What we do!

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.

 

 

Programmes and Courses

Digital Leader Programme (for Primary Schools)
Engaging Pupils and Parents through Blogging & Social Media
Computer Programming (using Scratch)

What Our Digital Leaders say...

Tips & Resources

How to embed in posts…
How to embed in posts…
April 11, 2017
HOW TO EMBED EXTERNAL MEDIA IN POSTS: Adding external media sources such as Google docs, One Drive files, Animoto presentations etc is a great way of enhancing the content you put in you bl...
Embedding slideshows
Embedding slideshows
April 11, 2017
SLIDESHOW TOOLS: Slideshow tools allow you to create and share slideshows.   PhotoPeach PhotoPeach allows you to quickly upload photos to create great looking slideshows and e
Presentation tools
Presentation tools
April 11, 2017
PRESENTATION TOOLS: Presentation tools allow you to publish and share presentations in a range of formats online.   Animoto Animoto is a great site for quickly creating prof
Poll, survey and quiz tools
Poll, survey and quiz tools
April 11, 2017
POLL, SURVEY AND QUIZ TOOLS: Online polling and survey tools help you gather opinions, collect votes, and see and share results immediately.  Some of these tools can also be used to create
Curation tools
Curation tools
April 11, 2017
CURATION TOOLS: Curation tools allow you to collect, preserve, maintain, archive and share information.  The goal of content curation is to find the most relevant content pertaining to a
Comic strips and cartoons
Comic strips and cartoons
April 11, 2017
COMIC AND CARTOON TOOLS: Comic and cartoons tools can be very engaging for pupils and are another way that students can enhance their posts with images.   Bitstrips Bitstrip
Brainstorming tools
Brainstorming tools
April 11, 2017
BRAINSTORMING TOOLS: Brainstorming tools help pupils think up new and creative ideas quickly and easily.  Brainstorming allows pupils to comprehend connections between concepts and helps
Audio presentation tools
Audio presentation tools
April 11, 2017
AUDIO PRESENTATION TOOLS: Audio is used for a wide range of purpose including: grammar and fluency reading practices; delivering content; and engaging auditory learners. Audio presenta
Audio hosting websites
Audio hosting websites
April 11, 2017
AUDIO HOSTING WEBSITES: Teachers use audio hosting websites when they want to embed their audio within embedded players rather than uploading them directly to posts as a link.  Audio Boo 

Examples of Digital Leader Project Blogs