New Blogging Digital leaders from St Andrews Over Hulton

Today we held the second of our Digital Leader workshops – the focus today was blogging. St Andrews are early awaiting their new school blog and attended todays workshop so then they will be prepared to start blogging once their site goes live, in the meantime they are practicing in our training blog.

First we discussed why it is good to blog, to share school life and improve their writing.

As a blogging digital leader they will be setting the example of what excellent blogging looks like. They will also be able to set up blog posts for children to comment on, this could be on anything from fundraising events, special learning days, really any event that happens in school or on the news.

Below are some screen shots of their first blogs, keep an eye on what they are blog about here and maybe you could leave a comment. All comments are moderated before going live.

Two year1 classes in one day

What a busy day we had today, we had both year1 classes from Horwich Parish. Each class visited for half a day, we used Lego WeDo2 to build our Milo robot, we had to follow the instructions really carefully we programmed Milo to move forward and backwards we then added an object sensor – this meant that when we put our hands in front of Milo he stopped.

Both the pupils and teachers all agreed they had a fab day.

If you attended this trip, it would be lovely to hear what your favourite bit of the trip was?

2nd class from The Valley Primary School this week!

Today day saw the year4s from The Valley primary school visit us for their computer science trip. This class used Lego WeDo2 to building their robot.

First, they built Milo, he was simple to build but this then gave the children the opportunity to investigate how the program worked and to develop and build on given code, use loops & coding challenges.

After lunch, we built a robot that was more complex to build and when programmed could move objects.

As you can see from the photos, we all had a great time!

Digital Leaders Workshop – Stop Frame Animation

Welcome to the newly appointed Digital Leaders from St Andrews Over Hulton & St Peters Farnworth.

Lights, camera action… our digital leaders produced their 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 workshop, that they can’t wait to wear their new digital leader badges in school,  and start to share their new skills in their class.

SATs are over, let’s get programming

Today we welcomed Year6s from The Valley.

Their challenge was to build a robot add colour sensor and ultra sonic sensor.

Challenge one – to program the robot using the line sensor to sense the black line, once that works to then pause , reverse and change directions … oh did we mention we want it to move continuously !

Challenge two – to make a new line of code using ultrasonic sensor, when it senses an object in front of it, to pause, reverse and change directions don’t forget we want it to move continuously !

We are pleased to announce the rollout of Britannica School across Bolton schools

Britannica has gone live to all our broadband schools. Britannica School is aligned to the National Curriculum and is updated daily with new articles and multimedia elements curated by the world’s leading content and editorial experts. Britannica School supports the UK National Curriculum expectations and aims in all subject areas.
Britannica School also enables students to increase their fluency in the English language, an essential foundation for their success, while improving their ability to collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. To see what Britannica School offers, click here for a quick overview
How to access  : a link can be found in the favourites of your Internet Explorer. If your school has an onsite you may wish to ask them to add a desktop shortcut for all users
For schools using the Bolton 365 broadband service, your Computing lead should have received login details. Please contact us if you have not had yours
If you can not wait for the workshops and want to know more about Britannica sooner, here is a quick introduction video and a guided tour
As well as access to the vast array of Britannica content, your school will also have access to  Britannica ImageQuest – a range of high quality copyright free image bank which you and your students can make use of to make those displays dazzling!

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

We have just completed our summer CPD overview.

We are particularly looking forward to our new Digital Leaders workshops. The aim of these workshops are to develop pupils, giving them the opportunity to embed further in depth skills and knowledge using such programs as Scratch2, blogging and animation, which they in turn will be able to share their knowledge alongside the class teacher.

We are also working in partnership with the Bolton CAS team and JTRS hosting a free workshop using of LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 in creating inspiring and outstanding computing lessons for KS2 pupils.

For more details Click here

Please use the Bolton SICT Gateway to book your places. If you do have any problems booking, do not hesitate to contact us either via email contact@sict.bolton.gov.uk  or at the office on 33 2034. 

Congratulations to Oxford Grove Primary School

When BoltonSICT first started to support Oxford Grove Primary School,  the head teacher Nadine Harvey said that one of her aims for the schools was to develop the use of IT through the school, to enhance teaching and learning, with a long term view of achieving the ICT Mark.

The ICT Mark is awarded to schools with good use of technology to support teaching, learning and school administration. Deservedly popular with schools wanting to demonstrate both effective and mature use of technology. Schools use this award to drive change and many are, or go on to be, outstanding.

Our unit is proud to have played their part in supporting the whole school on their journey of development. This has included infrastructure review, teaching and learning model lessons and observations, feedback from staff, parents and more importantly pupils.

After a rigorous assessment process, school are please to announce that they were successful in their application and were awarded the ICT Mark last week!

The video below show the highlights from the showcase tour of technology used across the whole school.

Well Done from all at SICT!

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