National Digital Learning Event 2013, Cardiff

| June 20, 2013

The Welsh Government today presented the inaugural National Digital Learning Event and Awards, raising the profile of digital learning in Wales with a large scale conference, and highlighting cutting-edge digital learning taking place in classrooms all over Wales..

We were honoured to present a session at the Cardiff City Stadium, entitled “Out of This World: ICT to Inspire: raising levels of creativity in children of all ages and abilities”.*

Alongside us today, we were joined by Steve Wheeler, (Associate Professor of learning technology in the Faculty of Health, Education and Society, at Plymouth University who looked at Creative Learning and Teaching with Social Media); Ewan McIntosh, (one of Europe’s foremost experts in digital media for public services, particularly in education and the founder of 38minutes.co.uk investigating The Ungoogleable questions for our Curriculum) and Russell Prue, (award winning ICT evangelist, author, inventor and broadcaster, who shared different ways of Engaging Young People with Live School Radio)

Thank you to Kerry Darke, Head of Digital Learning, DfES ICT Unit, Wales; Rachael Thatcher, Marketing Manager; Jacqui O’Donnell, Head of Engagement – Schools and Young People; Lindsay Harvey, Head of ICT Unit, Department for Education and Skills, and Janet Hayward, Chair of The National Digital Learning Council, for inviting us to take part in this special event.

*ICT to Inspire: raising levels of creativity in children of all ages and abilities*

TGCh i’ch Ysbrydoli: codi lefelau creadigrwydd plant o bob oed a gallu

Motivating and inspiring even the most reluctant learners.

Annog ac ysbrydoli hyd yn oed y dysgwyr mwyaf anfoddog.

An exploration of virtual worlds, Web2.0 and visual literacy elements, and how they can have a huge impact on raising children’s confidence and collaboration, across the creative curriculum.

Dyma gyfle i archwilio bydoedd rhithwir, Web2.0 ac elfennau llythrennedd gweledol a deall sut maen nhw’n gallu cael effaith enfawr ar wella hyder a gallu plant i gydweithredu ar draws y cwricwlwm creadigol.

Using, and creating, relevant, engaging resources, to motivate, and enthuse, children of all ages and abilities.

Defnyddio, a chreu, adnoddau perthnasol a deniadol i ysbrydoli a chyffroi plant o bob oed a gallu.

The word “teacher” is too one sided.

In this goal driven age, we could think that education is imparting a body of knowledge, rather than a shared journey of discovery.

There are so many pressures put upon educators these days that enjoyment, inspiration, creativity, and fun can be forced out of the classroom.

Mae’r gair “athro” yn rhy unochrog.

Mewn byd sy’n cael ei reoli gan nodau ac amcanion, byddai’n hawdd dod i’r casgliad mai trosglwyddo corff o wybodaeth yw diben addysg yn hytrach na thaith i rannu canfyddiadau.

Gall yr holl bwysau sydd ar addysgwyr eu gorfodi i anghofio am bleser, ysbrydoliaeth, creadigrwydd a hwyl yn yr ystafell ddosbarth.

We need to inspire young people and fire their imaginations; enhance their creativity and confidence so they can pick ideas up and start to juggle with them; encourage resourcefulness through challenge, but also the ability to reflect, change and benefit from the experience of others; to motivate a love of learning for life.

Mae’n rhaid i ni ysbrydoli pobl ifanc a thanio eu dychymyg; gwella eu creadigrwydd a’u hyder fel y gallant feithrin syniadau a dechrau eu trin a’u trafod; hybu dyfeisgarwch drwy herio, ond hefyd y gallu i fyfyrio, newid ac elwa ar brofiadau eraill; cymell cariad at addysg gydol oes.

Fascination is a tool that can be easily neglected. This digital world, when mixed with the analogue, brings such potential for communication.

Mae mor hawdd esgeuluso pwysigrwydd tanio diddordeb rhywun. Mae cyfuniad o’r byd digidol a’r byd analog yn arwain at botensial enfawr yn y maes cyfathrebu.  

Technology is not the only answer… but, it does open up some remarkable opportunities, to extend teaching and learning styles.

Nid technoleg yw’r unig ateb… ond mae’n arwain at gyfleoedd anhygoel i ehangu dulliau dysgu ac addysgu.

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