It was great to see over forty schools attending our end of year Computer Subject leader day. The focus for the day was looking at how we have revamped our Computing long term overview and developed a clearer progression path to support the teaching of computing throughout school. The delegates particularly liked how we have developed the teaching of online safety using Education for a Connected World, Today’s children and young people are growing up in a digital world. As they grow older, it is crucial that they learn to balance the benefits offered by technology with a critical awareness of their own and other’s online behaviour, and develop effective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online.
The afternoon session was the launch of our STEM project loan boxes – these STEM boxes are full of resources, which will enable staff to deliver quality STEM lessons across school.
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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 !
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.
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
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 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.
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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
Today 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 !
A 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 .