July newsletter from The Learning Blog

4th July 2016

Welcome to the last newsletter of this year.  I hope you all have a wonderful Summer break and some well earned rest.  I look forward to welcoming you all back in September, but before then, soak up any sun you can find and enjoy!

Sally

Naace Delivery Partner

I am delighted to say that I have been made an official 'Naace Delivery Partner'. It is such an honour to have my training and support endorsed by Naace and gives all my customers confidence in the messages I am delivering. Naace is The National Association for all those interested in technology in education.  They are a community of educators, technologists …

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The world changes...children don't

What would the story of Romeo & Juliet look like in the present day? Star-crossed teens messaging, sending snaps and taking risks - all without their parents being aware. The world changes. Children don't. That's why it's important to talk to your child about sex, relationships and the internet. From a brand new public awareness …

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Key headlines on online safety

This is a really useful infographic to share with staff and governors and shows results of from a survey of online safety practice across all HMI-led inspections during March 2015.  The survey referenced a discussion on online safety issues with senior leaders, staff, governors and staff across 39 primary schools and 45 Secondary schools’ inspections. You can read more about …

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Ofsted myths

It is always good to remind yourself of the things that Ofsted DON'T expect you to do or expect to see! This document helps to dispel myths about what inspectors 'expect' to see or read when they visit a school and should put your mind to rest about some aspects at least! Dispelling Ofsted Myths You can also watch short …

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Keeping Children Safe in Education

As you may know a consultation launched in December 2015, and the Department for Education has now published its response and revised statutory guidance to  ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’. This revised guidance is for schools (including academies, free schools special schools, PRU’s and independent schools) and colleges across England and will come into force on 5th September 2016.  The existing …

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7 Signs an App Is a Good Choice for your Preschooler

Here you will find some really useful information and guidance from Common Sense Media on apps to try with your little ones that are safe and just right for little hands and fingers! 7 Signs an App Is a Good Choice for your Preschooler | Common Sense Media

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Chrome Music Lab

This brilliant music lab from Google - love it! "Music is for everyone. So this year for Music In Our Schools month, we wanted to make learning music a bit more accessible to everyone by using technology that’s open to everyone: the web. Chrome Music Lab is a collection of experiments that let anyone, at any age, explore how music …

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Aviary photo editor

I have been looking for an online photo editor to use in the classroom, that is easy, free of adverts and social media icons flying around!  Think I have settled on Aviary photo editor.  Like the simplicity and ease of use and you can get great results quickly and without any fuss!  Using Aviary pupils will be able to manipulate …

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Education | Quiver

I love Quiver, augmented reality colouring pages, and children love it too! There is now an educational version too, but you can evaluate the app first.  If you haven't yet tried it visit the website and see what you're missing. It is now compatible with Google cardboard, haven't tried this yet, but will definitely be getting my crayons out this …

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Bits and bricks

Children love Lego!  Have you seen Bits and Bricks by Lego?  This is a lovely little game which children will not only enjoy playing, but will also teach them the basics of programming and help them learn about the sequence of instructions.  Suitable for early years and above. #edtech via Bits and bricks - Campaigns LEGO.com

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In school support

Helping you to deliver an exciting and creative curriculum with technology. Inspiring both your students and you! With 25 years’ experience as a primary teacher and Local Authority Adviser, I am also an accredited assessor for both the ICT Mark and 360 Degree Safe.

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Thanks for reading!  I hope you found it useful and look forward to catching up with you again in the new term.  Happy holidays!