Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February 2018 with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”. We are going to continue our ongoing dicussions with the children about use of the internet and social media applications to ensure that they stay safe and report anything that they feel uncomfortable with. As part of this week, we are asking parents to have discussions with their children about their internet use and what they use it for. This is particularly important as many of the systems they are using are on mobile devices.
The Year 1 and 2 children were shown this video during our Monday assembly.
Later in the assembly, when the key stage 1 children left the hall, we discussed these two videos with the children from year 3 to year 6.
Today our digital leaders worked together with East Hunsbury’s digital leaders to master the use of Minecraft on the Microsoft Surface devices. They learnt to move around, explore, dig and build within the safety of different Minecraft worlds.
What a wonderful opportunity for the children to work together today! The seven academy schools were given a great opportunity to create a vision of digital leadership in each of their schools. They were creative in using a number of tools from the Office365 application (Teams, Sway and Forms), supporting each other to develop their skills and working collaboratively to share what they had learnt.
Given the massive changes in technology in the last 100 years the Digital Leaders have been asked to complete a whole school survey on the use of technology today, how young people communicate digitally and what forms of entertainment are used online.
Have a look at the digital revolution from the perspective of a childs Grandad.
Today some of us year 6 digital leaders went to Northampton university to do Makey Makey.
What is Makey Makey?
We are happy you asked . Makey Makey can be used as an alternative to keyboards. You would use different types of matireals ( conductors ) and attach the wires to the object you’re using.
First we got off into groups with one person from each school. After that we would go round in a circle and got to know each other. Next we chose our group names and some of them were really crazy like (red musical unicorns, debuggers and code crackers). Then off we went to start experimenting with lots of different materials to make a digital game using scratch. We used play dough, coins, water, bananas, apples, gummy sweets, tin foil and tins. We had to use or skin and a piece of metal, that would control the game. After that we all came up with some ideas to show to everyone at the end.
It was a really fun thing to do and if you get an chance to be a digital leader, I would take it. It’s an amazing thing to do. You get to meet new people.
Today is internet safety day and all the children have been learning about why it is so important to give nice comments on line and report anything that they feel worried about. It is amazing the amount of access our children have to the internet: from laptops to tablets, from texts to chat rooms and from Xbox live to Playstation 4. Please feel free to look through the assembly PowerPoint and watch the Youtube
It is time to choose your new digital leaders! This week your teachers will help you to decide on one person from each class in KS1 and 2 that can become your personal digital experts.
This year your digital leaders will be looking at how we use technology in the classroom and they will be getting lots of hands on experience with ICT and computing. We want digital leaders who will help us to trial new technologies and software that we can then introduce to the rest of the school. Speak to your teacher about becoming a digital leader. Then get them to let Mr Whitfield or Miss Worrell know who the digital leader for your class is as soon as you can!