The 8th annual TCSC Media Awards Ceremony will be on Wednesday 24 June at 4pm at the Development and Training Centre.
This year, GAMES has been added as an additional category to each key stage, so the full range of categories to enter is:
- Foundation Stage audio, video, animation, games
- Key Stage 1 audio, video, animation, games
- Key Stage 2 audio, video, animation, games
- Key Stage 3 and 4 audio, video, animation, games
Entries can be recorded on any device you have available, and edited in any software.
Remember that your entry should be:
- no more than 3 minutes long
- received at TCSC by close of business on 30 April 2015
Games can be made in 2DIY, 2DIY3D, 2Code, j2code, Scratch – whatever programming platform you like – but remember that graphic design and an engaging story is just as important to creating an exciting game as good coding!
For full rules and an entry form please contact TCSC via the comments section (below).
Have YOU got to grips with the new Computing Curriculum yet?
Are you aware that
- the subject “Computing” includes so much more than just computer Science?
- computer science is about far more than just programming?
- programming is about more than simply coding?
Do you know what ‘computer science’, ‘programming’ and ‘coding’ are?
The other strands in the Computing PoS are Digital Literacy, Information Technology and eSafety.
Allow Bury’s Technology Curriculum Support Centre (@BuryTCSC) to guide you through all this with our schedule of CPD courses held at Bury’s Development and Training Centre:
Can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact TCSC (via comments below) to organise your own bespoke in-school staff meetings or INSET.
All training is delivered by members of a team of skilled, experienced, knowledgeable and cheerful Leading Practitioners.
Some senior school leaders have very valid concerns about the safety risks associated with giving primary-aged children access to Twitter.
Used appropriately though, and managed by adults, a school or class Twitter account can be a good and powerful device for getting news out to your local community quickly and efficiently.
Many schools have already embraced bulk text-messaging services to get messages out quickly, and Twitter can be a useful additional tool to promote parental engagement.
Not sure what to Tweet? How about:
- parents evenings
- sports day
- assemblies to which parents are invited
- PTA events
You could also Tweet photos of positive learning experiences as they happen:
- models built in D&T
- examples of good quality writing
- art projects
Your school website or class blog could contain links to your Twitter feed (like this one does), and you could Tweet links back to your website or blog.
When schools follow each other on Twitter powerful learning networks are created through which good practice can be shared. For starters, try following @DTCBury @BPLCBury and @BuryTCSC. Bury school Twitter accounts that TCSC knows about are given in the comments area below. Has your school been missed? Please accept our apologies and add yours via the comments.
Need help setting up your Twitter account? Contact TCSC via any of the usual routes, or use the comments, and we’ll be happy to get you started.
This blog post by Jose Picardo is highly recommended to anyone considering introducing tablets in schools
Safer Internet Day (SID) is on Tuesday 10 February this year. Have you registered your school yet?
Lots of information and resources are available here, here and here
Many Bury schools are already planning a day of activities and assemblies. How about you? Why not add your plans via the comments area and link up with other schools?