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: Intermediate

Author: Aruna Naresh, Redbridge , 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: Beginner

Author: Aruna Naresh, Redbridge , UK

Digital Skills Job Skills Employability – Beginner Job seekers

CVs for Beginners - a step by step guide with Google Applied Digital Skills

The Google Applied Digital Skills resource, Use Google to Get a New Job, Lesson 5: Craft Your Resume uses a free online video-based curriculum which shows adult learners how to create a CV/ Resume using a template in Google Docs, the free web based word processing software.

Level: Beginner

Author: Nicola McGrath, Wexford County Council Public Library Service, Ireland

Coding – Beginner Primary school

Ahoy Matey! Adventures on the High Seas with Google CS First and Snap the Dot micro:bit game

A guide to how we used the High Seas sample activity in the Google CS First resource which is classified as “easier” or beginner level and a Snap the Dot micro:bits makecode game design activity with a local primary school.

Level: Beginner

Author: Nicola McGrath, Wexford County Council Public Library Service, Ireland

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, Ireland

Online Safety – Parents / families

An Introduction to Internet Safety

How to stay safe on the Internet for children and parents

Level: Beginner

Author: Liz McAleer, South Dublin County Council, Ireland

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, UK

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, UK

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, UK

Coding – primary school children

Spinning a Yarn with Coding: Storytelling with Google CS First and Rock Paper Scissors micro:bit game

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, Ireland

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, UK

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, UK

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, UK

Digital Skills – Young people (with a focus on Care Leavers) 

CV Writing for Young People 

A guide to using the Applied Digital Skills lesson, Create a Resume in Google Docs, with young people - including a focus on those leaving the care system.

Level: Intermediate

Author: Lavinia McHugh, West Sussex Library Service, UK

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

Create Your Own Google Logo

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

Level: Beginner

Author: Lilian Whelan, Fingal Libraries, Ireland

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, UK

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, UK

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

Create a Resume in Google Docs

Create a Resume in Google Docs using Applied Digital Skills.

Level: Beginner

Author: Ciaran Clark & Liz Mcaleer, South Dublin, Ireland

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, UK

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

Using Fun Robots to Learn Simple Coding Techniques

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, UK

Coding – Pre-school / primary / secondary school children

Adventure 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, UK

Digital Skills – Senior citizens, Community Group

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, UK

Digital Skills – Secondary school children, Further / higher education students

Research and Organise University Information Using Google Sheets

A guide to using the Applied Digital Skills lesson, Research and Organize Information about Colleges in Google Sheets, to introduce university comparison to young people.

Level: Intermediate

Author: Lavinia McHugh, West Sussex Library Service, UK

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, Ireland

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, UK

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, UK

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, UK

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, UK

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: Mixed

Author: Katherine McDonagh, Stockton Borough Libraries, UK

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, UK

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

Make Mischief with the Google Logo

A guide to using the CS First lesson, Create Your Own Google Logo, to give families the opportunity to try coding for the first time or build on basic skills.

Level: Beginner

Author: Lavinia McHugh, West Sussex Library Service, UK

Digital Skills – Job seekers

Library Staff Training - Applied Digital Skills

Working with library staff to evaluate Applied Digital Skills resources (e.g. create a CV)

Level: Beginner

Author: Lilian Whelan, Fingal Libraries, Ireland

Coding – Pre-school / primary / secondary school children

Everyday I'm Bubblin' - 3D Printing Bubble Wants & Using 3D Pens

A fun introduction into CAD (Computer Aided Design) using Tinkercad & 3D Printers to create your own Bubble Wand.

Level: Beginner

Author: Katherine McDonagh, Stockton Borough Libraries, UK