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

 

 

It was all about Computing

It was all about Computing in Year 3 at Holy Infants yesterday.

Year 3 learnt lots of tricky technical words such as algorithm, debugging and sprite. Using Purplemash the pupils learnt how to make fish move, make snails race and even create giant or tiny snails at a moment’s notice!  Mr Eccles thought he’d seen a six pack of sprites in Asda, but apparently that’s a different thing!

 

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 .

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