Digital 2017


Tramshed Tech, Cardiff
Monday 18 & Tuesday 19 September 2017

digital_2017We are excited to announce that we are taking one of the UK’s leading tech events to Wales’ capital later this year, under a new name.

Organised by Innovation Point and supported by Welsh Government, Digital 2017 will become Digital.

Digital will transform the Tramshed spaces into a festival of opportunity this September, bringing together innovators, industry and investors to make connections, to do business and talk tech.

The two day event will feature interactive workshops and plenty of dedicated interaction zones. Think pop up pitching meets street food, investments meets micro-breweries. A showcase stage will provide the opportunity for tech demos and presentations all interspersed with a string of lively panel sessions and keynote talks from world-leading companies and inspirational entrepreneurs.

Watch this space!
Registration will be open very soon.  You will find details at, and we will let you know as soon as registration is open.  In the meantime, save the date and follow us on Twitter for updates @TheDigitalFest or @DigitalCym yn Gymraeg.


National Digital Learning Awards 2017

NDLE2017Have you considered applying for a National Digital Learning Award to raise awareness across Wales of the great digital practice going on in your school?
Education practitioners in maintained schools and colleges in Wales are eligible to apply in one or more of the following categories:
Digital Project Award – this award category enables judges to consider a vast range of digital projects from across all phases and sectors.
Online Safety Award – this award category rewards excellent practice that impacts on a school/college’s ICT provision within the context of online safety.
Hwb Community Resource Award – this award category rewards the best example of resources created and shared by the Hwb Community.
National Digital Learning Council’s Pupil Award – this award category will reward the achievements of a learner or a group of learners who have either used technology in an innovative way or have created excellent original digital material.
Further information and guidance on applying for the awards can be found here. Applications close at 4.00pm on Friday 7 April 2017.
Take this opportunity to give yourself, your learners and your school the recognition you deserve!
We look forward to hearing from you.

TeachMeet Swansea 2017

teachmeet_swanseaTeachmeet returns to Swansea on Thursday 30th March. The event will be held at Olchfa School (SA2 7AB) from 4.15pm and is free to attend.

You can sign up here, either as an audience member or (hopefully) as someone willing to share an idea!

Follow #TMSwan17 on Twitter for updates.

Teachmeets are informal ‘unconferences’, organised by teachers, for teachers.

There are events organised right around the country and beyond, and each takes a slightly different approach but the key ideas are:

  • The events are free
  • Speakers are teachers (or others from the wider educational community)
  • Talks are either 2 minutes or 7 minutes. When the time is up you have to stop!
  • Talks have to be based on practical ideas and experience. You can’t be selling something.
  • The whole thing takes place in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Childnet Film Competition 2017

childnet_filmOpen to all UK schools and youth organisations, our annual competition invites all young people aged 7-18 to take on the challenge of creating a short film about internet safety. All films must showcase positive and inspiring use of the internet and clearly reflect our chosen theme.

Our judging panel will be looking out for films which are the most creative, inspiring and have a clear message. The three selected finalists from both the primary and secondary age category will be invited to a private screening at London’s BFI where they will be presented great prizes for their school or youth organisation to award their creative achievements!


What happens on the internet every minute? The 2016 version

internetminute2016“In an Internet minute a lot of powerful things can happen. Things are also changing. Netflix was added to the circle. Streaming movies is making way for new technologies as we said goodbye to the VHS player this year. Soon our students will not know what a VHS tape is. Show them a floppy disk and see what they think it is! Tinder was also added showing the power of people connecting and meeting. Of course Uber is starting to trend in the things that happen on the Internet in a minute. This shows how much has changed in a few years. Imagine what will be in 2018? Maybe one of your students will create something we can do on the Internet in a minute. I would swipe right to that!”

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E-Learning Training on PREVENT

prevent_elearningThis offers an introduction to the Prevent duty, and explains how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.

This is introductory training. It will provide an important foundation on which to develop further knowledge around the risks of radicalisation and the role that you can play in supporting those at risk.

This training addresses all forms of terrorism and non-violent extremism, including far right wing and Islamist extremism threatening the UK.

This e-learning has been developed by HM Government following consultation with a range of individuals and organisations. It has benefitted from the feedback of teachers, local authority officials, community-based groups, youth workers and many others.


The Revised PREVENT Duty Guidance for England and Wales

Update to Office365 on Hwb

o365_waffleOn Tuesday 7 February changes will be made to the way users are able to access Office 365 on Hwb.

At present when you click on the Office 365 icon in the Hwb black bar, you are taken directly to your HwbMail. From Tuesday, when you click on the Office 365 icon you will be redirected to an Office 365 dashboard (the waffle). The new dashboard contains tiles with links to all of the accessible Office 365 tools. To access e-mail the user simply clicks on the Outlook tile.

ICT Training Events on DCF

DCF_logo1The ICT Curriculum Team has published a series of training events based around the Digital Competence Framework. Should you wish to register to attend any of these events, please use the Eventbrite links for each event on the Learn ICT Short Courses web page:

We apologise for the short notice regarding the publishing of these events but they had to be offered, in the first instance, to schools who had identified support in these areas during the Autumn Core Visits from Challenge Advisers.

Please be aware that each event is limited to 12 participants due to the number of spaces available in the ICT Training Room at the Civic Centre. For each event, it is important that you have your Hwb log in details with you in order to access resources and materials.

Social Media – Minimum Age Requirements

social-media-age-restrictionsTwitter doesn’t ask your age when you sign up, but Facebook does, and on Facebook the minimum age requirement is a hard and fast 13. It’s the same number on Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Reddit, Snapchat and Secret, too.

Curiously, the minimum age on LinkedIn is 14. On WhatsApp it’s 16, and on Vine it’s 17. Some platforms, such as YouTube, WeChat and Kik, have a minimum age required of 18, although kids aged 13-17 can signup with parent’s permission.

Check out this infographic for more social media minimum age requirements, which comes courtesy of Linneyville.

2017 – Let’s go for it!

Curriculum for Wales Blog

Darllenwch y dudalen hon yn Gymraeg

Many of the media reflections on 2016 have been rather gloomy, highlighting the possible downsides of a succession of major events during that year. However, I think that 2016 might just be remembered as having been the springboard for an exciting new future in Welsh education.

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