With a little help for our friends: A hand up with the Digital Competence Framework

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We’re a Pioneer school and have been working on the Digital Competence Framework Computational Thinking strand. That’s a mouthful in itself, and talking to colleagues from our cluster in North Wales, we soon realised that for fellow teachers to understand the Framework we needed to offer support. So working with Ysgol Cynfran, a local school from our cluster, we hosted sessions after school. To start we wanted to help them understand how they might begin to deliver the DCF.

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The WiFi isn’t down – it must be something your end?

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Newport primary WiFi 20170526_095252Nearly all schools across Wales have got broadband connectivity and the vast majority have got a mixture of wired desktop PCs and tablets or cloud-ready devices that connect to the internet using WiFi.

A continuous classroom frustration of mine was setting up a lesson in which pupils would be using the laptops, spending a time building resources. As the lesson progressed towards the pupils logging on to Hwb and getting involved in the doing and creating, the WiFi would appear to crash, trusted and secure websites wouldn’t load, the lesson would stall to a halt, kids wander off task – ERRRRHHH!

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Digital Competence Framework – Professional Learning Needs Tool

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As promised, the Digital Competence framework self assessment tool has now been made available with additional functionality.

Feedback from digital pioneers and other stakeholders has been crucial in developing the Professional Learning Needs Tool – renamed to better reflect its purpose – which is designed to help practitioners identify the areas where they already feel confident and areas where they feel they need further development. The Tool, for example, has features such as a new star rating function with hover-over text which will help practitioners judge their level. As a practitioner you can use the tool right now to find out where you are in your digital journey.

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National Digital Learning Event 2017: Meet Kellie at the Digital Marketplace

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The National Digital Learning Event will be held in Liberty Stadium on 21 June and this year’s theme is ‘Creative approaches to implementing the Digital Competence Framework’.

The day will include an opening address by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams, keynote from John Jackson from London Grid for Learning, a choice of workshops and the Digital marketplace.

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