A carousel of computer science @HMCPS

Our kit was all packed up ready for a busy day at Harwood Meadows Primary School.

The plan for the day was to have a carousel of computer science activities with year3s in the morning and the year4 class in the afternoon. The activities included:

  • Logging on to Purplemash to use 2Code – remember you can use this at home
  • Using the BlueBots and iPads – using pauses and repeats in our programming
  • Using the free Kodable app on the iPads
  • Using the Beebots – to plan where the Beebots starts and finishes, plan the route, input the algorithm – did it work? If not we had to debug!

If you took part in these activities it would be great to hear about your favourite activities and why.

Bringing Digital Literacy to life through Animation

This week saw the launch of our first Animation Day in school.

We packed our laptops, webcams, backdrops and props and off we set to @stmattsbolton We worked with year4s, the plan was that they would produced their own 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.

This is a new day we offer to our computing curriculum support schools. If you want further details do not hesitate to contact us

Snails racing on sports day

Sports day @GilnowPrimary so when we went in to deliver computing support for year1s and year2s, of course, we used 2Code in Purplemash and programmed our own snail race.

 

 

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

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!

Computer Science with Reception children from Holy Infants

 

Can you watch this video & not say ‘ahhh’ ?

Highlights from todays school visit. We were working with the reception class, we had a fun packed afternoon, a carousel of computing activities.

We used direction cards to plan the route for our BlueBots, we logged on to Purplemash and used 2Go, we used Kodable and BlueBot app and we had great fun with the remote control cars.

We think the adults had as much fun as the children!

 

An afternoon of computer science when BoltonSICT visited Holy Infants

What a great afternoon BoltonSICT had at Holy Infants this week working with their Year1s

A carousel of activities was planned, the aim being to develop the pupils programming skills.

We used Purplemash and  software 2Go, we used two free apps Kodable & BlueBot. The children said they thought they were playing games , but the apps were a little tricky in places. To help practice left & right, using the remote control cars helped some groups made really complex pathways for their cars! The BlueBot app was used to focus the children on a particular coding focus – BeeBot had to land on a given end square – that was not always the case!

We all agreed that we learnt lots & had lots of fun as well!

Brownlow Fold yr3s travel back in time

bfStand back everyone!

Be prepare for year3 bloggers at Brownlow Fold.

Today saw the children using their class blog for the first time – they shared their topic learning all about the Egyptians they particularly like the mummification process!

They can not  wait to share their very best writing with the whole wide world. Can you leave a comment of encouragement?

 

Online Safety & Scratch2 @Queensbridge

We were asked to go into Queensbridge to work with their year6’s, looking at how to use scratch to begin to program their multiple choice online safety quizzes. As it was Safer Internet Day #SID17  part of the morning session was use to plan possible question and discuss answers.

Hopefully some of these will be finished in time to enter our competition.

Good Luck

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