Category Archives: Google

Safer Internet Day 2019

This year’s Safer Internet Day has the theme “together for a better internet”. On the website there are resource packs available for all age groups, from 4-18. The resources include videos, assemblies, and various activities for children and young people to do.

In line with the theme of making the internet a better place, there are a couple of great resources that are moving away from the “e-safety” model to more of a “digital citizenship” approach, and encouraging young people to make the most of the opportunities technology provides.

BBC Own It has the awesome tagline “be the boss of your online life” and is aimed at 8-12 year olds. As well as advice about dealing with bullying and so on, it has lots of information about developing digital skills and creativity. It has a “friendly older sibling” feel to it, with lots of videos by YouTubers.

Google’s Be Internet Legends is aimed at 7-11 year olds. It includes the “Interland” game, resources for teachers and parents.

Both BBC Own It and Be Internet Legends are available for free online and can be accessed directly or via the tiles on Glow.

 

Last year’s Safer Internet Day post is still available, with lots of links to more resources!

Chromebooks and G Suite

As many staff will know, and some parents and carers may have seen in the local media, from August 2018 all S1 pupils in Stirling Council secondary schools will be issued with 1:1 Google Chromebooks. This is part of our Stirling Digital Learning strategy.

For more information, see our new pages:

Chromebooks: Information for Parents and Carers

Chromebooks FAQ

Chromebook Agreement

Chromebooks Risk Assessment

We will be adding more information specifically for teachers in due course, but for now check our our previous G Suite posts for some hints and tips!

Collecting work using Google Classroom

So you’ve set up a Google classroom (see this post for a link to a handy video showing you how to do that). How do you go about setting work for pupils and collecting it in?

The second video in the series by Google classroom guru Dean Stokes explains all sorts of things you can do with Classroom. This includes Read & Write, a Chrome extension that is free for teachers and which can be bought as a subscription for pupils.