Leah – Seminar four

Semester one, Seminar four

In todays seminar we looked at E safety. This is a huge issue today as more technology is being invented, and children are beginning to use it at a younger age.

We talked about the different types of E safety and how as teachers we can protect the children from danger.

Capture1  It’s important that teachers monitor the children when they are using the internet or technology to ensure they are following the rules/guidance. For example, setting passwords, not sharing personal information and not talking to people they don’t know.

If a teacher suspects a child isn’t using the internet safely they need to deal with this situation. This could be talking to the child, parents or senior staff. The way you deal with it depends on the situation. In the Capture%201seminar we talked abut different scenarios and what we would do. It was interesting to see the different views and share our ideas.

Another big E safety issue is cyber bullying. Due to the increase in technology cyber bullying is becoming more common. Children can type horrible messages on their key boards anonymously, not knowing how much they are hurting another child. Cyber bullying is just as bad as physical and verbal bullying; its the same thing. It’s important that children are educated about cyber bullying and understand the impact it has. Schools should have policies and procedures put in place to protect children from cyber bullying.

th67PXG1TC Schools can keep children safe when they are online by having filter settings which disallow any inappropriate or not trusted websites. They should also monitor any class chat rooms so they an see what is being said.

After the seminar I did some research on cyber bullying in schools.


This website was good as it had information about how stay safe online, what is cyberbullying, how to deal with cyber bullying, staying safe on twitter, dealing with dangerous websites and information about how to seek help.

I  also did some research about what the government thinks about cyber bullying.


The government says there is no place for bullying. Schools need to create a positive culture which prevents and tackles bullying. It is a large document that covers many aspects of cyber bullying. It talks about expectations, pupils experiences, how to tackle bullying and information about additional training.

Ofsted will be looking in schools to see how they deal with all types of bullying. They will look if the school has a cyber bullying policy in place for the children.


Abbie’s page – Seminar 4

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Semester 1 – Seminar 4

Safe use of technology to support learning:

In seminar 4 we looked into Digital Citizenship (e-safety). We looked into appropriate ways of sharing information, and how schools can help keep children safe online.

We first used the app ‘Padlet’ to record ourpadlet_blog_300 existing knowledge around e-safety. This App enabled us to type up our ideas as a group, as well as discussing our knowledge together. Padlet could also be used a good teaching tool in classrooms.

We then moved onto the 9 elements of digital citizenship:

  1. Digital Access
  2. Digital Commerce
  3. Digital Communication
  4. Digital Literacy
  5. Digital Etiquette
  6. Digital Law
  7. Digital Rights & Responsibilities
  8. Digital Health & Wellness
  9. Digital Security

In pairs we discussed the meanings of the 9 elements of Digital Citizenship. We then had to use this knowledge in real life scenarios. We were given 5 scenarios as a class to talk about how we would react to the situations appropriately as a teacher. This activity was eye opening to me because all the situations we discussed had happened to our tutor. During this activity I realized the importance of understanding how best to respond to such issues that will arise within computing in schools.


Another aspect of our lesson was cyberbully. We looked into our responsibilities to support children but also the importance of following the policy to teach and give children the knowledge around digital citizenship.

Useful website link:

I found a useful slide share link all about e-safety, computing and inspection. This website is more useful to adults to gain more knowledge around this area of learning instead of children. It has in-depth information, Ofsted reports and research.

Resource to support safe use of technology:

A good resource to support the safe use of technology in the classroom is a video shown on Newsround, on CBBC website. In the video is shows a story of a little girl who gets into danger after meeting someone in a chat room. It also includes lots of tips on how to be safe online and real-life experiences from children and when things have gone wrong.


Another resource from CBBC is there page on staying safe online. It has links of videos of children talking about their experiences, advice and support for children to read or contact someone.


Academic source:

Ofsted – ICT in schools 2008–11

In this article it has a section about e-safety, it discussed how not all teachers were provided with e-safety training. The report also found that e-safety training was weak when the headteacher had no responsibility for it or did not include e-safety within the training for child protection or ICT.


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Semester 1 Seminar 4: Digital Citizenship

The focus of this seminar was Digital Citizenship (or e-safety). We began Padlet
thinking about the definition of e-safety, the importance of it and the things that keeping safe affect, using Padlet – a useful teaching tool for recording ideas collaboratively, particularly at the start of a new topic. We then looked at the 9 elements of Digital Citizenship, which make up the
safe and appropriate use of technology, discussing the Digital Citizenship 9 Elementsmeanings of each aspect. One of the issues we explored in relation to the safe use of technology was the teacher’s role in promoting and ensuring this. To do this we looked at a range of real scenarios regarding the unsafe/inappropriate use of technology, and thought about how we would respond to them as teachers. This was a useful activity as it made me realise that such issues do arise in schools, and that it is important to know how best to respond. During the seminar we also talked about cyberbullying, and our responsibilities as teachers to prevent this, by supporting victims and actively discouraging such harmful actions for example.

Following the seminar I looked at a school’s website which has a specific section on e-safety. The page defines the term and provides guides for parents on cyberbullying, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. These are excellent and informative resources for parents which will help them to keep their children safe while using technology. They also help to clarify such social networking sites which may have seemed extremely complex to parents with little experience of technology.                       (Source:http://www.kelsall.cheshire.sch.uk/page/e-safety-/1267)

I also explored a website which provides an informative video for teachers on the topic of e-safety, as well as a range of activities and resources for teachers to educate their pupils about how to use technology safely. There is also a parent section with a presentation available also.       (Source:http://www.childnet.com/resources/kia/)

Another resource that teachers could use with their class is a Newsround video, illustrating the dangers which the internet can pose if used unsafely, as well as explaining how to stay safe.                     (Source:http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/13908828)

Department for children, schools and families (2009) Cyberbullying: Supporting School Staff. Nottingham: DCSF Publications.                                                                                                      A document by Chldnet International is one that I believe would be very useful for teachers. It begins by explaining what cyberbullying is, and that this is something that everyone should be conscious of. It then identifies ways of responding to cyberbullying (such as keeping records of abuse and informing the suitable member of staff) and offers prevention strategies (for instance by determining rules for the use of technology and ensuring that personal information is protected). The document also includes a checklist of crucial necessities which schools should abide by.

Seminar 4-Louisa

The focus of the seminar was about digital citizenship and keeping children safe online. We were introduced to an app called padlet, where we were able to brainstorm ideas about internet safety. We talked about the meaning of the elements of digital citizenship and children’s relationships with technology and how these can be positive, however can lead to negative experiences, for example cyberbullying. We discussed various scenarios and how we would deal with these as teachers, for example if the parents had been mentioning a teacher by name in a negative way online.

We then discussed the issue of cyberbullying and how it can be done through threat, manipulation, stalking, prejudice and hacking. Cyberbullies aren’t always the children we expect and may act out of social anxiety or pressure. Schools should set a realistic, enforced policy of teaching digital citizenship. Parents can help by knowing what their children are doing online, explain good behaviour online, keep passwords private and be prepared to deal with cyberbullying.

Links from the seminar on child safety:



Resources to support the safe use of technology:


This source demonstrates how to teach children about internet safety, including being creative, recognising the positive impact of technology and encouraging parent leadership.

Governmental Source:


This link to an Ofsted report demonstrated the concern of the growing amount of under age children using social media. Ofsted have said that schools need to have a robust approach to managing internet safety and have a consistent policy.

This seminar has been really useful to teach me the importance of internet safety and helping the children in my class to use technology in a positive and safe way. Technology can hugely enhance children’s learning, however can be dangerous and we as teachers need to be aware of this and address this.

Leah – Seminar three

Seminar three

In today’s seminar we learnt all about animation. I now know how to use the software on my IPad to make my own animation.

We watched two animation clips, which gave us an idea of how animations work. We also looked at children’s animations which they had made. It was interesting to see how easily the children grasped the concept.

We talked about the simple steps that are needed in order to create an animation and we looked at the props that were available for us to use. We got into groups and thought about what we could do an animation of. My group decided that we would make farm animals and do an animation based around them. We used the app ‘I can animate’, to take photos of every move and change that we made to our animation. This is a long and fiddley process but when it’s done well, it looks effective. We decided that we would make four playdough animals, so we could each control one each. We worked well as team, capturing the movements and deciding where to place our animals. It took a long time to get just a few seconds of footage.

Once we had finished our animation we had to save it onto the cameral roll, ready to import into the app ‘iMovie’. In iMovie there are lots of things you can do to ediIMG_0163t your animation. You can add sound effects, music and voice overs. This is a fun activity that children would love to do. They could each voice a character or make some background music. My group decided to use the pre-loaded sound effects. These included: a sheep noise, a dog barking and cheering. We also recorded the voice of the farmer character.

I researched children’s animations and it was interesting to see how many children’s films are made through animations. I found a website which teachers would use to show children different clips from movies.


The children probably know a lot of these films so it will be interesting to talk about how they created the animations and which steps they had to follow.


The children could watch this animation to get ideas of some simple animations look. They can see the constant movements and they could compare this to the film animations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wmh-heId8Y – this is the link to our animation


Abbie’s Page – Seminar 3

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Semester 1 – Seminar 3

Animation and their learning opportunities:

As a group we were given the task to produce a short animation of anything we liked, which could be linked to an area of learning – but didn’t have too. Beforehand we watched two example animations to give us an idea of what we were expected to produce. One animation we watched was called ‘Baboon on the Moon’ and the other was called ‘Laughing Moon’. These animations were inspiring and very different from one another. They gave us as a group a few ideas of how we were going to make our animation.

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As a group we were set the task to create a mini animation. We discussed an idea and then went through the process of making the video. In this process we used the apps; ‘iMovie’ and ‘I Can Animate’. We all had a different role to play within the group, e.g. one person taking the photos, another 2 moving the props and another creating any extra props we needed. Below are some pictures of the making process. We used paper as our backdrop, and made the farm animals out of Plasticine and then starting the process of taking photos between each small movement of the animals. To do this we used the App; ‘I Can Animate’. After, we were happy with our video we moved onto iMovie, where we could add sound effects and music to our animation. This made out animation more alive and made the video make more sense (e.g. the aggressive barking from the dog at the other animals).

I believe this would be a great task to complete with primary aged children. I think they would find it creative, fun and let their imagination run wild. You could also make the animation a cross-curricular activity where they would have to make a movie about a subject or a topic they have been learning about recently.

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Academic source – Technology, good or bad?

“Technology in the Classroom: The Good and Bad” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/parentingcom/technology-in-the-classroom_b_2456450.html and https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239033/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Computing.pdf)

In this article it talks about the good and bad aspects of technology. Mindy Brooks, director of education at Sesame Workshop, states that apps that are used in the classroom have been developed for a curriculum goal to hit. This could include our ‘I Can Animate’ app which is developing children’s computing skills such as; ‘use technology purposefully to create, organize, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content’. (National Curriculum, 2014).

Our final animation video!!

Useful websites:



Kirsty’s Page

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Semester 1 Seminar 3: Animation

In this seminar we focused on animation, and began by looking at two animationsnishimoto_kiyoshi02 called ‘Baboon on the Moon’ and ‘Laughing Moon’.  We discussed the usefulness of these resources for use in the classroom, considering the application of literacy (comprehension), mathematics (seeing how shapes fit together) and art (constructing the animations).

In our groups, we then had the task of creating our own animations. To begin with, we needed an initial idea for the theme of our animation. After sharing some ideas we decided to make an animation set on a farm, with farmyard animals (a pig, a sheep, a duck and a dog – which we then made out of plasticine) and a farmer also. It was also important that we constructed a set, which was made up of blue card (the sky) and green card (the grass) – we later added in a black gate made out of card to act as a fence. Before we could start to make our animation, we needed to find an area with an appropriate amount of natural light (which happened to be a window ledgeAnimation), and plan our storyboard. We were then ready to make our animation, which we did by slowly moving each animal and taking photos for each frame using an app called ‘I Can Animate’ on our iPads. Once this was complete, we downloaded our animation to an app called ‘iMovie’, which enabled us to add sounds, helping to bring it to life. The creation of animations could provide valuable Animation 2learning opportunities for children. For instance, it could be a way to engage children in the story writing process, before transferring their stories to a storyboard. This requires children to use their imaginations and creativity, and links to literacy. Opportunities for art and design are provided through the creation of set, as well as the children being given the chance to improve and develop their ICT skills and experiences.

Here is the animation that my group created:

Following the seminar I then researched the theme of animation and found a very useful and interactive website called ABCYa.com, which has an area where it is possible to make your own animations and watch tutorials on how to do so (source:http://www.abcya.com/animate.htm). This is also available as an app. I think that this resource would be ideal for children in Key Stage 1 as it is very simple and easy to use and would provide the opportunity to explore the theme of animation, allowing them to develop their skills inside and outside of the classroom.

I also came across a website called Teaching Ideas with a section for animation inspiration (source:http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/ict/animationideas.htm). On this page a teacher explains how they have used animation (with and without technology) to enhance children’s understanding and experiences of this concept. The teacher also offers a variety of other resources that teachers may use in their classroom practice.