Toolkit and resources

Have you ever wanted to deliver an activity to your local community but needed the right resources and guidance around it?

A cohort of libraries in the UK and Ireland tested a series of resources around digital skills, online safety and computer science and developed How-to-guides to help other libraries start running their own activities.

All resources in the toolkit are free and available online. Use the filter below to find your desired activity.

Digital workshop   |   Applied digital skills   |   CS First   |   Internet Legend   |   Internet Citizens

List of How-to-Guides

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Digital Skills – Intermediate
Job seekers, Business Users

Google Digital Tools

This workshop was to introduce Google Digital Tools to people who have not used the Google Drive and other Google Tools. So in this session we used different resources instead of just one.

Level
Aruna Naresh
Author
Redbridge , Ilford, London, UK

Coding – Beginner
Staff

Animation and Create your own Google Logo

This workshop was for the staff of the Redbridge Libraries who wanted to learn Scratch with no previous Coding Experience

Level
Aruna Naresh
Author
Redbridge , Ilford, London, UK

Coding –
Pre-school / primary / secondary school children

Break the Code

This is a guide to basic coding for 8 year olds and up. No previous coding experience is required.

Level
Beginner
Author
Liz McAleer, South Dublin County Council, Lucan, Dublin

Online Safety –
Parents / families

Internet Citizens

How to stay safe on the Internet for children and parents

Level
Beginner
Author
Liz McAleer, South Dublin County Council, Lucan

Digital Skills –
Pre-school / primary / secondary school children, Further / higher education students

Create an Editing Tool with Programming

The Resource used in this How - to guide is " Create an Editing Tool with Programming". This guide would be helpful if you want to do this session in your library as it has a brief summary of how we planned and ran this workshop.

Level
Intermediate
Author
Aruna Naresh, Redbridge Libraries, Ilford, London

Coding –
Pre-school / primary / secondary school children

Gumball’s Coding Adventure CSFirst: Girls Only Session

Using a one off CSFirst resource to engage and inspire girls into looking at STEM/STEAM through coding in an informal and fun way at their local Library.

Level
Beginner
Author
Katherine McDonagh, Stockton Borough Libraries, Stockton-On-Tees

Coding –
Pre-school / primary / secondary school children

Animate A Name using CSFirst: Girls Only Session

Using a one off CSFirst resource to engage and inspire younger girls into looking at STEM/STEAM through coding in an informal and fun way at their local Library.

Level
Beginner
Author
Katherine McDonagh, Stockton Borough Libraries, Stockton-On-Tees

Coding –
primary school children

Spinning a yarn with coding: Google CS First

We will use the storytelling module in Google CS First to teach a group of 8-10 year old basic block based coding using SCRATCH. These sessions aim to break down any preconceived ideas or fears about coding, make it fun, interactive, build confidence and get children involved.

Level
Beginner
Author
Nicola McGrath, Wexford Public Library Service, Wexford Town, Mallin St. Wexford

Coding –
8-14 year olds

Extending Ideas from the Animate a Name CSFirst Coding Pillar

Provide library staff/volunteers with a brief introduction to animation basics aimed at children aged 8 - 14 - that can be adapted to suit a variety of themes/annual events e.g Shakespeare Week, Harry Potter Night, World Book Night. An off-the-shelf, reusable resource.

Level
Mixed
Author
Nick Cave, Warwickshire Libraries, Warwickshire

Online Safety –
Teenagers and Year 5/6 Primary School Ages

Be Internet Legends - and Beyond

A session to raise awareness and understanding of internet safety issues amongst teenagers - using the Google Interland games as a starting point. Includes a follow-on activity for testers to create their own ‘top tips’ video (a new resource). Plus suggestions for other follow-on sessions.

Level
Mixed
Author
Nick Cave, Warwickshire Libraries, Warwickshire

Digital Skills –
Home educators

Create a Presentation - for Home Educators

A session to show a small group of home educators how to Create a Presentation - using the Google resource of that name and Google Slides. This could be useful for Home Educators to present a learning topic visually and succinctly, or to teach to their children for recording their home-work projects

Level
Mixed
Author
Nick Cave, Warwickshire Libraries, Warwickshire

Digital Skills –
Care Leavers - young people (16-21 years)

CV Creation for Care Leavers | How-to Guide

This guide covers how to use the Applied Digital Skills lesson, Create a Resume in Google Docs. The lesson teaches how to create a professional CV using a template in Google Docs, formatting different sections to include their background, skills, education and experiences.

Level
Intermediate
Author
Lavinia McHugh, West Sussex Library Service, West Sussex

Coding –
Initially library staff with a view to further testing with primary age children.

How-to with Google Logo

Using the Google logo, this is an introduction to first time coding

Level
Beginner
Author
Lilian , Lilian Whelan and team, Fingal libraries. Blanchardstown library

Coding –
Pre-school / primary / secondary school children

Learn Game Design through Coding - with CS First

Using CS First to offer a chargeable 8 week coding/game design course for children aged 9-12.

Level
Intermediate
Author
Elena Judd, Norfolk Library and Information Service, Norfolk

Online Safety –
Pre-school / primary / secondary school children

Be Internet Citizens: supporting vulnerable young people online

Using the Be Internet Citizens programme to support vulnerable young people to take part fully and safely in online life. Delivered through 5 x 1 hour sessions over 5 weeks.

Level
Beginner
Author
Elena Judd, Norfolk Library and Information Service, Norfolk

Digital Skills –
Further / higher education students, Senior citizens, Job seekers

Applied Digital Skills

create a resume

Level
Beginner
Author
Ciaran Clark & Liz Mcaleer, South Dublin, Lucan

Online Safety –
Pre-school / primary / secondary school children, Parents / families

Stay Smart Online with Be Internet Legends and Interland

An internet safety session for families, looking at family communication and practical steps to take; using elements from Be Internet Awesome.

Level
Beginner
Author
Elena Judd, Norfolk Library and Information Service, Norfolk

Coding –
Pre-school / primary / secondary school children, Parents / families

Using Fun Robots to Learn Simple Coding Techniques (New Resource)

This session provides early years groups with an engaging way to learn very simple coding techniques, using a range of fun and educational toys, which include Code-A-Pillars, Bee-Bots and Ozobots.

Level
Beginner
Author
Nick Cave, Warwickshire, Tested at Nuneaton and Rugby library Let's Make digital spaces

Coding –
Pre-school / primary / secondary school children

Adventures on the High Seas

In this workshop the participants will animate an ocean wave to create a ‘high seas’ scenery and develop a story to go with it. This activity is suitable for children 9 to 12 years and it takes between 40 to 75 minutes to complete.

Level
Beginner
Author
Maria Reguera & Aruna Naresh, Redbridge Libraries, Ilford, London

Digital Skills –
Senior citizens, Community Group

How-to Guide - Starting a Facebook Page for a Community Group: Google Digital Garage

Using Google Digital Garage Topics to help inspire and help a Local Group who had little experience with Social Media, specifically thinking about what to consider when creating their own Facebook Page and promoting their group.

Level
Beginner
Author
Katherine McDonagh, Stockton Borough Libraries, Stockton-On-Tees

Digital Skills –
Pre-school / primary / secondary school children, Further / higher education students

Researching and Organising University Information with Young People [DRAFT]

A guide to using the Applied Digital Skills lesson, Research and Organize Information about Colleges in Google Sheets, with young people (age 15-18 years) who are interested in/planning to go to university.

Level
Intermediate
Author
Lavinia McHugh, West Sussex Library Service, West Sussex

Online Safety –
Pre-school / primary / secondary school children, staff

How to evaluate Be Internet Citizens

Staff review the Be Internet Citizens resource

Level
Beginner
Author
Lilian Whelan, Fingal Libraries, Fingal libraries. Blanchardstown library

Digital Skills –
Further / higher education students, Senior citizens, Parents / families, Job seekers

Organise Files in Drive

A learning resource particularly useful for people looking for work opportunities and who want to improve their digital skills

Level
Intermediate
Author
Ian Hopkinson, Manchester, Manchester

Digital Skills –
Further / higher education students, Senior citizens, Parents / families, Job seekers

Give and Receive Feedback

Feedback is an important communication skill. Learn to give and receive written feedback.

Level
Intermediate
Author
Ian Hopkinson, Manchester, Manchester

Digital Skills –
Further / higher education students, Senior citizens, Parents / families, Job seekers

Technology at Work

Research technology’s impact on the workplace and on people’s daily lives, and create a report to communicate your findings.

Level
Intermediate
Author
Ian Hopkinson, Manchester, Manchester

Digital Skills –
Further / higher education students, Senior citizens, Parents / families, Job seekers

Create Quizzes in Google Forms

Use Google Forms to create quizzes to test yourself and others on a topic.

Level
Intermediate
Author
Ian Hopkinson, Manchester, Manchester

Online Safety –
Pre-school / primary / secondary school children, Parents / families

Kids vs Adults Online Safety: Be Internet Legends

Using Be Internet Legends Games & Resources combined with additional content to deliver a family friendly interactive session.

Level
N/A
Author
Katherine McDonagh, Stockton Borough Libraries, Stockton-On-Tees

Online Safety –
Pre-school / primary / secondary school children, Further / higher education students

Be Internet Alert - Check it’s For Real

This How-to Guide is to use the Gaming Resource - Interland. It is full of key lessons on digital citizenship and safety.Suitable for young people 9 to 14 years old and can be run in 1 hour.

Level
Beginner
Author
Aruna Naresh, Redbridge Libraries, Ilford, London

Coding –
Pre-school / primary / secondary school children, Parents / families

Make Mischief with the Google Logo [DRAFT]

A guide to using the CS First lesson, Create Your Own Google Logo, with families (children age 7-12 years and their grown-ups) who wish to try coding for the first time or build on basic skills.

Level
Beginner
Author
Lavinia McHugh, West Sussex Library Service, West Sussex

Digital Skills –
Job seekers

Easy CV preparation

Create a CV with Google digital skills

Level
Beginner
Author
Lilian Whelan, Fingal Libraries, Fingal libraries. Blanchardstown library

Coding –
Pre-school / primary / secondary school children

Get Creating Your Logo

Create and animate your own version of the Google logo using CS First and the block-based programming language Scratch. This interactive video based workshop will take young people through the creative process using code to design a logo.

Level
Beginner
Author
Deirdriu McQuaid, Monaghan County Library Services , Monaghan

Digital Skills –
Pre-school / primary / secondary school children

Explore Monaghan Interactive Guide

Using a range of Google docs and Google maps, young people will come together in a group to create their own version of an interactive guide. This interactive programme will take children through the process of researching their area, and how to display this on Google maps.

Level
Beginner
Author
Deirdriu McQuaid, Monaghan County Library Services , Monaghan

Coding –
Pre-school / primary / secondary school children

The Drumlins are alive with the sound of music...

Create a music video and build an interactive music display while learning how programming is used to create music by using Google CS First Music & Sound lesson plans.

Level
Beginner
Author
Deirdriu McQuaid, Monaghan County Library Services , Monaghan