Digital Leader visit St William’s Catholic Primary

Last week I visited St William’s Catholic Primary school to talk to their digital leaders. I was warmly met by Nicholas, Musa, Hannah, Harry, Wiki, Reece and Mrs Battersby.

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 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 a Green Screen wall ready to go and the children are still discussing how they might utilise this technology throughout school in the future.

Some of the Digital Leaders were finalising plans to run a computer club after school on a Friday for children in KS2. They were going to help children utilise some of the skills based software used in school and deliver some sessions around Online Safety.

The children are involved in a Minecraft Club where they are given themes and then they have to create worlds based on the theme. This is a competition for the best three worlds each week. This sounds very interesting and I am hoping to attend one of the clubs to see this first hand.

The Innovation Centre is running Minecraft session during half term week in February 2018 and you can book tickets here

The children talked about Online Safety and putting together some resources for Safer Internet Day on the 6th February 

In the year 5 and 6 base there is going to be an Internet café, this is where all the ICT equipment is stored and the children have responsibility for managing laptops and iPads across school and making sure they are suitably charged and in the correct places for use. The children are also in the process of creating a display board to highlight details of the Digital Leaders for the rest of the school to see. The children are to deliver a presentation to the rest of the school in the coming weeks introducing themselves as Digital Leaders.  They were a little nervous about this and presenting to the rest of the Digital Leaders on the second day of training at the Innovation Centre and they have been practicing for this over recent weeks.

The Digital Leaders at St William’s have been very busy and I look forward to receiving further updates on their progress over the year.

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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