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ProjectEVOLVE Beta 4.0

Since our soft launch in November 2019, the team have been working not only on completing the rest of the strands but building additional functionality into the toolkit beyond just "managing resources".

We have big plans for the project so please revisit the patch notes page here to get the latest updates on content and new functions.

We are also keen to get feedback on how things are working for you and features you would like to see. Hit the CONTACT link in the footer to tell us what you think. It really helps us!

April 2022 Patch Notes

  • ProjectEVOLVE won 2022 Digital Leaders Impact Education Award
  • Released the first version of the school account dashboard now accessible from the main tooolkit page
  • Curated additional content from BBC OWNIT resources for 7-11 KS2 now in relevant resource sections
  • BBC OWNIT now have reciprocal links to ProjectEVOLVE in their lesson plans
  • Tagged each EFACW statement identifying relevance to other curriculum areas to support curriculum leads
  • Created new curriculum search mechanism on the resource page
  • Added curriculum to filter list on the resource page
  • Released the first annual ProjectEVOLVE report and summary infographic at 
  • Created new explanatory video walkthrough of dashboard tool

September 2021 Patch Notes

  • 5200 organisations now registered
  • 19,000 users now registered
  • Expanded the information fed back from active and complete Knowledge Maps with the questions asked and the responses received
  • Added Planning tab
  • Developed selection of prioritised staments to add to planning
  • Created planning page with selected statements with their corresponding outcome criteria
  • Export as PDF button available for planning summary
  • Planned resource download button now active. This generates a zip file that contains all individual resources; Powerpoint slidedecks; pdfs and planning summary ready for you to use in your planned unit of work.
  • Impact Knowledge Map now setup with statements taught ready to run
  • Progression tab now implemented to track progress and trends
  • Account permissions now mapped to results. Admins can see results for whole school; users can see the Knowledge Maps they have created.
  • Optimised Analytics and Assessment live reporting in preparation for Account Dashboard functionality
  • New guidance videos in preparation for Knowledge Map functionality

August 2021 Patch Notes

  • Version 5.0 of ProjectEVOLVE released on 31 August 2021
  • 4327 registered organisations
  • 15131 registered users
  • All "Education for a Connected World 2020” statements resourced
  • Knowledge Maps now available for all year groups (EY - Yr13)
  • Implemented new beta voice engine with voices matched to Knowledge Map avatars
  • Quality assured new Knowledge Map Question banks
  • Design work applied to all resources
  • Updated Knowledge Map analytics engine
  • Beta version of planning tool to be released 3rd September 2021

July 2021 Patch Notes

  • 4000 schools registered with 14200 users
  • Completed the Knowledge Map pilot programme with 20 schools
  • Adjusted Knowledge Map based on pilot recommendations
  • Removed Knowledge Map timings requirements
  • Introduced demo mode
  • Improved the way strands/questions are selected when building maps
  • Improved concept cartoon interface
  • Working on improving reading assistance with AI neural voice creation
  • Completed Questions and Burch Mapping for Years 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 10
  • Knowledge Map to go LIVE on Tuesday 13th July
  • Built analytics engine for resources
  • Built analytics engine for assessment
  • Nominet promotional film completed
  • "Story of ProjectEVOLVE" page and discussion videos ready for publication
  • Created video guides for Knowledge Map creation
  • Built summer writing team for final content push over summer in time for September
  • Built marcomms plan to support with new graphics and video content
  • Aligned marcomms with Nominet marcomms plan

December 2020 Patch Notes

  • Fixed email verifications
  • Verifications for accounts are now automatic without having to wait for the ProjectEVOLVE team to authorise
  • Registration software updated

  • New permissions system overhauled to allow more refined access

  • De-duplicated entries in the account database (removed about 20 accounts)
  • Re-categorised organisation/school accounts
  • Aligned verified schools to DfE database
  • Completed "Administrators Cheat Sheet"
  • Produced first "proof of concept" mechanism for concept cartoon generator
  • Submitted interim report to our funding partners Nominet
  • Promoted ProjectEVOLVE with CAS and Warwickshire Online Safety Conference

November 2020 Patches

Lots of stuff going on "under the hood" this month

  • Passed 1,100 organisations registered; over halfway to our December 2021 target
  • Nearly 4500 users registered in just over three weeks
  • Responding to every request for registration assistance through the ProjectEVOLVE mailbox
  • Release of the ProjectEVOLVE promotional film
  • Published the ProjectEVOLVE SWGfL explainer podcast
  • Added interactive assist when hovering over account management symbols
  • Indexed the account pages to accelerate refresh rates
  • First prototype of the concept cartoon generator mechanism tested internally
  • Had great fun exploring voice assist software for the assessments (trying not to sound too "Hawkings")
  • Designer began work on the pilot cartoon avatars
  • Filling gaps in outstanding EFACW statements with outcome criteria and questions
  • Presentations to CAS regional groups

October 2020 Patches

Since we released the registration mechnanism, in the first 7 days we now have 500 schools registered with 1300 users. It's a great testimony to those of you who have followed and invested trust in us as this tool has developed; for that we thank you.

This month we have:

  • Begun to address the resource gaps for the additional "Education for a Connected World" 2020 statements
  • Fixed some errors in the registration mechanism that sent join requests to our ProjectEVOLVE team rather than organisation admin
  • Built a quick user upload feature on organisation admin page for CSV lists of users
  • Published an "Administrator Cheat Sheet" FAQ
  • Fixed a display error on the Resources page tiling
  • Redesigned icon sets
  • Began work on Planning and Knowledge Map apps
  • Fixed some year group labelling issues
  • Had a huge number of email conversations with users to support registration (Thank you Adelaide!) Great to meet you and share the passion you have.
  • Met with series of interested partners including CAS; BCS; Welsh Government and INSAFE to explore opportunities for the project

September 2020 Patches

Significant changes this month to the functionality of the tool. It is still "in beta" as we continue to develop in its live state. Evolving 🙄

This new build may mean that any resource URLs you have used in planning documents may have changed. You may also initially find some gaps against the new 2020 framework as the team develop resources to fill them.

  • Updated system to include changes to UKCIS 2020 "Education for a Connected World" framework

  • Remapped relevant resources to the new framework statements

  • Added a mandatory registration mechanism for users to access resources to enable planned additional functionality

  • Added new toolkit front end with "greyed out" buttons pending additional features

  • Original toolkit page now accessed through "Find Resources" button on new toolkit page

  • Reorganised the page structure on the site

  • Updated the landing page to include partner logos and a 😎 animation 

  • Added a new partner page

August 2020 Patches

Following strands now complete:

  • Managing Online Information
  • Online Bullying
  • Online Reputation
  • Copyright & Ownership

Partnered with The Diana Award anti-bullying team to develop Online Bullying strand content

Worked with UK Government Intellectual Property Office Team to quality assure Copyright & Ownership content

Developed concept model and toolkit architecture for Phase 4.0 Assessment module

Developed assessment questions for Years 1, 5 & 10 for Assessment pilot in November 2020

Built parallel toolkit and populated with "Education for a Connected World" 2020 statements

Migrated existing content to EFACW 2020 statements

Identified and resourced gaps in additional statements

Built registration mechanism for Phase 4.0 toolkit

Planned release of updated ProjectEVOLVE for October 2020