Digital Leaders Challenge #1

Hello Manchester Digital Leaders and welcome to your first Digital Leaders challenge!

In order to be successful Digital Leaders you will need to know what kinds of technology you have to work with in your school.

You probably know whether or not you have things like laptops and iPads but you may be surprised at just how much technology is hidden away, long forgotten by teachers and never seen by children.

Your challenge is very simple: conduct a whole school review of the hardware available in your school. Speak to teachers, ask (politely) to look in cupboards, boxes and drawers and do some top class investigating.

You might find cameras and video cameras, programmable toys and floor robots, old tablet or netbook computers, microphones, and loads more!

When you have completed your investigation, post the results of your findings on the blog. You could write about what you have found or upload some photos or videos to share your discoveries.

The deadline for Digital Leaders Challenge #1 is Friday 27 March 2015.

Good bye for now, and good luck!

Hello Digital Leaders!

Hello everybody and welcome to our brand new Manchester Digital Leaders project blog.

This will be a place for us to share information and ideas about the work we are doing in schools, to post responses to the fortnightly Digital Leaders challenges and to communicate with teachers and other pupils taking part in the project.

For now, please answer the following questions:

  • What are you most looking forward to about being a Digital Leader?
  • Have you enjoyed your first training session?
  • How do you think you will be able to support others to use technology in school?
  • Do you have any questions you would like to ask Mr. Mayoh or other Digital Leaders?
  • Remember to post responses using the ‘Reply’ button, enter your first name only and make up a fake email address. At the end of your comment make sure you write the name of your school.

    Welcoming Manchester Digital Leaders

    Hello everybody and welcome to the brand new Manchester Digital Leaders blog. I am delighted that you are joining us on what I hope to be an exciting journey.

    To help me to support you better, please leave a comment on this post answering the following questions:

  • What is your name and the name of your school?
  • How have you enjoyed your initial cluster meeting?
  • What are you most looking forward to regarding our new Manchester Digital Leaders project?
  • How do you think you might recruit your new Digital Leaders?
  • How many Digital Leaders do you think you will appoint?
  • Are there any Digital Leaders challenges you think would be most helpful?
  • What priorities do you think your Digital Leaders will support you with this year?
  • Once you have commented on this post, and I have approved it, why not spend some time replying to others in your cluster?

    Start a Digital Leaders Project

    One of my greatest passions in the world of education over the last few years has been in developing pupil Digital Leaders projects in primary and secondary schools.

    In fact, between 2011 and 2013 I was fortunate enough to support approximately 60 Bradford schools to roll out such projects! I am now delighted to have launched this Manchester Digital Leaders blog. We are welcoming a group ten schools initially, in the form of two clusters.

    In Manchester Digital Leaders Cluster A:

    Baguley Hall Primary School
    Benchill Primary School
    St. Mary’s RC Primary School
    St. Paul’s CE Primary School
    Wilbraham Primary School

    In Manchester Digital Leaders Cluster B:

    Medlock Primary School
    Park View Community School
    Plymouth Grove Primary School
    Rolls Crescent Primary School
    St. Barnabas C of E Primary Academy

    Digital Leaders are pupils who hold responsibility for helping Computing Leaders to embed the use of technology across schools by attending regular meetings, supporting other pupils, teaching other members of staff, running assemblies and other whole school events, leading on improvements in e-safety provision and much more.

    If you would like to start a Digital Leaders project at your school, local cluster of schools or across a Local Authority, please read contact me using the details here.

    Digital Leaders

    Examples of how I could support you include:

    • Full training for participating teachers;
    • Training sessions for pupils;
    • In-school progress review meetings with the pupils and supporting adults;
    • Access to a series of fortnightly Digital Leader challenges;
    • Digital Leader Kidsmeets;
    • Access to a collaborative online learning space;
    • Full email, phone and Twitter support.


    Please let me know if you would like to get involved or if you have any questions. Individual school projects are great, but the impact of cluster projects (such as this one on the Manchester Digital Leaders blog) is even greater, so if you know of any other schools that might be interested then please do let me know.