P4/5 at St Margarets have been learning about how to stay safe online. They completed a series of lessons, researched safety tips for different age groups and used creative apps to display their learning for others.
The class started off by answering key questions about digital safety to assess prior knowledge. They answered the questions on Post-its and the answers were collected and organised using the Post-it Plus iPad app. The app is free and great for collecting all the assessment information lurking on your desk!
Once this activity was complete the class were organised in to mixed ability groups. They decided what age group they would research, broadly organised to Early, First and Second Level. Using appropriate websites found in our digital safety planners (sent using the Chirp app) the class researched key information for staying safe online, whilst applying skills in note-taking they had recently been learning. When doing any research it is a good opportunity to test the reliability of a website and discuss its appropriateness. Resources for teaching critical awareness can be found here.
Each group used the easy to use, free app ChatterPix Kids to create animated video messages to share their learning. They then used Book Creator to add text, images and sound clips to host all their content.
The pupils were able to share their learning with their parents at a recent open morning which proved to be a great success! Take a look at one of their books below.
We are pleased to announce the winners of our online safety competition 2016: Blackhall Primary School and Fox Covert Primary School.
Both schools have won a Brainpop subscription which allows them access to a huge range of animated videos, educational games, interactive quizzes and online activities.
Congratulations to our winning schools. We appreciated their originality and how much information they managed to squeeze into 30 seconds. Thanks also to all the schools that entered – the range of submissions was excellent.
To coincide with Safer Internet Day 2016, the Digital Learning Team are calling on Edinburgh pupils to use their creative powers to create a short video encouraging young people to stay safe online. The competition, supported by Brainpop, is open to primary and secondary schools and there are two Brainpop classroom subscriptions up for grabs for the winning videos.
To tie in with the competition, Brainpop have offered all Edinburgh schools an extended free trial of its services, running from now until the Easter holidays. If you are interested in finding out more about Brainpop and the hundreds of resources it offers both online and through apps, click here. To sign up for this, please email Rob Richardson at the address on the poster below. You do not need to enter the competition to sign up for the free trial.
See the poster below for details and check out the Brainpop video for inspiration or to use as a starting point for the activity with your students.
See the Brainpop Online Safety materials here: http://www.brainpop.co.uk/psheandcitizenship/pshekeepingsafe/onlinesafety/
Download a PDF of the competition poster by clicking here.
Safer Internet Day 2016 takes place on Tuesday 9th February and the theme is Play your part for a better internet!
Edinburgh schools can nominate themselves for exemplifying good practice and there are also competitions that pupils can enter. For more information please click here and if you would like a poster you can get a copy here.
Safer Internet Day is on February 10th 2015. This is a great time to raise the awareness of digital safety and engage both children and parents in keeping safe online. The Safer Internet Centre UK have created some useful teaching packs for primary and secondary pupils as well as information for parents. These include lesson plans and resources for whole school assemblies. For a whole school, longer term approach to digital safety please see our curriculum planner which covers a progression and links to resources from 3-18.
inEQE Group have created free ‘How to be ‘h2b’ safer‘ 7 second instructional videos. These videos demonstrate how to enable privacy settings, block users and report abuse on popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat. The instructions are quick, easy and include details for a number of platforms including iPhone/iPad, Android and web based sites. These videos are useful for pupils, parents and teaching and learning staff using social media.
Last term Primary 5 at Clermiston Primary School worked on a Digital Safety project. Groups were assigned CfE levels Early to Second. Using resources from the Digital Learning Team website they researched information, games and apps suitable for their target audience. They shared safety tips using the creative apps Book Creator, Adobe Voice, Keynote and iMovie. The groups ran workshops with children from across the school, sharing what they had created and showing them apps and activities they could access on the iPad. Children who attended share their top tops in the video below.
The project was a great success and just the start of some great ideas Clermiston Primary have planned for raising the profile of digital safety and using iPads as a tool to enhance learning and teaching across all levels.