Last year Education Scotland pioneered the online film resource Glow Science, established by Glasgow-based company Twig World. The licence has now been renewed for three more years, allowing usage by all Scottish state schools through the Glow intranet system.
Glow Science (http://www.glowscience.org.uk) offers over 600 short films on science designed for engagement with the science curriculum and science in the real world. Twig World producers worked closely with Education Scotland in 2010 to create the content for the newly developed Curriculum for Excellence.
A University of Glasgow study rated the resource very positively through surveys and case studies with Scottish teachers. In particular the resource was praised for its ability to increase teacher and student confidence with the curriculum and engagement in science. 97% of teachers agreed that Glow Science supported them in effectively teaching the science curriculum.
Local schools also took a key role in developing Glow Science. Hyndland Secondary School in Glasgow, based around the corner from the Twig offices, hosted the launch of the beta website, and Teacher of the Year Iain Houston from St Joseph’s College, Dumfries, was the science editor on all the Physics content.
Since launching outside Scotland in early 2011 the resource has received international acclaim. Known by its parent name Twig Science (http://www.twig-it.com), it has won two prestigious educational awards and is nominated as a finalist for three more this spring.
Amongst the recognition Twig Science has achieved is the ‘Oscar of the education world’, the BETT Award. Judges praised “the great user interface and very high-quality materials, covering a wide range of topics”.
Commenting on the deal COO of Twig, Catherine Cahn, said:
“Twig is a Scottish company, having launched in Scotland, set up in Scotland, and hired some of the finest Scottish talent. We are thrilled that the Glow Science resource has been renewed and look forward to forging a still stronger relationship with Scottish schools.”
Dr Bill Maxwell, Chief Executive, Education Scotland said:
“We are delighted to continue to build on our partnership with Twig with the renewal of the license that will ensure we can provide and expand Glow Science. This video-based learning resource, containing short engaging three-minute films mapped to Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes is a popular resource designed to motivate and engage learners and enrich the teaching and learning process.”
- Twig www.twig-it.com produces educational science films for schools in the UK and internationally
- Supported by teaching and learning packs with diagrams and quizzes, backed up by keyword and curriculum search functions, science is brought to life with stunning visuals, music and graphics in each film
- All the films are catalogued with meta-data collected to create links between content
- In 2011, the films were tested in a survey carried out by Glasgow University in which 98% of teachers rated the quality as either ‘good’ or ‘very good.’ In further research carried out by market research agency OCCAM, 98% of students surveyed testified that Twig’s films were helpful to them.
- The films have outstanding production value, having been created by award-winning producers and written and reviewed by teachers and scientists from some of the world’s top universities.
- Twig Science won the BETT Award 2012 for Secondary Digital Content in January 2012