Self-evaluate your ICT journey

I have always thought of improvement in education as being  a journey. Sometimes we move quickly, other times slowly. We stop for rests and  if we take our foot of the gas we can start slipping backwards.  Effective use of ICT  is one key journey that schools  are making. Big questions remain about the  return on our investment in educational technology (EdTech). Are we really making best use of  what is available and  is our use having an impact on outcomes?

Gaia Primary Computing Package Transforms Learning at Reginald Mitchell Primary School

In 2018, Reginald Mitchell Primary School in Stoke on Trent embarked on their primary computing adventure with Gaia Technologies as their guide.

GDPR – Are you ready?

Data Protection law is changing on 25 May 2018 and organisations need to be ready for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

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.

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 children understand the internet, recognise risks, and stay safe. The first step is often a conversation, but it can be difficult to know where to start. Following their tips can help adults support and advise children about safely navigating the internet and all it has to offer. You can access the post here: https://www.theguardian.com/nspcc-childrens-services/2017/dec/01/world-wild-web-professionals...

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 in five young teens say they encountered something worrying or nasty online in the past year. Children’s top worries are pornography and violence; they say they encounter these most often on video-sharing sites, followed by other websites, then social networking sites and games. Children are also concerned about the levels of advertising online, their spending too much time online, inappropriate c...

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 in England. The resource,  Rise Above for Schools, deals with: Bullying and cyberbullying Alcohol Positive relationships Smoking Exam stress Online stress Body image in a digital world. You can access the resources here: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/topics/rise-above/overview

Young people’s experiences of sexting

A report has been released by the EU funded SPIRTO Project which shares key findings, including the outcome of interviews they conducted with young people about sexting (generating and sharing sexual content). The study was carried out in Sweden, Germany and the UK and revealed the following: The main reasons stated for producing and sending images were fun, flirting and meeting new people; exploring sexuality seeking affirmation social acceptance part of a romantic or sexual relationship and being asked or coerced. Youths commonly described a combination of factors, with images created in a range of contexts. Experiences ranged from online grooming, where children were pressured to produce images, to the creation and sending of images within a caring relationship. Most participants carefu...

7 education blogs you should be reading

At Gaia Technologies we love to make sure we’re at the forefront of the latest in ed tech news, so here’s a round-up of our favourite education blogs that keep us up to date! Teacher Toolkit http://www.teachertoolkit.me/blog/ As one of the most influential education blogs in the UK, Teacher Toolkit is the place to be to read up about all sorts of innovative ideas and advice. From SEMH strategies to the latest DfE news, Teacher Toolkit is a fantastic resource for everyone from teachers to school leaders. Love Learning https://debrakidd.wordpress.com/ Writing about everything from pedagogy to growth mindsets, Debra is a dedicated teacher, ITL Associate and educational author. There’s a lot of sound advice in this blog, especially for key decision makers in schools. Stack of Marking https://s...

Free safeguarding event: Protecting Children in a Technology Driven World

Breaches of child safety have wide reaching consequences not only for the children concerned, but for all schools and those entrusted with our children’s care.

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