NT Unplugged

Technology is a wonderful thing and enhances our lives in many ways, however, there’s a growing feeling that as a society we need to balance when and how much we use it. From texting while driving, checking phones through the night, restaurants full of people staring at screens while they ignore each other and children glued to screens instead of reading or playing out. It’s all having a direct impact on health and interpersonal relationships.

To combat this on Thursday 7th December 2017, 40 schools, 30 businesses and thousands of families in North Tyneside took part in ‘North Tyneside Unplugged’ and switched off for the day to raise awareness of these issues. 

We hope to do it all again in winter 2018! Please direct any enquires regarding NT Unplugged to teachictnt@ntlp.org.uk

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Take a look at some of the feedback on NT Unplugged:

“A brilliant day, really well-received by parents, staff and students. Great resources and really well marketed. Loved it!”

“I thought (the resources provided) were really high quality, informative and clear.  It’s certainly made me think and reflect on my usage – and judging by the students’ reaction to the assembly (an entirely unsolicited round of applause!), it’s made them think as well.”

“Our school thought that this was an extremely worthwhile thing to do – for us as a staff but also for our whole school community.”

“I spoke to so many more people (on the Unplugged day). I spoke to pupils about how difficult we found it and why which I think is very important to highlight. I learnt a new skill in the time I couldn’t work so gave myself a proper lunch break.”

“(There was) much more conversation between me and my children. We did arts and crafts and had dinner together without any interference. It was great!”

“I’ve realised that it’s MY usage as an adult that is problematic at times!”

“The talk from Dr Martin Lee at Cullercoats Primary about the effects of devices on children was shocking. I think this should be rolled out to all parents and it should be part of the primary and secondary curriculum to inform children of these effects.”

“I think this should be done at least every 6 months by the school to reinforce these valuable messages.”

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Listen to North Tyneside Unplugged’s coverage on BBC Radio Newcastle

Wondering how you could cut down on your phone usage?  Here’s three top tips that are easy changes to make.

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We have prepared a collection of free resources for you to use in your school and with the families of your school. They can be used however you like; in the build up to your unplugged day or on the day itself. Click on the links below to view the resources provided.

All resources are in Google Docs format. However, everything can be downloaded for offline access and editing as Word, Powerpoint or PDF documents.

  1. Open the resource kits below
  2. Click the links to open each resource
  3. When the resources open, go to the ‘File‘ menu
  4. Choose ‘Download as‘ and select the format of your choice.

Primary School Resource Kit

The primary kit contains a range of resources for you to use in different ways. There are KS1 and KS2 assemblies with slides, these can be used in the build up to your unplugged day. There is also a primary assembly that has no slides if you want to do your assembly completely screen free!

There are also lesson ideas, PSHE links, and resources to help you share these messages with the parents and families of your students.

Secondary School Resource Kit

The secondary kit contains a range of resources for you to use in different ways. There are short and longer versions of assembly slides that can be used in the build up to or on your unplugged day.

There are also lesson ideas, PSHE links, and resources to help you share these messages with the parents and families of your students.

Unplugged Computing Resources

You’d be forgiven for thinking that computing could be tricky to teach without screens, but that’s not true! There are lots of great unplugged resources available for you to teach computing concepts to your students.

A number of the units of work in our own online planning collection, ‘North Tyneside Computing Planning‘, have unplugged lessons within them. But also take a look at these great resources that cover lessons for students ages 5 – 14.

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The exemplar Barefoot primary computing resources are being created by a panel of expert primary computing teachers. These free to use, creative resources illustrate how computing can be integrated  into the primary curriculum in cross-curricular ways. They aim to enable primary teachers to deliver the new computing curriculum with confidence.

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CS Unplugged is a collection of free teaching material that teaches Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.

The resources available to teachers include unit plans, lesson plans, teaching videos, curriculum integration activities, and programming exercises to plug in the Computer Science concepts they have just learnt unplugged.

www.digitalschoolhouse.org.uk

TeachICT NT are thrilled to be part of the growing Digital Schoolhouse team. We want to increase our Computer Science support to local primary schools through hands on, unplugged activities. We will deliver sessions in your school for KS1 and KS2 classes that aim to improve the computational thinking skills of staff and students alike, get in touch if you’d like a workshop in your school. Digital Schoolhouse teaching resources are also available on their website.

www.cs4fn.org

Computer Science For Fun is a site full of ideas that aim to explore the fun side of computer science. There are lots of activities that demonstrate how computer science is about problem solving, puzzles and creativity. Learn magic tricks while you learn about computing, try some computational thinking puzzles or find out more about cyber security.

Other Useful Links

Below you will find links to lots of useful articles and resources. Some of these are referenced in our teaching resources. They provide you with the chance to look in more detail at the many different issues covered by North Tyneside Unplugged.

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North Tyneside Unplugged is working in partnership with nophonezone.co.uk.

Dr Martin Lee is a Consultant Rheumatologist and Associate Senior Clinical Lecturer currently working for Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Hospitals and Newcastle University. He has a specialist interest in Young Adult and Adolescent care.

Dr Lee has published more than 40 papers and abstracts on topics including adult and adolescent rheumatology, sleep and smartphone overuse in a number of peer-reviewed journals including New Scientist, The British Medical Journal and Rheumatology. He is Deputy Chair of the Barbara Ansell National Network for Adolescent Rheumatology (BANNAR) and Co-Chair of the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology Special Interest Group (BSR-BSPAR-SIG).

Dr Martin Lee created the concept of No Phone Zone in 2016 based on his reflections that the overuse of smartphones (particularly at bedtime and during the night) was having negative effects on his patients’ sleep hygiene, mental and physical wellbeing, interpersonal relationships, productivity and online safety.

We’re really grateful to all the businesses that are helping to spread the message and support the North Tyneside Unplugged project in different ways.

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Olives at the Station Bar & Restaurant, Whitley Bay

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Pirate Escape Rooms, Whitley Bay

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Gravity Force Trampoline Park, Sunderland

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All North Tyneside Council Leisure Centres

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BBC Radio Newcastle

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Pantrini’s Fish and Chips, Whitley Bay

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The Crab and Waltzer, Whitley Bay

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Frankie and Benny’s, Silverlink Retail Park

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Nando’s, Silverlink Retail Park

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Marks and Spencer, Silverlink Retail Park

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Pizza Hut, Silverlink Retail Park

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Bella Italia, Silverlink Retail Park

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Kirkly Hall Zoological Gardens, Ponteland

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North Tyneside Business Forum

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Eden’s Cafe, Whitley Bay

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Puddle Ducks Swimming Lessons, Tyne and Wear

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Cullercoats Bike and Kayak, Cullercoats

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Reflex School of Taekwondo, Whitley Bay

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Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend

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Kiki’s Kabin soft play, North Shields

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The Splat Centre, Whitley Bay

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The Links Art Gallery Cafe, Whitley Bay

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The Treehouse soft play, Whitley Lodge

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The Boatyard Cafe, Cullercoats

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Rockpool School Education, Whitley Bay

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Costa Coffee, Whitley Bay, Silverlink and Royal Quays

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Cullercoats Coffee, Cullercoats

redezvous

Rendezvous Cafe, Whitley Bay

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Pulp Fiction Future Food, Whitley Bay

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Kith & Kin Coffee and Kitchen, Whitley Bay

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Room 305, Whitley Bay