Author: Joe Basketts

Gene Matching App for the Wales Gene Park – A Case Study

Gene Matching App for the Wales Gene Park. Brief: We were commissioned to evaluate the Gene Park’s current outreach programme; investigating current methods to identify improvement in both the engagement factor of their activities and the learning process through the use of the latest technology. Gaia Solution: With the aim of bringing a more dynamic experience to the client’s public interfa...

Thermodynamics Teaching App for Cardiff University – A Case Study

Thermodynamics Teaching App for Cardiff University Brief: To enable lecturers in the University’s Biomechanical Department to bring their teaching materials in line with current technology. Covering the subject matter of Thermodynamics and Fluid dynamics the task was to form a cohesive and branded scheme of work to support lecture delivery. The Gaia Solution: Following consultation with university...

MyTeenMind App at The Magna Carta School – A Case Study

The Magna Carta School, Runnymede, Surrey, UK Proposed Learning Outcomes & Student Experience The aim was to produce an app whereby students could learn, seek advice and track mental health issues, covering many subjects from body image to bullying. The students were to design the look and produce the content for the app alongside Gaia’s Development Team. The final outcome being a personal ref...

We’ve just signed up to the @UK_SIC #SID2018 supporters list! What are you doing for the day?

Safer Internet Day 2018 will take place on Tuesday 6th February with the theme ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you.’ Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of schools and organisations join together to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities right across the UK. Find out more an...

Google launch ‘Bring Your Old Devices’ scheme for BETT 2018

Throughout each day at BETT 2018, any school can drop off an old PC, Mac, or Netbook at the Google stand…and return later to pick up their “new” fast, reliable CloudReady device(s). Specialists will be flashing these old devices with CloudReady, an operating system based on Google’s Chromium OS. CloudReady breathes new life into old hardware, enabling schools to get extra use out of devices ...

Social media guide for teachers and support staff

Childnet has produced a short information booklet aimed at teachers and support staff in schools. It outlines how best to use social media services in both a professional and a personal capacity. The document covers areas such as privacy settings, professional reputation and how to respond to friend requests from members of the school community. It also outlines a number of common scenarios with g...

BBC plans to help tackle fake news

The BBC is to launch a new programme supporting young people to identify real news and filter out fake or false information. The project, announced on 6 December at the Children’s Global Media Summit in Manchester, is targeted at secondary schools and sixth forms across the UK. From March up to 1,000 schools will be offered mentoring – in class, online, or at events – from the likes of...

How to help children use the internet safely

The NSPCC has published a useful blog post on the Guardian website giving pointers to professionals helping children explore the internet safely. As we know, the internet offers many opportunities to play, learn and connect but with the digital world changing all the time, we all have a role to play in keeping children safe online. Teachers, social workers and other professionals can all help chil...

Gaia Primary Computing Framework shortlisted for BETT Award 2018

The Gaia Primary Computing Framework has been chosen to progress to the finals of the BETT Awards 2018. Recognised as the ultimate showcase for the exceptional and the innovative, winning a Bett Award is without doubt the industry’s highest accolade. A statement on the BETT Awards website says “The field of competition was, as always, exceptionally fierce and those who have made it through t...

Social media – simplified terms and conditions for children

The Children’s Commisioner, in conjunction with the TES, has produced a set of simplified terms and conditions which make it easier for children to see what they are agreeing to when they sign up for a social network. The document covers 5 of the main services: Instagram, Snapchat, What’s App, YouTube and Facebook. You can download it here

Children’s online activities, risks and safety – report

A comprehensive literature review has been published by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. The review focused on trends and emerging issues, and the online risk of harm to children and implications for safety policy and practice. The key findings included: Age is the key factor that differentiates among children’s online experiences, with gender also significant. One in ten children to one ...

New PSHE resources from Public Health England

Public Health England  has released a new set of resources designed to support secondary schools with a range of issues including cyberbullying, online stress, and body image in a digital world. PHE is the government department devoted to improving health and wellbeing, and reducing health inequalities. Their new materials have been developed to promote resilience among young people aged 11 to 16 ...

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