A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the Digital Leaders at Keighley St Andrew’s C of E Primary school. The Digital Leaders are Arisha, Arif, Laibah, Ibraheem and Saima and their lead teacher is the year 5 teacher Lauren Mooney.
The children had visited the Innovation Centre a few months earlier as part of their Digital Leader Academy training and this was my chance to see how they had been getting on.
All the children spoke about the green screen training they had received, how they had enjoyed it and intend to make use of it at school. They were also very excited that they would get the chance to do some 3D printing during the second session of training in a few weeks’ time. During session two, the children get the chance to create their own Digital Leader badges using Tinkercad that are then printed and sent out to them to wear around school.
The children have been busy looking at various aspects of Online Safety and have completed their level 1 (e)Safeguarder badge and sent me an excellent presentation to evidence the work and understanding they had achieved in this area. The children had clear strategies for dealing with any online comments and interactions they felt uncomfortable with and new how to report or block these within the systems they were using and report them to a trusted adult.
The Digital Leaders have met on numerous occasions and have now settled to meeting once a week and one of their priorities is to support the use of technology in their own classes first and then to expand this support into other classes in KS2. They are also working on creating some simple profiles of themselves to add to a Digital Leader display so that everybody in the school knows who they are and to communicate with parents about the safe and appropriate use of technology at home.
The children were all very enthusiastic and I look forward to seeing them for day 2 training.