Digital Resources and Opportunities for Schools and Educators
Careers Activity in Lancashire
Click here to see a summary of all careers activity available to Lancashire in one place.
Shows time of year it takes place and which subjects it is relevant for. Also links to more information on each activity and how to book on.
As new dates and activities become available, the table will be updated.
TeenTech helps young people understand the opportunities in the science, technology and engineering industries, no matter what their gender or social background. Their lively, focused age appropriate initiatives help young people 8-18 understand their potential and raise their aspirations.
Watch the highlights of the 2023 Festival at UCLan below.
An in-person Lancashire Festival for 300 young people is planned at UCLan for 2024 – a date will be announced soon!
If you want to find out more information, email: LancsSkillsHub@Lancashirelep.co.uk or talk to your school’s Enterprise Coordinator.
The iDEA Award
The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA, is an international programme that helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free.
Through their series of online challenges, students (or staff!) can win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry-recognised Awards that help a student stand out from the crowd.
Get two free points by claiming the Lancashire Digital Skills badge by clicking ‘Redeem’ and entering the badge code: D1G1LANCS18UP if you’re 18 or over, and D1G1LANCS18UN if you’re under 18.
STEM Ambassador Hub for Lancashire and Cumbria
The STEM Ambassador programme is THE STEM Engagement programme in the UK, funded by Central Government and facilitated Nationally by STEM Learning UK. Lancashire and Cumbria’s STEM Hub works closely with our Science Learning Partnerships in Cumbria and Lancashire to create a unified provision of STEM support to education and business.
Through the STEM Ambassador programme volunteers are recruited from STEM backgrounds and industry. These volunteers are passionate about helping to raise awareness of the amazing opportunities within Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and are FREE for schools and other youth organisations to utilise.
- FREE for teachers (Primary and Secondary) and Youth Organisations to join
- FREE to request support for your organisation
- FREE Industrial Links and CPD Opportunities
National Centre for Computing Excellence
The National Centre for Computing Excellence has a range of options to support teachers to upskill to teach GCSE Computer Science confidently.
Computer Science Accelerator Programme
The Computer Science Accelerator Programme is a supportive development programme to help teachers confidently teach GCSE Computer Science – designed for teachers from non-specialist backgrounds who want to improve their knowledge of computer science and teach it at GCSE Level. Forty hours of CPD online and some face to face training. Cover paid for.
Bursaries to state-funded schools and colleges across England that cover the cost of time out of the classroom for teachers attending CPD. These bursaries can contribute towards associated costs, including travel and supply cover. (£1500)
Online courses hosted by FutureLearn are available.
Network of Computing Hubs
The National Centre for Computing Education is establishing a network of up to 40 Computing Hubs to deliver a school-led system of leadership of education across England.
Cyberfirst. Part of National Cyber Security Centre and aim to develop the UK’s next generation of cyber professionals through their student bursaries, courses for 11-17 year olds and competitions. Five ways to get involved:
- Girls Competition – Cyberfirst competition for teams of four Year 8 girls – entries open in December. Need to be supported by a responsible adult who can act as the team guardian but this person needs no knowledge of cyber or be an IT or computer science teacher.
- CyberFirst Courses – during the summer holidays the NCSC provide short residential courses designed to introduce the young people to the world of cyber security.
- CyberFirst Student Bursary – £4,000 per year and paid cyber skills training to help a young person kick start a Cyberfirst Degree Apprenticeship.
- Cyberfirst Degree Apprenticeship— The CyberFirst Degree Level Apprenticeship is a three year apprenticeship where you’ll get exposure to some of the world’s most cutting-edge technologies along with practical insights into the innovative ways we use them to provide cyber security to our customers. Applications for the CyberFirst Bursary and Degree Apprenticeships will open in September 2019 for the September 2020 intake. All enquiries should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cyberdiscovery – Free, online, extracurricular programme turning teenagers across the country into cyber security experts.
Computer Education: Machine Learning – AI for Kids
A HP Tech Takes /… article on AI for kids is a great resource to use to start teaching about what AI and Machine learning is. After an introduction to what AI/Machine Learning is and its history, the article links to 30 other resources including lots of useful video clips. Click here to read the article.
Thanks to Aubree for sharing this article.
A variety of tools and lesson plans to help teach children about connected technologies are available on their website. In addition, EXA Foundation have an online platform aimed at supporting those teaching and studying the J276 Computer Science GCSE, helping teachers effectively utilise flipped learning techniques.
CompTIA – Future Tech
CompTIA’s futureoftech is a free & growing library of resources to help the creators of tomorrow understand the basics of emerging technologies such as big data, cybersecurity, digital health, internet of things and artificial intelligence. Useful for everyone from young people and parents to teachers, tutors and lecturers, businesses with digital apprentices (I think you get the idea!).
CompTIA will be adding future technologies so keep checking this out.
Check out this video cyber attack on a casino.
This is a legacy project that had live tutorials on game making with professionals. The live sessions have stopped but there are still some cool resources and free software you can use to build a game. Please go to https://sidequest.org.uk to find them.
The scheme was set up by the youth games career service, Into Games and the national trade body, UKIE. IntoGames have a great array of careers information and resources around game design. Such as this great directory of job titles explained.
Barefoot is a BT programme to empower teachers to teach the primary school computing curriculum brilliantly. Cross curriculum lessons and resources. That can be easy to teach via video link. Find out more here.
Also have a new Data Champions programme – the lesson plans and resources are available here.
British E-Sports Championships & BTEC E-Sports
British E-Sports Championships is a competitive video gaming competition for students aged 12+ in schools and colleges across the UK with two seasons a year. The Championships are an exciting team activity that can help develop social skills, behaviour and cognition, as well as leadership and communication skills. Students represent their schools and colleges in weekly matches every Wednesday afternoon
The Championships are open to all secondary schools, Further Education (FE) Colleges and Alternative Provision (AP) schools in the UK and are PC-based.
The British Esports Association has partnered with global learning company Pearson to create the world’s first qualification of its kind for a career in esports.
“The new BTEC qualifications in esports are skills-focused and are a major step forward in supporting the creation of long-term careers in the growing esports industry both in the UK and internationally. The esports industry is projected to generate revenues of $1.1 billion in 2020, a year-on-year growth of +16%, with the total esports audience set to rise 11.7% to 495m individuals, according to Newzoo.”
For more information on the qualification click here.
Designed for students to explorer, advance and succeed in computer science.
250+ hours of content for teachers to use to up skill themselves or use with students to teach digital skills.
Designed to be embedded in to any subject.
Workshops available for teachers.
“Designed to help children be safe and confident explorers of the online world.”
Website has games for young people, videos and a teacher tool kits as well as resources for parents. It is designed with internetmatters.org and parentzone.
Digital Advantage is an award winning organisation that delivers innovative work experiences to young people of all ages and abilities.
Their industry-led programmes accelerate technical, creative and business skills to reveal the hidden talents of all our students.
Astro Pi – The European Astro Pi Challenge offers young people the amazing opportunity to conduct scientific investigations in space by writing computer programs that run on Raspberry Pi computers aboard the International Space Station. Astro Pi is an ESA Education project run in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Two challenges:
- Mission Zero – Send a message to the astronauts onboard the International Space Station (1 hour)
- Mission Space Lab – Conduct a scientific experiment in space! (6 months)
The Edufuturists are Lancashire based group of teachers dedicated to informing and helping teachers learn more about technology and how to use it effectively with learners. They have a podcast, newsletter and blog to follow and run an annual Ed Tech Summit and Awards.
The ICT Evangelist
The ICT Evangelist or Mark Anderson, is an expert on Ed-Tech and its use to enhance learning in a classroom. He has a great blog and a range of free resources—lots of ideas and tech tools with practical ways for use in the classroom – check out the Interactive Periodic Table of #ARVRinEDU Apps for #IpadOS
IBM Academic Initiative
The IBM Academic Initiative, in IBM’s words, allows and encourages faculty, students and researchers at accredited academic institutions to leverage IBM tools, courses, and other resources in the classroom. Their mission is to “to enable students to graduate with direct hands-on experience on “industrial strength” tools that will help them in their chosen career.” Lots of resources to look at under the additional resources tab including:
Digital or Online educational Resources
There are many free digital or online educational resources available to use for home learning, online learning or blended learning – some focused on digital skills and others across a wide range of subjects (but still help develop confidence with the use of devices and the internet).
BBC Bitesize – help with homework, revision and learning -lots of videos, guides, activities and quizzes.
BBC Teach – Free website and home to thousands of videos arranged by age group and subject (and mapped to curriculum).
Be Internet Legends website features an interactive online ‘Interland’ game for primary school children, to teach them how to stay safe online, and a full list of our PSHE accredited teacher resources.
Big History Project – Aimed at Secondary age, Big History examines our past, explains our present, and imagines our future.
Blockly – Blockly Games is a series of educational games that teach programming. It is designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming fun and free.
Blue Peter Badges – A list of all the Blue Peter badges you can apply for and how to go about applying for them.
British Council – Classroom and teaching resources for English language learning.
Cbeebies Radio – Fun radio stories, poems, songs and listening activities for babies, toddlers and young children. Listen online or download the podcasts to take away.
Crash Course – A US YouTube channel with video courses covering Astronomy to History and Anatomy & Physiology USA high school curriculum topics but still useful content.
Crash Course Kids – A US Youtube channel for younger kids that contains a bi-weekly show from the producers of Crash Course. Its USA gradeschool science but still very relevant in the UK. They look at Earth, Habitats, Space, Chemical Reactions, Engineering, and much more.
Crest Awards – CREST is a scheme that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers. Great awards scheme.
Dorling Kindersley – DK Find Out – Learn about dinosaurs, space, animals, nature & more. Fun learning activities for kids with videos, quizzes & galleries
Duolingo – Learn 30+ languages online with bite-size lessons based on science. Web and/or app based.
Futurelearn – Free to access 100s of courses. Payment is only required to upgrade if you need a certificate to verify your completion of a course (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
GoNoodle – GoNoodle engages kids with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!
Khan Academy – Video lessons on a range of topics from science to maths for all ages. Excellent learning module on how to be an Imagineer!
Minecraft – If you head over to the Minecraft Marketplace, you will find some lessons from the Minecraft: Education Edition in a brand new Education category. These educational worlds can be played on your own, with siblings, parents or friends. From the comfort of your home, you can tour the International Space Station or even explore the inside of a human eye. They have also included ten worlds from our Marketplace creator community!
Mystery Science – Mystery Science offers free ‘open and go’ lessons that inspire kids to love and engage with science.
National Geographic Kids – Find amazing facts about animals, science, history and geography, along with fun activities, competitions, games and more.
Nature Detectives – From the Woodland Trust… some ‘out of the house activities’ a lot of these that can be done in a garden.
Openlearn – The home of free learning from The Open University… 60 second tasters through to 24 hour courses… mainly targeted at adults but suitable for young adults and students.
Oxford Owl for Home – Oxford Owl was created to support children’s learning both at home and at school. Great number of free resources for Primary age kids.
Prodigy Maths – Engaging, curriculum aligned math platform in USA grades, but good for UK Primary School age.
Project Gutenberg – Free eBooks – Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online.
Red Ted Art – Provides easy and fun art and crafts for kids of all ages.
Scratch – Creative coding and computer programming using visuals – great on a tablet or touch device. My kids love this!
Seneca – A homework and revision platform for those revising at GCSE or A level. A huge amount of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Ted Ed – TED Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED Ed helps with ideas of teachers and students around the world. Contains hundreds of good quality animated lessons.
The Artful Parent – A Facebook page of family activities that you can do right now with your family, while you are stuck at home during the coronavirus situation.
The Imagination Tree – A UK Primary School Teacher’s creative art and craft activities for the early years’ kids.
The Kids Should See This – A collection of 4,300+ kid friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home.
Tinkercad – Tinkercad is a free, easy to use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding.
Toy Theater – Toy Theatre is full of interactive online art, reading & math games for kids. Designed with the needs of kindergarten through third grade.
Wonderopolis – Wonderopolis is a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. A US oriented site but nevertheless some great content. Each day, they pose an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day—and explore it in a variety of ways.
YouTube Learning Hub – a YouTube channel collating lots of video resources for teaching.