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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 and get involved! www.saferinternetday.org.uk #SID2018 Further information: Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the sa...

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 that may otherwise collect dust. You can find out more on the Google Events site at https://events.withgoogle.com/bring-your-old-devices-bett-2018/#content

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 BBC journalists such as Huw Edwards, Tina Daheley, Nikki Fox, Kamal Ahmed and Amol Rajan. All schools will have access to free online materials classroom activities, video tutorials, and an interactive game developed by the world-famous Aardman studio, where the player experiences being a BBC journalist in the heart of the newsroom. You can find out more information about the initiative here: htt...

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...

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

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

Microsoft Intune for Education

Microsoft have launched  Intune for  Education.   Intune  facilitates express configuration  of Windows devices. This is how it works: Microsoft Intune for Education   streamlines   set up, control, and management of the resources for your school including apps, devices, and settings. It is part of the overall Microsoft Education  solution  which also includes:   Office 365 for Education  – online apps for work from anywhere and desktop apps for advanced functionality, built for working together and available across devices, and it’s free for schools, teachers, and students School Data Sync to help automate the process for importing and integrating School Information System (SIS) data that you can use with Office 365 OneNote Class Notebook to organize course content, creat...

Microsoft Teams for Education

It’s not even a year since Microsoft launched  Classroom as an app in the Office 365 suite for education and yet by July 31st 2017 it will  be discontinued!  The reason for this is that almost simultaneously  Microsoft launched Teams its chat based work space for business and it has now deemed this to be  a better collaborative platform  for teachers and students to use.  This app will be much easier for teachers and students alike with web, desktop and mobile  versions. Microsoft are integrating  Teams with  MIS data sync  and launching  the product for education.   Microsoft say that using  Teams    will allow you to “quickly and efficiently create classes with automatically populated student rosters from their school information system; share files and teaching material...

£75 million funding to be allocated to CPD

Education Secretary Justine Greening announced the first round of bidding for the £75 million teaching and leadership innovation fund, designed to focus on providing high quality CPD programmes to schools nationwide and to strengthen qualified teaching status (QTS). Speaking at the Association of School and College Leaders’ (ASCL) annual conference in Birmingham, Greening discussed how she wanted to normalise flexible working for teachers, as well offering established CPD programmes to schools all over the UK. Greening stated, “I know that many fantastic teachers leave in the early years of their careers, but with a stronger approach on Qualified Teacher Status we can make it about development from the word go in a teacher’s career: strong CPD has to become the norm.” She confirmed that th...

Gaia 3D at Wensum School Science Fair

Sometimes Gaia can help in very simple ways. For example, the loan of our 3D TV to show science content at Wensum Primary School’s Science Fair and our video professionals to capture the exciting hands on learning that happened as a result of staging the fair. Can we help you with ICT enhanced learning? Contact us today on cpd@gaia-tech.com

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