Home Learning Update

Northumberland ICT & eLearning

Keeping In Touch

We've been thrilled to see how so many Northumberland schools have really embraced technology to share resources, provide support and to keep that important sense of school community going.

Click to see Miss Johnson from The Dales School share a picture book with her class. Staff at Tweedmouth First School have taken turns to share songs, stories and even Easter craft ideas. Paul Heeley, Headteacher at Amble Links, has even put together a virtual Friday Assembly each week using iMovie.

If Facebook isn't for you why not share a video with your pupils in School360? We've already seen teachers creating videos to share stories, introduce challenges and to model curriculum skills such as artistic technique.

You can share your video using Google Classroom or for younger children simply add as a weblink or resource. You can find a full guide below, get in touch if you'd like any help to get started.

Important Changes to School360 Resources - 1st May

As many of you are already aware, we made the decision earlier in the year to move away from FrogPlay and on to a new resource - Busy Things. Access to FrogPlay will end on May 1st 2020.

You can find full details about this decision HERE.

You can already access a basic version of Busy Things in School360 to allow you and your pupils to take a look through the activities available. We're working hard to have full functionality available as soon as possible. This will allow you to set specific tasks for your pupils and see the completed work and marks achieved. Further guidance on how to make the most of this will be sent out shortly.

NCC Home Learning Guide

The School Improvement Team have put together a comprehensive guide to home learning. We've added this guide to the resources section of School360, you may wish to direct your pupils and parents toward this. It's packed full of great ideas and resource suggestions.

In addition, you can access their Padlet which provides links to a range of home learning sites and resources.

EYFS School360 - Create a Personal Learning Experience

Learn how to set up a personal learning experience for younger pupils. We’ll show you how to share resources and weblinks, how to send messages to your class and even share videos to allow your pupils to have a classroom experience while at home.

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Create an Online Scratch Classroom

Did you know that you can create an online classroom in Scratch 3.0? Apply for a Scratch Teacher account and then add your pupils to your class. This guide will show you how to get started.

Message Board in School360 - Updates

The message board has undergone a few updates in recent weeks.

  • Both teachers and students can click to enlarge the screen to read longer messages more easily.
  • Teachers can delete messages they may have sent in error.
  • Head teachers can now see an overview of all sent messages in Head's Admin.
School360 Usage Report Guide

School360 has some useful reporting tools including the facility to check which pupils are accessing the platform and how often they are logging in. This document outlines how to access this information.

Google Classroom

In addition to the help document we sent out a few weeks ago which you can still access HERE, we have created two video guides to Google Classroom, one from the teacher perspective and another from the pupil perspective which may be useful to share with parents.