E-Safety – Task 4

In this week’s session, we learnt about the dangers that children can face when using the internet.

One of the most important aspects of online safety to be aware of is Cyber-Bullying. We learnt in class that Cyber-Bullying can be defined as: ‘the use of digital media tools, such as the Internet and cell phones, to deliberately and repeatedly hurt, harass, or embarrass someone else.’


This type of bullying can come in many forms, such as:

Threats – This can happen through social media, mobile phones or emails.

Peer-Rejection – This is where a group is made in order to ‘single out’ an individual on purpose.

Stalking – In which a person purposefully and repeatedly monitors an individuals personal information.

Identity Theft – The act of hacking into someone’s account by accessing their username and password to collect personal information about the person.

Each year, schools support ‘Anti-Bullying Week’ which highlights the importance of recognising the danger of physical, emotional and cyber bullying. Teachers give children guidance on how to be safe online and that speaking to an adult is always helpful when experiencing bullying.

KidSmart is a great website for children to use and provides them with information on how to share files safely, social networking and safe searching.  http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/

Thanks for reading,



The use of iPads in the classroom

The effect of using iPads in the classroom has been widely debated, with some viewing the benefits of them, and others seeing their faults. iPads can be useful for children as it teaches them the skills they will need regarding the ever developing technological world of the 21st century, however, some teachers prefer a more traditional method of teaching, claiming that iPads are too impersonal.
In our second ICT seminar, we looked at how iPads can be used in the classroom, and even across the whole school. During our session, we looked at apps on the iPad that might be useful in our future careers as teachers, such as ‘Pinterest’ which can be used to inspire ideas in the classroom.

Our next task was to go outside and take pictures of objects that related to our chosen theme. Our theme was ‘Texture’:

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Once we returned to the classroom, we were asked to put our pictures together to create a short film on iMovie, another useful app that we discussed in the seminar.

E-Safety…what is it?

In this weeks ICT seminar we were focussing on the potential issues that arise if a child is very active online. One key one is with the development of technology and children learning from a young age how to use it efficiently, there are problems for those who are in a grown ups position to protect them from things online that they should not be exposed to.


The video that we watched during the seminar was very poignant and focussed on a key problem which I vaguely referred to earlier. Children have a much easier access to technology than we did as children, and that was only 10 years ago. They need to be taught how to stay safe and that cyber-bullying is a form of bullying and that children should report it as soon as it happens. I found a helpful website that would be good to show to the children when focussing on bullying in a PSHE unit, just to emphasise the fact that cyber-bullying will not be tolerated to the same degree as bullying on the playground.


The following website has some helpful ideas on keeping children safe. There are useful links for children, teachers and parents/carers to go on to find out how they can protect children.


E-Safety in the Classroom

In today’s session we looked at e-safety in the classroom and started by putting on padlet different ideas about what kind of problems children may have online.E-Safety

We then looked at a variety of different things that could go wrong and things that we need to teach children about: here is a selection.

Passwords: We need to ensure that children keep passwords to themselves and don’t tell other people. At my pre-course placement we had a session with a visiting speaker and the children had a lot of fun testing their passwords on “HowSecureIsMyPassword.net”. It is also a good way of generating new passwords that work well. Children also need to be told explicitly NOT to put their password in any website that looks suspicious, the password testing website is an exception to this rule as it has been approved.

Cyber-Bullying: Children need to be aware that if they are getting harassed  online that they need to tell an adult immediately and that it is the same as bullying in real life. This can occur over social networks and the like and if they are under the appropriate age they shouldn’t have things like FB or Snapchat anyway.

Viruses and Fake Emails: Children are very vulnerable and so may believe pop-up ads, pretend emails or enticing images that may hide a trojan horse virus or something else. They need to be aware that not everything online is true, a good example of this being the website ‘http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/’

Strangers: Children need to know to keep personal details to themselves when it comes to talking to anyone online, especially on anonymous sites like Club Penguin etc. They need to know that not everyone online can be who they seem to be, however much they talk to them.

The website ChildNet is really helpful when it comes to resources and advice for young children on the internet. It uses the acronym SMART to explain how children should act on the internet:


Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.


Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.


Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!


Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information by looking at other websites, in books, or with someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family.


Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.

Thank you for reading,


Animation Week!

This week we were learning about the tool of animation and how powerful and affective it can be. I have never done it before but I’ve seen really good ones from people who I know, my cousin made one at the end of her journey with bad health which enabled her to explain what had happened etc!

Our groups presentations theme was ‘under the sea’ and we created different creatures and features that may be under the sea such as mermaids, whales, dolphins, star fish and sea weed. It was very surprising how easy it was to make by simply using a camera and slowly moving the characters about to show movement when it’s all put in to a movie.

The beauty of making animation part of your teaching style is that it can be adaptable and really helpful with cross curricular lessons. For example our animation could be a cross curricular lesson between ICT (as we used the iPads) and Art (as there was a lot of modelling involved in creating the creatures). The potential with ICT is endless, we as teachers simply need to be brave enough to tap into it. As we go through our teaching career, ICT will continually develop and improve so we need to embrace its possibilities rather than be afraid of it.

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I found this website very interesting and helpful in opening my eyes to the possibilities that ICT offers in the classroom.



In last Monday’s session we learnt how to animate, which is something that I had done before when much younger. I really love animation and think it is a really easy way of creating a story through film and I think children in a class would love to use it. It can be easily incorporated across the curriculum by getting the children to write a “script” thus incorporating English, and designing clay models and backgrounds in D&T/Art. As well as this you could get the children to make a soundtrack on Garageband which incorporates the music curriculum within ICT.

We started our animation off by making clear the theme, which was underwater. We then made a background and established any parts of the video that would be moving constantly, which in our case was the seaweed and the waves. We then built our various sea creatures,  a whale, mermaid, a shoal of fish, a jellyfish, a dolphin etc. We moved each object and took a frame, it is a very simple process and the ideas are much more important than the process! We made sure some fish went over the seaweed and some below to create a 3D effect. Here is our animation, entitled ‘Under the Sea’.

I also found this website really interesting and useful as it highlighted the main areas that animation can improve:


Thanks for reading,


Animation – Task 3

In week 3, we learnt about the use of animation in the classroom. I have used the app ‘I Can Animate’ on my iPad before and have found it to be a really easy piece of software to use. Allowing the children to use animation in their lessons can add depth to their understanding of using technology.

We experimented with the software called ‘Animate It’ and used a camera connected to the computer. The camera faced down towards the table to create a birds-eye-view and we modeled our scene below the lens.


My group decided to do an animation called Under The Sea and we created our story from plasticine, tinsel, paper and feathers. We had to move the pieces bit by bit and make sure to take pictures each time without any hands or unwanted items in the screen.

This is our completed animation:

This website describes the benefits of using animation in the classroom:

The resources I would use in the classroom are:
Animate It
I Can Animate


Initial Thoughts on ICT

As a child myself I never fully enjoyed ICT and although I didn’t particularly struggle, I did find some aspects difficult so to me, the idea of teaching ICT to a class of children is a very daunting task. With the ever advancing technology of today’s world, one of my main worries with this subject is that the children will come into my classroom better technologically equipped than I am before the lesson has even begun. However, following the ICT seminars over the last few weeks, I feel significantly more confident in my ability to teach – and enjoy – ICT as part of the primary curriculum.

The expected technological ability of children in the primary classroom has increased and expanded rapidly, with children in Key Stage 1 completing tasks that I myself was not taught until secondary school. However, it is argued that this advanced learning is necessary when aligning it to the modern world that these children are growing up in.

In the future, I hope to be as enthusiastic about teaching ICT as any other subject, creating a positive learning environment, so that the children feel they are making the most out of every lesson.

The Use of iPads and Apps in the Classroom – Task 2

In our Week 4 lesson, we learnt the use of iPads in the classroom can develop children’s learning in new and exciting ways. We looked at Padlet, an app that involves everyone in the classroom and encourages them to post their questions or answers to the lesson on one screen for the teacher to assess.

Group 3's experiment with Padlet
Group 3’s experiment with Padlet

We then looked at Pinterest and learnt how we can organize and collect ideas for lessons in the classroom by pinning other posts related to Education on our boards.

Next, we experimented with ‘iMovie’, where we went outside and took pictures around the university to feature in a trailer created on the app.
My group focused on the theme of ‘textures’:

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I found this task really fun and would definitely try it in my own class. During my pre-course experience in schools, I witnessed a P7 (Year 6) class use iMovie to advertise their own theme park and they absolutely loved using the app and experimenting with different animations and transitions.

I researched into the use of iPads in the classroom and came across Amy Heimerl’s story: http://www.apple.com/uk/education/real-stories/amy-heimerl/#video-amy-heimerl

She explains how her kindergarten children benefit from the use of iPads and why she uses them in her classroom. According to her, every child has different learning needs and it is difficult to come up with one lesson that is suitable to all of her pupils. Therefore, one iPad to each child with apps that are appropriate to their individual needs makes a big difference in the student’s learning. She believes the use of iPads have made her a better and more deliberate teacher and that by using these resources in her classroom, her children have a wider range of opportunities presented to them.

Looking at “What happens behind the screen?” by Garry Fallon, I have come to understand that iPads can improve the delivery of course content and that they provide a whole new range of resources. They play a vital part in learning, evidenced in the research done in over 100 schools in New Zealand, who now use the devices in almost every curriculum task. When combined with cloud-based apps such as ‘Google Drive’, they found that the students worked more collaboratively. Several trials have been taken to see how useful the iPads are when dealing with specific purposes, such as specialist learning needs, and have found the performance of apps to be outstanding.


The use of iPads in the classroom

In Monday’s ICT we were looking at how versatile iPads can be both inside and outside the classroom. In the session we looked at the different apps that can be used to extend and improve learning. For example, one that we focused on was Pinterest and how we as teachers can both use it to gain inspiration for teaching. I started an account and began my various boards which I’ve been adding to across this past week.

We then went on to look at the use of iMovie and I was surprised at how easy it was to use and if used in the classroom it could be affective in changing and making lessons more and more exciting. My group created a trailer using pictures of textures that we had found around campus.



I did some more research into the use of iPads in the classroom and came across a helpful website (http://www.bbcactive.com/BBCActiveIdeasandResources/iPadsintheClassroom.aspx)

It helped me to see why technology can be at the heart of lessons. The website talks about how using iPads makes learning more interactive and engaging and an example of this which we looked at in the seminar was the use of iMovie. On my pre-course placement I saw iPads being used in a french lesson. The task was that the children in groups of 2 or 3 had to record a conversation in french between a shop owner and a customer. The lesson incorporated and extended their skills in both french and ICT as the challenge was to explore using the iMovie app. They were given a couple of opportunities to work on this and then were presenting them to the rest of the class.

The website goes into further details about the multiple opportunities that iPads offer for making lessons more interactive. These include; internet research, making videos, live debates and discussion forums, blogs and opportunities for schools to get textbooks on the iPad which is becoming more and more possible.

On my explorations on Pinterest I found many websites which promoted the use of iPads in the teaching and working with children who have learning difficulties. One being “paths to literacy” which contained a blog titled “The iPad & Students with Visual and Multiple Disabilities: Apps for kids with CVI”. It lists app which can aid their development which I found very interesting as the teaching of children who have learning difficulties and disabilities has been something that has been on my mind since the beginning of the course. The blog opened my eyes to the opportunities that iPads offer for all students.

So far I have been enjoying the ICT seminars as its showing how much technology can impact teaching and the lessons in a classroom. I’m looking forward to the rest of the Hungry Games! May the odds be ever in your flavour!