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April Tech Jam Summary

At the South Devon Virtual tech jam, on Saturday, we had discussions on quite a wide range of topics., these included:

Computer hardware such as Chromebooks and PC's not offering a choice of Operating System (OS) and the ease of which we can install what we want (e.g. a GNU/Linux) based system on shop bou ght hardware. This can be challenging with the use of non-free firmware, for example wifi firmware. The resultant collective opinion was that it would be nice to be able to go to a shop and just buy hardware with Linux pre-installed, or not have an OS at all giving us the option to install our own OS. While we are able to do this, the barriers are higher for the average user who is non technical.

We also discussed cloud computing, one drive and what happens if you lose access to your data, MS office now being a subscription model. We then looked at Nextcloud and the technical barriers for people to set that up securely. Eventually this moved on to a discussion on running software such as zoom as snaps (container packages), as I currently run Nextcloud in a Docker instance.

A discussion on using LaTeX, the advantages and if it is better to use Overleaf, a local install or have both available. This was also related to a discussion on distance learning and studying at University level generally.

After a short break the topic turned to what happens, when there is a disaster, causing lines of communication to be damaged, so no phones, mobile signals, electrical systems damaged. One suggestion was Morse code, so we discussed that, which led on to a discussion about hardware running forth, which then led in to a discussion on moon bases and certainly long term space missions needing computer hardware which will need to last 100's of years. This could be a long, multiple generation, journey to a star system for example Proxima Centauri. It could take 100's of years to go just 4+ light years in distance, given how fast current space craft can travel.

So in all, a very varied set of topics, Really interesting.

Next jam is 8th May where there will be more of the same. See Meetup. If you sign up and follow we will send you a notification closer to the time.

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Enable children to feel safe – Review

Review of

HOW TO ENABLE CHILDREN TO FEEL SAFE SO THEY CAN FLOURISH

Having completed the course I decided to write a review on this. My previous post was a quick post to say that I undertook the course.

REVIEW

This course is presented by Pooky from Creative Education. Pooky has lots of experience and knowledge in this and related areas.

So the course has 4 main component areas:-

  • Emotional
  • Cognitive
  • Physical
  • Socially

Is is also worth mentioning that the course is really up to date as it mentions we are in the current Covid 19 pandemic.

Course is presented in 4 short vidoes on each of the above topic area, complemented by other videos, also by Pooky with some more specific advice on techniques.

So the course explains what is meant by each of the above areas, then looks at a view techniques we, as adults can use to help children but also help us reflect on our own experiences, in doing so this can feed in to how we help children.

EMOTIONAL SAFETY

This looks at how we can help children cope with different situations, that they make them feel scared or anxious, and how we can help them, that it is OK to feel scared and this is normal and it is good to talk about it

This is explored in a short video, which, while bite size, packs a lot of information and advice

Using an example of exams or tests the course looks at how children can refect on their feelings and put a plan in place if something goes wrong, for example you get to the exam and your mind goes blank, so the plan then could be perhaps some deep breathing to help you calm and refocus.

Interesting that, while not mentioned as practitioners we could perhas give examples of how in sport players may have a routine to go through prior to a game.

COGNITIVE SAFETY

This looks at how children need an environment that helps them develop by being

  • Safe to learn
  • Safe to try
  • Safe to make mistakes
  • Allows us to learn from mistakes

This is useful as children need to have freedom to try things out, make mistakes, and learn from these, it also encourages practitioners to learn along side the children so they also become learners,

Practitioners can be role models to set a good example, we all makes mistakes. The course also looks at how we can help children develop a 'joy for learning' by removing fear of failure children will keep trying and be able to reflect and move forward.

PHYSICAL SAFETY

This looks at the learning environment, not just the Health and Safety viewpoint but the fact children need to feel it is a safe environment, how we can help children feel they are safe through for example reassuring and talking to them

SOCIAL SAFETY

This looks at social skills, so children are able to interact with other children and adults in the environment, the barriers that may make this difficult for some children (SEN or not attending pre-school or example). Set out what they can expect, make these expectations clear, and what they should expect from adults (that they listen and act for example).

So this looks at how you may behave in different environments, or even different cultural expectations (not in the course but one example could be how we greet, do we take foot ware off) so it is important to have cultural awareness. What to do if you get something wrong.

As adults we can set the example and talk to children, we may reflect on our own experiences or knowledge. Children may worry about starting a new year with a new teacher so this will give them one less thing to worry about, one example could be not running in the corridor, but we may say the expectation would be to walk around the building. How we can help children could be through role play, for example so setting a table or in a kitchen, the role play could include washing hands (even if pretend) it enforces what is expected in that environment,

CONCLUSION

This is an excellent course, I have tired not to give too much away within this review, but give a few examples, there is much more advice within the course. There is a video early on that looks at how good enough is good enough. This is on Youtube, so I am going to share with the Open University group as this could be useful for students writing assignments.

This gives you the confidence to, and helps you let go. So that learners can submit their work and not keep making changes trying to strive for perfection.

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Creative Education Course – Enable children to feel safe

Just completed another course with Creative Education on Enabling Children to Feel Safe so They Can Flourish.

This could be really useful to me going forward and helping children feel confident while learning.

As with other recent training. I am doing this on my own initiative, hopefully it will help me in to work, other than that it will be most useful in quite a few activities.

Making Children Feel Safe

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I joined Mastodon social network last year. I am now reposting this guide to signing up and getting started.

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Where you can select from one of the many instances available, your choice may be influenced by:-

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I decided to go for quto.org as this is a STEM related instance. So clicking on the signup link.

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Where you can now set up your profile etc.

— Finding people to follow.

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You can follow me on the above qoto.org server by clicking this link.

In order for you to see items from my blog in your feed you need to take the following step in your profile settings.

Which is pretty easy to do, clearly this gives you a lot of control over what is then fed in to your feed.

Conclusion

Very easy sign up process, which is great, it looks like this instance also supports inline $\LaTeX$ which is cool too. I have now subscribed to this blog from mastodon.

Not quite ready to #deletetwitter yet, I have some contacts. Compared to the sign-up process on more old fashioned social media this is a breeze.

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Over the past few months, the social network Mastodon, has seen a big increase in the number of new users joining.

Mostly people from networks Twitter, unhappy, mostly with censorship. In late 2019 there was a big migration from users in India.

Unlike with current mainstream (or should we just say old fashioned) social media. Mastodon is decentralised, so what does this mean?

In essence, there is no central control, just a development model. Mastodon is a network made up on independently owned server instances. These can all communicate with each other, thanks to a protocol called Activity Pub.

Mastodon, forms part of what is called the Fediverse. This numerous other social media instances such as Friendica ( which I am on), that also communicate with each other. The clever part is that the different social networks can communicate with each other.

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The fediverse, is what the community make it. Users post content, others, who find it interesting will comment, and contribute to the conversation.

During the UK general election campaign, the mainstream news media was taken over by election news. Social media played a big part in campaigning as politicians tried to convince the electorate they were the people to vote for.

Politics has not caught up yet. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing.

You can find topics of interest by searching for tags, which accompany posts.

If you think it is time to #DeleteFacebook or #DeleteTwitter then feel free to come over to a better way of doing things. There are alternatives to other services too, such as Google, Youtube, Instagram. All these alternatives federated so content can be shared on the Fediverse too.

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