Digital Leaders Christmas 2016 Update

Digital Leaders Christmas 2016 Update

Since September, the Digital Leader team have started lots of new projects. From providing training opportunities to teachers & staff to creating a new cyber awareness initiative for Year 7 students or by starting to roll out new web apps, which will help aid the learning of students.

So far this year, we have done the following:

  • Many thanks to all that applied to become a Digital Leader in October. We now have a complete team, and we have been quick to get everyone busy!
  • We have been busy working with various members of staff in order to further the school’s Cyber Bullying Prevention work, by now planning and creating an off-curriculum day for the Year 7 Students in July. More information will be released nearer the time, either through the school’s VLE or during Tutor Time.
  • We have started rolling out new web apps to students & staff since September. Google Classroom is now widely used across the school, creating a centralised hub for all home and class work resources. Also, a new revision tool has been rolled out to all year groups, called GCSE Pod. Mr Mason, or your Head of Year, will have delivered an assembly explaining how to use it. If you have any further questions then please feel free to email for further guidance and/or where to seek support further. Please see below for information on the current issues with it that we are aware of.
  • On the First Wednesday of the month we now run a training scheme for teachers in H2. Staff members can pop in to ask us any questions about the VLE etc, and we enjoy being the teachers for a change!

If you have any project ideas, queries or comments then please feel free to either pop up to see us in H2 every Wednesday or email us, on

It has come to our attention that there are currently a few issues with GCSE Pod’s offline features. Currently, if you download something through the app, you are not able to then open the app without an active data connection.

We have informed GCSEPod of this, and they are currently fixing it. In the meantime, you need to first open the app with your data, then, keeping the app open in the background, you then can close your data connection. If you then re-open the app, you should find that you are able to then play your offline content. We will release an in-depth user guide soon into the new year with information on how to use GCSEPod as well as the Google Apps on all platforms.

Merry Christmas!

The Digital Leader Team

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