Primary CPD 2018-2019

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ALL COURSES ARE HELD at OpenZone@The Word, 45 Market Place, South Shields NE33 1JF

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Course charges

Our courses are free of charge to schools in South Tyneside who are part of our SLA unless stated otherwise. If you are not sure if you are part of our SLA please contact us to find out.
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First Lego League Launch

Thursday, Sep. 13th, 4-5:30pm

OpenZone @ The Word

Launch of the 2018-19 season Into Orbit

Gather your crew and get ready to explore, challenge and innovate in the demanding and inspiring expanse we call space!

The 2018/2019 FIRST® LEGO® League season requires you to work together to break out of your earthly constraints. Do you have what it takes to go INTO ORBIT


We’re SO excited for the upcoming season. The stars have aligned and all four FIRST® programs will be exploring space – we think it’s a great way to celebrate FIRST‘s 30th anniversary!


For FIRST® LEGO® League, this season also marks a special milestone. Two decades ago, the inaugural FIRST LEGO League Challenge centered around space, and in 2019 – a full 50 years after the first humans walked the moon – we’re sparking curiosity and igniting a passion for exploration and discovery with a return to where it all began.


FIRST LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the INTO ORBIT season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FIRST LEGO League’s signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.


The new challenge will be released on 1st August and details will be available on this website. The challenge sets (mat and missions) will be despatched in the new school term from mid- August onwards. They will not be despatched to a school that is still on summer holiday, therefore the majority of schools in England will receive their challenge sets in the first week of September. Scottish and Irish schools start their terms earlier.

Details about this season’s challenge available from the Challenge web page on 1st August


This course is aimed at FLL coaches, UKS2 teachers and KS3 teachers.


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Computing Subject Leaders Network Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 27th, 4-5:30pm

OpenZone @ The Word

A chance for Co-ordinators to keep up to date with new technology and what is going on in the Local Authority. There is always an opportunity to ask questions and chat with colleagues.

Who should attend: Computing Subject Leaders or other interested members of staff

Date: 27th September 2018

Time: 4 - 5.30


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Develop using Google E Mail with your class

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, 4-5:30pm

OpenZone @ The Word

Develop using google e mail with your class. From Year 3 students should be introduced to using e mail and how to use it responsibly and safely. This session looks at the workflow to get your class online quickly and addresses the positives and the pitfalls.


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QR Literacy Trails

Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 1-4pm

OpenZone @ The Word

Develop literacy trails using new technologies.

Virtual reality and Augmented reality are a really exciting way to enhance learning. In this session, find out how easy it is to create resources to tap into this technology and make learning a fun and meaningful experience.


This session is aimed at KS1 and KS2 teachers.


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Build Websites to Evidence Learning

Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 4-5:30pm

OpenZone @ The Word

Google Sites is part of the Google for Education suite of apps. This session will show delegates how to access Google Sites and learn the skills to build their own websites simply and quickly.


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Basic Skills in Word Processing

Tuesday, Oct. 16th, 4-5:30pm

OpenZone @ The Word

We often assume that our students know how to use tools such as word processors, but how many of you pupils don't capitalise properly, don't know how to make folders and don't know keyboard shortcuts?


This session looks at the progression of skills that our young people need in order to type in Word and Google Docs.


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iPads and Green Screen

Tuesday, Nov. 6th, 4-5:30pm

OpenZone @ The Word

Green screen technology has been in the classroom for a number of years but has always required expensive studio equipment. Now simple apps on iPads can allow students to use green screen technology to produce video materials which push the boundaries of the creative mind. This course takes you through the workflow so that you will feel comfortable in integrating green screen into the curriculum.


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Adobe Spark Video

Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 4-5:30pm

OpenZone @ The Word

Adobe Spark Video is a free online video making software. This session will show you how easily you can create beautiful slideshows, presentations, ads and stories using your own photos, videos and music.


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Using Technology to Support Greater Depth Reading

Tuesday, Nov. 20th, 1-4pm

OpenZone @ The Word

Pupils who become fluent before the end of a Key Stage should work at ‘greater depth’ within the expected standard. In reading, this involves pupils gaining a deep understanding of what they read. To gain this depth of understanding they need, over time, to develop:


• a rich, varied and sophisticated vocabulary that they use in a wide variety of situations.

• a range of inference skills, including making comparisons, asking questions, predicting, visualising, looking for clues, checking that what they read make sense.

• the ability to give an insightful analysis of the effectiveness of what they read using an in-depth understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammatical terminology.

• the ability to find and summarise information.

In this session, we look at how technological tools can assist teachers and students in being able to do this.


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CEOP E Safety for Teachers

Wednesday, Nov. 21st, 1-4pm

OpenZone @ The Word, 45 Market Place, South Shields NE33 1JF

This free half day training course is delivered by CEOP-trained Ambassadors. The training provides an introduction to the work of CEOP, and a presentation on how young people are using technology, outlining some of the associated risks and the preventative measures that can be undertaken. Finally the course introduces you to the Thinkuknow education resources for all ages and trains you in how to deliver the Thinkuknow presentation to 11 – 16 year olds.


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Car Parking

Car parking at The Word is FREE for 3 hours. Please note that you MUST obtain a ticket from the machine and display it in a prominent place.


If your course is for longer than 3 hours we would recommend parking at The Customs House where it is free all day.

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SPRING TERM 2108

Computing Subject Leader Network Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 31st 2019 at 4-5:30pm

OpenZone @ The Word

A chance for Co-ordinators to keep up to date with new technology and what is going on in the Local Authority. There is always an opportunity to ask questions and chat with colleagues.

Who should attend: Computing Subject Leaders or other interested members of staff

Date: 31st January 2018

Time: 4 - 5.30


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Maths Trails

Wednesday, March 6th 2019 at 1-4pm

OpenZone @ The Word

Develop maths trails using new technologies.

Virtual reality and Augmented reality are a really exciting way to enhance learning. In this session, find out how easy it is to create resources to tap into this technology and make learning a fun and meaningful experience.


This session is aimed at KS1 and KS2 teachers.


CLICK HERE TO BOOK

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Junior First Lego League Launch

Wednesday, Feb. 13th 2019 at 4-5:30pm

OpenZone @ The Word

Gather your squad and launch your mission! Registration for the FIRST LEGO League Jr. MISSION MOON season is open from September 2018.


FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. is an exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programme for 6-9 year olds. Each year a theme relevant to the world around them is chosen as a focus for the children’s work. The teams research the topic, displaying their ideas on a Show Me poster and they also build a motorised LEGO® model. FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. rapidly develops teamwork, design, programming and communication skills, but the most important thing is that it is great fun and makes the children really enjoy STEM subjects.


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Script Writing for Media

Thursday, Feb. 28th 2019 at 9:30am-3pm

OpenZone @ The Word


Getting a play written and performed is a daunting process. From crystallizing story ideas, formatting the script, understanding the roles of the director and stagecraft. In this full day course we look at how ideas can be developed in a number of ways and then how they can be filmed in our TV studio. You will have the opportunity to learn to use our state of the art green screen facilities to make your own TV show.


CLICK HERE TO BOOK

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CEOP Thinkuknow

Thursday, March 14th 2019 at 1-4pm

OpenZone @ The Word, 45 Market Place, South Shields NE33 1JF

This free half-day training course is delivered by CEOP-trained Ambassadors. The training provides an introduction to the work of CEOP, and a presentation on how young people are using technology, outlining some of the associated risks and the preventative measures that can be undertaken. Finally the course introduces you to the Thinkuknow education resources for all ages and trains you in how to deliver the Thinkuknow presentation to 11 – 16 year olds


This course is suitable for anyone with responsibility for child protection in the school.


CLICK HERE TO BOOK

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Using Technology to Support Greater Depth Reading

Wednesday, March 20th 2019 at 1-4pm

OpenZone @ The Word

Pupils who become fluent before the end of a Key Stage should work at ‘greater depth’ within the expected standard. In reading, this involves pupils gaining a deep understanding of what they read. To gain this depth of understanding they need, over time, to develop:


• a rich, varied and sophisticated vocabulary that they use in a wide variety of situations.

• a range of inference skills, including making comparisons, asking questions, predicting, visualising, looking for clues, checking that what they read make sense.

• the ability to give an insightful analysis of the effectiveness of what they read using an in-depth understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammatical terminology.

• the ability to find and summarise information.


In this session, we look at how technological tools can assist teachers and students in being able to do this.


CLICK HERE TO BOOK

iPads and Green Screen

Tuesday, April 2nd 2019 at 4-5:30pm

OpenZone @ The Word

Green screen technology has been in the classroom for a number of years but has always required expensive studio equipment. Now simple apps on iPads can allow students to use green screen technology to produce video materials which push the boundaries of the creative mind. This course takes you through the workflow so that you will feel comfortable in integrating green screen into the curriculum.


CLICK HERE TO BOOK

Adobe Spark Video

Tuesday, April 30th 2019 at 4-5:30pm

OpenZone @ The Word

Adobe Spark Video is a free online video making software. This session will show you how easily you can create beautiful slideshows, presentations, ads and stories using your own photos, videos and music.


CLICK HERE TO BOOK

SUMMER TERM

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Script Writing for Media

Thursday, May 9th 2019 at 9:30am-3pm

OpenZone @ The Word

Getting a play written and performed is a daunting process. From crystallizing story ideas, formatting the script, understanding the roles of the director and stagecraft. In this full day course we look at how ideas can be developed in a number of ways and then how they can be filmed in our TV studio. You will have the opportunity to learn to use our state of the art green screen facilities to make your own TV show.


CLICK HERE TO BOOK

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Develop using Google Mail with your class

Thursday, June 6th 2019 at 4-5:30pm

OpenZone @ The Word

From Year 3 students should be introduced to using e mail and how to use it responsibly and safely. This session looks at the workflow to get your class online quickly and addresses the positives and the pitfalls.


CLICK HERE TO BOOK

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CEOP - THINKUKNOW

Wednesday, June 19th 2019 at 1-4pm

OpenZone @ The Word, 45 Market Place, South Shields NE33 1JF

This free half-day training course is delivered by CEOP-trained Ambassadors. The training provides an introduction to the work of CEOP, and a presentation on how young people are using technology, outlining some of the associated risks and the preventative measures that can be undertaken. Finally the course introduces you to the Thinkuknow education resources for all ages and trains you in how to deliver the Thinkuknow presentation to 11 – 16 year olds


This course is suitable for anyone with responsibility for child protection in the school.




CLICK HERE TO BOOK

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Computing Subject Leader Network Meeting

Thursday, June 27th 2019 at 4-5:30pm

OpenZone @ The Word

Networking opportunity

A chance to catch up with other subject leaders around the borough and find out what’s new in the area of Computing.


Appropriate for IT Subject Leaders in Primary Schools.


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Build websites to evidence learning

Wednesday, June 12th 2019 at 4-5:30pm

OpenZone @ The Word


Google Sites is part of the Google for Education suite of apps. This session will show delegates how to access Google Sites and learn the skills to build their own websites simply and quickly.




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Basic Skills in Presentations

Tuesday, June 18th 2019 at 4-5:30pm

OpenZone @ The Word

PowerPoint, which can be found on two hundred and fifty million computers around the world, is software used widely in the classroom. It allows you to arrange text and graphics in a series of pages, which you can project, slide by slide from a laptop computer onto a screen, or print as a booklet. It is also often used by pupils to present work. This session covers basic PowerPoint features and those that help you use the tool creatively. We also look at the Google App Slides and how that can be used to foster collaboration in the classroom.


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