Apps for Computing course

Hands on training  to show the best tools and apps for teaching computing on tablets

A short high impact course for teachers

 

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Ideal for
Any teacher or TA that teaches computing – Primary Phase

Programming can be challenging without a keyboard but there are some great apps out there that can be used to to deliver the computing curriculum.

This course will cover a range of recommended apps for use on iPads and Android tablets.

  • Recommended, proven free apps
  • Covered  apps – Pyonkee, Snap!, Touch Develop, J2Code, 2Code, Kodable,  Hopscotch
  • Hands on in detail with ScratchJr, Run Marco and Lightbot
  • Gives schools a cost effective way of implementing programming
  • Suitable for all teachers regardless of their teaching and
    training experience
  • Linked to the computing programme of study

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £49 per delegate (£29 for additional delegates from same school)
  • Minimum disruption – High Impact courses run from 1pm to 3pm
  • Conveniently located course venues with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience

We can deliver this course at your school. Complete this form for more details.

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E-Safety Policy updateDigital leaders in your school360 E-Safe self review preparationOnline safety for school staffSocial Media for schoolsPlanning and delivering the computing curriculumUsing Scratch to teach computingApps for teaching computingBBC Micro:bit training for schoolsBBC Micro:bit RoboticsBBC Micro:bit Physical ComputingPreparing for the Naace ICT Mark assessmentGreen Screen and iMovie in the classroom

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Online Safety for School Staff

Essential information for school staff

A short high impact course for teachers

Ideal for
All staff/NQTs/TAs – Secondary or Primary Phase

The essential things you need to know about how you and your pupils can stay safe online and referring to the DFE statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’.

  • Technology in use at home including the Internet of Things
  • Personal and professional issues
  • Vulnerability
  • Grooming
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Sexting
  • Radicalisation
  • Social media including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram

As well as the areas above, this course gives helpful guidance to teachers about protecting their online identity and suggests practical steps that schools can use to implement effective E-Safety procedures.

  • Protecting yourself – practical advice
  • Key stakeholders – parents, governors, safeguarding boards, agencies such as CEOP and Childnet
  • Essential resources and proven strategies
  • Best practice
  • Reporting procedures

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £49 per delegate (£29 for additional delegates from same school)
  • Minimum disruption – High Impact courses run from 1pm to 3pm
  • Conveniently located course venues with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience

We can deliver this course at your school. Complete this form for more details.

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Green screen iMovie course

The use of Green Screen and iMovie to enhance learning in the classroom.

A short high impact course for teachers

Ideal for
Computing co-ordinators/Class teachers/NQTs  – Primary Phase

This is a practical course which will enable you to become computing proficient in using a green screen.  It is not essential to have a green screen within your school – learn how to make one of your own!  In addition, you will learn how to create BAFTA award winning iMovies to enhance the children’s learning experience across the curriculum.

  • How does a green screen impact on children’s learning?
  • How to use a green screen.
  • How to create a DIY green screen.
  • How to merge green screen clips using an iPad/ MacBook for dummies 🙂
  • How to use iMovies to enhance children’s learning across all curriculum areas.

This course is presented by Sophie Thomas. Although not essential, it would be helpful to bring a Macbook or iPad to this course.

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £49 per delegate (£29 for additional delegates from same school)
  • Minimum disruption – High Impact courses run from 1pm to 3pm
  • Conveniently located course venues with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience

We can deliver this course at your school. Complete this form for more details.

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E-Safety Policy updateDigital leaders in your school360 E-Safe self review preparationOnline safety for school staffSocial Media for schoolsPlanning and delivering the computing curriculumUsing Scratch to teach computingApps for teaching computingBBC Micro:bit training for schoolsBBC Micro:bit RoboticsBBC Micro:bit Physical ComputingPreparing for the Naace ICT Mark assessmentGreen Screen and iMovie in the classroom

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Micro classrooms

Government to implement MicroClassrooms following the MicroPub Revolution

Following the phenomenal rise of the MicroPub, the UK Government is recommending that schools should start to use cupboards as micro-classrooms. “Putting pupils and teachers in cupboards makes a lot of sense for schools looking to reduce budgets and make the most of limited room”, an Education Minister has said.

The MicroPub revolution began when Martyn Hillier turned a former butcher’s shop in the Kent village of Herne into a pub. The MicroPub focuses on cask ales, good conversation and friendly atmosphere.  MicroPubs are now appearing across the UK with 300 now open.  A Government spokesperson announced today (1/4/2017) that the micro pub model  could effectively be applied to classrooms resulting in considerable cost savings for schools looking to cut budgets.

E-Safety Policies Course

Review and update your online safety policies and procedures.

A short high impact course for teachers

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Ideal for
Safeguarding/Computing/ICT lead – Secondary or Primary Phase

An opportunity to update your e-safety, password and acceptable use policies in accordance with the DFE’s statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education‘ released in September 2016.

  • Working with your existing policies or using our provided templates
  • E-Safety policies
  • Acceptable Use Policies
  • Password Policy
  • Ofsted and inspection preparation

This course will cover the key areas required for your e-safety policies to ensure they are fit for purpose.

  • A review of your existing policies
  • Guidance and best practice
  • Templates and updates using best practices
  • E-Safety audits
  • Question and Answer session

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £49 per delegate (£29 for additional delegates from same school)
  • Minimum disruption – High Impact courses run from 1pm to 3pm
  • Conveniently located course venues with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience

We can deliver this course at your school. Complete this form for more details.

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Social Media for schools

The essential guide to promoting your school safely using social media.

A short high impact course for teachers

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Ideal for
Senior staff/ Business Managers/ Administrators / Technical  support – Secondary or Primary Phase

If you are looking to raise the profile of your school, social media should be an integral part of your marketing strategy. This hands on course will show you how to use social media such as Twitter and LinkedIn to raise the profile of your school, increase your influence and engage more widely with your community and target audiences such as prospective parents.

Using Social Media safely

In order to protect your school, we will give you guidelines to ensure your campaign is effective, appropriate and safe for your school

  • Minimise risks from unwelcome users and deal with any negative publicity
  • The latest popular platforms and how they may impact on you and your pupils
  • Keep an eye on what parents, schools and others are saying about you

Promoting your school

  • How to set up a presence or develop an existing one in order to get maximum benefit
  • Ensuring that you are up to speed with all aspects of social media
  • Celebrating children’s work
  • Effective parental and community engagement
  • Marketing your school to potential parents
  • Managing your social media campaign successfully to achieve  results without taking up too much staff time

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £49 per delegate (£29 for additional delegates from same school)
  • Minimum disruption – High Impact courses run from 1pm to 3pm
  • Conveniently located course venues with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience

We can deliver this course at your school. Complete this form for more details.

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E-Safety Policy updateDigital leaders in your school360 E-Safe self review preparationOnline safety for school staffSocial Media for schoolsPlanning and delivering the computing curriculumUsing Scratch to teach computingApps for teaching computingBBC Micro:bit training for schoolsBBC Micro:bit RoboticsBBC Micro:bit Physical ComputingPreparing for the Naace ICT Mark assessmentGreen Screen and iMovie in the classroom

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National Pupil Internet Use survey

Schools across the UK have been invited to take part in a national survey of internet use by pupils when at home.  Brett Laniosh from Catshill Learning Partnerships, who are carrying out the survey, said that the results will provide valuable information to schools on the range of hardware such as laptops, tablets, consoles and smart phones being used by young people. The survey is supported by education technology association Naace.

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About the survey

Each class are shown a number of devices and pupils are asked to show by raising their hand which they use at home.

The numbers were collated for each school with the national results published here for Safer Internet Day 2017.

A free teaching resource has been published and is available here.

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Schools can still carry out the survey and compare their results with the national average by completing the form below.

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Year groups required
KS1 (Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3)KS2 (Year 4, Year 5, Year 6)KS3 (Year 7, Year 8, Year 9)KS4 (Year 10, Year 11)

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DfE Standards for CPD

A standard for teachers’ professional development has been issued by the DFE.

The Teachers’ Standards set out a number of expectations about professional development; namely, that teachers should:

  • Keep their knowledge and skills as teachers up-to-date and be self-critical;
  • Take responsibility for improving teaching through appropriate professional development, responding to advice and feedback from colleagues;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how pupils learn and how this has an impact on teaching;
  • Have a secure knowledge of the relevant subject(s) and curriculum areas;
  • Reflect systematically on the effectiveness of lessons and approaches to teaching; and
  • Know and understand how to assess the relevant subject and curriculum areas.

DFEguidance

We at Catshill Learning Partnerships are proud to deliver professional development  courses and training that meets the published standard:

1Professional development should have a focus on improving and evaluating pupil outcomes.tick
2Professional development should be underpinned by robust evidence and expertise. tick
3Professional development should include collaboration and expert challenge. tick
4Professional development programmes should be sustained over time. tick
5And all this is underpinned by, and requires that: Professional development must be prioritised by school leadership tick

“Effective professional development for teachers is a core part of securing effective teaching. It cannot exist in isolation, rather it requires a pervasive culture of scholarship with a shared commitment for teachers to support one another to develop so that pupils benefit from the highest quality teaching.”
(Ref DFE-00167-2016)

BBC Microbit

Due to demand, Catshill Learning Partnerships have developed a BBC:Microbit training course for schools. Find out more.

The BBC have produced  a pocket-sized, computer that allows children to get creative with technology. The aim is to inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of tech pioneers.

This ambitious education initiative gave a million devices to every 11 or 12 year old child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK.

The school based course is a great introduction that is suitable for staff and pupils and can be run in the school day or as a twilight after school.

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Key features of the micro:bit include:

 • 25 red LEDs to light up, flash messages, create games and invent digital stories.

• Two programmable buttons activated when pressed. Use the micro:bit as a games controller. Pause or skip songs on a playlist.

• On-board motion detector or “accelerometer” that can detect movement and tell other devices you’re on the go. Featured actions include shake, tilt and freefall. Turn the micro:bit into a spirit level. Light it up when something is moved. Use it for motion-activated games.

• A built-in compass or “magnetometer” to sense which direction you’re facing, your movement in degrees, and where you are. Includes an in-built magnet, and can sense certain types of metal.

• Bluetooth Smart Technology to connect to the internet and interact with the world around you. Connect the micro:bit to other micro:bits, devices, kits, phones, tablets, cameras and everyday objects all around. Share creations or join forces to create multi-micro:bit masterpieces. Take a selfie. Pause a DVD or control your playlist.

• Five Input and Output (I/O) rings to connect the micro:bit to devices or sensors using crocodile clips or 4mm banana plugs. Use the micro:bit to send commands to and from the rings, to power devices like robots and motors.

Read more about the BBC Microbit project here.

Parents’ iPad Prize Draw

Our iPad prize draw is a great way to maximise parental engagement at Online Safety for Parents so we will be running it again for schools that book a presentation during September, October and November 2016.

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All parents attending Online Safety for Parents will be entered into a prize draw to win an iPad mini which has been kindly donated by Zeus IT Services.

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Prize kindly donated by ZeusIT

Maximise parental engagement by promoting the iPad Prize Draw and there are more ideas here.

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Training programme

You can download a summary of all our school based training courses here.

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Our cost effective, school based training allows staff to be trained with students with no staff cover required!

“We would definitely recommend Catshill Learning to other Digital Leaders looking for some great training!”

“The sessions were engaging, informative and accessible for both our children and their parents.”

“It was a very worthwhile and exciting day; the pupils found the experience meaningful and were able to create some great resources that will help the John Henry Newman community stay safe online.”

Read our testimonials at www.catshill.com/about 

BBC micro:bit for sale

Finally the BBC micro:bit has gone on sale.

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Although schools have been given micro:bits to give away to year 7 pupils, there are a number of reasons why schools are looking to purchase their own devices.

  • School wish to program the devices as part of the computing curriculum
  • There is no guarantee that pupils will bring them back into school
  • Primary and middle schools want pupils in other years to have experience of the micro:bit

What schools should consider

Are we going let children take their micro:bits home?

Can our digital leaders implement a school policy on our micro:bits? Our advice – This is a great way to utilise pupil voice.

How much do they cost?  Our advice – At the moment retailers are charging £13 each for just the board. Many had hoped that they would be £10 or less. Prices may come down as other manufacturers start producing them so it might be worth waiting before ordering them.

Are we going to purchase a class set and do we need to factor in the additional “extras” such as battery case and USB connector? Our advice – We think these are definitely needed.

Who do we order them from? Contact us if you know of other suppliers and we will add to the list below

Key information
The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass, LED display, and Bluetooth technology built in. It measures 4cm by 5cm, is available in a range of colours, and designed to be fun and easy to use. It can be coded with something simple in seconds – like lighting up its LEDs or displaying a pattern – with no prior knowledge of computing. It also connects to other devices, sensors, kits and objects, and is a companion to Arduino, Galileo, Kano, littleBits and Raspberry Pi, acting as a spring board to more complex learning. Each element is completely programmable via easy-to-use software on a dedicated website (www.microbit.co.uk) that can be accessed from a PC, tablet or mobile.

Technical leaders in school

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Following the successful implementation of online safety ambassadors, Greenfield School in Stourbridge has extended the concept of pupil voice by setting up a digital leaders group. Eight students applied for the position of a digital leader and after successfully completing a training programme the group is able to carry out a range of activities in school. These include:

  • Day to day maintenance of computing hardware
  • Looking after portable devices to ensure they are updated, charged and ready for use
  • Training of teachers to identify and fix common technical issues
  • Check over and tidying of the ICT suite on a daily basis
  • Identifying opportunities for technical development and making hardware recommendations

Tom Holder, Head of Computing explains why having digital leaders works for Greenfield School:

“Everyone in schools is benefiting. The self esteem of the children has increased immensely, I am spending less time having to sort out basic faults and our ICT suite is always clean and tidy. We are making fewer calls to the IT helpdesk and an added benefit is that our staff can call upon our digital leaders to support them in the classroom. It has been a win-win for us and our pupils.” 

Details of the Digital Leader training program

 

Physical Computing Course

Hands on Physical Activities for the BBC Micro:bit

A short high impact course for teachers

Ideal for
Head of Computing ICT/Computing teachers – Secondary or Primary Phase

You will be connecting a range of sensors and output devices to your BBC Micro:bit in order to bring real world computing to the classroom. At the end of the course there is an option to keep the seven classroom activities and the kit to use back in school.

  • Seven different activities with lesson notes
  • Six different input and output devices
  • Fun, hands on training for staff that you can use in the classroom
  • Physical activity kit including lesson notes with an option to keep it at the end of the course!

A great way to make best use of this importance device. 

  • All you need to know about the hardware and how to program it
  • You will learn how to write programs for the kit using the block editor
  • Sensors in the kit: Potentiometer, touch switch, piezo buzzer, headphone adaptor, light emitting diode, light sensor
  • Lesson activities:  Theramin, Hearing Test, Door Alarm, Persistence of vision, Visual Analogue reading, LED brightness by Pulse Width Modulation, Sun exposure alarm
  • No coding or technical experience needed – this course is suitable for everyone

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £49
  • Minimum disruption – High Impact courses run from 1pm to 3pm
  • Conveniently located course venues with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience

We can deliver this course at your school. Complete this form for more details.

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E-Safety Policy updateDigital leaders in your school360 E-Safe self review preparationOnline safety for school staffSocial Media for schoolsPlanning and delivering the computing curriculumUsing Scratch to teach computingApps for teaching computingBBC Micro:bit training for schoolsBBC Micro:bit RoboticsBBC Micro:bit Physical ComputingPreparing for the Naace ICT Mark assessmentGreen Screen and iMovie in the classroom

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Digital Leaders Course

How to set up digital leaders in your school in order to promote online safety

A short high impact course for teachers

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Ideal for
Safeguarding/Computing/ICT lead – Secondary or Primary Phase

Having digital leaders in school empowers pupil voice, makes e-safety learning fun and effective and has a proven positive impact on pupils – including safer online behaviours and increased e-safety knowledge.

  • Pupil involvement is a key element in promoting e-safety effectively
  • Digital Leaders gain key skills such as leadership and management, communication and collaboration
  • Engages parents and staff
  • Provides evidence of impact so you are ready for inspection
  • Digital Leaders help you work towards outstanding e-safety practice in school and across your community

This course will cover the key information you need and give you practical advice in order to set up your own digital leaders.

  • How to set up your own digital leaders
  • Training and support materials
  • Practical advice and guidance
  • Setting up of assemblies, displays and online support materials that can be linked from the school website
  • Free high quality resources including videos to use in school
“A useful short introduction to Digital Leaders and e-safety/social media.” Dan Hallington, Wyre Forest School

“A great short course, good ideas.” Sophie Thomas, The Vaynor First School

“Very helpful for online safety in general and as a Digital Leader tool.” Jo Kehoe, Wyre Forest School.

“Brilliant high impact short course. Engaging subject matter covered in a variety of interesting ways.” Faron Alsop, Our Lady & St Kenelm Primary School.

“There was lots of helpful advice and this will provide great networking opportunities. Everything was made relevant to the school. Thank you for all the information and resources they will come in very useful.” Jorgie Best, Olive Hill Primary School,

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £49 per delegate (£29 for additional delegates from same school)
  • Minimum disruption – High Impact courses run from 1pm to 3pm
  • Conveniently located course venues with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience

We can deliver this course at your school. Complete this form for more details.

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E-Safety Policy updateDigital leaders in your school360 E-Safe self review preparationOnline safety for school staffSocial Media for schoolsPlanning and delivering the computing curriculumUsing Scratch to teach computingApps for teaching computingBBC Micro:bit training for schoolsBBC Micro:bit RoboticsBBC Micro:bit Physical ComputingPreparing for the Naace ICT Mark assessmentGreen Screen and iMovie in the classroom

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Chromebooks in Schools

Using Chromebooks in Schools

An online Teachmeet that came about as a result of a posting on the CAS forums in which a teacher wanted to connect with schools that had Google Chromebooks.  – Suggest an idea for a future teachmeet

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Topics discussed:
The move to the cloud, how they are used, cameras, schemes of work, hardware combinations, device management, keyboards, teaching mathematics, collaboration – with class and beyond, battery life, moving files, using latency hardware, mixing different hardware.

With thanks to contributions from the following schools: Parkfield, Marlborough, Avanti House, Fulham Boys, Godstow, The Weald, Overstone and the National Stem Learning Centre.

Please get in touch if you would like independent  and curriculum focused advice in  choosing portable devices for schools.

IPad Prize draw winner

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Bethan receives her iPad from Brett Laniosh

Congratulations to Bethan Houston who was the winner of the E-Safety for Parents Prize Draw competition kindly sponsored by Zeus Computers.

Bethan attended the online safety talk at Sytchampton Primary School near Ombersley in Worcestershire.

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Competition gets 1000+ entries!

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Judging of the Worcestershire schools Safer Internet Day poster competition took place at Hindlip Hall, the West Mercia Police HQ on February 22nd.

Over 1000 posters were submitted from schools across Worcestershire.

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The judges were Barrie Sheldon, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Sophie Banham from Just2Easy, Paul Barber from Westacre Middle School, Brett Laniosh from Catshill Learning Partnerships and the digital leaders from Westacre Middle School.

The winning entries

Emily from Catshill Middle School, Emma from The Chantry School, Sarah Jane from Heathfield School, Jen from Sytchampton Endowed Primary School, Harriet from Westacre Middle School.

THANK YOU TO ALL PUPILS WHO TOOK PART!

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The competition was a joint initiative between Westacre Computing Community (made up of Worcester and Droitwich schools led by Westacre Middle School in Droitwich) and Catshill Learning Partnerships  with support from the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner who hosted the competition judging at the police headquarters at Hindlip Hall on 22nd February.

Prize sponsors include educational suppliers Just2Easy (based in Kidderminster), County Infrastructure Services (based in Droitwich) and Catshill Learning Partnerships (based in Bromsgrove).

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