This week I was fortunate enough to be involved in launching a 1 to 1 netbook project at Ley Top Primary School. Every child in Year 5 and 6 have been supplied with a netbook that they can use at home and must bring in to school every day. This project has been started due to the rising pupil numbers and lack of room within the school. When the school becomes 2 form intake thesuite will need to be used as a classroom. The long term intention is to roll out the project across KS2.
My role in the launch was explain to the families and pupils how the(Acceptable Use Policy) should be adhered to and what were the consequences of a breach of the AUP. I also outlined specific e-Safety examples that may occur as a result of greater access to these learning tools at home i.e. filtering, social networking etc. The devices have been installed with eSafe - a managed solution that reports eSafety issues to the school's e-Safety officer. We will report upon the success of this product at a later date.
Curriculum ICT are currently working on a very exciting project. We are developing a geocaching day for KS2 classes. Geocaching is basically a high tech treasure hunt using GPS devices to locate hidden 'treasure chests' within your school's grounds. These caches can contain all sorts of learning activities linked to that class' creative curriculum theme. The caches are hidden throughout the school grounds before the children arrive and the GPS coordinates of the caches are then shared on all the devices. Children will be trained about GPS and how they can use the devices to navigate in the first session. They will have the opportunity to traverse through a virtual maze in their playground/field. In the second session the children will be introduced to what a geocache is and how they can find them within their school grounds using the devices. The children will be split into groups and roles for these groups will be assigned. Once the caches have been found the children will open them and find a clue/activity/problem etc that they have to solve back in the classroom. This can be extended at a later date by having the children creating their own geocache trails for younger year groups, parents or other schools. First live trial run is happening next Monday. REALLY looking forward to it. To find out more about geocaching please click here.