A new eBook series for online safety- Be Internet Legends- Be Sharp

I am delighted to share with you a project I have been working on to help support develop the incredible work of the Be Internet Legends online safety scheme of work.

As part of a modernisation of our school’s online safety framework I invited the wonderful people at @Parentzone to help us launch our Be Internet Legends scheme of work at the start of the year.

All our children were instantly hooked with the bright, bold colours and easy to remember chant “Sharp, Alert, Secure, Kind, Brave!” We raced back to our classrooms and all embarked on our Be Internet Legends quest…

The children loved the content and so I decided to ‘add some meat’ and bulk out our teacher packs with an online resource. I followed the pillars of the Be Internet Legends scheme of work with pupil learning journals in the form of Pages templates. This meant that once I shared a link to open a workbook they could make it their own and dip in and out of it throughout the year. This provided the children with more oppurtunity to be creative with their answers and also provided flexibility for teachers in terms of when and where to save and record work.

The format for each pillar follows a simple layout founded on the Everyone Can Create guides by Apple Education. Within each pupil journal the children learn about online safety through photo, video, music or art.

The pupil journals are designed to be easily accessed with out-of-the-box free apps such as Keynote, Pages, Notes, Photo Mark-up, GarageBand, Voice Recorder, iMovie and Apple Clips.

Everyone Can Create- Teacher Guide

The Teacher Guide

The Everyone Can Create: Teacher Guide is a brilliant free resource for classroom teachers and parents who home school.

The guide maximises the ability of eBook formats with intergrated video tutorials, voice notes and external links to help with every aspect of the Everyone Can Create series.

There is also the Everyone Can Create Teacher Guide for Early Leaners that models more simple skills linked to the EYSF curriculum and Early Learning Goals. The guide still includes intergration ideas for the four elements of Video, Drawing, Photo and Music but re-focuses young learners with increasing their engagement with the environment around them and supports boosting communication skills. If you teach in Early Years check out the guides and publications by Marc Faulder here.

Everyone Can Create Teacher Guide

The layout of the guides follows a simple structure and easy-to-follow flow which sets out clear lesson objects and ‘what a good one looks like’ evidence for each unit. You can map the skills taught in each of the Everyone Can Create guides into the National Curriculum Computing framework.

Download an example of Skills Progression and Framework for the UK National Curriculum using the Everyone Can Create guides here.

Computing National Curriculum Skills Progression linked to Apple’s Everyone Can Create Guides

Recommended Apps – A start up

Every week new educational apps are created and downloaded, tested and tried. The internet has an amazing variety of educators trialing and using different apps in their classrooms. The most important lesson here is, use what is best for your school and pupils!

How confident are you staff at using technology in the classroom? I can guess that the level is pretty low! That’s okay, your school will be at a different journey than others. I would always start slow and start with only a few out-of-the-box apps. It’s better to know a handful of apps and be confident rather than use a massive range of apps ineffectively.

Here are my top free recommended apps- the best thing you can do if you’re not confident with technology is give it a go and play around. Ask others if they have used the app or have any top tips for you to try.


1) Camera- yes, it sounds very basic but the opportunities to learn about photography, lighting, effects, mood, filters and perspective are far reaching.

2) Apple Clips- this funky little app packs a punch. Once you start playing around with the features you and your pupils will be hooked.

3) Keynote- your mind will be blown when you realise this app isn’t just for presentations. Keep your eye on this app because every new update adds a cool new feature to its arsenal of powerful tools.

50 Days of Keynote by Alicia Bankhofer

4) Pages – with the ability to bring in and use a range of media including video, photo and audio the Pages app has the ability to transform work into published eBooks and useful templates.

5) Numbers- you’d think its all about about just numbers right? Wrong. This app can do some incredible things in your classroom.

6) iMovie- with recent updates that include a green screen yep, I’d say there’s a whole lot of fun to be had with this one.

7) Tayasui Sketches School – this art based app conjures up a whole load of creative juices that will get your teaching brain buzzing.

8) Seesaw – I’ve added this to the list because it’s super easy to pick up and see the huge potential of being able to differentiate and feedback quickly.

Smashing Apps Seesaw Review

Check out my Seesaw app review

Primary Futures

Primary Futures connects primary schools with inspirational, diverse volunteers from a range of careers, who come into school to talk to children about their jobs and show how what they are learning at school can lead to an interesting, exciting future. Our in-school activities feed children’s curiosity, break down gender stereotypes and opens their eyes to future possibilities.

Watch the video to find out more

The sign up process is very simple. You sign up here then after adding some details about you and your school it is time to make the visit/visitors work for you. What this is means is you will be asked what type of professions you think your children will be interested in finding out more. For example, if you are currently focus on raising in the attainment and interest of STEM subjects for girls in your school your search criteria will seek to pair you up with adults who work in those industries.

Is it too early to start talking careers in primary school? Not at all. Primary Futures is great for challenging stereotypes and research from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFRE) suggests Children begin to form stereotypes about occupations, careers and universities from the age of six- that’s Key Stage one!

Organsing visits from volunteers throughout the year can help support your School Improvement Plan (SIP), encourage your most vunerable Pupil Premuim/ Disadvantaged children and also motivate the harder to engage groups in your school to see a career path they could one day follow.


Developing skill sets early

Not only do visits have a greater impact on the ability to link current skills to developing future talents, the very nature of the visit shares a personal story that helps children to relate and remember the experience. How did you become a scientist? What did you need to acheive? Did you ever fail? These questions help to draw out valuable life lessons for children who can start to develop their skill set and personality early on.

Hosting activities such as ‘Classroom Coversations’ allow children to ask questions based on their own intersts and curiosity. Many of the skills, talents and mentality are often shared with a school’s behaviour policy, motto or mission statement.

After visits from volunteers 80% of pupils now understand how Maths/English/Science can be useful in many jobs and the link between learning and the wider world.

Find out how you can get your school involved at:
www.primaryfutures.org

Enterprise week

To help promote skills such as team work, creativity, innovation, perseverance and positivity we host an Enterprise week every year.

During the week children and teachers are ‘off timetable’ as they begin to work on a shared project as a class. All year groups are involved from Foundation Stage to Year 6.


Each class sells a product or service. Examples include:

  • A pizzera
  • A cafe
  • A bakery
  • A Spa Experience
  • A Tattoo Parlour
  • A Nail Salon
  • A Garden Centre
  • A Fitness and Sports Shop
  • A Haunted House Experience
  • A Green Screen Photo Shoot
  • A Sweet & Chocolate Store
  • A Hair Dressers
  • A Book Store

Throughtout the week the children complete a variety of lessons including;

  • Maths- units of money, finding the change and profits
  • Literacy – adverts and persuasive writing
  • Science – using the right materials
  • DT – planning, designing and evaluating your product
  • Art – package and product design
  • Drama – sales pitch for assessmbly
  • Reading – creating product information and sharing it
  • Communication and social skills – how to talk to customers
  • School rules- respecting each other and working as a team

iCould

icould is a website that connects teachers, pupils, and emplyers by sharing a wide range of resources. From useful guides that use recommeded research and insightful videos from people in different professions, iCould is a great place to explore. Check out some of their teaching resources here.

  1. Self-discovery and reflection
    Take the Buzz Quiz to develop self-awareness and start thinking about careers. This fun, quick quiz helps young people to explore their strengths and preferences, and explore links between their personality, working styles and job types.
  2. Career ideas
    Explore videos to get an insight into careers and work, and draw links between subjects and jobs. There are over 1000 videos of real people talking about their careers – explaining their job role, career path and how different factors have shaped their choices. Videos can be filtered by job type or subject and cover a range of sectors and levels.
  3. Labour Market Information
    Drill down to see Labour Market Information (LMI) and think about next steps. Below each video, you can find information relating to job types, including salary and weekly hours; job description, qualifications and tasks; employment by region; future employment; and gender balance. How to use Labour Market Information to help make career decisions has more details.
  4. Current vacancies
    See current vacancies for ideas about future employment with the real-time jobs feed. Our jobs feed is located on each video page to the right (on mobile devices scroll down) and corresponds as closely as possible to the job family of the video. Using real job adverts to spark career ideas sets out more ways this can be used.
  5. Career guides
    Visit Career paths for guides and articles exploring issues at different career stages and decision points. These include GCSE options or university choices; exams and revision; and finding and applying for jobs.
This useful guide helps to support lesson planning for teachers

What makes you tick? This document has some really useful questions to support your children when meeting a visitor for the first time.

Everyone Can Create: Photo

The Everyone Can Create Photo guide is one of the most popular books in the series. There is a good reason for this- it only relies on three out-of-the-box apps: Camera, Photos and Keynote. The skills taught in this guide can be learnt by the very youngest of learner and have the scope to turn basic camera work into creative masterpieces.

The Everyone Can Create photo guide includes:

  • Everyday objects (photograpghy skills, photo editing, adjustments and personalisation)
  • Portraits
  • Scenes and Landscapes
  • Action and Animation
  • Collage Composition
  • Photo Journalism
  • Publishing and Photo Galleries
Download the Everyone Can Create Photo guide

Everyone Can Create: Photo: In the classroom

Using camera and the Markup tool to promote school rules
Using Markup in iWork

Everyone Can Create: Drawing


The Everyone Can Create Drawing guides are an incredible tool to unlock children’s potential using technology . The units follow an easy-to-follow format using screen shots and video guides to take the learner through the following areas:

  • Word Art
  • Doodle Art
  • Observational Sketching
  • Landscapes
  • Portraits
  • Still Life Composition
  • Architectural Design
  • Logos
  • Infographics
  • Book Design

Within each section the reader picks up a wide range of skills relating to that art form such as symmetry, shading, colour and texture. As a teacher you are encouraged to ‘think outside the box’ and develop your own creative application of these skills.

Download the Drawing project guide

Everyone Can Create: Drawing in the classroom

The Lost Words watercolour artwork
An introduction to Tayasui Sketches School
Growth Mindset Lesson
Using shapes, drawing and animations in Keynote

Everyone Can Create: Video

Video is my favourite of the four guides to teach. It gives students a powerful means of interpreting ideas, expressing their thoughts, and informing, influencing and inspiring their audience.

The portability of the iPad with the camera enables pupils to get up and explore their enviroment outside the classroom. New updates to iMovie make it more exciting than ever with Green screen, Picture in Picture and Split screen options. iMovie also works alonside a powerful new app realsed in April 2017- Apple Clips. Students are able to animate still images, add audio overlays and camera filters to make their own movie project.

Download the Everyone Can Create: Video guide

Everyone Can Create: Video- In the Classroom

Using Clips to understand short division in maths
Silent movie project with mixed age groups

Everyone Can Create: Music

You don’t need to have any experience teaching music or playing an instrument to enjoy this guide and start playing in GarageBand.

The layout and format of the app can be daunting for both teachers and pupils when you first start out so the guide offers easy-to-follow walkthrough tutorials in the form of annotated screen shots and video tutorials.

From Voice Recorder students can add their own lyrics to a song or poem then play around with the sound effects and editing tools. The Live Loops section is an instant hit with children as they can easily combine pre-recording sounds to make their own funky beat.

The Everyone Can Create: Music guide show you how to:

  • Use Live Loops
  • Consruction a song (with Justin Timberlake!)
  • Rhythm and beat making
  • Chords and melodic instruments
  • Writing and recording song lyrics
  • Post-production and sound quailty
Download the Everyone Can Create: Music guide

Everyone Can Create: Music- In the Classroom

An introduction to using GarageBand
Using recorded audio in the Anchor App to make podcasts
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