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Free resources for the BBC Micro:bit robot
We’ve created a page of resources dedicated to the BBC Micro:bit robot here.
School E-Safety Policy Templates
Both the South West Grid for Learning and Kent County Council have produced templates that can be used as a basis for a school e-safety policy. They include acceptable use policies for staff, pupils and visitors.
How to maximise parental attendance at online safety events
We’ve outlined a number of ways schools have increased engagement with parents to promote online safety. Find out how here.
Short videos with useful advice and top tips for busy teachers.
Exemplar Password Policy
It is a good idea to create a password policy and share this with staff and parents. Best practice is to get pupils logging on with their own username and password straight away. With 15 minutes practice using log in cards EYFS or Year 1 pupils will soon be able to log in by themselves. Remember this important lesson is not a speed exercise and make sure TAs are not logging pupils in!
Place a link to your cloud based services (eg RM Unify, Purple Mash, J2e etc) on your website and use this letter to get help from parents and show them the exciting content you provide to your learners.
Digital Leaders set up guide
This guide will tell you all you need to know about how to set up digital leaders in your school. Download your copy here.
BBC Microbit for all Year 7 pupils
The BBC has unveiled the BBC micro:bit, a pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology, which is to be given free to every child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK. Find out more here.
Computing curriculum framework – Summary objectives and record sheets
The following documents can be used to support the Computing Curriculum Framework:
Summary Objectives and Record sheets
Staff Confidence and Support Record sheets
Scratch on tablets/IPADs
Is is annoying that because Scratch relies on Flash it doesn’t work with portable devices such as iPads. Until the authors at MIT come up with an alternative, there are some workarounds. Let us know how you get on with them. I’ve given each a star rating.
In a nutshell: Free, Works in Browser, Based on Scratch 1 ***
Pyonkee is a free iPad app and is based on Scratch. Projects made for Scratch are compatible with Pyonkee.
In a nutshell: Free, iPad only, Unattractive sprites, Based on Scratch 1 **
Well it isn’t Scratch but ScratchJr has been developed by Mitch Resnick, director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group and Marina Bers at MIT. It is certainly different from Scratch but clearly has the same educational values and is highly recommended.
In a nutshell: Free, Works on iPad and Android, Intuitive, *****
Scratch on IPADS/Android
The methods below were posted on the Scratch discussion website as ways of installing Scratch as an application so are rather technical.
1. Download the app from here. The file should have the itunes logo on it
2. click on the file. It should open up itunes
3. Plug in your device to your computer4. click on the device in the top. It should be an ipod or iphone or ipad, etc.
5. Click apps
6. Look at the scratch 2.0 at the top, and click install.
7. Click install at the bottom of the screen
1. Download Scratch.iPA from the link above.
2. Install AppSync on your device via Cydia
3. Be sure you have iTunes downloaded on your computer.
4. Double click on the iPA file and install it onto your iOS device.
2. Transfer the APK to your device.
3. Allow your device to install apps from unknown locations (different for some devices)
4. Install the APK using your favorite file manager.
(coming to the app store soon (hopefully))
Digital Leaders Badges
Simply download, print on card in colour, laminate and cut. Download
Computing in the national curriculum
A guide for primary teachers
This essential guide covers the new computing programme of study which is statutory for schools. Download
Parents’ ICT Questionnaire
Schools often want to survey parents so that they can be more informed about the needs of both pupils and parents and also to promote good communications. The following exemplar questions could help formulate such a questionnaire. Find out more…
K9 Web Protection
Schools have (or should have) safe internet filtering in place. But what about at home. This free filtering software works for Windows, Mac, iPhone and Android. Find out more
Tips for Teaching
Ofsted – E-Safety
A new Ofsted Framework was introduced in September. In terms of e-safety the framework is similar to that introduced in January 2012, but the topic is now given greater prominence by the release of a new Ofsted Inspectors briefing document on e-safety. This describes potential e-safety judgements for schools and should raise the bar in terms of the understanding of both inspectors and schools.
Year 5/6 E-Safety lesson
This lesson plan uses the CEOP video “Jigsaw” to deliver powerful and important messages about how we behave in the real and online world. Included is a lesson plan and the survey itself.