Everyone taking part is asked to share what they are doing by using the hashtag #GMDigitalSkills, and if you a school make sure you’re pinned on the map here!

We have split the resources by Key Stage but many are flexible and could be appropriate for other years groups or key stages.

It is with the support of our fantastic Digital Futures Ambassador businesses that we able to provide free resources and activities for schools and colleges. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved. Make sure you take a look at all of the forward-thinking businesses and individuals who have contributed below.

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Resources for KS2

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Resources for KS2

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Tweet! Tweet!

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Resources for KS2

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Tweet! Tweet!

Tweet! Tweet! is an activity developed by Digital Futures. This content can be used for an English lesson.

This activity will teach students how journalists squash a story down and create headlines. The second challenge will also give your students the opportunity to become student researches on GM Digital Skills Day and report on the school’s activities!

Have you ever wondered how a journalist manages to squash a story down to no more than 140 characters in one tweet?  You may have tried creating a headline for a story before but have you ever told your story in just one Tweet? It’s not as easy as it sounds!

Download the resource here: Tweet Tweet

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Barefoot

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Barefoot

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Barefoot

Unlock the future of your classroom.

Simple, accessible resources to help you deliver the primary computing curriculum brilliantly. Created by a team of practising primary teachers, Barefoot’s high quality, cross-curricular activities help bring computational thinking concepts and approaches alive in engaging and practical ways.

Access all the resources here

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Resources for KS3

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Resources for KS3

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Turtley Awesome Data

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Turtley Awesome Data

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Resources for KS3

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Turtley Awesome Data

Turtley Awesome Data is a resource developed by Slalom. This content can be used for a Geography, ICT, Maths.

By completing this lesson, pupils will understand how Analytics can help people to make sense of trends and patterns in data. They will understand how an example technology solution that can be used in relation to the understanding the specific data.

Overview of the activity:

As the number of phones, tablets, computers, apps and websites being made everyday continues to increase so does the amount of associated data. We want to help students to understand why being able to understand data is important and what technology companies use to do this.

To help bring the topic to life we look at a group of 90,000 turtles in Costa Rica and see what we can learn about them.

We ask the pupils to take the data and look for trends at each stage of the sea turtle’s life from hatching from the egg through to being an adult, and then walk through a detailed analysis we have already completed to show what you can do with more time.

Download the resource here: Turtley Awesome Data

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Takeover Radio

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Takeover Radio

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Takeover Radio

Takeover Radio is an activity developed by Digital Futures. This content can be used for an English lesson.

This activity will teach students how podcasts can allow you to share your work and experiences with a potentially huge audience over the internet. The second challenge will also give your students the opportunity to become student researches on GM Digital Skills Day and report on the school’s activities!

Download the resource here: Takeover Radio

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Web Design

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Web Design

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Takeover Radio

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Web Design

Web Design is an activity designed by Manchester City Football Club. By completing this workshop, students will learn about the principles behind web design and will design a new homepage for mancity.com.

To use this activity, download the PowerPoint here.

Download the resource here: Web Design

You’ll need plenty of post it notes for your answers!

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GCHQ task

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The European Astro Pi Challenge – Mission Zero

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The European Astro Pi Challenge – Mission Zero

Recommended by Code Club
The European Astro Pi Challenge offers young people the amazing opportunity to conduct scientific investigations in space by writing computer programs that run on Raspberry Pi computers aboard the International Space Station. Astro Pi is an ESA Education project run in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Mission Zero: a non-competitive mission for young people no older than 14. Write a simple Python program using free online tools. Your code is guaranteed to run in space for 20 seconds!

Download the resource here: Astro Pi

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Resources for KS4

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Resources for KS4

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Agile Aeroplanes

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Agile Aeroplanes

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Resources for KS4

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Agile Aeroplanes

Agile Aeroplanes is a resource developed by Slalom. This content can be used for a DT or Business Studies lessons.

By completing this lesson, pupils will understand basic principles around Agile ways of working, and will have experience reflecting and adapting their practices to drive improvements.

Lesson plan:

Agile principles (15 mins) Teacher delivers PPT provided that explains basic agile concepts and sets up paper plane activity

Activity  (30 mins)

Paper planes

The goal of the game is for each team to create as much high quality tested planes that can fly a distance of at least distance of classroom following the rules provided. Each iteration lasts 9 mins (3 mins planning, 3 mins actual build, 3 mins review/retrospective) there will be 3 iterations.

Debrief (5 mins)

Teacher picks two topics from the debrief slide to discuss.

Download the resource here: Agile Aeroplanes

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Social Media Influencer

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Social Media Influencer

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Social Media Influencer

Social Media Influencer is an activity developed by Digital Futures. This content can be used for an English lesson.

This activity will look at how ‘tech’ influencers can help share news about the latest digital technologies and selling products. The second challenge will also give your students the opportunity to become student researches on GM Digital Skills Day and report on the school’s activities!

 

Download the resource here: Social Media Influencer

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AutoTrader task

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The European Astro Pi Challenge – Mission Space Lab

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Resources for KS5

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The European Astro Pi Challenge – Mission Space Lab

Recommended by Code Club
The European Astro Pi Challenge offers young people the amazing opportunity to conduct scientific investigations in space by writing computer programs that run on Raspberry Pi computers aboard the International Space Station. Astro Pi is an ESA Education project run in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Mission Space Lab: A scientific mission for young people no older than 19. Design an experiment, receive free computer hardware to work with, and write the Python code to carry it out. Your code could be uploaded to the International Space Station and run for three hours (two orbits). Get your results back from space and analyse them like a real space scientist!

Download the resource here: Astro Pi

There are also plenty of existing resources that you can use in the classroom on #GMDigitalSkillsDay.

STEM Learning

Code Club

Coder Dojo 

Microbit 

Careers insight resources – Switch to Digital, Discover Digital Careers, Digital Her

#GMDigitalSkillsDay also has resources available for community groups. Take a look at the activities below.

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Resources for Community Groups

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Resources for Community Groups

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Random Sparkles and Pixel Art

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Random Sparkles and Pixel Art

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Resources for Community Groups

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Random Sparkles and Pixel Art

Random Sparkles and Pixel Art are just two of many free resources created by Code Club.

Code Club think all children should have the opportunity to learn to code, no matter who they are or where they come from. They believe in learning through making, and their coding projects offer young people plenty of opportunities to be creative and to share their creations with each other.

The projects are free and open to all. They are easy-to-follow, step-by-step guides that young people use to make their own games, animations, and websites with coding languages such as Scratch, HTML/CSS, and Python. The projects introduce coding concepts one by one and let young people progressively build their knowledge.

Download the resource here: Pixel Art

Download the resource here: Random Sparkles

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Barefoot

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Barefoot

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Barefoot

Created by a team of practising primary teachers, Barefoot’s high quality, cross-curricular activities help bring computational thinking concepts and approaches alive in engaging and practical ways.

These aren’t just school resources everyone can get involved and give them a go.

Access all the resources here

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Learn My Way

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Learn My Way

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Learn My Way

Learn My Way is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.

From using your computer, online basics and online safety to finding a job and improving your health online there is something for everyone.

Access all the resources here