Category: ELC

Safer Internet Day 2024

Safer Internet Day 2024 will take place on the 6th of February 2024, with celebrations and learning based around the theme ‘Inspiring change? Making a difference, managing influence and navigating change online’.

Safer Internet Day is held every February all around the world. Last year, over 170 different countries celebrated the day! Safer Internet Day is a chance to think about any worries we might have about using technology and the internet, but it’s also about celebrating all the fantastic things technology can help us with.

Safer Internet Day is the UK’s biggest celebration of online safety.

Created in consultation with young people across the UK, this year Safer Internet Day will be focusing on change online, this includes covering:

  • Young people’s perspective on new and emerging technology
  • Using the internet to make change for the better
  • The changes young people want to see online
  • The things that can influence and change the way young people think, feel and act online and offline

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees thousands of organisations get involved to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Visit UK Safer Internet Centre or browse the links below to become involved!

Education Resources   (suitable for early level to senior phase)

Supporters Registration

Films

Get involved on social media

Parents and carers

Supporters Map

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Activity 11 – Snowman Algorithm

Day 11 – Build a snowman algorithm

 

  • How do you build a snowman?
  • How many steps are there?
  • What are the important features of a snowman?
  • What steps come first, next, last etc.
  • What position should the parts be placed in?
  • What materials and parts will you require? (If there is no snow outside, what else can you build with or use to create an alternative 2D snowman?)

Create an algorithm (sequence of instructions) to show how to build a snowman. Capture your algorithm on paper/whiteboard/drawing app by drawing or writing it down. This Barefoot handwashing poster might help you to get started. Please also see the Collaborative Crazy Characters activity in Barefoot bytes resource.

You can create your snowman with snow, playdough, clay, plasticine etc or by drawing/painting a 2D snowman, similar to the Collaborative Crazy Character activity. 

To make sure your algorithm is is working correctly, you will need someone else to help you test it. You might want to explore taking on the roles of programmers and testers from CS Unplugged.

Will your friends be able to follow your algorithm to correctly build the snowman or will you have to debug the algorithm, to find the bugs (errors) then tinker with a different sequence in your algorithm and try again? This is why it is helpful to capture you algorithm on paper. You may not need to change the whole algorithm if you can spot the bug(s).

You might want to try out the algorithm sequencer template  to help you organise your sequence of instructions.

Supporting resources for creating your algorithm:

Try it for yourself and share your algorithm with us on social media @digilearnscot using #12DaysofCreativity 

 

 

 

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Activity 5 – Explore Sounds inside and out (early level)

Day 5 The sound of Christmas

 

What does Christmas sound like?

What does it sound like outside?

What does it sound like indoors? 

 

 

 

Use your senses to see, touch, smell and HEAR everything that means CHRISTMAS to you!

Once you have identified the sound of Christmas, capture this in an audio recording and then invite your friends to listen to the recording and try to identify the sound you have captured.

Will they identify the sound correctly, or will they need a clue?

Different ways to capture audio:

  • Talking button/postcard, recordable microphone, karaoke machine, Dictaphone, talking/recordable toys.
  • Recording audio on an iPad with built in apps Voice Memo or GarageBand
  • Recording audio on a Chromebook with Vocaroo | Online voice recorder (website will work on any browser/device with Microphone access permission)
  • Recording audio on a Windows device with built in Voice recorder
  • Recording an audio clip in Microsoft Sway with record audio
  • Recording an audio clip in Scratch Jr app with sound blocks (play video at 38 seconds)
You may be required to adjust privacy settings to enable your microphone to work.

Try it for yourself and share your audio creations with us on social media @digilearnscot using #12DaysofCreativity

 

 

ELC Practitioner Feedback Opportunity, help shape the future of Digital CLPL

There is a draft ELC practitioner Digital Literacy Framework / list of core skills currently required to enable practitioners to use them for communication, collaboration, planning, facilitating learning, capturing/documenting learning, and assessing learning

We would like to hear your feedback, to ensure the core skills are relevant to your every day practice and welcome your feedback.

We would also welcome feedback on where CLPL is required to enable you to develop confidence and knowledge of the core skills. This will inform the webinars that we will offer Nationally.

If you would like to help shape future ELC practitioner support in Digital Literacy, please click on the link to the Form and submit your feedback through this anonymous survey. The survey will take approximately 1O  minutes to complete.

ELC Practitioner Feedback – Digital Literacy Framework / Core Skills

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Introducing The Bongles and the Crafty Crows – Exploring early level Cyber!

The Digital Team and the Bongles have joined forces in partnership with Cyber Scotland, Cyber Aware and the Scottish Book Trust to introduce younger learners to develop understanding of cyber awareness at early level, through the publication of the new Bongles book ‘The Bongles and the Crafty Crows‘.

Who are the Bongles?

The Bongles are a group of monster friends who live on a paradise-like planet.

They reuse and repurpose items that wash up onto their planet’s pristine shore and turn trash into treasure.

The rhyming stories are full of slapstick and silly humour, which both children and adults alike will find funny. The quirky and whimsical watercolour illustrations are sure to capture the attention of young readers.

The Bongles and The Crafty Crows – The newest book in the series helps children to learn about cyber resilience in a fun-filled way.

Story Summary

Three wooden crates wash up onto the shores of Bongle Island.

The Bongles really want to keep this new found treasure safe from the crafty crows.

Will the crows outsmart the Bongles’ padlocks and passcodes?

Will the crows take the crates full of treasure and keep it all for themselves?

The Bongles and the Crafty Crows‘ story book will be part of the P1 Bookbug bags for every primary one.

There is also a variety of practitioner-created learning and teaching resources to accompany the story, a downloadable PDF of the book and an animation on the Bongles website.

You will also engage with this story in the new 3-part series of early level Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety webinars, This is early level Digital – CRIS and through various cyber events throughout the year, which will be advertised here, on the blog.

Join us in the upcoming introduction webinar and read along to find out more!

Upcoming Events

 

early/first level read along with The Bongles & the Crafty Crows #CSW24

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Learning with, and through, technology in ELC: Learning with, and through, technology in ELC

Digital technologies provide opportunities for us to design unique learning spaces for the children. Bringing resources and experiences virtually into the setting can lead learning well-beyond what was originally planned. For example, in response to a children’s interest in sharks, digital technology can extend learning through watching how real sharks move under the sea. Children then get a better understanding of size and speed and so on. This helps us draw on children’s own knowledge gained at home or outwith the setting to spark possible lines of development and a response to children’s own interests.  

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This is early level Digital. Spotlight on: Making Data Visible. (Live Webinars).

This is early level Digital. Spotlight on: Making Data Visible.

Via Forms and Excel within Microsoft Office.

Do you have access to Microsoft Forms and Excel within your ELC setting but are unsure how they can help you to gather, visualise and analyse data? Please join us in this 60-minute practical demo session, for beginners, where we will focus on how you can use Microsoft Forms and Excel to gather data more easily, better understand what the data you are gathering is telling you and how you can share this visually with children, colleagues and families.

In this session, we will demonstrate how to create a Forms Survey, how to view responses and how to export the results into an Excel file, where you can drill down deeper to interpret and analyse the data you have collected by exploring charts, pivot tables and slicers.

The demo session will be a take place within Glow, however you do not need a Glow log in to join this session.

*Please check with your local authority digital team or organisation lead officer for Information Security on protocols for gathering and storing data.

This session is for ELC practitioners working across a variety of settings in Scotland.

The session will be repeated 5 times throughout the year with morning and twilight options.

A Glow login NOT required to join.

Click here to select one of the morning or twilight webinar dates.

You may also be interested in This is early level Digital. Spotlight on: Practitioner Collaboration. (Live Webinars).

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This is early level Digital. Spotlight on: Practitioner Collaboration. (Live Webinars).

Spotlight on: Practitioner Online Collaboration.

Do you have access to Microsoft Teams within your ELC setting but are unsure how it can help you? Please join us in the 60-minute practical demo session, for beginners, where we will focus on how you can use Microsoft Teams as your one stop digital shop with your ELC team, for organising, sharing and collaborating on content and for assisting communication. For example, you can all work together, in real time on planning documents, staffing rotas, risk assessments and shared calendars.*

You can communicate via audio calls, video calls, private chat messages and Team posts, and start conversations centred around a particular document.

You can also utilise Teams with practitioners from other settings, to support children’s transitions and to plan and work together on community events.

In this session, we will demonstrate how to create your own Staff Team and how you can use it to connect with your fellow practitioners to distribute information, communicate and work collaboratively on documents.

The demo Team you will see in the session will be a Team within Glow, however you do not need a Glow log in to join this session.

*Please check with your local authority digital team or organisation’s lead officer for Information Security on protocols for file sharing.

This session is for ELC practitioners working across a variety of settings in Scotland.

The session will be repeated 5 times throughout the year with morning and twilight options.

A Glow login NOT required to join.

Click here to select one of the morning or twilight webinar dates.

You may also be interested in This is early level Digital. Spotlight on: Making Data Visible. (Live Webinars).

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This is early level Digital – CRIS

(Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety).

When we use the internet we either consume, create or communicate. Each of these behaviours has different levels and types of risk. Join us in this series of three webinars to explore how we can support early level learners to gain knowledge and confidence in Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety. This webinar series is for all ELC practitioners working with early level learners across a variety of settings in Scotland.

The sessions will include examples from practice, centered around the Curriculum for Excellence early level Digital Literacy CRIS Experiences and Outcome,

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illustrating what invitations to explore, play and communicate safely and securely may look like across a variety of ELC settings. 

We will also refer to National self-evaluation framework for ELC, How Good is Our Early Learning and Childcare Quality Indictor 2.1 Safeguarding and Child Protection.

We welcome you to familiarise yourself with Curriculum for Excellence early level Digital Literacy Experiences and Outcomes prior to joining us. 

Each session is accompanied by optional follow up reading/professional development centred on the Cyber Toolkit, coordinating with each session.

Attendees will be invited to submit a short blog post illustrating how the programme has impacted practice,

The examples of practice included in the session content will be ELC focused, however this session is for all practitioners working at early level across a variety of settings. 

Glow login NOT required. 

Each session will be repeated three times throughout the year 23/24 with morning and twilight options.

To get the most from this course, it is advised that you join the sessions in numerical order.

Session 1 (60 minutes) This is early level Digital, CRIS – Consume 7.9.23 & 9.1.24 & 16.4.24

Session 2 (30 minutes) This is early level Digital, CRIS – Create 3.10.23 & 20.2.24 & 30.4.24

Session 3 (30 minutes) This is early level Digital, CRIS – Communicate 7.11.23 & 12.3.24 & 14.5.23