Digital Innovation and Learning: How schools are using technology creatively

November 14, 2014 1:30 pm
Great North Museum

14 November 2014 1.30-4.30pm

Digital Innovation and Learning: How schools are using technology creatively

Clore education suite, Great North Museum

Digital Learning Network and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums are jointly hosting a half day event, to discuss all things digital learning and innovation.  We’re going to be focusing on how schools are using technology creatively and how cultural organisations can learn from and support the best of what is happening in their classrooms.

Technology has tremendous potential to engage, excite and inspire young people, to make learning more flexible and to cater for different learning styles and abilities.  Many schools in the region are using technology in exciting and creative ways. This event will provide a great opportunity to meet up with like-minded individuals and share the best of what is happening with digital learning in classrooms and in museums. 

Speakers include:

  • Zoe Ross will be talking about  Mapping Minecraft. How GeoCraft is using Ordnance Survey maps and Minecraft to engage pupils in their local area and beyond. 

Zoe is a teacher turned entrepreneur who is passionate about creative, engaging teaching and learning. Having taught Business, Economics, Computing and held the positions of Head of Year and Head of ICT, she founded DoDigital in 2010.  Zoe is currently involved in a number of Computing and educational technology projects. These include GeoCraft, a not-for-profit venture which uses Minecraft and Ordnance Survey mapping data to teach children about their local environment, and the Barefoot Computing project.   Zoe has worked with a variety of organisations throughout the UK, including BCS, Computing at Schools, Google and the BBC. She has recently written teaching materials for Hodder Education and Scholastic for the new computing curriculum.

  • Steve Boneham  will be talking about Digital Storytelling – from sceptic to supporter (my reflections on digital storytelling with academics and educators)

Steve is a Learning Technologist at Jisc Netskills. He researches emerging technologies in education to provide training and support in their effective use in academic practice. His current work interests include digital storytelling, augmented reality, blogging, WordPress, social media, podcasting and e-Learning. Before joining Netskills, Steve was a researcher working on an HIV vaccine. He’ll probably tell you a story about that in his talk!

  • Steve Bunce will be showing examples of how different primary and secondary schools are using technology.  Steve will also be bringing along some iPads, we will try a few activities and think about how they could be enhanced, using the museum collections. 
Steve is an experienced teacher and has taught in primary and secondary schools and covered many roles including head of ICT, head of year and senior leader.  For the Open University, he has advised schools across the UK on their use of technology across the curriculum.  As a part-time lecturer at Durham University, he has shared learning experiences with the undergraduate teachers.
Developing teaching and learning in schools is the focus of Steve’s work and he now advises teachers with computing, Steve works with many teachers to build their confidence in the subject and uses many approaches including video games, Minecraft, robots and 3D printing, to capture their imaginations. Digital badges is a particular interest, as there is great interest and potential for education. 
 

There will be plenty of time for discussion during this event, so we can discuss the opportunities and challenges of supporting digital innovation in classrooms and share the best of what is happening with digital learning in classrooms and in museums. 

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