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About Mr Dale

I started my career as a forensic toxicologist but later moved into teaching ICT. My experience in education spans 32 years and includes working in three different local authorities and with over 450 schools. For the past twelve years I have worked in Bradford as an e-learning and ICT Consultant. I have been an OfSTED inspector, OCR Moderator, CEOP Ambassador and 360safe Assesor and also have a level 1 Forest School qualification! My passions are electronic music, Joomla, Moodle, VLEs, game making, geocaching and curry.

Hour of Code 4-9 December 2017

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2017 Computer Science Education Week will be December 4-10, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round. Computer Science Education Week is held annually … Continue reading

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Seesaw

We have recently started using Seesaw with KS2 pupils in a Bradford 2 form entry school Seesaw is a free multimedia journal that allows pupils to showcase what they’re learning at school. Throughout the school year, Seesaw builds an organised, … Continue reading

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Social Media and Violence

Social media now plays a central role in the lives of young people in the UK, with the vast majority of teenagers using smartphones and tablets to access online platforms throughout their waking hours. The integration of social media into … Continue reading

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Google have a new Internet Safety Game

Google have just launched a new game that teaches internet safety called Interland. You can play it for free here  

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Get to grips with the BBC micro:bit

The micro:bit is small computer that costs just £11 and is an educational and creative tool to inspire a new generation of young people. It can be used across the curriculum, not just in STEM subjects. It can help give … Continue reading

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Growing Up Digital

This is a new report from the children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield, that has a lot of material that will be interesting to educators including: One third of internet users are under 18 3-4 year olds spend 8 hours a week … Continue reading

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What maintained primary schools must publish online

This is a useful document to show you what you need on your school website (updated September 2016) Just click on the link below to download it. what-maintained-primary-schools-must-publish-online  

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Appropriate filtering and monitoring required in schools from 5th September

Here is some great guidance from Saferinternet.org.uk “Schools and registered childcare providers in England and Wales are required to have appropriate filtering and monitoring systems in place from Monday 5th September 2016. This new requirement is set out in the Department … Continue reading

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Beyond Scratch

A lot of schools use Scratch and that’s great but sometimes there are things you want to do with it and you can’t very easily. You may have pupils that are wanting to do bigger and better things with programming … Continue reading

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Minecraftedu Update

As you may be aware Minecraft is a very popular game with our pupils and over the past year, here at the Innovation Centre, we have been using an educational version written by teachers called Minecraftedu. We have found this … Continue reading

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