Teachers from schools across the UK will gather at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire next month for a day of digital storytelling.
Hosted by Discovery Education, the event aims to showcase the latest ideas and tech tools for using digital media in literacy, highlighting the potential to engage and inspire young learners and nurture their love of stories.
Marking the start of May’s National Storytelling Month, the day will see schools get hands-on with technology, and find creative inspiration from the latest digital tools. Teachers will learn how digital storytelling can boost attainment in literacy, by enriching creative writing and switching pupils on to reading. They will also explore how stories can be used across the curriculum, in subjects such as science and even maths.
A dinosaur-themed QR coded treasure hunt, 3D modelling using augmented reality and green-screening are just some of the technologies which will be on display. Discovery Education will show how these tools can take immersive learning to a new level, by allowing pupils to create their own stories and interact with them on screen.
Over 60 educators from schools across the UK are expected to attend the event as part of a ‘Day of Discovery’ tour which will visit cities in the UK, US and Canada this year. The popular professional learning experiences connect teachers who are interested in technology with their best resource – each other.
Every child has a story to tell, and digital media has a powerful role to play in engaging young learners – Catherine Howard, Director of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education
“Every child has a story to tell, and digital media has a powerful role to play in engaging young learners. It can inspire children to read and write while helping teachers to meet the demands of the 21st century classroom. We’re delighted to be hosting our first Digital Storytelling Day, and looking forward to welcoming teachers who are passionate about using technology to transform learning,” said Catherine Howard, Director of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education.
The event is organised by the Discovery Education Community, which reaches more than two million educators worldwide, and is one of the fastest growing professional networks for teachers in the UK. The Community connects members in their own school, across the country and around the world through in-person and online events, networking, idea sharing and inspiration.
Day of Discovery: Digital Storytelling takes place at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire on 18th April 2017. The event is free and schools interested in attending can register here.