Digital Leaders Challenge #2

Hello again Heywood Digital Leaders!

Your latest challenge is now available.

You have had a few weeks of being a Digital Leader now, so it’s very important to spread the word in school.

– Do all of the adults in school know who you are and what your jobs are?
– Do children in all classes know that you are Digital Leaders?
– How do visitors know about your roles?

Your task is to PROVE that people in school know about you and your roles.

You might choose to make a display in school, to create a new section on the school website or blog, or hold an assembly. You might have other ideas too.

You can then upload proof of you spreading the news that you have these important jobs to the blog to share with the rest of us.

The deadline for completing this challenge is Friday 18 December.

Good luck!

Mr. Mayoh.

Digital Leaders Challenge 1

Hello Heywood Digital Leaders and welcome to your first Digital Leaders challenge of 2015/16!

In order to be successful Digital Leaders you will need to know what kinds of technology you have to work with in your school.

You probably know whether or not you have things like laptops and iPads but you may be surprised at just how much technology is hidden away, long forgotten by teachers and never seen by children.

Your challenge is very simple: conduct a whole school review of the hardware available in your school. Speak to teachers, ask (politely) to look in cupboards, boxes and drawers and do some top class investigating.

You might find cameras and video cameras, programmable toys and floor robots, old tablet or netbook computers, microphones, and loads more!

When you have completed your investigation, post the results of your findings on the blog. You could write about what you have found or upload some photos or videos to share your discoveries.

You have three weeks to complete the challenge. The deadline for Digital Leaders Challenge #1 is Friday 20 November 2015.

Good bye for now, and good luck!

Hello New Digital Leaders

Hello everybody and welcome to our Heywood Digital Leaders project blog.

This will be a place for us to share information and ideas about the work we are doing in schools, to post responses to the three weekly Digital Leaders challenges and to communicate with teachers and other pupils taking part in the project.

For now, please answer the following questions:

  • What are you most looking forward to about being a Digital Leader?
  • Have you enjoyed your first training session?
  • How do you think you will be able to support others to use technology in school?
  • Do you have any questions you would like to ask Mr. Mayoh or other Digital Leaders?
  • Remember to post responses using the ‘Leave a comment’ button, enter your first name only and make up a fake email address. At the end of your comment make sure you write the name of your school.

    2D Games from KidsMeet Heywood

    Here are all of the fantastic 2D games created by our mixed pairs of Digital Leaders at KidsMeet Heywood.

    Which is your favourite and why?

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    KidsMeet – Creating a 2D Game

    Hello Heywood Digital Leaders.

    Here is your next Digital Leaders challenge – live at our KidsMeet event!

    You are going to design a simple 2D platform game using 2 Do It Yourself in Purple Mash. You will work with a partner to create an interesting game of your choice.

    In order to complete your game you will need to:

    1. Log into Purple Mash (Mr. Mayoh will provide you with a username and password);
    2. Navigate to 2 Do It Yourself;
    3. Decide on a theme for your game;
    4. Add walls and a background;
    5. Design something for your player to collect and add it into your game;
    6. Create and add some baddies for you to try and avoid;
    7. Write some simple instructions for others to be able to understand how to play your game.

    You will need to work as a team to come up with your ideas and to create your game. Remember that Digital Leaders must be able to communicate and collaborate effectively, so it’s important that you work together.

    Later on we will be evaluating each other’s games, so make sure they’re top quality!

    Mr. Mayoh.

    Tagxedo – Top Presentation Tips

    DL Presentation TipsHere is the Tagxedo we created from all of the different ideas our Digital Leaders came up with from the Digital Leaders KidsMeet about how to make a presentation good to watch and listen to.

    I think it is interesting to see which words are the biggest (i.e. most important). Do you agree? Is anything missing?

    Digital Leaders Challenge #6

    Hello again Heywood Digital Leaders.

    I hope you are nearly prepared for your KidsMeet presentations, as we’re only a few days away!

    This is your final Digital Leaders Challenge of the year.

    We have talked quite a lot about evaluating things in our roles as Digital Leaders this year, and your final challenge is all about evaluating your own roles as Digital Leaders.

    To complete the challenge, every single Digital Leader needs to post a response on the Digital Leaders blog to let us know how you have found the whole process of being a Digital Leader. You can tell us about all of the things you have worked on and your ideas for the future. You will also need to answer the following questions:

  • What have you enjoyed most about being a Digital Leader?
  • What skills do you think you have improved by becoming a Digital Leader?
  • What would you like to improve further in order to be an even better Digital Leader?
  • What have you found challenging about being a Digital Leader? What has been easy?
  • Are there any specific things you would like to do next year as Digital Leaders?
  • Please also feel free to share any other ideas, and ask questions in return if you would like to.

    You can begin your evaluations straight away, but please do not post them until after the KidsMeet, as you may wish to include some information about the event in your evaluations.

    You might choose just to type a blog post, but you might also want to upload a presentation, a Bitstrips for Schools submission, an audio file or anything else that you think will get your ideas across clearly.

    I look forward to seeing your responses!

    Mr. Mayoh.

    Digital Leaders Challenge #5

    Hello again Heywood Digital Leaders!

    It’s Challenge time again. This one, however, is really quite different.

    As you may remember from our earlier conversations, we will soon be holding a whole day KidsMeet event. KidsMeet Heywood 2015 will be held on Monday 6 July 2015.

    At the KidsMeet I will provide lots of challenges and other fun activities for you to work through in groups.

    In addition to these challenges, we would like every school to deliver one presentation to all of the other schools in the project. You will have access to a computer, big screen and projector, plus speakers if you require sound.

    Your presentation can be about anything at all to do with your roles as Digital Leaders. You might decide to present about:

  • some or all of the things you have done at school since becoming Digital Leaders;
  • a lesson that you supported that went particularly well;
  • a piece of hardware, software or app that you have used effectively in school;
  • top tips for other Digital Leaders to be successful;
  • your favourite free web tools and how you could use them in school.
  • This week’s challenge is to plan your presentation and to leave a comment on this post with your presentation title but no more information!

    Here are the rules:

  • Your presentation should last approximately 10 minutes;
  • Every member of your Digital Leaders team should play an active role in delivering the presentation;
  • You can use ANY method of presenting the information that you like. You may choose to use tools such as PowerPoint, Prezi, Keynote, ThingLink, Bitstrips, etc. to support the things that you say to the audience.
  • When you’re done, leave a comment on this blog post telling us what your presentation title is.

    I look forward to hearing from you all soon.

    Goodbye for now and good luck, from Mr. Mayoh and this excited young radio producer.

    Student Radio

    Digital Leaders Challenge #4

    Hello again Heywood Digital Leaders!

    I hope you had good and restful holidays.

    Here is Digital Leaders Challenge #4!

    This challenge is all about hardware. (Can you remember the difference between hardware and software, I wonder…?).

    For your challenge, you will need to choose a piece of hardware that you have around school. It could be anything at all – from something very complex that can perform a variety of tasks, to something very simple that only has one job. That decision is up to you.

    Your challenge is to use ThingLink Edu to produce a simple user guide for the piece of hardware you have selected. Many of the skills you need to do this are similar to those you need when evaluating new technologies, though you only really need to focus on how the hardware works and what each part of it does.

    Once you have selected your piece of hardware, you will need to take a photograph (or maybe a few photographs) of it and upload it to ThingLink Edu (your teacher will need to sign up for a free education account here).

    To understand a it more about how ThingLink Edu works, click here for a brief tutorial.

    You can then use the really cool tools in ThingLink Edu to add text, video, audio and web links to the image to complete your user guide. You could simply write about what the features are, link to a YouTube video that gives a good explanation of some of the features, link to a website that helps people to understand, or anything else you can think of.

    When it is complete, write a new post on the blog including a link to your ThingLink for everyone else to see.

    Click on the example below to see a simple user guide for a Google Chromebook:


    Goodbye for now, and good luck!

    Mr. Mayoh.