Sunday, 20 November 2016

NEW Google Sites 2016 for Educators


The new Google Sites is Brilliant and full of Material Design. Join us in this video on the Educators guide to Google Sites and how your students can use it to create good looking and professional websites and online portfolios in less than ten minutes.



Enjoy all these Brand new features today on Rapid release and Next week on scheduled release!




Sunday, 13 November 2016

Anti-Bullying Week 2016 and ESafety

This upcoming week is National Anti-Bullying Week in the UK.
This initiative runs from 14th-18th Nov 2016 and this years theme is : 'Power For Good'


As a website primarily focused on Education and in particular Educational Technology, it is only natural for me to share some helpful resources about cyber-bullying you can use within your class. Not only is this week an important reminder for us to the damage and impact bullying can have in a child's life, it is also a good reminder that in this digital age we have to be vigilant and protect our students from the dangers presented when exploring the vast online world as well.

That being said this post will focus on the e-Safety and Cyber-bullying side of things and hopefully I can share some resources that will help you implement an e-safety plan for your students.

You can find the official National Anti-Bullying website here:

To Keep things interactive let's begin with a video I've used in class with my Year One students to introduce our E-Safety Focus:


Now that you've decided that you are ready to do something about your students safety I would recommend bookmarking the CommonSenseMedia Digital Citizenship Curriculum:
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/scope-and-sequence

As a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educator I have used and trialed this e-Safety Curriculum at our school and it has been a truly successful journey for myself, the students AND their parents!




Some other useful links are:

www.safetynetkids.org.uk - Great website full of tips for Parents and Students

www.esafety.gov.au - Australian Government run website with lots of resources for Educators and Parents.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk - The police's Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.

www.getsafeonline.org A beginner's guide to using the Internet safety, including a quiz and some video tutorials about how to ‘stay safe’ on-line.

www.kidsmart.org.uk - Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children's internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.

www.bullying.co.uk - One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on bullying.
Childnet - A Parents Guide to Tech!





Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Teach Computing to your class today!



As the world moves forward, thankfully many schools are now embracing a shift in the teaching of ICT and shifting their attention to Computational Thinking and Computing lessons, students are preparing themselves for the future!

However, often the Computer Science subject ends up being taught by class teachers and many are scared or unsure of where to begin. Scratch, Code.org and Google CS are great resources, but far from the only ones available. Having recently presented on this at the Bangkok AppsEvents Summit, I got the feeling many teachers are looking for some alternative apps, programs and links to introduce coding to their classes. 

All I can say is that we live in very fortunate time and NEVER before have their been this many programs available for us to use and/or try! In this presentation, shared below, I have tried to outline a simple list of different apps and programs each with hyperlinks. These are for you, as class teacher, to use as a tool and/or as extra provision for those students.

Outlining some of their key features, this will hopefully be a powerful tool you can use on a regular bases to refer to when teaching coding.