Heather Wheeler MP welcomes ‘Make IT Safe’ campaign

“Make IT Safe” South Derbyshire Primary Schools!

Submitted by Heather on 23 January 2013 – 3:54pm

I am pleased to announce that MPs and e-skills UK have launched the sixth year of the Make IT Happy competition, a UK-wide technology challenge for primary school students aged 9 to 11. The competition is run by the The Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum (PICTFOR) and e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology. It is backed by more than 60 MPs from across the UK.

After six successful years e-skills is doing something different. They have created 3 sets of 45 minute lessons that can be used in class with student aged nine through eleven. Any school is free to use the lesson plans however they want; they have been created by teachers to cover what this particular age group needs to know about internet safety.

The competition recognizes and rewards the excellent and inspirational work primary schools do with IT, particularly how they use it to reach out to their wider communities. This Year the theme of Make IT Happy is “Make IT Safe.” It includes special lesson plans to enable primary school teachers to introduce internet safety to their classes in an engaging and enjoyable way.

There is more than £23,000 in prize money as well as a fantastic trip to the Houses of Parliament for the winning schools. To find out more about the prizes and how to apply I encourage you to register at http://makeithappy.cc4g.net/ .

I have written each qualifying primary school in South Derbyshire about this wonderful opportunity and cannot express the importance of their participation due to the beneficial affects it will have on the pupils.

Deadline for program submission is 6th April 2013.

This post originally appeared on Heather Wheeler MP personal website: http://www.heatherwheeler.org.uk/blog/3140


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