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Children’s Reading On Screen: RSA Catalyst Grant for Manchester Metropolitan University

This article is reposted from The RSA website to increase reach. Written by: Natalia Kucirkova FRSA

Sharing books with young children is known to be one of the most enriching and educationally beneficial activities that parents can do with their young children at home.

Shared book reading is typically associated with a parent and child sitting down snuggled together with a printed book. However, increasingly, printed books are being replaced with digital books downloaded on a reading device such as a tablet or Kindle, and in many families a quiet bedtime reading routine is becoming more akin to watching TV or playing a video game.

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Community Event – 26-7-2016 – Robot Orchestra Making with Noisy Toys

Help build the Mechanised String Section for Manchester’s Robot Orchestra. This will involve several different skills:

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  • DIY/woodwork skills to attach the mini machines and string instruments onto a large frame · Electrical and audio installation to connect relays and contact microphones
  • Programing so that we can control the different instruments to start and stop at different times via Arduino.
  • Musical skills so that we can tune the stringed instruments to different keys and structure the sequence to fit in with a musical score written by the Hale Orchestra

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This workshop is supported by EdLab as part of the 2016 Brooks Community Learning Festival.

To attend go to this link and register – Remember to choose the right day

Community Event – 28-7-16 – Pond Dipping with Manchester Met’s Environment Team

Manchester Met’s Environment Team and student ambassadors deliver Pond Dipping!
Experience the natural environment right in the centre of Hulme by pond dipping in the wetland area. Drop by and learn about the creatures that live in the water, and have the opportunity to identify and explore the wildlife and plants in this area.

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*Nominated adult carers are required to accompany children during this activity- suitable for ages 6 plus*

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This workshop is  part of the Community Learning Festival at Brooks MMU Hulme taking place from the 26-28th July 2016.
To attend go to this link and register – Remember to choose the right day

Community Event – 28-7-16 – Tony Curry writing and rap workshops

In this workshop for Children and Young people Tony Curry helps guide us to do some writing and rapping on the theme of environment and sustainability.

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This workshop is part of the Community Learning Festival at Brooks MMU Hulme taking place from the 26-28th July 2016
To attend go to this link and register – Remember to choose the right day

 

All Welcome at the Community Learning Festival 25 – 27 July 2017

The Community Learning Festival is an exciting and free event happening at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Brooks building on Tuesday, 25 July – Thursday, 27 July 2017, 12 – 6pm.

The festival is a celebration of the diversity of learning happening in the local area. It’s a chance for community learning providers and University projects to come together and enjoy the facilities at the Brooks building for a series of lively and interesting events.

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The festival will have a range of activities, workshops, walks and talks over the three days. Each day features workshops on themes like democracy, care, community and the environment. Most importantly, there is always something going on for all ages and interests.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Music, rap and spoken word sessions
  • Art and textiles workshops mixing creative craft and technology
  • Creative walks and digital story trails
  • Debates and discussions on local and global issues
  • Junk Percussion workshops
  • Talks and films on civic action and social justice

The Festival has been organised by the Manchester Met Faculty of Education in association with community partners including Louise Da-Cocodia Education Trust, Hideaway and Hulme Community Garden Centre.

Help us promote the Festival. Images and Workshops highlights to share with your networks via email and social media are available on the EdLab website:

Community Event – 27-7-2016 – Feminist Webs Archive

The Feminist Webs Archive was set up in September 2008 by a group of young women, their female youth workers and allies.

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The collection is ever-growing with contributions from older, feminist youth workers and consists of photographs, banners, leaflets, magazines, oral “her-stories” and various other documents that are related to feminist youth work with girls and young women.  The archive is made up of a physical collection, but also an online, digital collection.

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This workshop is supported by EdLab as part of the Community Learning Festival at Brooks MMU Hulme taking place from the 26-28th July 2016
To attend go to this link and register – Remember to choose the right day

Community Event – 27-7-2016 – Amani Collectives Performance

Amani Creatives Performance: Bringing together local artists from DR Congo, Rwanda, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Tanzania, Mali, South-Africa, England and beyond.

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Their monthly events has been wowing local audiences. Take this chance to see them free as part of the Community Learning Festival.

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This workshop is supported by EdLab as part of the Community Learning Festival at Brooks MMU Hulme taking place from the 26-28th July 2016
To attend go to this link and register – Remember to choose the right day

Community Event – 27-7-2016 – Digital Storytelling and Story Trails – A skill share workshop

This workshop on storytelling is a chance to find out and experience digital storytelling. It will feature the work of Community Arts North West, Petrus Homeless project from Rochdale and the stories of local Hulme residents.

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If you are a story teller interested in using mobile technologies or if you have already done work in this area come along to share your experiences and ideas. As part of this workshop you will have a chance to go out on a Story Trail of Hulme.

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This workshop is supported by EdLab as part of the 2016 Brooks Community Learning Festival.
To attend go to this link and register – Remember to choose the right day

 

Community Event – 27-7-2016 – The Art of Smart Phone Filming

The Art of Smart Phone Filming: If you have a smart phone, you have the ultimate tool to create compelling, relevant, high quality video.

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Join Imran Azam for this hands on workshop. Don’t forget your smart phone or bring a friend with one. Find out more at Imran’s Meet Up group.

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This workshop is supported by EdLab as part of the Community Learning Festival at Brooks MMU Hulme taking place from the 26-28th July 2016
To attend go to this link and register – Remember to choose the right day

Community Event – 26-7-2016 – Our Story – An easy to use Digital Story Telling App

Are you interested in making your own multimedia stories on tablets/iPads or smartphones? With the freely available Our Story app, you can easily create your own story in pictures, text, audio, video or a combination of all of the four. Sharing is easy and can happen online or you can print your finished story in four different sizes.

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This session is all and especially valuable for young children or those interested in working with this age group.

We will provide iPads but if you prefer to use your own device that’s fine too, just bring it along. The session will be led by Dr Natalia Kucirkova. Natalia is senior lecturer in Early Years and Childhood Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. More about Our Story projects and research is on this website:

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This workshop is supported by EdLab as part of the 2016 Brooks Community Learning Festival.

To attend go to this link and register – Remember to choose the right day

More Than Pedestrian: Walking as Teaching, Learning & Understanding Place.

This participatory seminar explores how creative walking methods can be used in education and community development. It will focus on how walking and mapping can be used to share stories, build connections and create a sense of place. It is aimed at anyone curious about these methods.No experience necessary.

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We are moving beyond historical tours or walking lectures to think about creative methods and how they can enhance a wide range of subject areas. Please bring an open mind and appropriate clothing to go for a wander in the local area.

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Book your tickets for this event here.

This event is a part of the Community Learning Festival at Brooks MMU. For more info and to book other events click here. 

Situate Yourself: Exploring Hulme Story Trails with Petrus Homeless Project

EdLab MMU and Community Arts North West have recently hosted a visit from Petrus Homeless project to the Brooks Building in Hulme. The visit inspired and supported the Hidden Rochdale project, a highly interactive digital trail that will tell the hidden stories of Petrus homeless service-users. Their goal is to take the audience on a provocative and highly engaging journey through Rochdale to uncover digital artifacts that will be concealed in the landscape.

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To prepare, the EdLab MMU team worked with Hulme residents to create a mini-trail of Hidden Hulme. During the visit, this trail was explored to experiment with the use of mobile recording technologies, location aware, tagging and tracking technologies.

 

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Mick Chesterman and James Duggan from the MMU shared advice on creating interactive, digital story trails for smart phones. Some of the key tips included.

  • Use simple to use, accessible tech (e.g. QR codes) and free Treasure Hunt apps for phones (e.g. Actionbound)
  • Always test your trails
  • You can integrate your codes into attractive designs to customise your trail
  • Go back and test some more

Mick Chesterman, EdLab MMU project developer shared:

For the test trail we took the approach of using low cost equipment to record local activities and stories in a simple but intimate way. Codes are then displayed where the videos were recorded which draws those doing the trail into new spaces, opening up new experiences and connections to an area.

More info:

The project page for Hidden is here – http://can.uk.com/new-communities/hidden/
The Petrus group will come back and share the results of their digital storytelling workshops at the Brooks Building on the 27th of July as part of the Community Learning Festival.

 

 

Call out for Workshops – Community Learning Festival

MMU and local community partners are working together to create a Community Learning Festival on July 26, 27 & 28th. There will be a range of activities, workshops, lectures and walks each day. All ages are welcome. We are reaching out to local community educators to get involved by running workshops for young people. This is paid work.

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EdLab Student Feedback on Science Poetry

Science Poetry is an EdLab project created by our Science Communication Lecturer Dr Sam Illingworth, and delivered to primary school pupils with EdLab students. The basis of the project is to mix the disciplines of science and poetry to demonstrate their similarities rather than their differences. In this post, our students share their experiences of running the project in order to promote the experience to prospective schools and MMU students.

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