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Monthly Archives: November 2017

  • 6 Simple Ways to Keep your Workplace Safe


    Health and safety at work is a well-known, yet often neglected aspect of running a business.

     

    Whether it's an office or a warehouse, a building site or a laboratory, both employers and employees have a responsibility to be aware of risks that could impact occupational health and safety.

     

    According to HSE statistics, 1.3 million people suffered a work-related illness in Britain in the year 2016/17.

    So, what can be done to ensure our workplaces are kept as safe as possible?

     


    (1) Promote a clean working environment.

    A clean and safe workplace sets the initial foundation for a successful working environment. Keeping work areas tidy, clearing obstructions, avoiding trailing cables and immediately cleaning up spills or leaks, will help to create a hazard-free workplace. Not only will this protect employees' safety, but it will also contribute to a more productive and motivated team.

     

    (2) Create an open culture of communication.

    In workplaces where there is a one-way funnel of communication from managers to employees, workers could be too afraid of speaking out or asking questions. Safety shouldn't be limited to a set of rules. Instead, health and safety should be part of a wider workplace culture, where all employees feel comfortable to voice their opinions and speak out about potential hazards.

     

    (3) Be aware of health and safety regulations.

    According to HSE, 31.2 million working days were lost due to work-related illnesses and workplace injuries in 2016/17. Awareness of workplace safety regulations can lead to the prevention of avoidable accidents that often cause lost working days. By ensuring both employers and employees are mindful of the most up-to-date guidelines, businesses can help to predict what could go wrong, before it happens.

     


    4) See something? Say something.

    On average, slips and trips cause almost 40% of all reported minor injuries in the workplace. However, most of these accidents can be prevented by simply recognising hazards and taking steps to reduce risks. In a workplace with an open safety culture, employees will feel comfortable to speak out when they see a problem, such as an obstruction, loose cables, or uneven flooring.

     

    (5) Ensure all employees are aware of their responsibilities.

    Employers are legally obligated to perform a risk assessment and provide a safe working environment for all staff. However, employees also have a responsibility to safeguard their own health. Becoming aware of hazards, refusing to take unnecessary risks and abiding by safety regulations will all increase the likelihood of good occupational health and safety.

     

    (6) Make important health and safety information easily accessible.

    A brilliant way to remind employees about the latest safety regulations is to clearly display important information. At Daydream Education, we have a brand new range of colourful and engaging Health and Safety posters that will help to ensure your employees know what to do in a workplace emergency, and are aware of occupational risks, hazards and symbols.

     

     


    Health and safety plays a significant role in the functioning of a successful workplace. Employers and employees should adopt a proactive attitude toward workplace safety, to ensure both the safeguarding of staff and the efficiency of the business itself.

     

    If you would like to order any of our Health and Safety posters, or if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.

     

  • The Importance of Teaching Computer Science


    In today's digital world, computer science is a critical field of study that offers a limitless amount of opportunities for both academic and technological growth.

     

    Since the invention of the Internet, the development of new computing technologies has steadily increased, leading to fundamental change in the way we live and work. It's hard to imagine a life without computers, laptops, mobiles and tablets, but without computer science, that's exactly what we'd have.

     

    As computing technologies continue to rapidly expand and evolve, why are many schools still reluctant to harness the countless benefits of teaching computer science?


    Using computing technologies to solve problems


    Computer science is the #1 source of new wages in the US, with businesses and organisations driving the demand for people with proficiency in computer technology. Gaining a computer science qualification provides a breadth of opportunities in a wide variety of fields, such as information technology, telecommunications, aerospace and defence, financial services, and digital marketing, to name just a few!

     

    Yet for all the complexities involved in specialist computer science careers, all computer science students will share at least one fundamental and highly transferable skill: the ability to use technology to solve problems.

     

    Learning about computer science and how to write programs from an early age will teach students to logically think their way through any type of problem. This paves the way for independent thinking and the ability to produce solutions to problems from a new perspective: an extremely useful skill in any career choice.

     

    Computer science skills needed to power the future


    There is a clear skills shortage in the computer science sector, with hundreds of thousands of unfulfilled job opportunities.

     

    At present, only 35 states allow students to count computer science courses toward their high school graduation. According to code.org, 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce last year, in contrast to 486,686 current open computing jobs nationwide.

     

    Considering these statistics, it makes sense to prepare our children throughout their K-12 education, with the computing skills they need to succeed in a constantly expanding job market.

     

    Demystifying computer science


    It's no surprise that many children born in the 21st century have grown up surrounded by an abundance of technology: from smart phones, to video games to social media. Young children also have the innate ability to learn new processes quickly.

     

    So, shouldn't we utilize the fact that children younger than ever are able to use these products, and teach them about the computer programs behind the technology?

     

    Although computer science can be a complex and sometimes daunting subject, it would be beneficial to introduce children of all ages to the computer coding basics. In fact, the earlier we teach computer science to our children, the better chance we have of demystifying preconceptions that surround the subject.

     

    At Daydream Education, we have a range of engaging posters that help to simplify computer science into bite-size chunks of information. Breaking down the intricacies of computer science and helping to nurture students' enthusiasm of the subject from a young age, will result in a greater volume of students pursuing the study of computer science in high school and beyond.

     

     

     

    Computer Science Education Week


    December 4-10, 2017 marks Computer Science Education Week: a brilliant initiative that aims to encourage people of all ages to get involved with computer science.

     

    Incorporated within this week is The Hour of Code, a global movement that is inspiring tens of millions of people all over the world to take part in a computer science tutorial. No previous experience is needed, and children as young as 4 can get involved.

     

    The rapid growth of the digital world guarantees that computer science is going to play an ever-increasing role in the technology, economy and careers of the future. Now more than ever, we need to prepare our students for a growing computer science job market and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.

     

    At Daydream Education, we offer a range of computer science wall posters that help to demystify computer science, break down complex topics and encourage students' enthusiasm. If you would like any more information, feel free to get in touch. 

     

  • The Benefits of Educational Learning Apps

    Twenty years ago, most pupils’ early experiences of IT in the classroom were limited to tapping out sentences on a stuttering old Acorn computer, or trying to draw wobbly pictures on Microsoft Paint with a computer mouse. Today, however, there is barely a classroom which doesn’t have a sleek display of iPads lined up at the side of the classroom, ready to assist with the day’s lesson. With Daydream now offering learning apps as well as our conveniently-sized pocket posters, why are more schools turning to digital tools to support their learning?

    Learning: anytime, anywhere.

    According to the International Telecommunication Union, more than 80% of the youth population are online in 104 countries.

    Online apps have made life more convenient for millions of users, and have granted access to a wealth of resources at the touch of a button. A study by the National Literacy Trust revealed that as many as 9 out of 10 children own a mobile device, and while it may not always be convenient to haul a rucksack full of heavy textbooks around 24/7, apps allow pupils to instantly access a wealth of learning material at school, at home, and on the go.

     

    Apps for active learning

    Too much screen time is often portrayed as a barrier to effective learning; the media often blames smartphones or tablets as a cause of lowered concentration and engagement with study. However, whilst too much time spent on social media or recreational games may hamper efforts to learn new information, the technological revolution has also created a whole new learning platform which is able to support a whole spectrum of different learning styles.

    Apps not only improve pupils’ IT skills, but encourage children to actively engage with and apply their classroom learning; for some pupils, this has made revision a whole lot easier if they struggle with passively reading information. With bright colours, sound, video and interactive quizzes, apps remove some of the main barriers of traditional ‘textbook’ learning.

    Targeting problem areas

    No doubt one of the biggest benefits of educational apps is the seamless interaction between pupils and teachers for tracking learning progress. In a class of 30 pupils, it may be difficult for a teacher to individually gauge pupils’ understanding of a topic, and any weaker areas may go unnoticed until a pupil either asks for help or struggles with related questions in an assessment setting.

    Apps can help teachers and pupils to identify early on which topic areas are in need of a little more work. For example, Daydream’s learning apps give teachers and pupils the opportunity to instantly track progress of key topic areas through the easy-to-use Reporting portal, making it easy for teachers to identify strengths and take note of any topics that need revisiting.

    A wealth of assessment questions

    There are only so many assessment questions that can go into a book, and getting plenty of assessment practice traditionally meant multiple expensive textbook purchases or photocopying. However, apps provide a wealth of assessment questions ready and available for download in just a few easy clicks.

    Daydream offers over 1,000 assessment questions per subject, meaning pupils will never be short of ways to challenge themselves and broaden their knowledge of key topics.

     

    Whilst textbooks will always have their place as a staple of the classroom and as a home revision tool, the added benefits of digital apps have certainly helped to pave the way to a more accessible, interactive and engaging future of blended learning.

    To try Daydream’s apps for free, please visit apps.daydreameducation.com or enter the unique product code found inside each of our Pocket Poster books to sign up and gain full access to all 1,000 topic assessment questions and resources.

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