In the age of a digital world, it’s never been more important for pupils to get to grips with computing and computational thinking. As exciting as the digital world is, it can also pose a danger to those who don’t know what is safe, and what is not. Therefore, working together with UK Safer Internet Centre, Dr Jon Chippindall and other partners, the Barefoot Computing Project has created a FREE, fun and engaging online resource called Safety Snakes to support teachers with computing, whilst learning about staying safe online.

Barefoot supports primary teachers across the UK with free workshops, resources, lesson plans, and activities in computing, giving them the confidence they may need to teach it too. The resources are cross-curricular, and supported by the Department of Education, Education Scotland and the Welsh Government, created by primary teachers and educators.

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Teachers who request a Barefoot workshop online at http://barefootcas.org.uk using code ‘999’ will receive a FREE Snakes and Ladders themed online safety Bee-Bot mat*.

Teachers who have already registered with Barefoot can download a digital version straight away from the website along with the complete Safety Snakes resources, including:

  • lesson plan
  • presentation
  • teacher notes
  • a digital version of the Snakes and Ladders themed online safety Bee-Bot mat
  • a Scratch online safety game
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Once you’ve requested your workshop a member of the Barefoot team will be in touch to book the workshop. Barefoot workshops are led by a friendly, local, specially-trained volunteer and:

  • take place at a time and place to suit you
  • are lively, hands-on and immersive
  • take approximately 60 minutes
  • use real-world, practical examples
  • are completely free (along with the accompanying resources)

Safety Snakes is a fantastic way to help pupils keep safe online while using their knowledge of computational thinking, so if you’re new to Barefoot or an existing user check out the new materials now.

* Workshop must be requested with the code ‘999’ and delivered by the end of the academic year 2017/2018 to be eligible to receive the Safety Snakes Barefoot mat. Promotion ends 2 March 2018.

 

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