Digital Thinking Skills for key stage 3

Our interactive secondary school workshops teach essential digital literacy skills. Through a blend of topical case studies, participative activities and peer learning, students discover effective techniques for finding and evaluating information online whilst developing a wider understanding of the forces that affect the information they see.

Digital Thinking for Secondary Schools includes:

  • Covert marketing, influencers and native advertising
  • Personalisation and filter bubbles
  • Sensationalism, fake news and virality
  • Opinion, rumour, bias and spin
  • Hoaxes, pranks and conspiracy theories
  • Credibility and evidence-checking

Delivered in-school by experienced facilitators with digital media, marketing and educational expertise, Digital Thinking for Secondary Schools equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to become smart, empowered, and informed online users.

“The programme was fantastic, I couldn’t fault it. The students loved it, and talked about it afterwards, so you know that it sunk in. I’d definitely recommend it to other schools.”

Head of ICT, Werneth School

“The workshop made the students question what they see online – they usually think everything they see is real. The delivery was fantastic, the students were engaged and really enjoyed it. This really got them thinking.”

Head of Computing & Business Studies, Priestnall School

Use of Digital Technology

  • Half of 12-15s have their own tablet, 83% have their own smartphone.

  • 99% of 8-11s go online for 21 hours a week.

  • More than half  of 12-15s turn to Google, YouTube or Social Media first for ‘accurate and true’ information about things going on in the world.

  • 45% of 8-15s who use search engines are unaware that some websites listed by Google can be trusted and some can’t.

  • A third of users aged 12-15 are not aware that vloggers may be being paid to endorse a product they say favourable things about.

  • One-third of 8-15s consider that ‘all or most’ of the information they see on social media sites is true.

Source: Children & parents media attitudes and use report (Ofcom, 2018)

Real-world digital skills for school, college and beyond

Tailored workshops to complement the curriculum

  • Workshops delivered in-school by digital media experts

  • Content aligned with National Curriculum

  • Tailored to each year group

  • Fun, challenging, engaging and interactive

  • Relevant, topical materials with real-world applications

Whether they are researching a school assignment, learning a new skill, comparing colleges or looking for a job – your students will have a greater capacity to learn. Able to access relevant and useful information, they can grow their knowledge and acquire new skills for things that matter to them.

“Conspiracy theories are a real problem. Some of my students genuinely think that the earth could be flat.”

Head of Maths, Secondary School, Bucks

“Too many students ‘swallow information as fact’, copying and pasting from the internet without questioning it or being aware that it might not be accurate.”

Head of Biology, Secondary School, Stockport

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Fun and interactive workshops for Key Stage 2 pupils focussing on search skills, reliable sources, fact-checking and evaluating evidence.

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