Internet safety remains a crucial part of our day to day practice here at Ashton Vale. To further reinforce this with our children and their parents we will be involved in
'Safer Internet Day' on
11th February 2014.
Details will be coming up of the activities that we will be running here and access to
free packs that you can use at home.
If you'd like some further information please click HERE or read on!
Safer Internet Day 2014 – Let’s create a better internet together.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre in February of each year to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people. Safer Internet Day 2014 will take place on Tuesday 11th February 2014, with the theme ‘let’s create a better internet together’. The day offers the opportunity to focus on both the creative things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role and responsibility that all stakeholders have in helping to create a better internet.
The UKSIC provides Safer Internet Day specific resources and support for children and young people, parents and carers as well as teachers and school staff and facilitates a wide range of organizations to join together to amplify the safer internet message.
The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charitable organisations, Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). These organisations are committed to working to make a safer and better internet. All partners recognise the unparalleled opportunities the internet offers and actively encourage its positive use for social, leisure, economic and educational advancement. The partners all work towards the Childnet target; to make the Internet a great and safe place for children. The UK Safer Internet Centre is online at www.saferinternet.org.uk.
This page will be updated as regularly as we can. Below are a few apps to start you off.
All are FREE unless otherwise stated!
Do you know of any good educational apps that your children use at home?
If you do, add a comment on this page and we'll look into if and how we could use it in school.
The Bee-bot app is great for exploring control in ICT. It allows you to think logically, planning ahead and programming your bee bot to move along its path.
Hopscotch is another programming package for older or more advanced computer scientists! It allows you to choose a character to move and program instructions to direct it.
KidsDoodle is an easy to use drawing package that children can use to create colourful pictures. Great for fine motor control, using different tools and selections (and drawing the odd firework too!)
A great game to challenge your maths against your friends or family!
This a fantastic blog with lots of ICT planning and resources on. Highly recommend this!
Also this blog linked to these 'Websites of the Week'. More great websites: http://www.edmodo.com/folder/47484
This website has been recommended to me, you do have to pay for it, but there are some videos that are free.
Brain POP http://www.brainpop.co.uk/
This is an absolutely fabulous website for searching for images. It's brilliant for children to find images to do with a topic, we used it to explore rainforests!
Tag galaxy http://taggalaxy.de//
Here is a list of recommended websites for you to have a look at:
http://creativecommons.org/ - audio, video and images shared for use under the creative commons licence
http://www.timrylands.com/ ICT to inspire – blog by Tim Rylands
http://www.awesomehighlighter.com/ Awesome Highlighter is a useful webtool which allows users to highlight sections of webpages. An excellent tool for focusing attention when viewing information on an interactive whiteboard.
http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/ Lots of free ideas and resources
http://www.wordle.net/ Generate word clouds
Tom Barrett - QR code in the classroom http://edte.ch/blog/category/qr/
QR Code Generator
http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ (You can use this online or download a version to your computer) - There are hundreds of QR code generators/readers online this was the first one I came to and has always worked well.
In order to use QR codes in the classroom (read Tom Barrett's post above) you will require a webcam, computer (or mobiles device) and a QR code reader/generator. Remember you can take the QR codes to the computer if you do not have a mobile device.
www.weebly.com Build your own website and blog using a super easy drag and drop method.
http://scratch.mit.edu/ Create your own interactive stories, games, music and art. This can be downloaded for free onto your school system and is brilliant for meeting ‘Control and monitoring’ learning objectives.
Photostory – take photos and record audio http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=11132
Audacity – recording software http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
http://www.ict-primary.blogspot.com/ Blog by Chris Unsworth Primary AST teacher for ICT based in Bristol.
http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm - games linked to letters and sounds
http://www.literactive.com/ Simple stories at a variety of levels and phonic games. You need to register but it is free to use after that
http://www.yoobot.co.uk/ You create a character and design what he/she eats and the character adapts based on what you feed them.(Modelling and Simulation)
http://ictacrossthecurriculum.wordpress.com/ Blog by an AST in Secondary ICT