Glow and Google Classroom
at Hawthornden Primary
The teachers at Hawthornden Primary have been working hard to learn about Google Classroom, an online classroom where teachers can make announcements and create tasks for children to complete. Each teacher has spent time setting up a Google Classroom for their class and the first activities for classes were scheduled to appear on their Google Classrooms on Monday 30th March. There will be a break for the Easter holidays and more tasks will be scheduled for week beginning 20th April 2020.
Now it is time for you child/children to access their Google Classroom if they haven’t already done so!
The children should access their Google Classroom via their Glow account. They could also access it through Google Drive (you will find the Google Classroom app here), but this may option may still redirect you to the Glow login page.
Access their Google Classroom via their Glow account:
- Visit Glow by visiting http://athena.mgfl.net and selecting the Glow icon from the list.
- Type in your username and password.
Their username will begin with ‘mc’ for Midlothian Council followed by the first 5 letters of their surname, the first letter of their first name then an assigned 2-digit number e.g mclindsb36
The usernames for all children were stuck individually onto the sheets with login details for Education City and Sumdog which were given out on 19th/20th March to children who were still at school/were collected by someone. All passwords for children at Hawthornden, with only a few exceptions, were reset to ‘glow’ (all lowercase). Passwords can be changed when you log on by clicking on your child’s name in the top right hand corner and selecting ‘change password’.
If your child doesn’t know their username or has forgotten their password, please e-mail Miss Elsey during term time on a Monday or Tuesday (C.Elsey@mgfl.net) or Miss Lindsay on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday (B.Lindsay@mgfl.net) and we will send you your child’s username or reset their password during term time school hours (Monday-Thursday 8.45am-3.15pm and Friday 8.45am-12.20pm).
- On Glow there is a Launch Pad with tiles. Find the tile which says Google Classroom, click on the ‘i’ symbol in the top left hand corner then select ‘Add to my Launch Pad’ then close this box.
This tile should now appear in your child’s own Launch Pad making it easier to find.
- Click on the Google Classroom tile then this will take you to your child’s Google Drive where they should see their class’ Google Classroom which they were invited to by their teacher(s). Click ‘accept’ on the tile to enter their online classroom.
Accessing their Google Classroom via Google Drive:
If you want your child to login directly to Google Drive (where Google Classroom is one of the apps) go to: https://drive.google
Use their Google+Glow username which is their Glow username followed by @mc.glow.scot and their Glow password e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org. See step 2 above for details on Glow usernames and passwords.
Make sure that your child’s Google+Glow username appear and that you are not logged in under a different Google account. This might be the case if someone else who uses the device already has a Google account or a sibling has logged in to their Glow account/Google Classroom. If this is the case, then you need to log out of that Google account first before your the current child/your child can log in.
Be aware that using this option may still redirect you to the Glow login page. If you are able to access their Google Drive directly without logging into Glow first then click on the square grid in the top right-hand corner and select the app ‘Classroom’.
Midlothian Council have set up a guide for parents on accessing Glow and Google Classroom. These can be accessed by clicking on this link:
Accessing the activities on Google Classroom
When you enter Google Classroom there are different sections:
Stream – Where the teacher can make announcements, ask the children questions and the children can ask the teacher a question. To avoid filling this space quickly, please remember this space should be for learning.
Classwork – This is where you will find the activities the teachers have set. Click here to see the list of activities. The first activities for classes were scheduled to begin appearing on their Google Classroom on Monday 30th March 2020 so they should see these. The next set of activities will be scheduled for after the Easter holidays on week beginning 20th April 2020.
There is still a lot of learning to be done about all that Google Classroom and the apps in the G Suite has to offer. When we know more, we will share more!
Remember if your child doesn’t know their username or has forgotten their password, please e-mail Miss Elsey on a Monday or Tuesday (C.Elsey@mgfl.net) or Miss Lindsay on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday (B.Lindsay@mgfl.net) and we will send you your child’s username or reset their password during term time school hours (Monday-Thursday 8.45am-3.15pm and Friday 8.45am-12.20pm).
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