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.


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.

Tellonym – Important Information

 Tellonym App

Important safeguarding information for school staff, parents and carers  .

South Tyneside Local Safeguarding Children Board have been made aware of the potential dangers associated with the use of the application  “Tellonym” (a play on the words “Tell on him”)

The app is available as a free download on the Apple App Store and Google Play store and is not regulated.

Tellonym advertises itself as  “ the most honest place on the internet. See what your friends think of you, answer anonymous questions and ask others the things you have never dared …”.

The facility to allow anonymous postings has seen users (of any age) post a wide range of inappropriate messages, comments and photographs which have caused upset and distress to children and young people using the application which has required intervention from the police and other services.

Please be aware of the dangers of the use of the application and we would advise that you share this information with staff, parents and carers.

New Barefoot Resources


Summer is here and to celebrate getting outdoors Barefoot have created some exciting new FREE Bee-Bot goodies, designed to get your pupils working together to learn about the birds, the bugs and, of course, programming bees.

Barefoot Goes Wild provides a bundle of goodies designed to help you run your favourite Bee-Bot lessons, in a new and totally wild way. This bundle will be perfect for teachers who have Bee-Bots and are already using them, or for those looking for an exciting way to introduce them to their class.