September 2014

Code Crunch

There are new Activities, Activity Sheets and Learn Screens which focus on some of the elements within the Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy strands of the new National Curriculum 2014!

Access this unique Freemium Computing content now and get a real taste of what you’ll be able to subscribe to in September when their new Computing module is launched.

The module will be free of charge from launch until January 2015 and, from 2015 onwards, subscription will be £100/year for Key Stage 1 and £155/year for Key Stage 2.

Click here to try it out!

Slow Writing!

You've heard of slowfood - this is slow writing. Designed to help pupils write more interesting sentences, developing their use of punctuation, vocabulary and grammar. Check out the work done here:

E Safety News

Kuddle Official - 2014

Friendly Wi-fi

Friendly WiFi is the world’s first accreditation scheme designed to verify whether a business’ public Wi-Fi service meets a minimum level of filtering to block out access to pornographic and child abuse websites. ‘Friendly WiFi’ aims to keep children and young people safe from viewing inappropriate material when logged into public Wi-Fi offered in cafes, shops, restaurants etc across the UK.

'Friendly WiFi’ has been created to ensure that businesses who offer their customers the use of their public Wi-Fi services and who wish to become a ‘Friendly WiFi’ venue, can have their Wi-Fi services verified by an independent body to confirm that the correct filters are in place to block anyone from accessing inappropriate material.

The ‘Friendly WiFi’ logo can be found on the high street, in cafes, shops, restaurants, hotels and public transport. Wherever you see the ‘Friendly WiFi’ logo, parents and children can be assured that the public Wi-Fi offered at that particular venue has reached an industry recognised standard level of filtering and that access to pornography and child abuse websites, videos and images are blocked.

The scheme has the backing of the NSPCC although they also warn that it’s vital not to be complacent and urge parents to talk to their children about what they get up to online and what to do if they have any concerns.

Many high street names have become Friendly WiFi accredited including Tesco, Samsung and Starbucks. These WiFi venues can be identified by the Friendly WiFi logo. The logo will reassure consumers

When Free isn't free!

  • Of all the countless innovations the video game industry has seen in the last several years, none has been more infuriating than the 'free to play' tag that many mobile games possess.

Google Play, in a new statement, is removing the F2P term from its in store. Games will no longer carry the term if said games contain any in-app purchases, better known as 'freemium' content. The European Commission has recently put pressure on companies like Google and Apple to better inform customers, especially children, about the potential for in-app purchases among F2P games.

Children’s online risks: UK trends from 2010 to 2013

Edublog Challenges

About the Edublogs Teacher Challenges

The Teacher Challenge is made up of free professional learning challenges where educators are stepped through weekly tasks that increase their skills while being supported by mentors.

The Challenge is open to any educator who wants to increase their skills.

From experience we’ve found the more we support and help teacher’s increase their own skills, the better they are able to support their students use of online technologies for learning.

Participants can complete as many of the tasks as they like and in any order.

It’s all about you choosing when you want to learn, while being supported by mentors would assist you with your learning!

Get started by working through any of the following series:

The Teacher Challenge series is supported by Edublogs - The World’s most popular education blogging service.

Click here to go to the course on Copyright.

New resource from NSPCC

An online learning course for anyone working with children

Keeping Children Safe Online will help you understand how children use the internet and other digital technology.

It's a joint initiative between the NSPCC and the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre (CEOP), aimed at any organisation or professional working with children.

This e-learning course will help you to think about the issues that young people face online and the challenge that you have as a professional to protect and educate them. It will help you to review the provision that you have in place whatever context you are in and signpost you to further help, support and advice.