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In the MEDIA LITERACY section, teachers and students will go through a lot of fun and educative lessons, here are some examples:

"About your computer"

In this lesson, students will have the opportunity to explore the world of computers in depth. They will begin by learning about the origins and evolution of computers and understanding the historical context that led to their creation. From there, students will dig into the inner workings of computers and learn how they operate at a fundamental level. They will explore topics such as data, ROM, and RAM. Furthermore, students will learn how to use a mouse or mousepad, which are essential input devices for navigating the computer interface. They will also be introduced to the keyboard and learn how to use it to input text and commands. By the end of this lesson, students will have a solid foundation in computer technology and be equipped with the knowledge necessary to understand where computers come from and how they work.

"You in the Internet" 

In this lesson, students will learn about how the internet recognizes our online addresses and how IP addresses work. They will understand the importance of IP addresses and how they are used to connect devices to the internet. Students will also learn how to use Google to check their own IP addresses. In this lesson, students will also learn about how the internet knows what we like. Moreover, students will learn about the meaning of an anonymous user. They will understand the importance of anonymity online and how it can be used to protect our privacy and security. Furthermore, students will learn how to leave comments on the internet respectfully. They will understand the impact that online comments can have and the importance of being respectful and mindful of others when leaving comments. Overall, this lesson will give students a fundamental understanding of their online presence and the technical aspects of the internet that make it all work. They will also gain an understanding of responsible online behavior and the importance of respectful communication online.

"Stronger than the Bully"

In this lesson, students will learn about the presence of "haters" and negative feedback online. They will understand the effects of negative comments and feedback and how they can make us feel. Students will explore the dangers of criticizing others and why it is never a good idea to do so. Moreover, students will learn how to detect the presence of a "hater" or a bully online. They will understand the signs of cyberbullying and how to identify negative comments or feedback that are intended to hurt or harm others. Students will also learn about the importance of reporting these types of users and how to act when encountering them online. Furthermore, students will learn which online environments are safer than others. Overall, this lesson will give students a comprehensive understanding of the dangers of cyberbullying and the negative effects of criticism and negativity online. They will come away with the knowledge and tools they need to detect and report online bullies, protect themselves and others from online threats, and create a safer and more respectful online community.

"Typing, typing, typing..." 

In this lesson, students will learn about the importance of typing skills and the various machines that have a keyboard. They will create their own Virtual Phonics keyboard and learn about adding sprites and the 'key is pressed' event. Students will also learn about phonics sounds and how to position their hands on the keyboard correctly. They will gain an understanding of the techniques used to improve typing speed and accuracy. Furthermore, students will participate in exercises designed to help them gain agility with their fingers and improve their typing skills. Overall, this lesson will provide students with a foundation in typing skills that will serve them well in a variety of contexts. They will come away with a deeper understanding of the keyboard, its layout, and how to use it effectively.

"Learning to give feedback"

In this lesson, students will learn about the different types of reactions that can occur when giving or receiving feedback. They will explore the benefits of both criticism and compliments and how they can be used effectively to improve performance or build relationships. Students will also discuss the usefulness of feedback in the online environment, including how it can help people grow and improve in their skills, and how it can be used to build stronger relationships with others. Additionally, students will learn how to structure the best possible feedback. This includes identifying the key points to address, using constructive language, and providing specific examples or suggestions for improvement. By the end of the lesson, students will have a deeper appreciation for the power of feedback to inspire growth and change and will be better equipped to give feedback that is meaningful, constructive, and supportive.

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Every day, students come into contact with the digital world around them. Watching Youtube videos on their Ipad, making and sharing TikTok's, or playing online games. But how do children deal with this digital world? How should children behave online? 

The impact of new media on children is increasing. In this digital society, students need new skills in order to function, produce and participate. This applies both now and in the future. The Council of Culture and Media summarises all these skills in the term: "Media Literacy". In other words, the whole of knowledge, skills, and mentality that allows citizens to move consciously, critically, and actively in a complex, changing, and fundamentally digitizing world.

GalactIQ assists teachers in teaching these skills to students in an accessible way. Learn about what the internet is, how advertising works, the impact of online communication and how it is perceived by others, and much more.  Start an open conversation, take quizzes, watch videos and work together. 
 

Information and awareness

The digitization of information and the ever-improving infrastructure of the Internet enables anyone worldwide to publish and distribute information quickly. The amount of digital information is increasing rapidly. But how can students distinguish real news from fake news? How can students recognize which sources are reliable or relevant?

Information literacy includes the ability to formulate and analyze information from various sources. Students learn to search, process, and apply information in a critical and systematic way. 
 

In a nutshell, 

On the Media Literacy planet, students learn to navigate critically and independently through the digital world.  In addition, a lot of attention is focused on ethics within new media. Learn what the impact of digital communication is and how it relates to offline communication. 

In order to lay an even stronger foundation in the field of media literacy, the knowledge acquired on this planet is applied to other planets within galactIQ.  For instance, students not only learn what a website is but also learn how to make one themselves on the web-development planet. This combination ensures that within a few years students will be experts of the digital world around them!
 

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    My kids attended the galactIQ Academy for more than two years. During this period, Diego and Gabriel learned many cool things such as programming with Scratch, creating websites with Javascript and HTML, programming Lego based robots, among others. 

    The staff are kind, professional and always willing to help. The approach is hands on with a lot of creativity involved. It was a very pleasant and rewarding experience for my kids. I strongly recommended it for all kids (and adults) who want to develop programming and robotics skills while applying their creativity and enjoying an entertaining learning environment.

    Amina Omerovic
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    "The video game development episodes are broken down into manageable steps, which allowed all the children in my class to develop a functioning, playable game. What really impressed me though, were the opportunities to experiment with the code; allowing my class to create a truly unique game. I can’t believe how quick we went from zero to hero!"

    Jack Barber
  • "...the lesson was so well scaffolded..."

    We used the first episode in the robotics series and our students thoroughly enjoyed the lesson.  The instructions were comprehensive for both the students and the teachers and the children could follow them to build their individual rover and were thrilled to see that the commands they set made the rover move.  As teachers, we valued the fact that the lesson was so well scaffolded and it included opportunities for discussion as well as for practising digital skills.  We can see the potential of this educational solution and how it could complement a primary school’s curriculum.

    Lucy White and Ema Caires dos Santos
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    Paulius Skaisgir
  • It's easy and fun

    "Galactiq is the perfect way to learn and teach coding and robotics to younger kids, even when having minimal to no coding experience yourself. Before each class, I go over today's lesson to gain an understanding of today's targets and goals. With hands-on information solely available for teachers, you can use Galactiq as a manual to learn everything needed to teach the class."

    Caro Cools
  • Simple and effective

    "The step by step construction and coding instructions on galatIQ were simple and effective, ensuring student success regardless of their ability.  Along with the instructions, the online tutorials kept students engaged and encouraged them to grow in confidence over the course of the week.  The students particularly were inspired to be ambitious with their designs; creating unique and innovative robots. Overall, it is a brilliant experience!"

    Michelle C.

Robotics

Learning engineering is key
By teaching engineering and robotics to kids at an early age, you are furnishing them with a foundational skill set that could become essential to them in the future.

Game Development

Plan, design, develop and test
The video game creation process includes planning, designing, programming, testing, and launching a game. A complete digital creative process that reinforces the confidence and programming skills of your students.

Web Development

Programming languages ​​from an early age
Programming languages are part of a strong and smart education for the new generations. Javascript, CSS, HTML or Python are easy to teach and learn thanks to the galactIQ educational method.

Digital Creativity

Where they expand their creative horizons
We want our students not only to understand the rudiments and fundamentals of technology, at galactIQ we also aim at making primary school students creative with the tools we learn to use.