Digital 2017

DIGITAL IS BACK!

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 www.digital-festival.co.uk, 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.

Digital skills on par with reading and maths in Welsh curriculum

Welsh Assembly GovernmentFrom this school term digital skills will increasingly become a part of every element of the curriculum in Wales, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams announced today (Weds 21st Sep).

Changes to the curriculum mean digital skills will now be used through all parts of a pupil’s schooling and not just isolated to specific ICT or computer science classes.

The Welsh Government’s Digital Competence Framework is now available to all schools and follows two independent reviews that recommended changes.

The new approach means more than just using computers and aims to equip pupils with the digital skills they need and can apply in the real world in the years to come.
The changes aim to put Wales in a world-leading position of integrating digital skills across the curriculum. The framework will develop and adapt to keep pace with digital developments.

Digital Competence Framework – the filter version

dcf_filterThe Digital Competence Framework (DCF) is now available in a ‘filterable’ version as hinted at in the video released earlier this year. It is now possible to view aspects of the DCF by filtering by Year Group and Element.

If you prefer to view the whole DCF in its original spreadsheet format, it is possible to download the Excel file via the ‘Alternative versions’ button.

Not all classroom task ideas have been made available, although a number of cross-curricular ideas exist for some elements.

Link: http://learning.gov.wales/resources/browse-all/digital-competence-framework/framework?lang=en

Information governance guidance for schools

security_guidanceAdvice and guidance for schools in relation to storage of information within the Hwb platform.

An explanation of what sensitive information is and how it should be protected.

Further information is given on the meaning of information governance, school and staff responsibilities in relation to Data Protection, data classification, information handling and cloud storage.

PDF Document Information security guidance for schools (PDF 1.1MB)

Hwb help and support – redesigned

hwb helpFor those of you still getting to grips with Hwb and it’s range of tools to support the curriculum, help and support is at hand for each and every area! Designed as an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) list, your most commonly asked questions are all answered from getting started through sharing files and folders in OneDrive to creating a public facing website!

Also on the page are useful contact e-mail addresses and telephone numbers  for Learning Possibilities, CDSM and Welsh Government Hwb support.

Link: https://hwb.wales.gov.uk/help

Changes and Upgrades to Hwb

HwbHwb+ Upgrade

As part of the ongoing developments of schools Hwb+ sites, all 1600+ school sites in Wales will be upgraded over the Summer holidays

The upgrade will see the entire Hwb+ platform, including public facing websites, migrated from the current SharePoint 2010 infrastructure to SharePoint 2013.

 As this is a whole platform upgrade all Hwb+ sites will remain accessible but in read only mode from Friday 22 July.

 All migrated sites and content will be released by Thursday 1 September.

 The provisioning process will also be frozen during this period.

 Hwb User Accounts – locked accounts

Previously when a user incorrectly entered their password 3 times, the account would lock and a call to the LP helpdesk was required in order to unlock the account.

However, following recent changes users now have 10 attempts before accounts are locked. Furthermore, users are no longer required to contact the helpdesk as accounts will automatically unlock after 15 minutes. 

In summary:

  • Accounts lock after 10 attempts
  • Accounts unlock after 15 minutes

Hwb User Password Policy

From September the following password policy will be automatically enforced for all Hwb users.

  • New Hwb users
  • All staff and non-MIS users will be forced to change their password on first login
  • Passwords for learners year 7 and above must be at least 8 characters long, have 1 change of case and 1 symbol
  • Primary age school learners will not be forced to change their passwords
  • Hwb learners moving schools
  • Passwords for learners moving school are automatically re-set and will display in the new schools user credentials lists. These new passwords will need to be distributed by the school
  • All secondary learners moving school will be forced to change their password on first login
  • Passwords for learners year 7 and above must be at least 8 characters long, have 1 change of case and 1 symbol
  • Primary age school learners will not be forced to change their passwords

 IMPORTANT NOTICE – To ensure all Hwb learner passwords are in-line with the password policy, from September 2016, all learners moving into years 7,8,9,10,11,12 and 13 will be asked to reset their passwords on first login.

 External Sharing – Office 365

Hwb users are now able share files in Office 365 with users outside of Hwb. Please note users are only able to share individual files. Folders can only be shared with users with a Hwb account. 

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact hwb@wales.gsi.gov.uk.

E-Safety Support and Training Event – Day 3

Last chance to register before Friday’s Event!

swgfl_day3

Over the last twelve months SWGfL has delivered 31 e-Safety training days across Wales. Funded by Welsh Government, SWGfL has run free e-Safety training days for schools and safeguarding teams providing general awareness about online safety and highlighting the 360 safe Cymru and the Digital Literacy Resource tools available for schools in Wales.

Welsh Government has confirmed a further six month extension of this work across Wales which means we are now able to offer a third e-Safety training day to each LA. 

This event will be held at the Welsh Government Offices in Penllergaer, Swansea on Friday 20th May 2016 starting at 9:00am. Full postal address: Llys-Y-Ddraig, Penllergaer Business Park, Penllergaer, Swansea SA4 9NX

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/e-safety-training-and-support-day-3-registration-25316355902

Please be aware that this event does not include refreshements nor will supply costs be covered. Also be aware that unless you have registered to attend this event, you will not be permitted access to the Welsh Government Offices at Penllergaer.

Information governance guidance for schools

Welsh Assembly GovernmentAdvice and guidance for schools in relation to storage of information within the Hwb+ platform.

An explanation of what sensitive information is and how it should be protected.

Further information is given on the meaning of information governance, school and staff responsibilities in relation to Data Protection, data classification, information handling and cloud storage.

PDF Document  Download the document here.

Final Design Principles for the Essential Skills Wales suite of Qualifcations

Welsh Assembly GovernmentFollowing the publication of the draft Design Principles in February 2015, the final Design Principles for the Essential Skills Wales Suite of Qualifications are now available. This document sets out the rationale, structure, aims, learning outcomes and assessment requirements for the Essential Skills Wales Suite of qualifications for teaching from September 2015.

The technical criteria have been developed in collaboration with awarding organisations, particularly C&G, WJEC, Agored and Pearson. The revised assessments have been contextualised and trialled by practitioners across FE, WBL, ACL and alternative settings. Recommendations from this trial have informed amendments to create the final version.

Awarding organisations will use this document as the framework and criteria to create Essential Skills Wales stand alone qualifications in:

  • Essential Application of Number Skills (Entry 1 to level 3)
  • Essential Communication Skills (Entry 1 to level 3)
  • Essential Digital Literacy Skills (Entry 1 to level 3)
  • Essential Employability Skills (Entry 3 to level 3)

The subject specifications for Essential Communications and Application of Number Skills have not changed, the assessment has been significantly strengthened with the introduction of a controlled task and supporting test.

The Essential Digital Literacy and Employability Skills qualifications are more innovative. The Essential Digital Literacy Skills, replacing ESW ICT, has the 6 strands of digital responsibility, productivity, collaboration, creativity, information literacy and learning and will be assessed using a controlled task and a structured discussion.

The Essential Employability Skills, replacing Wider Key Skills, has the 4 strands of critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, planning and organising and personal effectiveness. The assessment will be through a  controlled task and a structured discussion.

For further information regarding the Essential Skills Wales Suite of qualifications please see the FAQ section of this website.

PDF DocumentDesign Principles for the Essential Skills Wales suite of qualifications

Interpreting National Reading and Numeracy test results – animated guide for parents/carers

The Welsh Government has produced a short animation to talk parents/carers through the National Reading and Numeracy Test reports. A link to the animation is included on the pupil results sheet, but you may wish to share the link on your school’s website.