Snapchat update | bhall

There has been a lot of coverage in the media over the last few days of the recent update to Snapchat. A new feature called ‘Snap Map’ has been introduced which allows people to locate other users based on their location. It is accurate enough to isolate users to a particular household. This feature poses a significant risk to a child’s safety online and in the real world.

You can find out more on this BBC News article.

If your child or any of their siblings are using Snapchat we recommend that you turn off this feature as a matter of urgency.

How to turn off Snap Map location sharing …

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Recording data in Excel | bhall

Tomorrow, year 4 will be in the ICT suite recording data from our traffic survey last week in Excel.

Here’s a quick beginners guide:

1. Open Excel – click on the green X at the bottom of the screen:


2. Open a new blank workbook. You are now in a blank sheet – use the arrow keys or mouse to move to different boxes, or ‘cells’ as they are known as in Excel.

3. Choose appropriate headings and labels for the data you collected – e.g.






4. Enter your data.

5. Select your data by dragging and dropping and click on the Insert menu, then Chart – see what you can…

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CAS Rochdale primary hub | bhall

As a recently appointed CAS Master Teacher, I am now looking to set up a CAS hub in Rochdale.

Computing at School’s mission is to provide leadership and strategic guidance to all those involved in Computing education in schools, with a significant but not exclusive focus on the Computer Science theme within the wider Computing curriculum.

Excellence in the teaching of Computing can only be made by teachers through the way they deliver the skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes associated with the curriculum. Through the participation of the wider community CAS seek to support and…

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Supporting Education in Africa | bhall

This afternoon we were delighted to welcome Dave Ames from Computing At School (CAS) to Lowerplace. I have been working with CAS as a Master Teacher for the last few months and will be working on a number of projects with them in the coming weeks and months.

CAS are supporting Ripple Africa, a charity which amongst other things is aiming to develop education in Malawi. As part of this they have been looking for donations to provide resources to support the teaching and learning of computing. At Lowerplace we are very lucky to have such excellent ICT equipment and we thought it would be…

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