Writing for the whole wide world!

This week saw our first ever Digital Leaders – Blogging Workshop.

This workshop was attend by five schools that each brought at least three pupils destined to be their digital leader for blogging in their school.

 

 

The digital leaders will be sharing school news, debates, they will listen to what our peers want us to blog about and they will lead the blog posts in their own specific Digital leaders area. They are going to use blogging as a tool to improve English skills. They know we will have to try our very best with their writing as the audience is the potentially the whole of the world wide web.

 

The feedback from the pupils and staff was fab and they were all looking forward to going back into school to share their knowledge.

Lights, camera action…

This week we went into Harwood Meadows to work with their year5 pupils. Together we had a full day of animation planned, the aim was to produce their only version of Walking through the Jungle written by Julie Lacome.

They planned their animation , tested the cameras and then started… they soon realised the secret was to keep the camera still and take enough still shots so then they can be edited.

We all really enjoyed the day already Mr Johns is already planning his next animation project.

Online Safety @heathfieldcp

It’s a record for us this week – seven schools supported in one week – three of which were full days!

Timetable was planned an hour sessions working with every class – our activities included looking at our digital footprint and discussing the vast array of games the children play on whilst online. Some classes looked the book Chicken Clicking and discussed good things we can share vs. things we should not share, which also included actually sharing and eating fruit at the same time!

In the afternoon there was some thought provoking discussions around GTA and COD – should our children heads really be filled with such content?

Our final discussion topic – Should children under the age of twelve take their mobile device to bed?  Some heat discussions but the school bell rang before we could really get to grips with this discussion, one for another day!

Busy Blogging

Last week was St Joseph’s year6 blogging workshop, this weeks its year5’s turn. They’ve not done alot of blogging previously and were keen to share their very best writing linked to their WW2 topic.  Click here to see their blog comments.

Looking at what we share in real world vs online

Fourth school of the week, @JohnsonFold to work with Key Stage One pupils looking at what we share in real world vs online, First we looked at all the good things
we can share liked toys, friends, food. We then went back to our groups to enjoy friut from our sharing bowls, we had to use our maths brians as we had to work how to share the oranges fairly!
We also read the book Clicking Chicken, Chicken Clicking likes to shop for all her friends  online. But not everything is what it seems…

Together we then discussed the sorts of information we should not share online, we liked the idea that our passwords are like our toothbrushes – not to be shared!
We fit alot of learning into our hour workshop … English, Maths, Online Safety, PHSCE & Writing.

Purplemash @StColumbas RC Primary

Spent a full day at St Columbas RC Primary school this week, working with year2 , year4 and year6s. The focus for the workshops was using 2Code – we programmed our own bubble game and Newton was attacked by far more than just an apple. In the afternoon we investigated what is a variable? what the job of the variable when coding and then used the Genie task to help us to have more of an understanding when using variables.

Hands On Purplemash #boltonpurplemash

This week saw our annual Hands On Purplemash. Lots of new staff attended that had not used Purplemash before, Phil from 2Simple, shared all that’s new in ‘mash’. Throughout the day there was lots of hands on – looking at resources to support English lesson , cross curricular writing and of course no session would be complete with out 2Code !

Our first ever … Digital Leaders – Esafety Champions Workshop

This week saw our first ever Digital Leaders – Esafety Champions Workshop. This workshop was attend by ten schools that each brought at least three pupils destined to be ESafety Champions in their school.

The digital leaders will offer support for their friends and throughout the workshop shown how to identify possible e-safety issues arising around school.

They will be encouraged to understand that they are a very important set of “eyes and ears” as sometimes their friends will not share things with their teachers but discuss things that are worrying them with their friends.

The feedback from the pupils and staff was fab and they were all looking forward to going back into school to share their knowledge.

 

Phase 2 of Britannica Schools workshops

Free

Hands On Workshop

Take away your free goody bag and materials to support your teaching

 

Wednesday

8th November

10.30amtill 11.45pm 12.00pm till 1.15pm 1.30pm till 2.45pm 3.00pm till 4.15pm 4.15pm till 5.30pm
Thursday

9th November

8.30am till 9.45am 10.00am till 11.15am 11.30am till 12.45pm 1.00pm till 2.15pm 2.30pm till 3.45pm

How to access  : http://school.eb.co.uk/storeschoolcard?id=boltonla

To book your school places – unlimited staff can attend.

Scan the course QR Code or click here  to book your place on a workshop or email contact@sict.bolton.gov.uk

Phone: 01204 33 33024

 

GDPR and schools

First off, GDPR what? Well for those that aren’t aware of this legislation as yet, in a nutshell

From 25th May 2018, the Data Protection Act (DPA) will be replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – meaning that the way you manage all data and information within your school will change.

OK, so what does that really mean? Schools currently generate a wealth of information, the rules of this collection and storage of data are governed by the DPA and (hopefully) most schools already have a policy in place to adhere to this and are registered with the ICO (you can check here). So, at least we’ve got a starting point.

Whilst some of the changes are tightening up current regulations, there is an increased number of opportunities to fall foul of them and increased penalties if you do so. It’s worth noting that we have seen Ofsted involved in breaches of the DPA – we would have no reason to think that this will not continue to happen when the GDPR comes into effect. There are a few unexpected consequences too of the new legislation – such as you now need a formal contract with an accredited IT recycling service provider for disposal of old ‘data bearing’ kit, but on the whole, it’s about tightening up data security, who has access to that data and how it is used.

There are a few things you can do now with one eye on the future regulations. As a starting point, the ICO has produced a ‘12 steps to take now‘ guide – available here – which, as you would guess, gives a good platform to start the process from.

As always, please contact us or comment below if you need any more information

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