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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.

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Teaching Tips

Short videos with useful advice and top tips for busy teachers.

top tips for busy teachers


Exemplar Password Policy

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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!

password_letter

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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.

digital leaders guide


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.

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Computing curriculum framework  – Summary objectives and record sheets

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The following documents can be used to support the Computing Curriculum Framework:
Summary Objectives and Record sheets
Staff Confidence and Support Record sheets
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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.

Snap! 

snap

Snap! was written by the University of California at Berkeley. It uses Javascript rather than Flash.
https://snap.berkeley.edu
In a nutshell: Free, Works in Browser, Based on Scratch 1 ***

Pyonkee

pyonkee

Pyonkee is a free iPad app and is based on Scratch. Projects made for Scratch are compatible with Pyonkee.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pyonkee/id905012686?mt=8
In a nutshell: Free, iPad only, Unattractive sprites, Based on Scratch 1 **

ScratchJr

scratchjr

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.
http://www.scratchjr.org
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.

IOS/IPAD

 

Android


 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

parent survey

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

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

Short videos on a variety of themes with useful advice for busy teachers.
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 Ofsted – E-Safety

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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.
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Year 5/6 E-Safety lesson

lesson plan

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.
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