Pod FAQ

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions. If you still cannot find an answer to your question, you can contact us.

Registration

Why do I need to register for the Pod?

Registering for the Pod gives you access to our extensive range of teaching resources and enables you to sign up to Pod campaigns. You and your students will be able to blog about your work too.

Who is eligible to register with the Pod?

To register with the Pod you must be a teacher, teaching assistant, school employee, associate or governor, community group leader Home Educator, or a local authority contact. You can also register if you are an EDF Energy employee.

Students and other members of the community can still view blogs, games, movies and the resources within Students. If you are a young person and you want to blog, your teacher or community group leader will give you a blog code.

Can several people from the same school register?

Yes, each user must create their own account. Register now.

I can't find my school on the Pod's registration pages, what should I do?

If you can't find your school on the Pod's registration page please try entering only the first part of your postcode. If you still can't find your school please you can use the manual registration.

I am unable to register and need some help. What should I do?

If you need help registering with the Pod, you can contact us and we will help you to register.

Account

How can I find information about my account?

All your account information is in your My Account page, which can be found at the top of any Pod page when you are logged in.

Forgotten username or password – teacher or other user

If you are a teacher, you should log in with the email address you used to register on the site.

If you have forgotten your password, click here and enter your email address to be sent a reminder.

If you're still experiencing issues with your account, please contact us.

Forgotten username or password – student

If you have forgotten your username or password, please speak to your teacher who will be able to help you.

Can I change my account information?

Yes: if you are a teacher, teaching assistant or community group leader you can edit your details in your My Account page by clicking on 'Edit account information'. Please note that you can't change your email address, as this is your username for your account. To manually change your email address, ease contact us


If you would like to change your school or group’s address please contact us

Community & Activities

How can I find a school or group's homepage?

Once logged in you can go directly to your school or group's homepage by clicking on 'My school/group', next to 'My Account' at the top of the page.

How do I run an activity on the Pod?

First go to the Teachers section and browse the resources. If you have a specific topic you are looking for, open up the filter panel using the Search/Filter button. You can search by age, topic, subject, type of resource and campaign (lesson plans associated with a particular Pod campaign i.e. Switch Off Fortnight). 

Download your resource and any related resources and run the lesson/s with your group or class. 

You can also blog about your activity. Your students can blog by entering your blog code which can be found in your My Account page.

Blog

How do teachers and community groups leaders blog?

  1. Login
  2. Go to the My Account page and click on the 'Add a blog' button.
  3. Fill in the form as instructed. You can add text blogs, image blogs and add an attachment such as a Word document.
  4. Don't forget to select which activity and/or campaign you are blogging about!

How do students blog?

Firstly, students need to register. You can invite them to do so through the My Account page. 

Students should then go to the My Account page, click 'Add a blog'. Students will then be able to enter details of their blog, and should make sure they choose the correct activity and/or campaign from the filter box. 

You will then need to moderate your students' blogs before they appear on the site. You can do this from your My Account page.

How can I moderate my students' blogs?

Go to your My Account page - any pending blog posts from your students will be in the Notifications and reminders' box. You can also moderate pending blogs from students within your school or group who have blogged using another teacher's blog code just remember to let that teacher know that's what you're doing.

Where can I find my school or group’s blogs?

If you are looking for blogs from a specific school or group you can go to the school or group’s homepage and view their blogs from there. You can search for a school or group under the map on your schools page, which you can access through My Account, or if you are looking for your school or group’s blogs, you can log in and then press the ‘My school/group’ button at the top of the page.

Campaigns

How do I sign up to a campaign?

You need to be registered as a user with the Pod, and be logged in to register to a campaign.

Go to the Campaigns section, select which campaign you are interested in and click on 'Take part'. Schools and groups can only sign up to a campaign once, so if someone else in your school or group has signed up to the current campaign you will not be able to sign up again. There is a maximum of one campaign pack per school/group. 

Home educators and EDF Energy employees are unable to sign up to campaigns, but can still participate by downloading the free resources on the Pod.

What is a campaign survey and how do I complete one?

A campaign survey allows you to measure the impact of your Switch Off Fortnight or Waste Week campaign. To complete a survey:

  • Log in
  • Go to your school or group's homepage and scroll down to the Switch Off Fortnight or Waste Week survey box
  • Collect the data for your pre-campaign survey
  • Enter the details about light/appliances left on or the amount of waste you're sending to landfill.
  • Run your campaign
  • Collect the data for your post campaign survey
  • Log in and go back to the Switch Off Fortnight or Waste Week Survey box on your school/group's homepage
  • See how much you have saved!

Please note that you can only complete a survey once for each campaign.

 

How do you calculate how much energy we have saved?

Fill out the survey by entering the number of appliances on, off and on standby on your first (undercover) audit. Then, after you have run an energy awareness campaign in school, run another survey and enter the results. We'll calculate the amount of energy you would save in a 24-hour period, and if you kept it up, over a year. Figures are based on typical energy consumption values for the appliances, assuming that anything left on or on standby is left like that for 1.5 hours and 195 school days in the year.

How do I get a campaign pack?

Schools and community groups who sign up for a campaign will automatically go on the list to receive a free engagement pack. However, you need to be quick – there are a limited number available for each campaign. So sign up fast!

Please note, packs can often get lost in the school office – be sure to tell staff who cover that area that you're expecting one.

Can I join a campaign at a different time?

Our campaigns are scheduled throughout the year and provide engaging resources to help get your whole school involved. The campaign resources can also be found at in the Teachers section, so you can access them at any time. You can take part in the campaigns when they are open and blog your progress through your account, or you can use the resources independently to run a campaign within your own school. To find out when our campaigns run, please see the calendar on the Campaigns page.