Newsletter – April 2015

Newsletter for Computing Subject Leaders & Curriculum Coordinators

April 2015 

Q Files

This is a new free online illustrated encyclopaedia aimed at primary schools. Its main sections are prehistoric, history, culture, geography, space, technology, science, life and earth. There is also a good news section, with some striking imagery. Find it at www.q-files.com

 

BBC Wildlife Magazine Schools’ Digital Wildlife Award

BBC Wildlife is on the hunt for schools that are leading the way in natural history education. The new Schools’ Digital Wildlife Award will celebrate the most innovative teachers and the most enthusiastic classrooms around the country.

The BBC is asking classes to submit a digital presentation from the classroom. It could be in the form of a three-minute video or a concise Prezi-style presentation that can combine words, video and pictures. Go to http://www.discoverwildlife.com/british-wildlife/bbc-wildlife-magazine-schools-digital-wildlife-award to find out more.

Prezi is a presentation package, free in its simpler form, which makes a powerful alternative to Powerpoint because information can be linked differently to just a sequence of slides. It is an online tool, so it will work on any device. Try it for yourself or better still come to the next Subject Leader Meeting, on 24 June. If you are already a Prezi user, this is a great opportunity to share your Prezis.

 

Technology in the New Programmes of Study: Geography

Did you know that the use of digital technology is a requirement in the Geography Programme of Study?

“use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied

use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.”

To find out good ways to meet this requirement, book a staff meeting with Learning Linked.

 

Naace Essential Guides (eGuides)

Naace has produced this series of Essential Guides, or “eGuides” in response to an identified gap in teachers’ CPD. That is, how to teach everything else on the 2014 Computing Programme of Study aside from Computer Science.

Furthermore, Naace believes that technology has a major role to play in raising standards in learning across the curriculum, provided teachers know how to adapt their pedagogies in order to maximise the potential gains offered by learning technologies. The eGuides help teachers do this.

Each guide has an introduction, description of key concepts, key outcomes including statements of end of year expectations, key methodologies, and links to some teaching resources.

Through the partnership between Naace and Learning Linked, North Lincs schools are able, for one year, to get free draft versions of the eGuides. The current guides available are using graphics and databases.

 

Summer Term Events

There are still places on the Courses. These are 12.30pm for 1.00pm start – 4.30pm and cost £95.

“How to teach difficult ideas”, 8th June 2015

“Primary Programming “, 9th June 2015

Subject Leader meeting, 24th June 2015 – this is free (until 31 March 2016). Further information coming soon.

 

Subject Leader Meetings

You may have missed the following resources from the last subject leader meeting:

  • Cloud (Educational Apps) Software Services and the Data Protection Act; DfE advice for local authorities, school leaders, school staff and governing bodies. This is particularly important for schools using cloud based provision
  • Advice from Facebook on safer social networking
  • Advice from the UK Safer Internet Centre: Online Safety – Protecting our children from Radicalisation and Extremism
  • House of Lords Report on the Importance of Digital Literacy, proposing that it should be core and of the same status as literacy and numeracy.

 

These are still available by getting in touch, and will soon be available for download from our website.

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