Some great resources for Primary aged children available from Barefoot. Click here to go to them.
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 to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. Safer Internet Day 2022 is on 8th February and will be celebrated with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe
5 more getty ups, Lego League Regional Finals and a Christmas Jumper day – what a Friday! It’s been quite a busy week for us as I’m sure it is for you in school.
You might be wondering how to get your Nativity or Christmas Carol concert out to parents, and if you have a Realsmart website, here is a link to their help guide on embedding a video from google drive onto your website.
Here is a link to our training session on videoing your Christmas performances. We did it last year but it is still useful for tips on editing and safeguarding.
There has been some talk in the media about Crypto Currency. To be honest I was surprised at how many different forms it took apart from Bitcoin, and how rife it was in fraud, hoaxes and scams. Read our post about what it’s all about here https://ictinschools.org/what-is-cryptocurrency/
In other news…..Ofsted inspections are cancelled next week so schools can prepare for Omicron. Schools will only be inspected if there are safeguarding concerns [Schools Week]. “In order to do that contingency planning, the secretary of state for education and her majesty’s chief inspector have agreed that early years settings, schools and colleges will not be inspected next week unless there are safeguarding concerns.”
Guidance states schools should revisit their existing outbreak plans to “ensure they are well prepared for any future changes”.
Also the Bett Show is now open to register. EdTech’s biggest reunion is going to be in person on 19-21 January 2022, at the Exel in London. It is an opportunity to discover the latest products, suppliers and EdTech trends both nationally and internationally. Register here https://uk.bettshow.com/visitor-registration
Have you ever wondered how Alexa works? This Code Academy session for KS3 upwards explores how to code your own assistant https://www.codecademy.com/learn/learn-alexa?fbclid=IwAR0iqBz_MGKd8mIYSU294z_iSxYSza0Zh2BYPbfQig9ZJsY_nIRCW22N9nY
And finally, for a bit of fun, the National Online Safety Centre have released a Xmas Hit!
Many of our young people are using Discord alongside their devices to allow them to communicate with others. There are a number of things that can go wrong. This guide tells you all you need to know about the service.
The world of Discord
This week has been a busy one for us with 4 schools coming to visit The Word but it seems to be a quiet one in the cyberverse! The main topic has been in the world of cricket where historic as well as modern texts have been brought into play to show evidence of cyberbullying, racism, anti-semitism and sexual inappropriateness. And with Black Friday deals coming up whilst it’s a great time to do your Christmas shopping, watch out for fake websites, too good to be true offers and be aware of the information you are sharing. Here is some useful advice from Money Helper website https://www.moneyhelper.org.uk/en/everyday-money/banking/shop-safely-online
The capability to record Google Meets on Education Fundamentals is going away in early January 2022. Therefore, if your school is recording Google Meets or requires the ability to do so, then if your are in our SLA we will need to talk to you about the implications of this and what your options are. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch, if you have any questions.
Childnet launched their Family Digital Toolkit last week. For the first time ever, UK parents can benefit from ‘made to measure’ advice around children’s online wellbeing with the launch of this new service. Parents can spend a few minutes answering questions about their child’s online world and then get instant advice.
If they’re not ready to read it right away they can have it sent to their inbox.
Here is the link https://www.internetmatters.org/digital-family-toolkit/
Short and sweet this week, have a great weekend.
Hello, and welcome back after what I hope was a relaxing half term break. You will no doubt be aware of the advisory letter sent to schools and parents last Friday about additional measures to combat Covid transmission being introduced in schools. I’d just like to let you know that we are still having schools visit us at OpenZone, and that schools have been happy with our safeguarding measures. We have a rigorous risk assessment and extra covid protocols in place. Once in our building we are confident that we are at least as safe as in school. The issue for school visits is how you get to us. So looking at your risk assessments for transport is the key. If you get public transport, perhaps reconsider or look to a different method to get to us such as a private hire coach. If you are still unsure or feel you need to postpone any trip please get in touch.
CAS Teams Training – Evidencing Children’s Work in Teams
We are hosting a training session on One Note next week, Thursday 11th November. It is a virtual session. You can book by clicking here.
#Ask the Awkward
Being online is an important part of how young people ‘do’ relationships. Young people are using online spaces for their social and romantic lives. These topics aren’t always easy to talk about, so #AskTheAwkward has been created to help parents and carers to explore online relationships with their secondary aged children, making these conversations part of everyday life.
A recent article has highlighted that young people are increasingly at risk of online fraud, scams and identity theft through their gaming. Lloyds Bank recently carried out a survey and found that a fifth of gamers had either been a victim of a gaming-related scam or knew someone who had, but less than a third said they knew how to spot one. With fraud and personal identity theft being one of the biggest crimes around the world, that’s a worrying statistic. Read the article here. Whilst we teach about scams, phishing and so on it’s often in association with e mail. It is equally important to relate it to the other parts of online life that we engage in such as games, you tube, streaming accounts and the like.
Squid Game Scam
In a similar vein, Netflix show Squid Game has been used in an online play to earn cryptocurrency scam. “Play-to-earn” cryptocurrency is where people buy tokens to use in online games and can earn more tokens which can later be exchanged for other cryptocurrencies or national currencies. A website set up to purchase tokens that could be used called “squids” has made off with approximately £2.48 in fraudulently obtained transactions. More about this scam here from BBC Business.
Internet Safety Calendar
Childnet International has an Online Safety Calendar for 2021/22 which offers teachers engaging ways of incorporating online safety advice into the curriculum. The calendar also highlights campaigns including Anti-Bullying Week, LGBTQ History Month, World Book Day and Mental Health Awareness Week – and the relevant online safety resources available. Find the calendar here: https://www.childnet.com/blog/check-out-our-online-safety-calendar-2021-22-for-educators and I have attached it to this e mail.
The winner of Blue Peter’s Our Planet Now competition is 8 year old Delphine. Her story and poem have been made into a beautiful and poignant animation by Aardman Animations with music from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Its a fabulous resource to talk about the COP26 summit and about the power of animation and music. You can watch it here:
Well it’s nearly here, Christmas that is! and the big hitters have put out their seasonal adverts. Here are the links to some of the best ones:
John Lewis – an alien encounter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTttgc0DPA4
Disney – a step dad has his first family christmas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k620f8tV5PI
Sports Direct – loads of famous sports stars outside in the snow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPaZ8EgO4C0
Iceland – spoof of John Lewis, could be used as an example of crediting original in mash ups. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOY8v3U7EzM
Boots – a magical Mary Poppins type bag where Jenna Coleman wishes up presents https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-CM_yPJDD0
Barbour – Paddington Bear says thank you to Mr Brown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5oseavlqbE
TK Maxx – be different is the theme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7W7w-eO-aE
Marks and Sparks – lovely animation, Dawn French and Tom Holland (Spiderman) voice over when Percy Pig comes alive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dlem-MOMZOs
Here’s your Christmas Countdown https://yourchristmascountdown.com/
Childnet-international have produced this excellent and very comprehensive help sheet for parents and carers.