Esafety Competition Announcement…

Bolton Schools ICT Unit recently ran an Esafety Competition for all Bolton Primary Schools linked to Safer Internet Day 2015.

SID2015Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre in February of each year to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people.

Safer Internet Day 2015 was on Tuesday 10th February 2015, with the theme ‘Let’s create a better internet together’, offering the opportunity to focus on both the creative and positive things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role that we all play in helping to create a better internet.

This is the first inter-school competition that Bolton Schools ICT unit has organised for schools. It was felt that with changes in the new computing curriculum and the access children have to the internet and social media this was the ideal opportunity to raise the awareness and importance of safeguarding and esafety learning.

Schools entries could take the form of any format – video, collage, posters or even computer games. Bolton Schools ICT unit was astounded with the quality and quantity of entries, clearly schools have taken this opportunity to raise the esafety learning in their schools and are now looking to make this an annual event. 

Thank you and well done to the schools that submitted entries, to see the highlights and the list of winners, click on the image below.

These links take you to videos from one of the winning schools:

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Highlights from our BoltonSICT Esafety Entries SID2105

BoltonSICT a day @Lostock Primary

Today we sent Mrs Lyons and Mr Mills from BoltonSICT to Lostock Primary . Their mission was to introduce reception, year1 and year5 classes to programming. They took their iPads so the pupils could use Purplemash -the younger pupils used 2Go and year 5 used 2Code, they spoke new computer science language – algorithm, blocks of codes and debugging. The lessons went too quickly, everyone enjoyed the lessons..

In the video below you can see us all hard at work.

Lego let loose @BoltonSICT

News is spreading through our schools here in Bolton, regarding our computing trip. This time is was the turn of St Maxentius school to come to our training centre.

They spent the day using the Lego software WeDo, they used the ipads to record their learning. In the afternoon a small group were chosen to work with Mr Mills using the LEGO Mindstorm – just opening the box looked complicated!  Here is a video of some of the highlights:

Fab, fun day of learning

Over then next few months we are going to be having regular visits from one of local schools – the first class to visit was their imageyear 2 class. They had a day packed full of learning – using Lego to build robots and then program them using WeDo software. In the afternoon the ipads were out, they used purplemash to create out rainforest creepy crawlies,  learnt how to search and save images safely and then used the app – Book Creator .

If you were on this trip,  we would love to hear your comments from the day

Esafety Days @BoltonSICT

Busy day at our training centre – Esafety Day .

The morning focus was CEOP Esafety training. In the afternoon an app quiz, a presentation by a school who recently attended the ‘Making Children Safer Online Conference ran by Jim Gamble & Ineqe Group – very thought provoking fact and figures – how various agencies support our young people when online.

We also looked at resources for Bolton schools and discussed what happens next.

If you attended this share your comments following this day.

Cluster9 – embedding Kodu programming skills

Today was the follow up cluster9 Kodu workshop. In the summer we learnt about features of games we liked and then started to look at how we can start to program these features in our game. Together we storyboarded our game – our Kodu character had to follow a path to reach the treasure that was protected by a evil character in the castle at the top of the hill, of course there were dangers along the path. Mr Mills helped us to write our program and we then have to go back to our school to share our learn. The photos show the highlights of the morning.

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