Digital Leader Academy Cohort 3 completed

Today we were pleased to welcome Digital Leaders from Our Lady of Victories Catholic Primary, Feversham Academy Primary and Farfield Primary to day two of their Digital Leader Academy training at the Innovation Centre.

On day one we had introduced the concept of a DL and gone through the nine DL badges that they could achieve through completing DL activities at their school and then completing the DL assignments for each badge using Edmodo.

Each class started the morning by delivering a short presentation about what they had achieved at school since the first training session several weeks ago. They presented well and had clearly been very busy working with staff and pupils at their school supporting and delivering a whole range of DL provision including (e)Safeguarding, managing equipment, assemblies, teacher training and communicating their activities through school blogs.

Today we revisited the nine badges and then introduced the concept of 3D printing using the free software Tinkercad. The children learnt the basics of CAD using the software and then began to create a 3D DL badge that they could attach a lanyard to and wear at school. They quickly mastered the basics of the software and began creating original badges. They will continue this at school, email me the files they have created and then I will print these out at the Centre and post them back for use in school.

We revisited Edmodo and looked at how assignments were sent to DLs. We discussed the importance of passwords and tested our passwords using to understand how to create a secure password.

Finally, we recapped the training and the activities the children needed to complete when they got back to school with regard to the password assignment.

The children were polite, enthusiastic and will make great Digital Leaders. I look forward to seeing them all again at our Celebration Event in July.

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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