Tech Bulletin #1

Monday 15th September 2014

This week...

  • Teaching timetable for Year 1-6 Computing begins
  • David (IS) at JSL most afternoons this week
  • iTunes U Computing and Technologies courses launch for all year groups and specialists
  • iPad trolley still out of use
  • Check Outlook for Hub timetable - not all classes need Hub this week
  • Wed 16/9/14 - LTMs at SSV for LTM Development Group meeting

ICT OUT - Computing IN

Can I ask that any references to ICT, be it in your planning or the visual timetables on your whiteboards, be changed to Computing. This may seem quite pedantic but I would like all children to be aware of the subject change and see that reflected in all areas of the school. There is a different between ICT and Computing and all classes will discuss this is due course.

iTunes U courses for the Computing curriculum

All year groups should have received an iTunes U enrol code for their respective Computing and Technologies course. This course holds all planning information and teacher CPD notes. This must be reviewed before each Computing lesson. Weekly plans will be updated - look out for the notifications.


Thinking ahead

You will probably start preparing your 'Show & Tell' piece for the staff meeting on 22nd October in the next couple of weeks (or the night before!). In each bulletin I will offer some ideas and suggestions to help you get there - without the stress. This week - Morfo.

Morfo allows you to use a picture of a face and add your own commentary to it. A perfect example would be to take a (copyright free) image of a famous person or character from Google and ask a child to add a voice to it. The picture becomes animated and the voice moves in sync with the child's voice. Great for story recounts and character perspectives.

Have a look at this example on YouTube via the link below:


Staying safe. What is 2-step verification ?

After the recent iCloud photos scandal and the Gmail scare more companies are reminding their customers about 2-step verification. What does this mean exactly?

2-step verification is an extra layer of security over and above your normal password on an online account. This may come in the form of an email alert or a verification code to your mobile. This may happen if you access an account abroad, from an unfamiliar computer or when you reset a password. It's wise to check what 2-step verification is turned on for your online accounts. Click on the companies below for more details or just Google.




Just for fun!

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