Monthly Archives: February 2015

The BESt Site on the Web

Yes, BESt is back! Updated and with a fresh, uncluttered feel, Bury Education School neT is the place to visit for eSafety and Computing Curriculum advice, along with myriad resources to help you plan, teach and assess children’s learning in a growing variety of subject and topic areas.

New BESt┬áis/was launched at the spring term Computing Coordinators’ Meeting on Wednesday 25 February in Room 2, Development and Training Centre, Bury.

Whether you are/were at the meeting or not, have a cruise around the site! We are keen to know your thoughts, particularly which resources are likely to be of most use to you, and if there are any omissions – what additional material needs to be included? Do please tell us via the comments area below.

Safer Internet Day Approaches

As Safer Internet Day approaches, I thought I’d share my favourite three, classroom ideas for taking about eSafety. Time served ideas, that get the point across, are simple to do and have had a lasting impact on pupils and staff.

In the school I’m based at, I’ve been involved with the planning of Safer Internet Day for the last three years. In fact, we’ve developed, in that time, an entire eSafety week.

I’m aware this could become a long post if I’m note careful, so let me get straight to it. (You could always, send me an email or tweet if you’d like to get more ideas.)

In at #3… Budd:e

If you’ve not seen the Australian website Budd:e you’re missing out. Let your class get on this website at some point next week, with the motivation of building their very own robot. Pupils can unlock different robot body parts and accessories after answering questions around internet security, esafety and basic computer knowledge. Not only does Budd:e tick boxes for eSafety but covers aspects of the new Computing Curriculum to.

#2… Pupil Power

Pupil Power always prevails. Sounds obvious! I’ve found some of the best learning moments around eSafety in the classroom at upper Key Stage 2 is when the pupils feel safe to be able to speak about their involvement with technology outside of the classroom. Social media is always a huge talking point. eSafety week, in my opinion, isn’t about getting pupils to close their accounts on social networks they’re not legally allowed on, because, let’s be honest, we’d be wasting our breath. However, if we can create an environment in classrooms where we can talk openly about it and show them the strengths and the dangers of social media, I feel we can equip pupils to use these sites safely and carefully. I’ve had pupils in these lessons, go home and change their privacy settings, remove content and come and see me the day after to say thanks. Pupil Power!

#1… My Whiteboard Status

Still my all time favourite for getting across the power of a digital footprint. Get your pupils to dig out their whiteboards and pens. Pick one pupil to write down what they had for their tea the previous night. (I suppose you could be a little more creative if you wanted, but it’s the one I always default too) Once they’ve written it down, ask them to share it with the people on their table, in other words, everyone sat on their table copies down what pupil A had for dinner. Then have some fun, tell everyone on that table, except pupil A, to go round the room and let everyone else copy down their whiteboard status. If you’re feeling brave, send them to another class. (Perhaps mention this to the relevant teacher beforehand) You now have 30 children + all with the same thing on their whiteboard. Ask pupil A, to clear their board, (delete their status) and begin to ask some questions…
– Do people still know what you had for tea?
– Why?
– But, you removed it?

I think you get the idea.

Enjoy, let me know how you get on, and, Happy SID.

@mrwalkerworld