Staff and pupils in Sunderland have been taking part in e-safety workshops. “Who are you in the online world?” Our new approach towards e-safety is to help children and young people to understand that it is their behaviour that shapes their online experience. The students and staff ...Readmore
The Learning technology Innovation Team held their first iPad User group meeting at Monkwearmouth school. Thanks to everyone who attended. We had a good session looking at apps on the iPad that can be used for presentation as well as sharing the apps that we find useful to use for teaching ...Readmore
Enriching the curriculum Dli museum, Durham City 20 May 1230 – 1500 Classroom teachers and leaders of history and humanities at KS2 and KS3 are invited to a FREE half day event at the dli museum to explore ways in which collaborative school projects, the museum service and local archives ca ...Readmore
The 10th of February was Safer Internet Day. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration saw over 800 organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. A number of schools in the city ...Readmore
Fair Trade,Global Citizenship and the International Dimension Monday 14th July 2014,1pm- 4pmStadium of Light,Sunderland Featurlng pretentations from: Comenius Regio: Action for Fairtrade in Schools Project Fairtrade Foundation Regional Network for International Learning Shared Intere ...Readmore
The Learning Technologies Innovation Team was set up after the closure of the City Learning Centres to provide continuing support for schools to make effective use of ICT for teaching and learning. Mark Lloyd & Jane Adamson continue to work closely with schools in the city and around the country ...Readmore
The learning hub is a space a teachers to find and share advice, lessons and curriculum ideas.
It is the single point of contact for information for schools in Sunderland and we welcome visitors from elsewhere too.
We have been hard at work bringing other sites for schools into the hub so that we can make it easier for schools to get the information they need.
Like any site of this nature it's true value comes from the contributions made by its members. So if you have a resource you have used to good effect in your teaching why not add it to the lesson resources section.
Part of the hub is the new CPD booking system known as the "Training Hub" many of you have already started to use it to book onto courses and initial feedback is that you love the way it works. If any schools want to publish training courses via the hub you can do so by contacting the hub team via the contact page
If you have a great website please add it to the links section.
What else can you find on the hub?
New to teaching? Here you will find support if Sunderland is your Appropriate Body.
Sunderland Music Education Hub working with schools, providers and stakeholders will deliver a high quality music education, a wide-ranging music enrichment programme and singing and playing opportunities for all.
Early Years & Childcare are in the process of moving in - Check out the site to see it develop
We also have a social networking feature called the Educator's Network so you can have an online space to share and collaborate with other members of the site. Here you can also set up interest groups these could be totally online or the online space for organising physical groups of you to meet like the IT Coordinators network facilitated by the Learning Technologies Innovation Team.
The Lesson resources section allows you to search our bank of lesson resources.
Naturally if you take something we would love you to leave something too.
Our very own Learning Technologies Innovation Team are on hand to give you advice and support to make the best use of learning technologies in your school.
How do I join?
Sign up to the site here to access advanced features and don't hesitate to give us your feedback on the site.
Staff and pupils in Sunderland have been taking part in e-safety workshops. “Who are you in the online world?” Our new approach towards e-safety
is to help children and young people to understand that it is their behaviour that shapes their online experience.
The students and staff learn all about how adopting different roles and behaviours online can impact on their safety and have consequences on others. In the classroom workshop, they explore online behaviours using examples of how different characters behave. For example a crocodile would display predatory antagonistic, sly cunning and manipulative behaviour. The students are encouraged to take on the role of a superhero to be vigilant and recognise and challenge “croc ish” behaviour. The group has a discussion that it is up to them how they act online and everyone has responsibility to act in a sensible way. This is backed up by encouraging them to sign up to the recently updated cyber safe agreement and spread the word to families and friends and make Sunderland a safe place to be online.
The Learning technology Innovation Team held their first iPad User group meeting at Monkwearmouth school.
Thanks to everyone who attended. We had a good session looking at apps on the iPad that can be used for presentation
as well as sharing the apps that we find useful to use for teaching and learning.
We had a general discussion about what we are going ot include in future meetings.
If you would like to attend the next meeting, join the iPad user group in the Educators network tab and go to groups.
Town End Teaching School Alliance are carrying out the following training sessions.
• Key Stage 2 French: Get off to a flying start.
• Every Lesson Outstanding
• New Headteacher Standards 2015.
If you would like to attend please download the relevant flier and contact details.
Enriching the curriculum
Dli museum, Durham City 20 May 1230 – 1500
Classroom teachers and leaders of history and humanities at KS2 and KS3 are invited to a FREE half day event at the dli museum to explore ways in which collaborative school projects, the museum service and local archives can help pupils better understand the human face of conflict.
The session will be led by museum staff with support from Durham County Archives. Pupils from Parkside Academy will also profile their EU funded historical investigation project with partners in a French school.
The session will introduce teachers to the museum and allow for hands on experience of some of the workshops which museum staff can offer pupils of different ages.
A light buffet lunch will be served on arrival.
- Arrival from 1200
- Free entrance to museum – self guided visit
- 1230 : Buffet lunch provided
- 1300 : Aims and objectives of the day – Gabrielle Reddington
- 1310 : Parkside Academy's collaborative project with Collège de Roisel
- 1330 : The Durham at War website – Gill Parkes – Durham County Archives
- 1345 : The dli offer –Cheryl Knight , Acting Manager
- 1400 : Carousel of hands on workshops ( 20 minutes each ) led by museum education staff
Art and poetry
Personalising the soldier
- 1500 : Close
Places are limited and early application is recommended.
The Learning Technologies Innovation Team - in association with AT Computers are offering an IOS deployment course on the 2nd of April at the Learning Technologies Innovation Team base (110) at Monkwearmouth Academy. Please see the attached flyer for details. `Should you wish to book a place please contact AT Computers directly as outlined in the flyer.
When your school makes the move to mobile devices and buys a set of iPads it is important that you understand that setting them up in a school is different to setting them up for use at home.
At home you take your shiny new iDevice and connect it to iTunes. With iTunes and the app store you can share the apps you purchase between all of the devices you own up to a maximum of six. Apple also allow you to use Family Sharing so that other members of your family can share a single iTunes account. With Family Sharing its much easier for you to manage which apps your family have on their devices - particulalrly useful if you have young children with a device each as you only have to purchase their favourite apps once. You could even set up one device - save a backup to iTunes and restore it to another so that the apps and setup of both devices is identical.
Things are very different if you are a school. If you buy iPads for use in school you could technically use the same route as if you were a family but your apps wouldn't be licenced. Much in the same way as you can't use home licence for windows on your PCs.
In schools you must ensure that you have a copy of every app for every device that will have that app installed. The way you purchase apps is through something called the Volume Purchasing Program.
Once your school has registered for VPP and added your credit card details into the system you can purchase app licenses to use in school. The good news is that if you buy 20+ apps you will get them at a discount. This typically runs at around 50% of the original price.
The 10th of February was Safer Internet Day. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration saw over 800 organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. A number of schools in the city ran special events and we launched our updated Cyber Dafe Agreement. What did you do?
Kicked of SID with a whole school assembly then each class took part in SID activities throughout the day, such as: EYFS learned Smartie the Penguin’s ‘Think before You Click’ song, Y4 created a display of their digital footprints and Y6 produced an imovie (see photos) where they promised to do digital good deeds.
- All of KS2 took home a cyber-bullying leaflet to share with their parents and the whole school took a homework task involving ‘Paper People Pledges’