Ideas for new digital leaders:
If you give your digital leaders the opportunity to explore new resources, they may decide to become an expert in one. This could be beneficial when delivering staff workshops or when class support is requested. The following resources are free and high quality – perfect for use in class. They all fulfil the aims set out in the new computing curriculum too.
- Kodu – an easy to use visual programming language for game creation. It is designed to be accessible and enjoyable for children using either an xbox game controller or the keyboard on a pc. The simple tutorials make it easy to get started.
- Scratch – A visual programming environment for creating animations, games, interactive art and stories, with the opportunity to share them on the net. Simple Scratch cards can help you get started and see results quickly
- Google apps – email your colleagues, create forms, sites and calendars for free.
- Mozilla Thimble – create and share your own webpages whilst learning a bit of coding
- Mozilla Hackasaurus – adapt your favourite websites for your own amusement
- Learn basic coding with Code Monkey
- Create a presentation using a new tool such as Prezi
Further ideas for new digital leaders could include:
- Add your school to the map on the digital leader network http://goo.gl/rsnLVt
- Contribute posts on the Digital Leader Network
- Reviewing online resources / apps to support learning
- Go to the local Apple store for a field trip
- Network with other DLs via Edmodo and Skype
- Set up a support request system. There is a good example of how this can work using google forms on Greenfields blog http://goo.gl/jZiqK8
Ideas for enhancing their skills:
- Join Julia Skinner’s team of commentators for the 5 sentence challenge blog
- Create and maintain their own blog
- Teach the teachers. Digital leaders can provide 1:1 support that is tailored to each teacher. This could include things such as learning to use ipad apps, computing programs like hackasaurus and thimble or learn how to start blogging.
- Teach student teachers skills such as using interactive whiteboards, visualisers, beebots and other hardware. Help them become familiar with common school software, such as textease.
- Attend a kidsmeet and deliver a presentation on their area of expertise
- Teach skills to their peers in class
- Organise and participate in a live-writing session with digital leaders from other schools
- Create video tutorials and share them online.
Ideas for extending (transforming?) their skills:
- Organise their own events – e.g. host a parent workshop, kidsmeet or open evening
- Lead e-safety events e.g. Arden DLs
- Design digital leader badges and criteria for earning them
- Suggest to teachers curriculum areas / ideas where ICT skills and resources could be used
- Give them a raspberryPi and see what they do with it
- Challenge them to set up QR trails or geocaching
- Run surgery style ‘i-genius’ bars to support students and teachers with tech problems
- Collaborate on a project
- Find a local ICT conference and speak at it
- Create an app using appshed or similar
- Organise their own skype sessions
- Create an individual blog or wiki
- Create a resource wiki for a specific year group
- Host enrichment days and invite children from other clusters
- Run computing clubs
- Find new exciting resources!