Covid-19 Resilience: Digital Tools & Skills Update 4

This week there are a number of new exciting digital initiatives for young people with live lessons from TechWeCan, a new government Cyber School and a Video Game challenge launching on the 4th of May from Sidequest.

Learn Devon, Devon County Council’s Adult Education team will launch over 100 free online courses today. We have also included information on the new national Skills Toolkit which was launched this week by HM Government.

Whether you’re a business developing new digital ways of working, an individual considering a new career or a young person looking for interesting things to learn, we hope you’ll find something in this Digital Skills newsletter for you.

Keep caring, connecting and challenging yourself to learn something new!

Charlotte, Claire and Julie

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New Free Government Virtual Cyber School for Teenagers launches today

Teenagers (13 – 18 years) in the UK can sign up to the government’s new virtual cyber school to try their skills as cybersecurity agents.

The virtual cyber school is part of the government’s CyberFirst Cyber Discovery programme; a free, online extracurricular programme which turns teenagers across the country into the cybersecurity experts of the future.

With access to over 200 cybersecurity challenges and weekly webinars, teenagers will be able to learn how to crack codes, fix security flaws and dissect criminals’ digital trails as they progress through the programme as a ‘cyber agent’.

Find out more & register for the new Cyber Discovery programme

CyberFirst Summer Courses

The exciting launch of the free CyberFirst Discovery Programme comes as the government also announces the opening of the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) hugely popular CyberFirst summer courses. This year’s programme of summer courses will be available online and open to teenagers between 14 – 17 years old.

Find out more & register for the CyberFirst summer course
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Tech We Can Tuesdays

The Tech We Can team is hosting free online tech lessons for kids aged 10-13 years every Tuesday at 10.30am.

Each lesson has a different theme with the aim of inspiring children to consider a future career in technology.

The lessons are approximately 20 – 30 minutes long and aim to be fun and informative, focusing on the use of technology in our everyday lives. For each lesson students are set a challenge to complete in the hour or so following the lesson.

Check out what’s coming up next:

Tuesday 5th May – 10:30am – Tech for Manufacturing and Engineering – with Becky Patel

Tuesday 12th May – 10:30am – Tech for the Environment – with Katie King

Tuesday 19th May – 10:30am – Tech for Education – with Becky Patel

Find out more & register
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SideQuest Youth Games Competition

SideQuest is a new initiative to get 13-19 year olds to learn a range of key practical and workplace skills during lockdown through designing and building video games.

Participants will be able to take part remotely, with free software, curriculum mapped worksheets, online tutorials and a community of fellow game builders on the social platforms Twitch and Discord.

How it works?

SideQuest is for any teenager that wants to learn to build a video game. Starting on the 4th of May, they will release a new challenge to build a game in 7 days with online streams and tuition from industry professionals (set for 3 pm each day so you don’t even have to get up early!)

Find out more & register
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Institute of Coding – Summer School

The Institute of Coding Summer School is open for registrations!

This year’s Summer School will be delivered online and take place between 22nd June – 10th July.

The Institute of Code summer school is open to all UK-based undergraduate or postgraduate students who are interested in learning the fundamentals of computer programming and social data analytics. You do not need to be studying a technology-based course all you need is a desire to challenge yourself be keen to know more about coding.Deadline for registration has been extended until 10th May.

Find out more & register

Institute of Coding –  Industry Inspired Course

If you’re not a student but still curious about coding, or ready to update your digital skills, take a look at the Institue to Coding’s range of industry-inspired short courses which are co-designed and delivered in partnership with a range of Universities and Employers.

Find out more & register
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Learn Devon Launch Online Courses

Learn Devon are launching a range of free online courses today (Friday 1st May) in response to the Coronavirus outbreak to build and improve skills and help our communities with their wellbeing and mental health.

Choose from more than 100 free courses including a wide range of digital skills courses.

The digital skills courses available include:

  • Using Social Media for Job Searching
  • Using Smartphone
  • Using Tablets
  • How to Access Universal Credit Online
  • How to Access GP Services Online
  • Internet Safety
Find out more
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UK Government Launch The Skills Toolkit

This week the government launched The Skills Toolkit, which allows adults to access free, high-quality online courses whilst at home.

The courses are split into introductory, intermediate and advanced and ranging from Video Calling and CV preparation through to Programming in Python and Cyber Security.

With 82% of all job vacancies requiring digital skills and roles that require them paying 29% more than those that don’t, and against a backdrop in recent years of the number of digital jobs growing three times as quickly as other occupations – this new toolkit from HM Government is great for anyone looking to build their skills for the future!

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Imployable Me: Sky Rocket your Skills

To support people during the Covid-19 lockdown, the Plymouth-based Imployable team have partnered with the Study Academy to bring EVERY registered Imployable App user in the UK a completely free, CPD & Birmingham University accredited qualification.

There are approximately 30 courses to choose from covering Project Management, Health and Safety, Cybersecurity, Personal Protective Equipment and much much more!

There are no qualifying criteria, no payment details required and no hoops to jump through. All you need to do is simply download and register on the Imployable App to access your free courses:

iOS App Download
Android App Download

Find out more & register
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Beatfreeks – Be Internet Citizens

Beatfreeks, powered by Google.org, are delivering free e-safety training sessions for teachers and youth workers.

The interactive webinar aims to equip teachers and youth workers with the tools to empower young people to be safe users of the web and encourage them to be positive voices online – essential skills during unprecedented times where online activity is increasing and fake news is prevalent.

Taking part qualifies as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for all teachers and youth workers. Each participant will come away with:

  • a copy of PSHE accredited resources which includes five session plans
  • a copy of supplementary resources suitable for remote teaching during the COVID – 19 pandemic

You can join this webinar on the 20th May 9:00 – 12:00.

Find out more & register

Upcoming Webinars

She Means Business: Build your audience using Facebook Pixel

When: 01/05/20 08:00 – 09:00

What: Informative, advanced session on learning how to build your audience using Facebook Pixel.

Register here

 

Stephens Scown: Surviving a Digital Pivot

When: 01/05/20 08:30 – 09:30

What:Part of the Technology for Success Essential Guidance for SMEs – webinar series.

Register here

 

Google Digital Garage: Digital Marketing Strategy

When: 01/05/20 11:30 – 12:30

What: An introduction to the main digital marketing channels and how to use them to build a strategy.

Register here

 

Enterprise Nation: Understanding data to shape your marketing strategy

When: 01/05/20 12:00 – 12:30

What: Understand the basics of analysing your data, why data matters, and how to tell if your marketing is working for you.

Register here

 

BT Skills for Tomorrow: Digital handshakes, Sales in a digital world. 

When: 04/05/20 14:00 – 15:00

What: How do you strike deals in the digital world? This webinar will assess how the market has changed and the best practice to ensure a digital sales strategy keeps a human touch, giving you good techniques to remain positive and productive, and pivot when you need to the most.

Register here

 

Enterprise Nation: How to begin building authority for your startup through SEO

When: 05/05/20 09:00 – 10:00

What: This workshop is best for startups looking to optimise their website, pages, blog, and content for search.

Register here

 

Google Digital Garage: Get Started with Digital Advertising

When: 05/05/20 11:00 – 12:00

What: Learn about search, social and display advertising and how to get started with advertising a business.

Register here

 

BT Skills for Tomorrow: Boost Your Digital Productivity

When: 05/05/20 11:00 – 12:00

What:Become more productive by working on how to prioritise, getting focused, managing distractions and making the most of the digital tools out there.

Register here

 

BT Skills for Tomorrow: Preparing for a career in today’s digital workplace 

When: 06/05/20 11:00 – 12:00

What: In this webinar, you’ll hear from digital experts who will take you through the tools and mindset you need to succeed in the digital workplace.

Register here

 

Enterprise Nation: Getting Started with Canva

When: 07/05/20 10:30 – 11:30

What: Learn how to set up your brand assets, customise templates (including changing colours and adding your own images) and download or share your finished work.

Register here

 

Digital Taunton: How to Make your Livestreams Better

When: 07/05/20 19:30 – 21:00

What:Tips, tools and tricks on how to make your next livestream or webinar stand out and feel more professional.

Register here

 

Be Internet Citizens – Teacher Training Webinar on E-safety

When: 20/05/20 09:00 – 12:00

What:Aims to equip teachers and youth workers with the tools to empower young people to be safe users of the web and encourage them to be positive voices online.

Register here

 

 

Resources for schools and Colleges

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Tech We Can Tuesdays
Free Tech Lessons for kids (10 -13 years) every Tuesday!

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SideQuest
New initiative to get 13-19 year olds to learn a range of key practical and workplace skills during lockdown through d

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Sparx’s Maths Virtual Classroom

Exeter-based educational company Sparx is offering all secondary schools around the world free access to Sparx Maths Virtual Classroom; allowing teachers and learners to attend virtual lessons during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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CodeCreates

Devon-based CodeCreates has pulled together a host of resources aimed at Primary and Secondary pupils that you can use with your family to support coding and creativity.

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2020 Minecraft Education Challenge

A virtual build challenge that invites students around the world to learn about issues related to sustainability and inclusion, then design solutions with Minecraft: Education Edition.

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Tech We Can

Free online lesson plans now available for parents and carers teaching at home.

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Cyber School

Free to attend for Primary and Secondary school students. Classes are held twice daily and last 1 hour. Students attend via Zoom. There are before and after classes for students to complete cyber assignments.

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Barefoot Computing

Easy cross-curriculum lessons and resources for teaching via video link.

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Code Academy

Course in Web Development, Mobile Development and Data Science. Free Code Academy Pro unlimited access passes for 10,000 college students across the world.

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iDEA

Offering mini-courses in digital, enterprise and employability skills. As mini subjects are completed you move through your Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

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Open Learn

Free learning platform, delivered by The Open University with almost 1,000 free courses including:

Succeeding in a Digital World
Resilience in small businesses
Take your teaching online
Introduction to Cybersecurity

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12-week Pro Digital Data Pathway

10 free course spaces available offering 110 hours of online learning content covering: Digital Transformation, Data Science, Python, Machine Learning and Business Readiness.

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BT Skills for Tomorrow
Free short video tutorials aimed at business. In the ‘Expanding your Skillset’ section you can find short tutorials on Data Science, Data Visualization, Basics of Code and Machine Learning.

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Future of Tech
Library of resources from CompTIA that include videos and interactive tutorials in Big Data, Cyber Security, Digital Health, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence.

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Cisco Networking Academy
Online courses in the Internet of Things, Linux, Cyber Security, Entrepreneurship.

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Google Digital Garage
Online mini-courses in Digital Marketing, Data, Time Management, Productivity and more.

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Institute of Coding
Offering a wide range of industry-inspired courses co-designed by a network of employers and educations.

Heart of the south west LEP - Covid-19 Resilience: Digital Tools & Skills Update 4

Code Academy

Advanced courses Data Science, Web Development and Mobile Development. Free Pro Academy offers unlimited access passes for 10,000 college students across the world.

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Future Learn
Includes disease outbreak prevention courses.

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Learn My Way
Offers courses on Google, Outlook, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and productivity tools.

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Lynda – LinkedIn Learning
Linkedin Learning with over 4000+ courses.

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Imployable – Skyrocket Your Skills 
Over 30 free courses to choose from covering Project Management, Health and Safety, Personal Protective Equipment, Cybersecurity and much more!

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The Skills Toolkit
New resources developed by the government offering a selection of digital and numeracy courses, ranging from introductory to more advanced levels.

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Resources for Community

BT Skills for Tomorrow
Offering free short video tutorials aimed at daily life, parents, businesses and teachers including:

Video calling – learn how to use video calling to connect with family and friends

Online and mobile banking – providing tips on how to do internet banking using either a computer, tablet or mobile phone, and how to keep track of your money

Online shopping – helping on how to shop online, compare prices, use secure payment methods and understand your rights when buying online

Socialising online – learn how to use social networks like Facebook and Twitter to connect with family and friends and to share things online

Watching and listening online – support to watch TV and listen to radio online, and to use services to listen to music