Every now and again I take a trawl through all the Local Authority Glow Blog home pages. It is interesting to see into all sorts of learning going on across Scotland. Here are a few that caught my eye:
Linked, in my mind at least, is outdoor learning, there is a fair bit of that going on too:
Windscape is an exciting children’s adventure that explores the dilemma between the usefulness of wind farms and the beautiful scenery they can sometimes destroy.
Paul Murdoch, the author of Windscape has recorded the audio for each chapter, created learning material and made them available for free.
With Paul’s permission I’ve taken the resources and turned it into a Glow Blog.
Windscape – an exciting children’s adventure by Paul Murdoch
and a podcast to which you can subscribe on: apple or android.
I have already started using the resource with my class and am looking forward to continuing.
As the audio is a blog it is easy to change things, we are open to adding to the learning resources if anyone has ideas. You can get in touch through the site.
A few new things in #GlowBlogs
Glow Blogs Update 27 Jan 2021
Themes, plugins and embed more external content #GlowScot
A few things that might help you save time during lockdown.
More Tips on the help site.
I’ve been asked a few times about embedding PDFs in #GlowBlogs, I’ve just discovered how: embed pdf
I’ve been asked about this sort of thing a few times now and not had an answer. It came to me on Friday, but I couldn’t test it at lunchtime as we had no internet in school.
I’ve played around with the idea this weekend and it works. Of course it could be a lot prettier.
Basically I’ve set up an Advent Calendar where you can click on doors to revel information. You can only see the content that has been published and the info is qued up in Scheduled posts (pages in this case).
Using the Draw Attention and my favourite Display Posts plugins. Here is the Demo: Advent Calendar – An Example Glow Blog for Christmas
Here is a gif.
So I think I’ve figured out how to make a time sensitive advent calendar in #GlowBlogs. A bit late. It might do for another time or another time sensitive project.
It involves the Draw Attention pro and my favourite plugin Display Posts.
I couldn’t test the idea at lunchtime as the network is down today.
This is harder than it used to be.
We have just added our class podcast to iTunes I though it might be worth noting the steps.
The RSS feed from Glow Blogs is not optimised for podcasts so I used Feedburner to create one. You need a google account to set up on Feedburner. Once you have done that you add your RSS feed from your blog to Feedburner and tick the podcast box.
An important setting is to have an image for the podcast art.
You need to upload a square image bigger than 1400 by 1400 pixels for iTunes. Remember to change the maximum size in Settings-> Media as by default Glow Blogs resizes image bigger than 1200 pixels. Then add the URL for that image to Feedburner.
You end up with a url for your podcast feed, ours is:
you then submit that at the apple iTunes Connect site. You need an Apple ID for that. It is pretty straightforward. You can check the feed and submit it.
Feedburner is showing its age and is missing some of the tags that Apple likes but it still works. Feedburner was taken over by google a while back and I hope it does not go the way of Google Reader. I don’t know of another free service like it?
My classes podcast is approaching episode 1 and we are having a deal of fun working on it.
Today we’re announcing an all-new P2 beta as a standalone product, powered by http://WordPress.com. We’re excited to have you try it out: https://wordpress.com/blog/2020/08/06/improve-your-remote-collaboration-with-p2/
Over the summer I am working on #GlowBlogs help site, improving accessibility, clearing out out of date content etc. Any suggestions for improvement very welcome. #GlowScot @GlowScot