FREE Google CPD Event OpenZone@TheWord

Google Sharing Good Practice Event at OpenZone @ The Word

Tuesday 25th September 2018

This Google sharing good practice event will take place at

OpenZone @ The Word on Tuesday 25th September 2018

The keynote speaker will be from the Google Education Team and will look at why schools should be embracing The Cloud and the benefits of such a move

This event is aimed at Senior school leaders, teachers and ICT staff in primary, secondary and special schools both new to and active users of G Suite for Education.

This event is free.

The event will begin at 09:30 and finish at 16:00

The Keynote Speaker is Harvey McCarthey, Headteacher of Filey Junior School, who have transformed the attainment of the school and a significant driver of this improvement was G Suite for Education. Come and Hear how Harvey has impacted on the quality of learning happening at Filey Junior.

By attending this event you will:

  • Learn more about the growth of G Suite for Education across schools regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Understand G Suite for Education, Google Classroom and Chromebooks good practice & take insights/activities back to your school
  • Talk with C-Learning about the latest and up and coming innovations in Cloud Learning, G Suite for Education, Google Classroom and Chromebooks & AR/VR

Click here to book your place.

Book early to avoid disappointment.


2018-19 Season Challenge

Gather your crew and get ready to explore, challenge and innovate in the demanding and inspiring expanse we call space!

The 2018/2019 FIRST® LEGO® League season requires you to work together to break out of your earthly constraints. Do you have what it takes to go INTO ORBIT


Places at the local tournaments will go fast, so register your teams quickly to avoid disappointment.

The new challenge will be released on 1st August and details will be available on this website. The challenge sets (mat and missions) will be despatched in the new school term from mid- August onwards. They will not be despatched to a school that is still on summer holiday, therefore the majority of schools in England will receive their challenge sets in the first week of September. Scottish and Irish schools start their terms earlier.

Details about this season’s challenge available from the Challenge web page on 1st August

Ring 0191 424 6336 to book you place on our coach’s briefing :

Thursday 13th September 2018 from 4pm

at OpenZone@The Word, 45 Market Place, South Shields.

First Lego League Jr

We held our First Lego League Jr Expo last week at The Word.  Seven teams from around the North East came along and had a fabulous time showing off their engineering and programming skills.  Teams also researched how we use water and thought of ways of making it more efficient.

We asked teams what their favourite part of First Lego League was – the answer was “that we all worked together and we learnt how to build up loads of confidence”.  Other people thought meeting people was the best bit, and explaining things to teachers came high up.

Well done for achieving these awards:

Amazing Movement Award – Aquabricks Boyz

Against All Odds – Mr Berry – Bernard Gilpin Primary School

Construction and Innovation Award – BG Fire Fighters

Complexity and Decoration – Water Warriors

Effort and Learning Award – Aqua Adventurers

Enquiring Minds Award – Mortimer Master Movers

Most Explosive Award – Scuba Squad

Scientific Minds Award – Hydro Heroes


Next year our theme is all about space, the ideas will be out of this world!


Mission Beamish – FREE CPD opportunity

Have you got what it takes to tackle Mission Beamish?

In our one day CPD event, we aim to provide inspiration for teachers who want to explore the potential to use iPads to support cross-curricular English and Computing activities. by making use of an educational visit to inspire student writing and creative storytelling.

Participants will select from a series of “missions” aimed at developing your iPad skills in KS1 & KS2. Every mission seeks to unleash your creativity and provide you with inspirational ideas for activities you can run with your won class both during and after a visit to Beamish.

What will we be doing?

After meeting at the museum entrance, and a chance to have some refreshments, will take the bus into town.
After a short mission briefing, half the group will embark on app training while the other half will visit the costume store to be kitted out and shown how to recreate period pictures.
Great for if you like to bring your learners to Beamish dressed up and because we will have full access to costumes and the stunning backdrop of the museum your pictures will look amazing.
The groups will swap over to the other activity
You will select from the range of missions, form a mission team and head out into the museum.
All of the missions are based around creative approaches to delivering the computing curriculum and making use of skills and techniques for storytelling.
Example mission include:

Recreating Pockerley Old Hall in an adventure game and using it to tell a story
Use five-shot storytelling and create a film to use as a stimulus for creative writing
Using visual storytelling to recreate the day in the life of a historical character (KS1)
How to create collaborative non-fiction e-books
How to produce a modern re-creation of a silent movie with your class
Historic storytelling in English through e-puppetry (KS1)
How Swift playgrounds 2.0 can be used to programme a Sphero
As our missions require various levels of knowledge with the iPads, and you will have the opportunity to select something appropriate to the age you teach and your familiarity with the apps and devices, there truly is something for everyone.

After lunch you will have the chance to exercise your creativity and collate some of the content you collected on your mission

The day will end with a chance to share your efforts and to gain inspiration from the other groups and their experiences.

I know what you might be thinking – this sounds way too much fun to be a CPD course. At Sunderland RTC and Knetic Education we believe the best learning takes place when you are working collaboratively and allowed to express your creativity. That is what Mission Beamish is all about. Everyone who comes will also be given access to the online resources they need to plan missions with your own learners.

Be prepared to come back buzzing with ideas that’s the aim of the day!

We will also explore how iTunes U can be used as a means of sharing resources and introduce you to the range of free courses on offer at Sunderland Regional Training Centre and via the Apple Teacher Programme.

Lunch and refreshments are provided and Beamish are offering a voucher for a free class activity to all schools that attend.

Museum website :

The event will run from 09:00-15:30 on Wednesday the 4th of July and there is the opportunity to explore the museum yourself afterward.

Costs for the event – As the event is provided by Sunderland Apple Regional Training Centre, and is funded by the Academia Group and their partners, we are able to offer you places free of charge. All we ask is that you purchase some apps to use on the day.

Places are initially limited to one person per school – If you would like any additional places we can put you on a waiting list before the event.

What if we don’t have any iPads?

We have iPads available for you borrow on the day so if you are thinking about investing in devices, and want to explore their potential we’d love you to come along and give them a try.

We are so excited to be running Mission Beamish again this year. Teachers who attended last year gave us 100% positive feedback with many saying it was the best staff training event they had ever attended.

Online Gambling

The Young People and Gambling 2017 report has included for the first time a section
to explore awareness of and participation in ‘skins betting’ among young people.

‘Skins’ are in-game items, used within some of the most
popular video game titles. They provide cosmetic alterations to a player’s weapons, avatar or
equipment used in the game. Skins betting sites allow video gamers to wager cosmetic items
rewarded in-game or purchased for real money on a digital marketplace, accessible from the UK
for several years.

The topic was introduced to young people as follows: ‘When playing computer
games/apps it is sometimes possible to collect in-game items (eg weapons, power-ups and
tokens). For some games, it is possible to bet these in-game items for the chance to win more of
them.’ Young people were first of all asked if they ever play computer games or apps these days. Those
who answered ‘yes’ were then asked if they were aware of betting with in-game items and if they
had personally done so (and if so, how recently).

Overall, based on the description provided within the questionnaire, 45% of 11-16 year olds were
aware that it is possible to bet with in-game items when playing computer games or app-based
games. Almost six in ten boys (59%) knew about this activity compared to less than a third of girls
(31%). The survey found that 11% of 11-16 year olds claimed to have bet with in-game
items. The activity was more prevalent among boys (20%) than girls (3%).

Click here to read the full report.