Digital-Leaders.org is a school led digital literacy project aimed at promoting key aspects of digital literacy. The core areas which we currently offer support for schools is in running our well established Digital Leaders Programme, Engaging Pupils & Parents through Blogging and Social Media and Computer Programming (using Scratch). Led through Heap Bridge Village Primary School, our Computing Subject Lead can also offer a bespoke support programme for schools where requested.
Our Digital Leaders Programme started in 2015 as a SHINEpartnership collaborative project across a number of primary schools in Heywood, Rochdale. The SHINEpartnership rebranded as the Arch Alliance Collaborative Group in 2017. Our Digital Leader Programme is centered around the use of blogging to share best practice and has developed over time to focus on key aspects of; internet safety, promoting the use of technology in the primary classroom and developing children’s leadership skills.
At Heap Bridge we have been using blogging for a number of years. We have developed our practice over time to create a blogging platform that; promotes work of our children across the school, engages our school community and compliments our main school website. In addition to this it provides a rich source of easily filtered evidence to support subject and senior leaders across the school to evidence standards and the quality of work across an vast number of areas. Over the past 18 months we have been asked to support a number of SLTs in setting up school blogging platforms and have presented to audience about how to use blogging to engage parents and pupils alongside the use of social media. As of September 2017 we can even offer hosting solutions for schools which would like us to design and manage their blogging site for them.
For schools needing support with the teaching of computer programming we can provide a full day’s training programme looking at progression within the teaching of programming across the school and using planned units of work to develop teacher knowledge and confidence using Scratch. Scratch is probably the most popular programme for teaching coding skills to children but it covers far more than just coding. It fosters creativity, develops mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem solving. What’s more – the programme is free to use.
See below for further details on the support programmes and courses we can offer.