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
There will be trainers from the Britannica Team coming  to Bolton to deliver workshops.
These sessions will be a maximum of 90 minutes throughout the 4th and 5th July
 
Free
Hands On Workshop
 
Take away your free goody bag and materials to support your teaching
 
 
Tuesday 4th July
 
11.00 am
till 12.15pm
1.00pm
till 2.15pm
2.30pm
till 3.45pm
4.00pm
till 5.30pm
 
Wednesday 5th July
 
9.30am
 till 10.45am
11.00 am
till 12.15pm
1.00pm
till 2.15pm
2.30pm
till 3.45pm
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!

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. 

Highlights from our Computing subject leader day

We had a busy day planned, updates on our SLAs, after school club provision and education days. Discussed the launch of our new digital leaders workshops and in a Teach Meet style we share what works well, which included Class Dojo, code it, hour of hour minecraft resource.

We had Henry Platten from eCadets showing the delegates how eCadets can support schools in developing digital leaders support their online safety provision.

In the afternoon we had hands on workshops using Minecraft and looked at how it can enhance learning and the new InOBot from TTS . IMG_2177

Ipads and programming

IMG_1791Today we had Ian Wilson delivering CPD, the focus for our day was using apps for programming. We looked decomposition of  songs using a flow diagram (Steve Bunce) lots of hands on a range of apps from BeeBot, Daisy Dinosaur, ALEX & Scratch Jr to some newer ones we had not come across like The Foos, Run Marco, Kids n Code and a platform game app call Bloxels Builder.

In the afternoon we used Tickle to program a range of drones… great fun, sorry learning !

 

Computing Subject Leaders – Autumn Update

CurriculumLogoA great way to start to the new academic year – with a computing leads update.

A busy day was planned: having  rolled out our new Office365 email we heard from Ian Mills about the other features that schools could start to think about using. We spent time sharing good practice across each others schools and had time to look at resources to support computing.

We heard an inspirational talk from Devonshire Road school about their blogging success and the importance of giving the children a real purpose to write for -thank you.

In the afternoon we heard from Mark Capaldi the head of computing at Sharples Secondary as to what their expectation would be from our year6s.

Then the fun began: Collaborative learning using office365 online apps; games based learning and Lego WeDo & Mindstorm .

If you attended this session would be great to hear your feed back .

Highlights from our Computing subject leader day

CurriculumLogo The focus for the day was:

Updates from BoltonSICT – Office365 migration and Computing Assessment package

    • Presentations from the teaching & learning team from TTS – TTSComputing from EYFS through to Yr6 which included lots of hands on BeeBots,  BlueBots, ProBots & looking further on using Pi2Go.

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.