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National Share-A-Story Month gets digital treatment

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By Heather McLean | 30 March 2017
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Teachers from schools across the UK will gather at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire next month for a day of digital storytelling designed to kick off National Share-A-Story Month (NSSM).

Hosted by Discovery Education, the event on 18 April will showcase the very latest ideas and tech tools for using digital media in literacy, highlighting the potential to engage and inspire young learners and nurture their love of stories.

NSSM is an annual celebration of the power of storytelling and story sharing, providing an opportunity to fulfil the core aim of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups of bringing children and stories together. Across the country Federation book groups and individuals run a whole host of events.

National-Share-A-Story-Week was created in 1974 and is now National Share-A-Story Month, celebrated every May.

Marking the start of NSSM, the day will see schools get hands-on with technology, and find creative inspiration from the latest digital tools. Teachers will learn how digital storytelling can boost attainment in literacy, by enriching creative writing and switching pupils on to reading. They will also explore how stories can be used right across the curriculum, in subjects such as science and even maths.

A dinosaur-themed QR coded treasure hunt, 3D modelling using augmented reality and green-screening are just some of the technologies which will be on display. Discovery Education will show how these tools can take immersive learning to a new level, by allowing pupils to create their own stories and interact with them on screen.

Over 60 educators from schools across the UK are expected to attend the event as part of a ‘Day of Discovery’ tour which will visit cities in the UK, US and Canada this year. The popular professional learning experiences connect teachers who are interested in technology with their best resource; each other.

Catherine Howard, director of educational partnerships at Discovery Education, said: “Every child has a story to tell, and digital media has a powerful role to play in engaging young learners. It can inspire children to read and write while helping teachers to meet the demands of the 21st century classroom. We’re delighted to be hosting our first Digital Storytelling Day, and looking forward to welcoming teachers who are passionate about using technology to transform learning.”

The event is organised by the Discovery Education Community, which reaches over two million educators worldwide, and is one of the fastest growing professional networks for teachers in the UK. The Community connects members in their own school, across the country and around the world through in-person and online events, networking, idea sharing and inspiration.

Day of Discovery: Digital Storytelling takes place at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire on 18 April 2017. The event is free to attend.


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