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!

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

Safer Internet Day 2017 #SID2017

This week sees the launch of our annual Online Safety competition for Bolton schools.

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This coincide with the run up to Safer Internet day #SID2017 ran by UK Safer Internet Centre.

The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternetday.org.uk.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.

This year theme is:

Be the change: unite for a better internet

Schools can register as a supporter and there are a range of education packs to support schools.

It would be great to hear what your school is planning to do for #SID2017

Minecraft in the Classroom!

We are really excited about one of our new education days – Minecraft in the Classroom!

This action packed education day will see your class, regardless of their ability, use Minecraft to work collaboratively towards an exciting common goal developing their team work and thinking skills.

Here are highlights from our first class  experiencing one of these days, we think the focused looks on their faces and smiles say it all, who knew the Victorians could be so much fun!

Continuing the theme … St Brendan’s RoboWars Morning

It’s a busy week for school trips this week, today saw the Year5s from St Brendan’s visit – but only for the morning, so continuing yesterday theme of RoboWars the challenge was set.

First they built the pulley robot – as a trial – once programmed & changed different wheels etc these prototypes were broke it up ! Our challenge was to built our own robot in 45mins ready for a RoboWars Tug of War.

Here are the highlights!

 

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They left Smithills at lunch off to their next adventure … Den Building!

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: