Planning your Programme Digitally
Did you know there is a tool built by the Scouts to help you plan your programme online? Start by entering your group's term dates then select from the thousands of activities on our activity pages to get you started. Cannot find the activity you want? Not a problem, you can start afresh and design your own bespoke sessions. Once you have created your perfect programme, print it off and your done, ready to run your meetings.
It's really important to be able to find what you need quickly! One easy way to do this is by searching on the Scouts website. You can do this by using the search functionality, identified by the magnifying glass in the top right corner. Social media sites like Facebook allows you to search previous posts, it's worthwhile checking this before posting a question to avoid repeat questions. If you still can't find what you need, the best next step is to look on a search engine such as Google.
Using Search Engines
You'll find some e-learning from Learn My Way helping you to Use Search Engines
"In this course you will learn how to search for things on the internet using search engines such as Google. The course covers how to search for websites, using bookmarks and saving images and other files."
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To get more out of search engines, there are some tips and tricks that you can use. GCF Global shows you how to Search Better using Google.
"Learn tips and tricks for using search engines more effectively"
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*There's always something that we need to search for; you'll also find this skill in: Planning Events and Activities, Digital Meetings and Training and Data and Documents.
Spreadsheets are a great way of sorting, storing and organising data. There are so many uses for spreadsheets. Below you'll find a few different e-learning modules.
Learn My Way have produced a module on Creating Spreadsheets
"In this course you will learn how to use a spreadsheet to make working with numbers easier. The course will show you how to enter text and numbers to record information and make a home budget."
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GCF Global have a tutorial that guides you in using different versions of Excel. Excel is one of the most popular Spreadsheet software available.
"Use these tutorials to learn more about organizing and calculating data."
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*There are so many uses for spreadsheets that this skill appears also in: Digital Finances and Data and Documents.
Securing our online meetings is essential for safety and peace of mind. Whether you're using Zoom, Teams, Google Meet, or another platform, safety is paramount. Always check out the latest guidance from Scouts and make use of the help provided by the platform.
We've provided detailed guidance on the use of a range of different platforms - if you're making the most of the Zoom Pro offer, there's loads of info on that there too!
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Choosing your platform
Learn My Way have an e-learning module on video calling to help you choose your method.
"In this course you will learn about how you can see people when chatting to them on the internet. The course explains what you need to make video calls and help you choose the best method for you."
Start the Module Feedback Code: 10B-1
*Online meetings are very useful for more than just Programme Planning; you'll also find this skill in: Planning Events and Activities and Digital Meetings and Training.
It's important to keep people in the loop as well as sending people important information. There are different ways to send your message to different people. Always think about privacy when sending data to different people.
Emailing Multiple Recipients
It's important to know what 'cc' and 'bcc' mean when faced with sending an email. This article from Lifewire explains what they mean and when to use them:
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Using bcc in Gmail
This walkthrough from Gmass starts by showing you how to use bcc in Gmail and then introduces you to their own plug-in that can enhance sending mass emails.
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Not all communications need to go by email - sometimes a group chat where everyone is present and can contribute is better. WikiHow have a tutorial that walks you through setting up a WhatsApp group. Make sure you view our advice on Digital Platforms for Scouts, to check what you need to know to use WhatsApp safely.
See the tutorial Feedback Code: 11C-1
*We're a sociable bunch at the Scouts and we like working together. That's why you'll also find this skill in: Planning Events and Activities, Getting the Word Out and Working Together.
Working together makes life easier. We can share the workload and use each others' ideas. Sometimes you'll be given access to a specific collaboration tool, but sometimes you'll need to choose yourself. We've listed an article to help you choose and then help getting started using three of the most popular packages.
Choosing your platform
If you need to choose what package to use, cnet has a detailed overview of some of them and their benefits and features.
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Now that you've found out a bit more about what platform to use, we've listed the three most popular and linked to their help websites to get you started.
A popular choice, you can log in with your personal Gmail account, or a managed G-Suite account provided free by your Group/District. Google Drive allows you to share documents and collaborate in real time on files.
Drive Cheat Sheet Feedback Code: 12B-1
G-Suite Learning Center Feedback Code: 12C-1
Around for a while, Dropbox is a native file storage base. Even better, it integrates with OSM!
How to use Dropbox Feedback Code: 12D-1
Sharing on Dropbox Feedback Code: 12F-1
Part of the Microsoft 365 package, you may have access to this provided by your Group/District, but you can also set up personal accounts. Collaborate in real time on documents and view shared storage.
OneDrive Video Training Feedback Code: 12G-1
OneDrive on your PC Feedback Code: 12H-1
*We like working together - you'll find this skill in: Digital Finance, Digital Meetings and Training, Data and Documents and Working Together too.
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