My colleague Steve Dale recently visited the Digital Leaders at St Paul’s CE Primary School who are enrolled in our Digital Leader Academy programme to find out what Digital Leader activities they had undertaken since the initial day’s training.
He spoke to some very enthusiastic Digital Leaders who are Ruby, Carter, Josh, Harry, Joshua and Holly along with their equally enthusiastic teacher Miss Charles. The children have already created a display board for themselves in the shared area and have some very nice Digital Leader badges.
The Digital Leaders have been supporting their classes when using laptops and iPads, the rest of the children in their classes were very appreciative of the support. Many of the children have helped with saving and printing their work. The Digital Leaders are good at using PowerPoint and have supported other children who are not as skilled or confident with the software. The children have been helping teachers locate technology across the school that has been mislaid or not returned to its storage location. They have also set up equipment such as laptops and iPads for other teachers to use at the beginning of each day.
A lot of the activity undertaken so far has been around a technical role and the children will be hoping to achieve their Technician Level 1 badge in the near future to help ensure that all the technology in school works as expected.
During the first day of training, we introduced Green Screening using an iPad and the Green Screen app from Do Ink. The children have since shared this with the whole school by writing a blog post explaining what they did with some examples of the Green Screen films they created.
The children have identified the need to share their Digital Leader activity to the wider school and community and have decided that they will create regular Digital Leader blog posts published on the school blog. This will help them achieve the Level 1 Reporter badge. They are excited about getting comments from people reading their blog posts around the world.
The children have been researching Online Safety materials on the ThinkUknow website as they feel children and parents need some advice and support with the safe and responsible use of mobile phones.
The children have attended session 2 of the training since Steve met them at school and learnt how to use Tinkercad to create some 3D Digital Leader badges. They recently completed these badges and had them 3D printed to wear around schools. They created a further blog post about this and the work they did about secure passwords.
I look forward to hearing more about the work the Digital Leaders are doing through Edmodo and presenting online badges to them.