ProjectEVOLVE – Who is it for and how can it help your school?

Since the launch of ProjectEVOLVE it has been so amazing to see so many organisations sign up to receive the support it can offer. Even now, the amount of organisations who have registered with ProjectEVOLVE has reached over 2500.

As the tool continues to grow, it is important to highlight the diverse aspect of ProjectEVOLVE and how it is not just limited to certain settings. Fortunately, ProjectEVOLVE covers a broad spectrum that is there to assist a wide audience.

What Does Project Evolve Do?

ProjectEVOLVE provides free resources to assist professionals in delivering key messages around important online safety topics to children aged between 3 and 18. The key messages and resources provided are not just there to teach about online safety though. Far from it! ProjectEVOLVE is there to support the growth and development of young people trying to navigate an ever-changing online world.

It may seem far-fetched, but our online activity, including what we engage with, how we present ourselves and what we choose to trust can shape us as individuals from a young age. Our online activity during early stages may be limited, it may not even be a cause for concern. As we get older though, we adapt. We may communicate with others a lot more, may choose to engage in online relationships or may need more guidance on what the law is.

As young people approach more independence and freedom to explore, guidance and support could be considered more important. No doubt, they will be well aware of the latest trends but how will they gain understanding of what is ethical or even lawful when it comes to topics such as image or reputation?

Not only that, but how will they know what to do in order to create a positive impact in the world they themselves will be a leading generation for?

Primary Schools

The toolkit content is founded on the UKCIS/DCMS “Education for a Connected World” competency framework. It offers engaging and focussed activities written by leading experts to engage and inform children and young people around important steps forward in their online development.

Users can navigate the “Education for a Connected World Framework” easily to find the resources relevant for the children they teach. This covers progression across all strands from Early Years to Year 6 covering:

  • Self-image and identity
  • Online Relationships
  • Online Bullying
  • Heath Wellbeing & Lifestyle
  • Privacy & Security
  • Copyright and Ownership
  • Managing Online Information.

Users are able to customise hundreds of resources within the tool to access specific content relevant to them and their classes.

They can build a school account with fellow teachers to share and track coverage and progress as well as having access to an innovative knowledge map tool to assist with planning thus reducing workload and measuring impact it is having.

As always it is a free service to use.

Secondary Schools

The toolkit content is founded on the UKCIS/DCMS “Education for a Connected World” competency framework. It offers pragmatic, non-moralising and engaging activities designed specifically to inform, challenge and provide discussion around key aspects of young people’s online lives.

The toolkit offers clear progression across Key Stage Three that involves eight strands:

  • Self-image and identity
  • Online Relationships
  • Online Bullying
  • Heath Wellbeing & Lifestyle
  • Privacy & Security
  • Copyright and Ownership
  • Managing Online Information.

There is subject specialist tool to find resources relevant to specific curriculum areas and focus and you can customise hundreds of resources within the tool to access specific content relevant to you.

Users can build a school account with fellow teachers to share and track coverage and progress as well as having access to an innovative knowledge map tool to assist with planning thus reducing workload and measuring impact it is having.

As always it is a free service to use.

Sixth Form & Further Education

The toolkit content is founded on the UKCIS/DCMS “Education for a Connected World” competency framework. The resources have been written by leading experts in the field specifically for older students to challenge current thinking and provide opportunities for dialogue and further discussion.

There is clear progression throughout, focussing on ethical; cultural; societal and legislative impact of students’ online life in preparation for Higher Education and/or employment. The toolkit involves eight strands

  • Self-image and Identity
  • Online Relationships
  • Online Bullying
  • Heath Wellbeing & Lifestyle
  • Privacy & Security
  • Copyright and Ownership
  • Managing Online Information.

Users can build a school account with fellow teachers to share and track coverage and progress as well as having access to an innovative knowledge map tool to assist with planning thus reducing workload and measuring impact it is having.

As always it is a free service to use.

Ken Corish Online Safety Director at SWGfL said:

The team at SWGfL have been developing tools, services and guidance for schools for over twenty years and have been working on evolving our philosophy to better achieve pragmatic, positive outcomes for everyone. ProjectEVOLVE represents a significant advance for us. It’s clear and focused approach allows educators to see beyond the media soundbite and educate towards the things that really matter. That really affect children and young people. And more importantly, make a tangible difference to the empowerment of those who use technology in their live.

To see how ProjectEVOLVE can help your school community, sign up for free here:

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