ProjectEVOLVE has launched!

  • Awareness
  • 06/12/2019
  • UK Safer Internet Centre

Following months of hard work, planning, writing, biscuits, rewriting, and website development, the UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC) is delighted to announce the launch of ProjectEVOLVE. Do you want a primer on what ProjectEVOLVE means for you - and for UK education? Take a look at the UKSIC's FAQs below and access the just-launched beta.

Where did ProjectEVOLVE come from?

ProjectEVOLVE has roots in a cross-Atlantic collaboration, growing out of a desire to improve the ways online safety is taught to young people.

At the start of the decade, SWGfL and the UK Safer Internet Centre worked with Common Sense Media to develop a tool called Digital Literacy, based on the US eSafety stalwart's framework. It helped to shape a detailed, relevant, and exciting digital literacy curriculum for children of all ages and created a legacy of digitally-savvy young people across the UK.

Eight years ago, though, there was no Snapchat or TikTok, Online Harms didn't exist on paper of any colour, and fake news wasn't such a universal truth. As the digital landscape shifted and changed (evolved, one might say…), digital literacy became less relevant and harder to update. Common Sense Media rejigged its framework and things started to fall out of place.

You can read more about digital literacy and the need for evolution elsewhere in South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL)'s Magazine but, for now, let's focus on the present.

What is ProjectEVOLVE?

ProjectEVOLVE helps teachers plan lessons that prepare their pupils for life online. With resources, activities, and CPD materials, ProjectEVOLVE provides everything you need to teach effective lessons on:

  • Self-Image and Identity
  • Managing Online Relationships
  • Online Reputation
  • Online Bullying
  • Managing Online Information
  • Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle
  • Privacy and Security
  • Copyright and Ownership

Who can use ProjectEVOLVE?

Anyone, anywhere (with an internet connection).

ProjectEVOLVE is – and always will be – free to use. We believe that teachers at every stage of education should have access to high-quality resources that help them equip young people with skills for the Digital Age. Whether you're teaching in a pre-school or Further Education, ProjectEVOLVE has plans and resources for you to teach the best digital life lessons.

Why should you use ProjectEVOLVE?

Do you want the UKSIC to tell you, or would you like to hear it from the people using it? Reviews for ProjectEVOLVE already include: "Every teacher's favourite toolkit has been given superpowers!", "This is a game changer!", "If you're planning an online safety scheme of work, this is a great place to start."

Ready to EVOLVE?

This article was originally published by SWGfL - one of the three partners in the UK Safer Internet Centre. To read it on its original webpage, visit saferinternet.org.uk and swgfl.org.uk.

Find out more information about the work of the UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC) generally, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal, or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.


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