Digital Leader Visit Byron Primary

As part of the Bradford Digital Leader Academy programme I get the chance to visit the Digital Leaders at their school to catch up on the activities they have engaged with since the first training session.

Today I was warmly welcomed by the staff and children at Byron Primary school in Bradford. The children were not able to attend the first day’s training but their teacher, Mr Hey, did and had passed on the information to the children at school after the session. The children had all had chance to explore Edmodo (https://new.edmodo.com/) and had updated their avatars and passwords accordingly.

We had a further discussion about the data they store online and the importance of controlling where this is stored and who we allow to access it and this reaffirmed the messages about strong passwords and using avatars instead of photos on our profiles.

The children had not had chance to work with green screen as we did on day 1 of the training but Mr Hey was hoping to do some practical work on this in the New Year and upload this to Edmodo later.

The children have been working on the DL badges and are confident that they have already done enough activities to achieve the Leader level 1 badge and are working towards the Presenter level 1 badge as well. The children were planning on recording the delivery of their presentation to watch and critique before delivering it to the whole school.

One of the DLs, Hamza, had been working on teaching children (and possibly staff) about using short cut keys and we discussed the possibility of him creating a short cuts poster that could be put up in the classrooms around school for others to make use of. This would allow the children to work on their Creator and Educator badges as well. We also discussed how the children might work with other children through a coding club.

We quickly discussed the agenda for day 2 training; this will include a chance for the children to feedback their work as DLs to the other schools through a short presentation, further work on Online Safety and specifically passwords and creating a 3D printed Digital Leader badge. The children were excited about this and I look forward to catching up with the children again during day 2.

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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