on the second. For more help logging in to glow, click here to visit the Help with Glow website, click here to visit our page about Glow or click here to watch a video showing how to log in.

Use these links below if logging in on Xbox Or PS4:

Xbox

PS4

 

Getting to know Glow

Once you have logged into Glow there will be a Launchpad of tiles you can explore. Take some time exploring and getting used to how Glow works. More advice and guidance can be found at https://glowconnect.org.uk/

 

From May 4th all learning activities will be found in Google Classroom

To get into Google Classroom

  • Use your Glow login to access the Bankhead Launchpad
  • Find & click on the Google classroom tile. Use your class code to enter your classroom and access your learning. Find out more in our Google Classroom guide.
  • You will be able to check in with your teacher and they can message the class, set learning activities and monitor who has accessed their tasks.

All of our families will be sent a message with your child’s Google Classroom code. If you lose your code or need help with log-in details, please click here and complete the form.

We hope this gives you a good starting point. There will be more guides and support on the website as we progress.

 

Below are some useful links from Glasgow City Council to help support you and your family

  • Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. They have created a package to help support children and young people and families can download a pack (renewed fortnightly) according to their child’s age. There is advice for parents and carers.
  • Families Outside is an organisation that supports families who have relatives in prison.
  • Glasgow’s Third Sector organisations are doing a huge amount of work to support families. For information about what is available in your area check out Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector at their new Covid-19 website www.glasgowhelps.org 
  • Scottish Womens Rights Centre offer Support for Women and Children being affected by Domestic Abuse
  • Enquire - Supporting children with additional support needs

Enquire is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning. They also have the new webpage on Reach, their website for children and young people. It has dedicated information for pupils with additional support needs on coping when schools are closed.

EAL Support

Our EAL Head, Maria Walker, has given us a list of really helpful link to support children and families who speak a variety of languages.

We hope you and all your family remain safe, well and happy.

Kind regards,

All staff at Bankhead Primary School