Digital Learning for Schools – Alex Healey

Alex outlines ALES’ upcoming event in July, including booking details and how to apply for a bursary to attend the event for free.

ALES are happy to announce that booking is now open for ‘Digital Learning for Schools’.

Held at Newcastle University, this full day event will be a mix of discussion, sharing case studies and practical workshops. It is aimed at anyone seeking to explore innovative methods of engaging with school groups or young learners in an archives or heritage setting.

The first speaker, Sanna Wicks is Creative Director at Treehouse Media and Lecturer in Media Production at Coventry University. Sanna will explore how digital technologies can bring new opportunities to engage modern audiences.

Sanna will be followed by two case studies from within the sector – Thomas Elwick, Learning Office at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM), will present a session reflecting on TWAM’s ‘Where do you think you are’ sessions, which use tablets and apps as tools in an archive based research project. Gemma Brace, Exhibitions and Engagement Officer at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, will share her experiences of creating digital schools resources as part of outreach activities around the Oliver Messel archive.

In the afternoon three workshops will be available which will offer a chance to experience different technologies, tools and techniques for engaging groups with digital learning. The varied backgrounds of the three workshop leaders will offer different perspectives and experiences, and promise an interesting afternoon of discovery!

The workshops will be led by:

  • Martin Bazley, Freelance Heritage Consultant and Director at Martin Bazley Associates
  • Dave Fleming, Inclusive Arts and Digital Media Coordinator at York Explore Libraries and Archives
  • Megan Wilson, School of English Literature Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University

Attendance at the event is free for ARA members, and £5.00 for non-members. Tea and coffee will be provided in the morning and afternoon. Lunch can be obtained at nearby venues.

The ALES committee are also offering a bursary to enable one of our members to attend this event. The bursary is intended to enable attendance by any member who would otherwise not be able to attend due to transport or accommodation costs. 

In exchange we would like the successful applicant to write a short review of the day for the ARA Learning blog. 

Interested members should email their membership number along with a short statement (no more than 300 words) explaining how the day will be relevant to their career development, and why they would like to attend.  The successful candidate will be selected based on the relevance of the day to their career development, their writing style and attention to detail. 

Expenses for travel, accommodation and subsistence will be awarded in line with ARA expenses restrictions (https://www.archives.org.uk/images/documents/New_ARA_Expenses.pdf). Please note: the successful applicant will be required to purchase their travel and accommodation in advance, and will be required to submit a form for reimbursement by ARA. 

Please email your statement to ales@archives.org.uk by midnight on 7/6/2019. Successful applicants will be informed the following Wednesday, 12/6/2019.  

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