Playing and creating in a digital world
For centuries, children have appropriated everyday objects – man-made and natural – to use in their play. Now, in the 21st century, it is increasingly digital technologies that are being added to a child’s cache of resources.
Academics are now turning their attention to the emergence of this ‘converged play’ – in which children combine digital and traditional materials in creative, fluid and flexible ways – and assessing its implications for early years practice and provision.
This masterclass will:
9.30-9.45 Coffee and welcome
9.45-10.45 Children’s play, past and present
Gain an insight into:
Professor Elizabeth Wood, School of Education, University of Sheffield
11.00-11.40 Balham Nursery School: our digital journey
Over the past few years, the team at Balham Nursery School has gradually progressed from children using cameras to filming on iPads and experimenting with apps. Hear how they:
Nicola Turner, deputy head, and Eloise Robinson, artist educator, Balham Nursery School, Wandsworth, South London
11.40-12.20 MakEY: Enhancing children’s creativity and digital learning
The MakEY project is exploring new pedagogies and learning environments that will inspire children’s creativity and advance their digital learning, while remaining true to the child-led principles of early years practice. Gain an insight into:
Dr Liz Chesworth, lecturer in early childhood education, University of Sheffield
12.20-12.30 Discussion: questions from the floor
Full rate: £150 (+VAT) / early bird rate £125 (+VAT) for bookings made by 7th December