Digital Leader visit Burley Oaks Primary

I recently visited Burley Oaks Primary school to talk to their Digital Leaders. I was enthusiastically met by Daniel, Gracie, Zach, Megan S, Megan R and Ms Archer.

The children attended Day one of the Bradford Digital Leader Academy in October and this was a chance for me to catch up with them before the second training day.

The children have been helping the Year 1 and Year 2 children with their computing curriculum work, they have created a help box where any children can request support from the Digital Leaders about a specific subject or technology and the Digital Leaders meet them at lunch times to help them. This is a great idea and one I have not heard before but will be sharing with my other Digital Leader schools.

The children have been trained to use the photocopier / printer and they help teachers with their printing and photocopying needs on a daily basis.

One of the big tasks the children have been set is to manage the photos on the iPads and this has involved going through them all and deleting old photos from the iPads.

At the Innovation Centre, we recently tested an app for sharing content, including photos, from one device to another called ZAPYA, this uses Bluetooth and seemed to work really well. It looks an ideal App for schools to use to move content from their iPads to laptops, PCs or other devices quickly and simply.

The children enjoyed the first day’s training at the Innovation Centre and particularly enjoyed learning how to use Green Screen technology; we used the wonderful Green Screen app by Do Ink.  The school has just had some big Green Screen curtains made and the Digital Leaders have been working on scripts for some Green Screen filming to make a film for Safer Internet Day on the 6th February ).

We talked about using Edmodo  a bit more to share the work they had successfully delivered in school with the other Digital Leaders across Bradford. We also looked the Online Badges we use and decided the children were ready for three of four of the badges already.

The children have already created a Digital Leader notice board including details of themselves created with Pic Collage and this is where the younger children post their requests for help. The children are also training ‘Digital Deputies’ who are used to help manage ICT equipment across school making sure it is ready and charged for use in school.

The Digital Leaders at Burley Oaks have been very busy and I look forward to receiving further updates on their progress over the year and talking to them in further detail during day 2 training.

Paul Scott

Curriculum Innovation manager working strategically with local, regional and national partners ensuring the service’s provision continually evolves to meet the needs of schools, the local community and businesses.

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