You may have noticed that the banner at the top of the blog has recently transformed into a meadow populated with flowers and no, we haven’t decided to ditch the project for the lures of (digitally) greener pastures. The meadow is a front-end for the “Digital Bloom” installation which celebrates the work of pupils from participating schools and will be on display at the Sheffield Winter Gardens over next week as part of Sheffield Children’s Festival.
If you happen to be in the area, feel free to drop by between 9th -13th July (Mon- Thurs 10.00 – 17.00; Fri. 10.00-1300) and step into the pod to find out more about the digital stories told, among others, by pupils at Mundella Primary Schools who created digital artwork using the iPad Brushes app, or pupils at Bradfield Dungworth Primary who acted as digital reporters for the Camp Cardboard event.
The idea stems from our attempts to explore the intersections of digital literacy and creativity as well as reflect on the ways in which creativity informs learners’ digital literacy practice, both within and outside of formal education institutions. In particular, we are also keen of capturing the stories of young people who have been excluded from the curriculum and focus on digital practices which happen outside of school environment. At the moment, the meadow incorporates stories submitted in the context of the project but we are working with developers at RealSmart who will help us offer an online version of the installation where other users will be able to add their own stories. Do watch this space for updates and help the Digital Bloom grow!