Creating your badge

18 10 2017

You need to complete the badge template with your first name and something you are confident helping other people with.

Use the template saved in this years Digital Leader file.

Here is my example…

Next you need to create an avatar so that use can use this virtual likeness when working on line.

Avatar creator

Use the website svgAvatars to create an avatar for your badge.

Make sure you save your avatar in your Digital Leader file and you can also use it on your badge for your lanyard!

Our First Kids Meet, by Alexia

9 10 2017

In our first meeting we discussed what we do as digital leaders, the skills we need and we looked at the Digital Leader blogs we can go on. We also met up with the other Digital Leaders from Harwood Park, St Luke’s and Heap Bridge. We went through the challenges we will be given and we were set our first challenge. We will get our Digital Leader badges when we have completed our first challenge.



Challenge 1

5 10 2017

Post your thoughts and ideas on what you think you could do to complete Challenge 1.

Made with Padlet

Badge Design

29 09 2017

The first task our Digital Leaders have is to think of possible designs for their badges, which will go on their new Digital Leader lanyards.

Each Digital Leader has been asked to come up with a design, then we will look at all of the design ideas before agreeing on our final badge design.

What information should be included?

Tim Berners-Lee, by Chloe

28 09 2017

Can you share a fact about Tim Berners-Lee?

Ada Lovelace, by Alexia

21 09 2017

What do you know about Ada Lovelace?

Who invented the internet? By Mia

21 09 2017

Do you know when the internet was created?

Steve Jobs, by Rayaan

21 09 2017

Do you know any facts about Steve Jobs?

End of Year Digital Leader Event

18 07 2017

On Friday we held our final Digital Leader Event of the year at Hopwood.

The morning started with a fantastic workshop run by Patterncraft, Code Club and CAS Manchester.

We learned a little about the history of textiles, where they used pattern cards to tell the machines which patterns to produce, a similar instruction to when we are writing algorithms and coding.

We used 8 x 8 pattern cards to design our own blocks for Minecraft. We fed our designs into a card reader, which was connected to a Raspberry Pi, and then our blocks appeared in Minecraft. We also discovered that we could make a simple animation by joining multiple cards together. We also used the pattern cards to write a binary code to send longer messages in Python. You can see more of what we got up to by watching the animoto below.

After we completed the workshops and had a break we moved on to our end of year presentations. Each school presented to the other Digital Leaders to share what they had completed during the year in their own schools.

Finally we were presented with our own individual certificates.

Thank you for all of your hard work over the last 12 months Digital Leaders.

We hope you all have a fantastic summer and wish all Year 6 Digital Leaders moving on to high school, the very best of luck for the future.



Digital Leader Event

28 06 2017

To end the academic year, we will all be coming together for a Digital Leader event on Friday 14th July.

We will be taking part in a workshop, run by Pattern Craft, for the first part of the morning.

Then, after a break, each school will be delivering their presentation to the other Digital Leaders.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Challenge 5

24 04 2017

Are you ready for your fifth challenge?

At the KidsMeet, next half term, you will deliver a short presentation, about 5 to 10 minutes long, to the other Digital Leaders at the KidsMeet. Your presentation can include:

  • How you have supported people at your school since you became a Digital Leader
  • A favourite app and how it can be used in school
  • Top tips for new Digital Leaders

So, all you need to do to complete this challenge is to share the title of your presentation in the comments section below. You might want to start planning your presentation, but you won’t need to share it on the blog just yet.

Challenge 4

7 04 2017

For our fourth challenge we wrote a set of instructions on how to make QR codes.

This is something we get asked a lot and thought that the members of staff who work at our school would find helpful.

We used Microsoft Publisher to create our instructions and even included a QR code for the website we use to generate them.

Challenge 4

14 03 2017

Leave a comment to share your ideas about what your user guides could be on.

Challenge 3, by Asha and Isaac

17 02 2017



To complete our challenge 3 we had to do an activity, and we came up with an amazing idea to do an Internet Safety Day assembly to show how cyber bullying can affect many people.


Sam: William

Host: Ben

Katie: Daisy

Lara: Phoebe

Grace, Mrs Jones, Taylor: Asha

Mum: Jayden

Daniel: Isaac

Kane: Joe

What It’s About!

It is about a boy called Sam who was a special guest on the show named THIS IS YOUR INTERNET! And many of Sam’s friends joined him and talked about his childhood and future. It highlighted the different positive and negative impacts sharing images on-line can have.

Challenge 2, by Jayden

16 12 2016

Here is how we completed our second challenge.

Green Screen
I have been showing year 6 how to use the green screens by using Touchcast to create images in the style of Jerry Uelsmann who is a famous photographer!

Google Expeditions
We have been showing the children how to use Google Expedition whether it’s taking a trip into your insides or travelling under the sea and other amazing places it is to help them understand what it is like to be in different places!

Challenge 2

5 11 2016

Share your ideas as a comment about what you would like to do to complete this challenge.

Camera Skills and PicCollage

21 10 2016

This week some of our Digital Leaders went in to Class 1 to help them with their camera skills and to use the app PicCollage.

Here’s Daisy’s evaluation…

“When I went into reception I thought it was quite easy to let them take the photos and know what to do on the iPads .I also thought it was easy to show them what to do .However I thought it were quite hard to get them to listen but I thought reception were really good as when they did something good I gave them I high five so they did more good things.”



Challenge 1, by Asha and Phoebe

21 10 2016

This half term we have been working hard on our first challenge.

What we had to do to complete our Digital Leader Challenge one was to, make posters on the computers and present ourselves in our achievement assembly. We all found it quite easy to complete the poster but as we went on it got a bit more challenging.

Next we had to make a video and use the app Animoto to make it. We also had to be a team while doing these tasks, like making the video. The video is based on our challenges that we have faced and what we have been doing so far, also showing you photos of us in are assembly presentation and what we have been doing on the computers.

Here is our animoto.


19 10 2016

Avatar creator

Phoebe has saved this great link to create your own avatar for free.

The website is called svgAvatars and its really easy to use.

You work through the tabs at the top to create an online version of you.

Digital Leaders, please make sure you have created an avatar and saved it.

Our top tip would be to make sure you save it as a png when you down load your avatar!

My Digital Leader Poster, by Isaac

19 10 2016

Isaac's poster

Do you like my Digital Leader poster?

My Digital Leader Poster, by Asha

19 10 2016

Here’s my Digital Leader poster I made with Publisher for our first challenge.

Do you like it?

Digital Leader poster#1

Programming Apps

7 10 2016

This week we have been looking at the different programming apps on the iPads.

Which app did you look at?
Was it easy to use?
Which year group do you think it would be suitable for?
Could you see the algorithm you created?

Phoetic App

29 09 2016

In our first Digital Leader meeting after school we looked at the app Phoetic. Phoetic allows you to create your own word art. You can use one of the templates on the app, or a photo or image in your camera roll. We added a few words to describe our weekend at PGL to create an example and look at the different features of the app. Here is our one of our examples.



What would you use Phoetic for in class? Which year groups do you think Phoetic is suitable for?

Digital Leader Challenge 1

28 09 2016

Hello Digital Leaders!

Are you ready for your first Digital Leader challenge of 2016/2017?

As you are new Digital Leaders it is important that people at our school know who you are and what you do. So your first challenge is to ensure that you spread the word across school. There are lots of different ways to do this, but here are some ideas:

You could create, or update, a Digital Leader display.
You could introduce yourselves and your role in an assembly.
You could add a section to your school website or blog.
You could make posters to place around school.

You must make sure that people know who you are, what you can do to help, and how they can find you if they need you.

Once you have completed the challenge add a post to our blog and the Shine Partnership Digital Leader blog and share what you have done. The deadline is Friday 21st October.

Good luck!

Interviewing New Digital Leaders

20 07 2016

After looking through the applications earlier in the week, today we interviewed all of the Year 5s who applied to be a Digital Leader. The interviews were held in our ICT suite and everyone had tasks to complete whilst they were waiting to be interviewed.

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Congratulations Year 5, here are Hopwood’s newest Digital Leaders.


Microbit Emotion Badges

20 07 2016

On our last day as Digital Leaders at Hopwood we created emotion badges using a BBC Microbit and using block editor. You can programme a Microbit in different ways including block editor, which is similar to Scratch or, python or JavaScript, which is  type of html. We looked at some block scripts on the website then used the button which shows you the html code as we’ll be looking at this at high school. In groups of three we programmed the Microbit. We each had a different input, A button, B button or A+B button and selected which of the 25 LEDs would light up to create our emotion badge. We programmed different faces, a heart, thumbs up and a thought bubble. What would your emotion badge show?

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Digital Leader Display

20 07 2016

In September we will need to update the current Digital Leader display in the ICT suite. Can you think of any ideas and leave your suggestions on the padlet below?

Applications are now open!

8 07 2016


This afternoon we have presented to Year 5 to tell them all about being a Digital Leader. We have had lots of interest in people who want to apply and we are looking forward to being part of the interview process with Mrs Atherton.

The application form and job description are on the Digital Leader section of our school website. This year we are also welcoming applications that are made on Scratch, iMovie, MovieMaker or any other appropriate digital format, but remember, don’t include your full name!

Good luck to anyone from our Year 4 and 5, if you need to speak to us, you know where to find us! Just in case you need a little reminder, here is our presentation.


6 07 2016



Microbit from Mrs Atherton on Vimeo.

Today Mrs Atherton brought her Microbit in to school and programmed a message for us. Can you think of any examples in day to day life when you might see an LED screen like this in use? It might be on a larger scale than on a Microbit, but you can find similar LED screen messages in lots of places.
We are going to make our own emotion badges using the Block editor and programming which of the 25 LEDs will light up when a given input is activated. How many different emotions do you think you could include in your script? Here are some examples below.

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Beat the Goalie – Euro 2016

5 07 2016

We have been supporting our classmates to remix and make their own versions of Beat the Goalie on the Scratch website. What did you change to put your own personal stamp your Scratch remix?

Click the green flag to start the game.

Player 1:
Use ‘space’ to kick the ball towards the goal. You have 30 seconds to score as many goals as possible.

Player 2:
Use the left and right arrows to try and stop goals being scored.

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