360 Online Safety Course

Preparing for the 360safe E-Safety review

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A short high impact course for teachers

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

Help with completing the 360safe online safety review in order to ensure that online safety is embedded across your school. The 360 self review tool is free to use and it is worth carrying out your own review even if you decide not to apply for the Online Safety Mark for which there is a charge.

As well as explaining the process, the presenter will outline the issues that schools have when completing the review or going for accreditation. During the afternoon you will work on your own review, so attending could be a valuable time saver.

The course will explain the elements, strands and aspects of the tool – Policy and Leadership; Infrastructure; Education; Standards and Inspection

It will cover the key areas required and help you to complete the 360safe online safety review and/or get ready for assessment.

  • A process for identifying strengths and weaknesses of existing practice
  • Responsibilities and relevant stakeholders
  • Help in identifying your existing levels
  • Guidance and best practice
  • Templates and updates using best practices
  • An action plan for your 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
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Build a robot Course

Build a robot to use with the BBC Micro:bit.

We can deliver this course at your school  – Complete the form below for details

A short high impact course for teachers

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

You will build a BBC Micro:bit robot that is yours to keep. Once built you will be shown how to program your robot using programming blocks just like Scratch.  This course demystifies the tech and is suitable for everyone.

  • A great way to introduce robotics
  • Step by step instructions to built your robot
  • Fun, hands on training for staff that you can use in the classroom
  • We will show you how to write programs to control your robot
  • The robot is yours to keep at the end of the course!

A fantastic 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 your robot using the block editor
  • You can purchase additional robots for just £25 each
  • No coding or technical experience needed – this course is suitable for everyone
  • You will need to bring your BBC Micro:bit and 4 AA batteries with you. Get in touch if you need to borrow a Micro:bit on the day.

“I found the building of the robot challenging, but also satisfying to see it fully in action. This was useful in terms of ideas for  differentiation.” Cecilia Rooms, Whiteheath Education Centre “Very useful to encourage the development of coding by using a physical component.” Neil Hartley, Edgbaston High School  “Thank you – I can see how this would be excellent for all of our children from Y5 to Y8.”  Kate Brown, St Bede’s Catholic Middle School MAC

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 £69 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
 
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Pupils online: advice for schools

We know that children are using a wide range of technology to get online at home, including games consoles, tablets and even their parents’ smartphones. This has led to a number of concerns, the main one being the issue of safeguarding and digital security. With the huge variety of potential access points to the internet, how can schools educate their pupils for all eventualities?

At Catshill Learning Partnerships, we’ve been running online safety lessons in schools for a number of years. At the beginning of these sessions, we always ask the pupils what devices they have used or had access to at home. The responses to this are always fascinating; children from as early as reception are already using a vast range of technology. We have carried out a National Pupil Internet Use Survey in order to examine how children access online content in more detail. Find out more at catshill.com/survey19k

 Unchartered territory

The main problem with technology is that both schools and parents are not necessarily familiar with the ways in which their pupils and children are accessing online content. For example, games consoles can now be used to communicate with other players around the world, and also access platforms such as YouTube and even Facebook.

The Pupil Internet Use Survey showed that 50% of 4/5 year olds say that they use their mum and dad’s smartphones. In fact, young pupils tend to be quite adept at using these types of technology, and will often help struggling parents or grandparents to get to grips with their devices. It is therefore important to instil good cyber security practices into pupils at an early age.

While filtering and restriction systems can help limit the content that children can access on their devices, if that device is taken to a friend’s house, the same controls may not apply, so understanding exactly what can be accessed and how is essential for parents. We are encouraging teachers to ask questions about such issues to both students and parents, to ensure that these considerations are taken into account.

Addressing the issue

The main thing is to make sure that what children are doing with the technology is done safely so that they’re not putting themselves in danger by going to a site that’s not suitable, and when they are online that they are behaving in an appropriate way. The most important thing to check is that they are not sharing personal information publicly or with strangers online without considering what they are doing.

Children often won’t see the harm in posting content about themselves, especially if their parents are doing the same thing. Part of the problem is that not everyone understands the privacy settings on platforms like Facebook, meaning that their content is available publicly for the world to see. Parents need to lead by example and take the time to consider their own social media activity. Staying safe online is an important life skill for everyone.

It should be remembered that there are many new social apps beyond the big players like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, such as Yik Yak and Oovoo. It can be difficult to keep on top of all this, so schools can help by running regular sessions for both their staff and parents to ensure that everyone has the latest information and that they understand what’s out there.

Voice of the children

Everyone has a responsibility when it comes to online safety, whether that’s parents, teachers or pupils. I am keen for schools to set up Digital Leader programmes, where groups of pupils are able to pass on messages about safety and cyber security in a voice that other young people are more likely to resonate with. There’s also the opportunity for students to help in writing the school’s online safety guide, as they will often have more insight into the newer trends online for people their age, and consequently, become your most valuable resource in this process. For example, the Digital Leaders we helped to set up at the Chantry School in Worcester present assemblies to year groups and share advice for what to look out for when speaking to others online. They also work hard to get messages and knowledge across to parents directly with a Parental Involvement Program. Find out more at catshill.com/chantry Similarly the Digital Leaders we set up for Westacre Middle School in Droitwich are running showcase lessons for parents to show them the range of cloud technology they use in school and at home. Find out more at catshill.com/showcase_lessons

We need to take a step back and evaluate the risks, so that everyone understands the multitude of possibilities online and how they can be managed effectively and safely.

BBC Micro:bit course

Make the most of your free BBC computers and find out what they can do…

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A short high impact course for teachers

bbc-microbitThe Micro:bit is designed to encourage children to get actively involved in writing software for computers and building new things, rather than being consumers of media. A million devices have been given to every year 7 pupil in the UK.  This course demystifies the tech and explains how to make the most of your devices.

  • Don’t let your free BBC Micro:bits end up in dusty cupboards
  • Fun, hands on training for staff
  • We will show you how to write programs and ensure that you are familiar with the hardware
Ideal for
Head of Computing ICT/Computing teachers – Secondary or Primary Phase

A fantastic 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 using the block editor, touch develop and python
  • How to connect to other devices such as an LED and headphones
  • No coding or technical experience needed – this course is suitable for everyone
“Good to discuss with other teachers.” Chris Howard, Abbey Park Middle School “I found the hands on coding really useful and I am looking forward to teaching some of this to our current year 7’s.” Richard Martin, Abbey Park Middle School “The course is a very useful introduction to the hardware and coding activities that can be carried out with the BBC micro:bit. It gives you the opportunity to try some hands on activities with the micro:bit.” Cheryl Jarvis, Catshill Middle School “Good short introduction – great overview of functionality and applications available. Brett is very engaging and maintains a good pace throughout.” Carolyn Aynsworth, Malvern St James Girls’ 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
 
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Children online – 19,000 surveyed

Pupils online: National survey of 19,000 UK pupils reveals new trends in children’s internet use

The the survey results can be downloaded below and a free teaching resource is available here.

  • The results of a national pupil survey on internet use have been released, taking data from over 60 schools and 19,000 pupils
  • Primary-aged pupils are most frequently using tablets and smartphones to access the internet
  • With greater access to the internet, concerns have been raised around the content that is accessible by young children, and how this can be combated effectively

Catshill Learning Partnerships, along with education technology association, Naace, have announced the results from a national survey of pupils’ internet use at home.

The survey, which involved over 60 schools and over 19,000 pupils from across the UK, asked questions about the devices young people are using to get online. As expected, the results show that children of all ages are using a wide range of devices, but the figures for very young children surprisingly revealed that over 60 per cent of four to five-year-olds are using tablets to get online. The tablet is the online device of choice for primary children, but for secondary school-aged children, the smartphone is the most popular choice.

Key figures from the study show that:

  • Nearly half of four to seven-year-old children surveyed say they are using a smartphone to get online
  • 66 per cent of Year 7 pupils and 89 per cent of Year 10 pupils use a smartphone, which is the most popular method of accessing the internet
  • Over half of six-year-olds use a laptop to get online
  • Games consoles are used mostly by 10 and 11-year-olds with three main platforms (Xbox, Playstation and Wii) being popular
  • A wide range of other connected devices were being used at home. The most popular devices in the ‘Internet of Things’ category were other consoles such as the Nintendo DS, heating controls, smart meters and portable media devices. Smart fridges and kettles were mentioned but less common.

Edtech and online safety consultant, Brett Laniosh, from Catshill Learning Partnerships said, “We now know that children are using a wide range of technology to get online at home, but the findings for younger children will surprise many. The fact that so many four and five-year-olds are using smartphones and tablets to access what could be unfiltered content is of concern and one that is echoed by the Children’s Commissioners report “Growing up Digital” released earlier this month.

“We would encourage schools to find out what devices their pupils are using at home and then compare their results with the national average.” Brett added, “I would also encourage schools to heed the advice of the Children’s Commissioner and establish Digital Leaders in school to get young people involved with the delivery of online safety education. For parents, it is vital to speak with your children to find out what hardware they have access to and which ones are being used to access online content. The discussion should also cover whether they are being used appropriately, for example protecting personal privacy and spending an appropriate amount of time using them.”

Download the Survey Results here

 

About Catshill Learning Partnerships:

Catshill Learning Partnerships is an independent computing, ICT and e-safety consultant network, providing curriculum support to schools. Established in 2011, its school-based services also include professional development and educational technology advice.

Catshill Learning Partnerships are Naace Delivery Partners. A national network of trusted educational organisations who work together to provide quality support services for schools.

For more details, please email info@catshill.com or ring 01527 313 880

 

About Naace:

Naace is the national association for everyone promoting learning with technology in a connected world.  Naace is the professional association for those concerned with advancing education by capitalising on the opportunities of the connected world and technology. This involves advancing pedagogy and ensuring that strong computing knowledge and skills are spread to all pupils and all teachers. The Naace community provides support and professional development opportunities for teachers and school leaders.  Our membership also includes advisers, consultants and industry partners.  Naace administers the ICT Mark and the Self-review Framework and has developed the Third Millennium Learning award to enable schools to share their insights on how to take education to the next level.

http://www.naace.co.uk

 

 

Short High Impact Courses

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
  • Held at conveniently located Centres of Excellence with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience
LocationCentre of Excellence
DroitwichWestacre Middle School
RedditchThe Vaynor First School
WorcesterThe Chantry School

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Curriculum planning

How to implement an effective computing curriculum. Covers the complete programme of study. Ideal for those who have to teach computing.

A short high impact course for teachers

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

This course covers the complete Computing programme of study including ICT and Digital Literacy.

  • Plan a meaningful curriculum that can be delivered by all your staff.
  • How to deliver exciting lessons in order to meet statutory requirements.
  • Technological words explained, so that you will understand difficult concepts such as algorithms and abstraction.
  • Complete coverage from reception to year nine.

Key resources and practical advice

  • A staff survey that can be used to record understanding and confidence levels.
  • A list of objectives and complete curriculum overview for every year that you can use straight away.
  • Use and create programmes using award winning and free software.
  • Review of schemes of work.

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
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Naace ICT Mark Course

Preparing for the Naace ICT Mark assessment

A short high impact course for teachers

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Ideal for
ICT lead/Head of Computing/ Senior leaders – Primary or Secondary Phase

This course is will help schools who are working through the Self-review Framework (SRF) and towards the ICT Mark. It is also suitable for schools who are considering ICT Mark assessment.

Each element of the SRF will be clarified. Information and resources to help understand the evidence required for assessment will be provided.

Areas of focus 

  • An understanding of the elements of the SRF
  • Consistency in applying judgements of threshold for the ICT Mark
  • Identifying and working with relevant and important stakeholders in school
  • The assessment process – How it works and what type of evidence you require
  • Be able to identify an appropriate route though the SRF and plan the journey

Elements covered

  • Leadership and Management
  • Planning and Learning
  • Computing and Capability
  • Evaluating the impact of ICT
  • Professional Development and Resources

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

microbit

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.

Apple-iPad-mini

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.

course summary

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.

microbit

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

technical leaders

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
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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

digital leaders guide

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
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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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