This months blog inspiration comes from the TV show RuPaul's Drag Race. If you haven’t seen RuPaul’s Drag Race, imagine a mash up of Project Runway and The Apprentice but with Drag Queens and you won’t be far off the mark. What has this got to do with education or my hybrid role I hear you ask, well as I have been watching the series unfold over the last few weeks it has occurred to me that communication is at the show’s core.
As the Summer holidays draw closer, it’s that time of year for the annual Digital Schoolhouse Summer Boot Up Camp: an experience designed to prepare our ingenious lead teacher community for the academic year ahead as a certified Schoolhouse.
This month Ukie has partnered with the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) to promote the new campaign, Must Play May. A month-long in-store and online promotion, Must Play May aims to bring families and friends closer together over the bank holidays and half term. Highlighting the biggest and best games on the market, the campaign shows there's a game for everyone, whilst celebrating the positive aspects of video games.
On 13 September we’ll be kickstarting the new academic year with another jam-packed annual launch at Ukie HQ. We're celebrating Digital Schoolhouse powered by PlayStation landing in more locations across the UK, with our network of Schoolhouses and community of Lead Teachers continuing to expand.
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This week Digital Schoolhouse (DSH) kickstarted the new academic year with a bang at the Ukie offices in Central London.
‘Back 2 School’ with Digital Schoolhouse celebrated the announcement of new sponsors SEGA and Warwickshire County Council, alongside a panel discussion tackling how the creative industries and education sectors could address the digital skills gap together. Following the ‘grown-up’ panel chaired by Ed Dorrell (Head of Content, Tes), Key Stage 3 pupils were also brought on stage to discuss their perspective on the subject.
Our initial funding from the Mayor of London’s, London Schools Excellence Fund enabled us to deliver a London-based programme of activity that supported 9,000 pupils and 1,000 teachers across 127 schools. 100% of participating teachers both running and attending workshops said that they improved knowledge and confidence in teaching computing, and schools reported that Digital Schoolhouse workshops significantly raised educational attainment amongst participating children – equally across boys and girls.
Thursday 25th September saw the launch of the Digital Schoolhouse project at Ukie’s AGM held at the EGX Expo in Earls Court. This date also saw the preview of the new Digital Schoolhouse website and Facebook page.
Pilot sessions have already been running in our Digital Schoolhouses and bookings are beginning to flood in, with some schools already almost fully booked for the next few months.