Parents joined their students in class where they were preparing an assembly on the Mayans. James Massey, Educational Consultant from Discovery Education, supported year 5 teacher Ella Reakes to use green screen technology so her students could create a video of themselves, appearing amongst the temples and rainforests, sharing all the things they have learned about the Mayan civilisation. Through this activity students also learned about respecting copyrighted materials such as images and videos that they find online.
Some classes were showing parents their blog posts of positive use of the internet. They summarised those positive stories in heart signs as part of the Safer Internet Day 2016 #shareaheart social media campaign.
Online safety resources
Throughout the morning Discovery Education Espresso's online safety resources for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 were used to help parents and students understand how to stay safe online. Resources include videos, interactive quizzes, posters and songs, all designed to help students learn and remember the ways of staying safe on the internet. Parents also took home a Discovery Education questionnaire to complete with their child, exploring the internet safety issues covered on the day.
The school’s e-team – Year 6 students who support their peers and teachers with online safety, coding and using technology – presented an assembly to parents. They explained some of the dangers to which students can be exposed online and some tips for parents to help their children stay safe.
The day was made possible by the partnership between Discovery Education and Katy Potts, who is the Computing and E-safety Lead for Children’s Services at Islington Council. Dan Ferry, Computing Lead Teacher at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, was keen to work with both organisations to role model the kind of collaborative behaviour that they encourage in their students and to share the good practice happening at the school to a wider audience.
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