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10 hacks to help you digitally upskill

However confident you feel with the world of technology and education, it’s always worth exploring what else is out there that can support you. Here are 10 hints and tips to be exploring – see what works for you.

1. Promote the work you do on careers and skills by setting up a Twitter account to engage with parents and students – a great way of getting them involved and promoting opportunities. Follow @LifeSkills_Ed for hints and tips from a variety of practitioners.

2. Register with Skype in the Classroom to bring the outside world into school. You can take your class on a virtual field trip or set up an interview with an entrepreneur to inspire them. Then try Mystery Skype, an educational guessing game, invented by teachers and played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions. Great for subjects like geography, history, languages, maths, and science, as well as being a fantastic cultural exchange.

3. Teach your students the power of a positive online profile. We so often focus on the dangers of social media that it’s easy to overlook how well employers respond to finding out great things about potential recruits online. Deliver this lesson from LifeSkills to encourage students to broadcast their achievements and successes.

4. Know the best ways to keep children safe online. The internet is a fantastic resource when used wisely – make sure you’ve got the most robust checks in place and understand how to avoid issues. Work through the Barclays Digital Driving Licence module to give you the lowdown*.

5. Encourage your students to tailor their emails to the audience they’re writing to – play the game You’ve Got Mail where students have to decide the best tone for replying to business emails and emails to colleagues – great interactive classroom fun.

6. Get to grips with coding. Everyone seems to be talking about it at the moment and the pace of change can be overwhelming – take a look at the LifeSkills content about coding to sort your html from your Javascript.

7. Discover the power of Twitter for your own personal development and get networked with teachers across the world to share ideas and tips. There are millions of teachers on Twitter so it’s a great network for support and to find out about events and opportunities.

8. Once you’re on Twitter, join a #ukedchat on Thursday evenings from 8–9pm. With over 35,000 other teachers involved, these weekly-themed chats cover a variety of topics from single subjects to behaviour management, giving the profession an opportunity to share resources and ideas.

9. Set up a class blog to showcase students’ work – Google’s blogging platform is simple to use. By asking students to upload work to a blog they can all input, learn the power of collaborative learning, be enthused by seeing their work in the ‘outside’ world, and by commenting on others’ work they are also peer assessing.

10. If you’re confused by the volume of language surrounding technology, sit down with this Digital Driving Licence module and you’ll be up to speed in no time*.

*You’ll need to register for the Digital Driving Licence by filling out a short form. It’s free to register and you can work towards a digital badge.



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