Digital Meetings and Training
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 your Programme Digitally, Planning Events and Activities and Data and Documents.
Feel you can share the digital skills you have gained with other people? Would you like advice on the best ways to do this? Read the information below to find out how.
Signpost Digital Skills
Read this guide by Digital Unite on how to signpost residents to digital skills support.
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Do you know someone who is struggling to adapt to using digital technology? Do you have the skills and drive to teach other people digital skills? Read this article by Digital Unite to find out how to become a digital champion.
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*We like to help each other here at the Scouts. That's why you'll also find this skill in Working Together.
In this new modern way of working video calling has become a new way of life. Find out how to run your meetings virtually by reading the articles below.
Get people chatting online
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. This course was created by our friends at LearnMyWay.
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Zoom is an online meeting platform which surged in popularity during 2020. It can be used to make 1-1 or group video calls from a computer, tablet or phone. Users can screen share, chat and use interactive features. Have a read of this article by Digital Unite to find out more on how to use Zoom.
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*Video calls are also useful when Working Together.
Schedule a Zoom meeting
Running a video meeting may be daunting, however, it needn't be difficult. Have a read of the support page below to find support in running Zoom meetings.
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*We've also got this advice for this skill in Working Together.
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."
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*Online meetings are very useful for many things; you'll also find this skill in: Planning your Programme Digitally and Digital Events and Activities.
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.
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Around for a while, Dropbox is a native file storage base. Even better, it integrates with OSM!
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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.
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*We like working together - you'll find this skill in: Planning your Programme Digitally, Digital Finance, Data and Documents and Working Together too.
When writing content online you need to understand what you can and can't write in public and private spaces. This is both required to keep data safe and has the potential to raise safeguarding concerns if information is posted in the public domain which should have been kept private. Have a read of this article which discusses public and private spaces on social media.
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*An important skill, you'll also find in: Digital Finance, Data and Documents and Getting the Word Out
Writing content for social media is totally different from writing emails. Click on the links below to find out when to use each different communication methods.
Comparing the different communication methods
Do you want to know the best method of communication to promote a camp? Or what is the best way to send direct communication to parents. This article compares each digital communication method to help you decide written by Resource Techniques.
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Make messages easy to understand
Do you ever question how readable and understandable a message is? This is a free lesson from our friends at LearnMyWay which helps you to understand how to write in plain English which everyone can understand.
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Alternatives to email
Have you ever thought about sending communication using alternative means than just email? This class by GCF Global will take you through all your options and help you to decide which is best for your needs.
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*With such a diverse membership in Scouting this is an important skill, you'll also find in: Getting the Word Out, Working Together.
You may not have heard of the term clickbait, however, you more than likely see it every day. Clickbait use clever ways to deceive you. Check out the links below to find out more about clickbait and how best to avoid falling foul to their clever tactics.
Do you notice the adverts on news sites trying to sway you into clicking on a link? These unsuspecting adverts can be very harmful. Learn more about clickbait and how it's used in today's high-tech world in this article by our friends at GCF Global.
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You probably didn’t realise that a lot of videos you watch on YouTube are sponsored by companies who pay to have their product promoted. This biased opinion may unwillingly entice you to make uninformed purchases. In this article by GCF Global, you will learn how to identify sponsored content.
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Did you ever wonder why the adverts you see on social media always seem to promote products you have recently been talking about? Learn more about how advertisers use targeted ads to try and sell products to Internet users. Read this article by GCF Global to find out more.
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How adverts shaped the internet
Learn how adverts and click shaped the Internet into its current form with this free lesson by GCF Global.
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*This is an important skill to have, you'll also find this skill in Getting the Word Out.
Facing issues with a slow or freezing computer? Don't know where to turn? Below are some helpful links with advice on what to do.
Do you know what to do if your screen goes blank? What if you can't seem to close an application, or can't hear any sound from your speakers? Whenever you have a problem with your computer, don't panic! There are many basic troubleshooting techniques you can use to fix issues like this. In this lesson from GCF Global, we'll show you some simple things to try when troubleshooting, as well as how to solve common problems you may encounter.
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Computers can freeze or ‘hang’ for a variety of reasons, find out what to do next, read this guide from Digital Unite to find out more.
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If your computer is increasingly slow, this guide by Digital Unite has suggestions for ways you can free up space and help your computer run faster.
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*Things can go wrong anytime... You'll also find this skill in Digital Finance and Data and Documents.
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