Planning Events and Activities
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, Digital Meetings and Training 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."
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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 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.
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*We're a sociable bunch at the Scouts and we like working together. That's why you'll also find this skill in: Planning your Programme Digitally, Getting the Word Out and Working Together.
Keeping data safe and secure is an integral part of a modern digital world. GDPR legislation further supports this. The following two e-learning modules by other organisations will help you to further your understanding of this topic.
In this training by our friends at Girlguiding they cover what you need to know about keeping information safe and data protection legislation in the UK.
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Macmillan Cancer Support
This training for volunteers will take you through everything you need to know and do to collect, store, share, manage and destroy information in the right way, it was created by McMillan Cancer support.
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*This is an important skill, you'll also find in: Digital Finance and Data and Documents.
Want to spread the word about a camp you have been on? Or to promote an upcoming event? Photos and videos are an integral part of this, below is some support to help you develop these skills.
This Learn My Way course you will learn about digital cameras and how they work. You will also learn how to download photos from your digital camera to your computer so that you can share them with your friends and family.
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How to transfer your photos from your camera to your computer, this guides you through sharing photos via email, Facebook and more
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In this free tutorial, you'll learn digital photography basics as well as some more advanced skills so you can take great pictures. There is also a section on digital cameras, tips on taking photos, plus specifics for smartphones, iPhone and Android.
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*You'll also find taking photos useful in Getting the Word Out
Does your group use social media? Would you like some tips on how to best use it to promote your group and attract new members? You have come to the right place, below are some sites to support you in using social media effectively.
Before using social media it's important to be aware of the Scouts' guidance on Staying Safe Online. Remember when contributing to discussions in Scouting social media that you are broadcasting to your 'world wide family of Scouts'. Please keep all posts in line with our Scout values of respect, care and cooperation.
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How to use Social Media
Knowing how to use social media to stay in touch with friends and family, promote your cause, or keep up with news is an essential skill. We’re here to help this is a tutorial for a wide variety of platforms including Facebook, Meetup, Skype, Twitter, WhatsApp and Zoom etc.
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Alternatives to Email
Learn the various ways beyond email of communicating and sharing online.
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Forms of Social Media
Social networking allows us to manage and communicate with our contacts in a totally new way and access information as never before. We’ll show you how to get involved in these exciting, fun and flexible forms of social media.
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Social Media Safety
Bringing together the NSPCC’s expertise in protecting children and O2’s tech know-how, we’re helping you keep your kids safe online. Whether you’re an online expert or you’re unsure of where to start, we’re here to help.” Website by NSPCC and O2 on all types of social media which kids would use.
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*You'll also find using social media useful in Getting the Word Out
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