Wow! Over a month has gone by since my whistle-stop trip to Germany to learn and present at Practical Pedagogies 2018. It was great to learn from so many passionate educators, including getting further inspiration for blogging again from Ross Morrison McGill, aka @TeacherToolkit! Little and often was the key takeaway from his double session on the first day.
Hats off to @lisibo for an amazing Sketchnote of the session! The presentation can be found below, including links embedded in each slide:
Common Sense Education's Digital Passport has been around since 2012 now, and covers a wide range of internet safety/digital citizen themes that works well with Year 4 children where I teach.
This academic year sees a number of changes to Digital Passport. It's still a useful site to use with children but I thought I would run through and outline some of the potential pitfalls that exist to trap the unwary teacher:
1. Lack of a centralised teacher area to track pupil's scores. This was a great feature of the old Digital Passport. It's a shame it no longer exists. Instead I get my pupils to download their certificates as they collect them and store them on a colour-coded Google Slides presentation (access a copy here).
2. Having to log in for each activity can be annoying, especially when the process seems a bit buggy. At least certainly on our desktop machines. (We are running the latest edition Chrome browser so this shouldn't make a difference?) Anyway sometimes 'Start New Game' has to be used when the child clearly has an account but the "Resume Game' option is refusing to let them log in. Perseverance is key, for both teacher and student...