London Grid for Learning launches CyberPass KS2 e-safety tool, The Cold War KS 3 & 4 history resource and Counter-Extremism content for tackling radicalism in schools
Featured for the first time on the London Grid for Learning (LGfL) (stand G160) at BETT 2016 will be CyberPass, a trackable, data-rich, competence-based e-safety assessment and training tool for KS 2 pupils; The Cold War, an engaging KS 3 & 4 history resource designed to give students a comprehensive insight into this turbulent period of the 20th Century; and Counter Extremism, open access content designed to help teachers prevent the growth of radicalism amongst their students.
Challenging conventional teaching methods of delivering a series of lessons on pre-defined topics, CyberPass allows pupils to take an assessment on one, or all, of its eight key e-safety themes - Settings, Privacy, Looking, Share, Playing, Talking, Friends and Money. Once the individual level of understanding has been established, children engage in work focussed on those areas in which they have been found to be weak, using materials from the online safety portal Us Online. The resource is competence-based and allows students to take the assessment as many times as necessary for them to gain a comprehensive understanding.
From the Teacher Dashboard, teachers can monitor the progress of each pupil with graphs and tables documenting their progress against the rest of the class, school and even schools across the LGfL network.
The Cold War
Also making its debut at BETT 2016 is The Cold War from LGfL, a captivating new online resource designed to educate KS 3 and 4 students about this turbulent period of the 20th century which saw the world divided, with the United States and its allies in a state of hostility against the Communist USSR and Eastern Bloc. Featuring information gathered by historian and author Dr. Helen Fry as well as video footage from Frederick Forsyth (who in summer 2015 admitted to working as a spy for MI6),The Cold War is available to all schools connected to the National Education Network.
Designed to bring this important period of history to life, The Cold War includes 180 high-quality video clips filmed on location at declassified military sites, as well as high-resolution images of locations, personnel, maps and previously classified documents. Further insight is provided in the form of 13 augmented-reality objects which students can use to access a 3D insider’s view of a nuclear bunker, interactive maps of nuclear fallout across London and high-altitude jet intercepts, using cutting edge technology whilst still remaining focused on teaching and learning.
The resource is split into eight logical sections; About the Cold War, Leadership, Technology, Espionage, Key Events, The Significance of Berlin, The End of the Cold War and Recording History, allowing students to easily access specific topics and information. Resources for teachers include lesson activity plans and a resource bank which can be used by specialists to design their own learning.
Counter Terrorism resource
Keeping up to date with current education policy LGfL will also be showcasing its Counter-Extremism resource in accordance with the new Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 which places statutory responsibility on schools for the active prevention and detection of radicalism amongst their pupils. Available to all UK schools the resource comprises a series of bitesize videos featuring Sara Khan, director of women’s rights and counter-extremism organisation Inspire. In each clip Sara concisely explains the context behind the threat of radicalisation and provides tips on how teachers can engage pupils in a dialogue about extremism. Clear and easy to use, the resource has been created to build the confidence of class teachers, school leadership teams, and non-teaching staff in safeguarding young people and also challenging anti-Muslim sentiment. It can be used to guide leadership teams on strategy formation, but is just as helpful for provoking discussion and reflection by individual teachers. Additionally, it can be used in Citizenship and PSHE lessons as a teaching asset.
Sara Khan is renowned as an expert in the field of counter-extremism and women’s rights and her views are often sought by the government and the media. Here, her insight helps teachers understand topics such as the ISIS narrative and why it is so engaging for some young people, the role of social media, the importance of teaching online safety and effectively providing a counter narrative to extremism. She also highlights that mainstream Islam is a world apart from organisations such as ISIS, and lays out principles that apply equally to all forms of extremism, including the far-right and Islamophobia.
Schools can access the resource by heading to http://counterextremism.lgfl.net/
About the London Grid for Learning
The London Grid for Learning (LGfL), is a community of 2,500 schools, academies and local authorities which benefit from the ‘bulk buying’ of Internet connectivity, associated services and engaging BETT award-winning digital curriculum content, procured by specialists who work within the community’s not-for-profit education trust.
Founded in 2001, LGfL Trust works with its community to enhance teaching and learning and to drive up educational outcomes through the effective use of technology. It secures best value for its consortium through economies of scale, using its group purchasing power to bulk buy and save its community millions of pounds a year.
Using a superfast, robust, reliable and uncontended regional broadband network supported by Virgin Media Business, LGfL provides its customers with 100 per cent availability. Unlike alternatives, LGfL provides each school with a dedicated (uncontended) connection, meaning that at no time is the connection shared with other users with consequent compromise in the speed available. So, if a school, academy or local authority is running mission critical applications over the Internet, such as content streaming or Voice over IP, LGfL can offer total peace of mind.
Broadband connections purchased from LGfL come complete with a comprehensive array of associated services including secure filtered email for pupils and staff, Microsoft Office apps, Universal Sign On (USO) enabling access to resources from home at no extra cost, as well as safeguarding and security software, video conferencing, cloud-based storage and unrivalled BETT award-winning curriculum content for Early Years to Key Stage 4.
After serving schools across the Capital for over a decade, LGfL has now launched TRUSTnet a similar rich and secure service available to schools across the UK.
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