Learners from 32 school clusters from targeted areas of most socio-economic need across Scotland will be given the chance to participate in the Digital Common Wealth schools programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, the University of the West of Scotland and the MediaTrust and launched formally on Friday 25th October 2013, with a great deal of interest shown from the education and cultural sectors and over fifty attendees. The project aim is to involve every Local Authority in Scotland in the digital reporting of the Commonwealth themes in the run up to the Queen’s Baton Relay in June 2014, promoting digital media literacy skills through a series of specialist workshops (with associated learning materials mapped to Curriculum for Excellence requirements) focusing on audio, video, blogging and social media storytelling techniques, for up to 20 pupils (at P6 – S2 level) per cluster. These will use readily available technology to help learners use their imagination and knowledge to produce creative, appropriate and engaging content based around four broad Commonwealth themes of People, Place, Culture and Exchange. Participating schools will see their work showcased on a project website which will be archived as a record for future generations and there will be opportunities for working on a collaborative and cross curricular basis.
To participate in the project the Digital Common Wealth project team are looking for a Local Authority representative in each area to submit an indication of interest form
detailing how the proposed school cluster meets the project eligibility criteria and why they would like to take part, as well as details of how the project would be embedded in the curriculum. Indications of interest should be submitted to the Digital Common Wealth Educational Coordinator, Alison McCandlish by email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) by 5pm on Friday 29th November 2013.
For more information on the project, together with detailed eligibility criteria you may wish to visit the Digital Common Wealth website www.digitalcommonwealth.co.uk , and the links below:
Digital Common Wealth schools project website http://digitalcommonwealth.co.uk/project/education/
Digital Common Wealth on EDUtalk http://www.edutalk.info/radio-edutalk-11-09-2013-david-mcgillivray/
Digital Common Wealth launch event schools project summary slide http://www.slideshare.net/DigCW2014/schools-presentation-for-launch-27532818
Digital Common Wealth launch audio http://mixlr.com/johnpopham/showreel/digital-commonwealth-launch-live-from-glasgow-digcw2014-3/