Monthly Archives June 2017

#ProudToBe

Youtube has just launched it’s fifth Annual Pride campaign #ProudToBe There is some great messages in there as well as some fantastic learning opportunities for classrooms to embrace and understand difference as well as gain confidence in discussing new subjects. We’re proud to share it. In a world where some people still try to silence LGBTQ+ voices, the act of being yourself is an act of bravery for all to see. And in the context of a global climate that highlights the vulnerability of LGBTQ+ rights, it’s more important than ever that LGBTQ+ voices and stories are shared and heard.
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Celebrating success at Begbrook

We wanted to take time out at the end of this week to celebrate some of the excellent work that has been going on at one of our partner organisation. Begbrook Primary Academy has been working hard not to just host courses that support the parents of their students but to put a great deal of consideration into their impact. In this way they make sure that they work efficiently for their local community and it’s been fantastic to hear the many success stories here as tutors come back singing their praises. At Begbrook they have taken the approach of building
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FREE training resources

Our FREE selection of online resources are now available to download: Online Training – Main We have videos, paperwork, course plans and more which are available until the creative commons non-commercial licence for educators to download and use in their own teaching in whatever way they think will best support their students. Over time we will be adding more and more material to this portal and have already agreed collaborations with other teams to make this happen.
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Keep cool in the sun!

Just a reminder to all of you studying, working and enjoying the sun the blazing hot Monday.  Yesterday saw a high of 32C, the hottest day of the year so far and emergency services are on standby after the Government issued a level three amber heat alert as temperatures are set to increase further this week. Temperatures are due to peak at 34C in certain parts of the UK – hotter than the Bahamas – before cooling down at least a few degrees by next weekend. As well as allowing comfortable clothes, unions are suggesting that any outside work is
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Internet Awesome!

Google has just released a fabulous and free set of resources for educators and learners to develop understanding of online digital safety. ‘Be Internet Awesome’ a series of gamified challenges and support materials to reinforce critical lessons around internet safety primarily aimed at children. Interland is an adventure-packed online game that makes learning about digital safety and citizenship interactive and fun—just like the Internet itself. Here, kids will help their fellow Internauts combat badly behaved hackers, phishers, oversharers, and bullies by practicing the skills they need to be good digital citizens. Be Internet Awesome Teacher Resources
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Women and the web

In a follow up to our previous post about safety online I’ve just had my attention drawn to a story from the Verge about the work that the Mozilla foundation is doing to make women, in particular, feel safe online. We want to help shift the default to one where women have a strong, equitable role in reading, writing and participating on the web—and, ultimately, help lead the next wave of openness, innovation and opportunity online. Mozilla’s Women and Web Literacy Program It’s also reminded me that Mozilla has a fantastic suite of teaching resources for web literacy that you can
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Staying safe

In the wake of the terrible London attack this past weekend there have again been calls from the Government to crack down on online services and Social media. This being a community learning site we don’t want to get into a political discussion, even though this argument is often made by all political parties. If you would like to know more, the excellent Ars Technica has a detailed explanation of why such reactionary, if well meaning, policies are doomed to failure. For good, and for ill, the genie is most definitely out of the bottle and technology isn’t going away.
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North Somerset courses

Live in North Somerset at want an opportunity to start a course with the Community Learning team? Employment, Photography and Care feature strongly in the great list of new courses starting soon. We’ve just listed the latest course information for North Somerset here and will soon be adding more details to our website to make it easier for you to find the courses you are looking for. North somerset have their own page of courses which you can find here.
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