Posted 26 days ago

DB Primary is an all-in-one solution to teach digital literacy in primary schools.

Ex-teacher Natasha Gibbs shares some nifty hints and tips into how else you can use DB Primary to enhance your every day use of the solution.

 

1) Add a collaboration box to community wiki pages.


To do this: Click the pencil in the top right-hand corner of the community wiki page to design the page and then click on the blue ‘Add’ button and select ‘collaboration area’ from the dropdown menu. This adds a box where members can contribute their ideas to the page (these will still need to be moderated by the community leader).

 

2) Set tasks for your class such as writing a blog post, replying to a forum or responding to a survey you have set up.


To do this: Navigate to the ‘My Class’ tile on your homepage and click on the clock icon in the bottom right-hand corner. This will bring up the option to set your class a new task. Just give the task a name, select the type of task and click create!

 

3) Change the schedule of an activity or pathway so that they start in the future.


To do this: Set up and assign an activity or pathway to your class in the Learning Library. Then to change the schedule of that activity/ pathway, navigate to the Learning Library and click on the ‘Class’ tab along the top and then select ‘Tasks’ from the dropdown menu. Locate the activity/ pathway you assigned and click the cog icon to the right of the task. Select ‘Schedule task’ from the dropdown menu and then change the start date to sometime in the future!

 

4) Change the pathway intervals so that children can only complete one activity each school day, one each day or one each week.


To do this: Set up and assign a pathway to your class in the Learning Library. Then to change the schedule of that pathway, navigate to the Learning Library and click on the ‘Class’ tab along the top and then select ‘Tasks’ from the dropdown menu. Locate the pathway you assigned and click the cog icon to the right of the task. Select ‘Schedule task’ from the dropdown menu and then check the ‘Pathway Intervals’ box. This allows you to choose how often children can complete the activities from the pathway.

 

5) Disable individual pupils from being able to use webmail, being able to change their nickname or mugshot (and other options).


To do this: Enter the ‘Admin’ area by clicking on the red toolbox from the ‘Quick Links’ tile on your homepage. Open the Pupil Accounts folder and class folders until you find the pupil you wish to edit. Then click the pencil icon opposite the pupil’s name and open the ‘Settings’ section for that pupil. Here you will find the option to disable a range of functions for that individual pupil.

 

6) Create multiple pages on your community homepage for different curriculum areas.


To do this: Navigate to the community page you wish to edit. Click on the + Create New Page button along the top of the community wiki page and give the page a title. Then simply click on the pencil to start designing the page! If you wish to set up a page but not let the children see it, click the spanner icon in the top right-hand corner of the page and select ‘Page properties’ from the dropdown menu. You can then change the state to be ‘Hidden’, allowing you to get the page ready before revealing it to the children!

 

7) Add extra community features, eg. a link to BBC bitesize


To do this: Navigate to the community page you wish to edit and click the cogs icon in the top right-hand corner of the page. You can then select the features you wish to be visible to the members, which appear in a menu down the side of the community page. You can also add extra links here to other web-pages by clicking ‘Browse’ and then ‘New Link’. Here you can add the link URL, give it a title and select an image (if you like).

 

8) Give out personalised rewards which appear on the children’s dashboards and view the reward leaderboard for the class and for the whole school!


To do this: Select the ‘Rewards’ icon from the ‘Quick Links’ tile on your homepage. Here you can choose to give rewards to the children by clicking ‘New Reward’. You can then choose a suitable reward to give to a child/ group of children. Each reward has an amount of points assigned to it. You can then personalise the reward with a comment and this will appear on the child’s homepage for them to see. You can also view the Reward Leaderboard here.

 

9) Select additional calendars to share with your personal calendar so that events from all your active communities show in your calendar tile on your homepage.


To do this: Click the words ‘My Calendar’ in the bottom left-hand corner of the ‘My Calendar’ tile. Then on the next screen, click the cog icon in the top right-hand corner. Then click the button which says, ‘Add Calendar’ and select which calendar you’d like to share events from.

 

10) Use the Email Monitor function and User Activity Logs to demonstrate to your class that everything they do on DB Primary and everything they send (even emails they delete!) leaves a digital footprint that you can see.


To do this: Enter the ‘Admin’ area by clicking on the red toolbox from the ‘Quick Links’ tile on your homepage. Open the Pupil Accounts folder and class folders until you find the pupil’s activity log you wish to view. Then click the scroll icon opposite the pupil’s name to show that pupil’s activity log.
To view the email activity, select the ‘Email Monitor’ tab inside the Admin toolbox. Fill in the date range you wish to view and click search. You can make this search as specific or as general as you like.

 

Want to know more?

If you would like more information about DB Primary and how you could be using this to teach digital literacy in your school, get in touch.