Celebrating Digital Skills Week (14th – 18th September)

Celebrating Digital Skills Week (14th – 18th September) – Win a FREE workshop for your child & school.

In celebration of our return to teaching, and as part of Digital Skills Week (14th-18th September), we will be providing both parents and schools with the opportunity to win a free workshop. Entries made by schools will have the option to use the session either as a full session delivered by one of our Code Coaches or for CPD for their teachers.

The courses on offer are:

  • eSafety
  • Robotics
  • Stop Motion Animation
  • 3D Modelling
  • Coding Crash Course

To enter all you have to do is email your nominated school and workshop to roger@jamcoding.co.uk.

Three schools will be picked at random with the winners being announced at the end of digital skills week by Direct Message or eMail.  

Thank you and good luck. 

Bridging the Digital Divide with Devices Dot Now. Supporting home learning for parents and children.

Bridging the Digital Divide with Devices Dot Now. Supporting home learning for parents and children.

When Lockdown began and schools were closed, the dependency on technology for education increased beyond all comprehension, and where there is dependency on technology, there exists inequality.

The gap between those who have access to the latest technology and those who do not is called the ‘digital divide’. The digital divide is a global issue as well as a national issue. In the UK it is mostly due to the availability of technology and network coverage.

Lockdown has exacerbated the issue in the UK:

According to research carried out by Lloyds Bank, an estimated million children and young people do not have adequate access to devices or the internet at home

There are in-fact 1.9 million households with no access to the internet and tens of millions more reliant on pay-as-you-go services.

Simply put, without intervention, millions of families across the UK will not be getting a proper education. That is why we are calling on our network of schools, parents and community groups to help. 

Jam Coding is very proud to be working with the Good Things Foundation, the UK’s leading digital inclusion charity, on the DevicesDotNow initiative.

How does it work?

Via crowdfunding donations, Future Dot Now and Good Things Foundation have purchased laptops in bulk on a national level. Theses devices are being distributed through a network of community partners who specialise in supporting vulnerable people in our society.

As one of these community partners, Jam Coding are looking to distribute laptops, support and training to local households who are in need. It is important to understand that the laptop will include tuition for adults and children. From surfing the internet, setting up emails to word processing. The laptop will support home learning for all.

If you work with primary schools or community groups in your local area and know of any family who could benefit from a laptop then please get in touch and leave us a message, or, email:  info@jamcoding.co.uk

To find out more about how you can contribute to DevicesDotNow and help protect and empower some of the most vulnerable households in the UK go to-  www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-the-vulnerable-stay-connected

Jam Coding’s Guide to Instagram

Although you have to be thirteen to have an Instagram account, we are that this is not the case and that many primary aged children are in fact on Instagram.

Instagram has a reputation for having a strong influencer culture who flood Instagram with filtered selfies and food-pics. Unfortunately, this “doctored” representation of reality is having serious consequence to the mental health of some impressionable youngsters.

Nevertheless, children are going to use Instagram so it is important that they use it in a safe way!

Download our ‘Guide to Instagram’ to learn about Instagram and help your child understand how to use the platform responsibly.

Used safely, Instagram is an excellent creative outlet for a child to showcase their passions. This is particularly true if they have an interest in photography, as Instagram is most notably a visual platform.

Social media can be a great thing. A budding artist can post their creations. The next Mary Berry or Jamie Oliver can post their bakes and recipes!

So download our guide and talk with your child about they can get the most out of Instagram!

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