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Birmingham preps for Day of Discovery

Digital professional learning event will be held at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum on 12th April

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | March 09, 2016 | Events

Teachers from Discovery Education’s UK partner schools are invited to attend a unique ‘Day of Discovery’ next month, which will showcase the very latest creative ideas and strategies for using digital resources in the classroom.

‘Day of Discovery Birmingham’ will take place at the award-winning Thinktank Science Museum on Tuesday 12th April, as part of a tour across the UK, US and Canada, which will visit more than 20 cities this year.

The free, one day professional learning event will provide teachers with new skills and ideas for using digital media right across the curriculum, helping them to engage pupils at every Key Stage and bring lessons to life. It will also offer the opportunity to meet and network with other like-minded educators, who are passionate about using technology in original ways to transform learning.

Teachers attending Day of Discovery will take part in a range of dynamic, interactive sessions, providing ideas and inspiration to breathe new life into everyday teaching. Key sessions will include:

  • Spotlight on Strategies: providing practical ideas for using digital media in every lesson
  • Cross Curricular Coding: revealing how coding can be used beyond STEM learning in ever more creative ways
  • Global STEM project: sharing how one UK school is working with pupils in North America as part of an innovative and collaborative STEM project.

Making the most of Birmingham’s impressive Thinktank venue, teachers will also be invited to enter the museum’s state of the art planetarium for a special digital space event, where they will take part in a virtual tour of the night sky and solar system. Delegates will also have the chance to try out exciting new astronomy-themed resources including Discovery Education Espresso’s newly launched cross curricular Space Module, which allows primary pupils to discover the wonders of our solar system and imagine the thrills of space exploration.

Day of Discovery Birmingham builds upon the success of last year’s London event, which welcomed teachers from across the UK aboard HMS Belfast. Over 60 teachers are expected to attend Day of Discovery Birmingham, joined by members of Discovery’s global community of education professionals.

One of the UK schools already signed up to take part is Coventry based Grangehurst Primary School. Assistant Headteacher Gemma Clarke said: “We are really looking forward to taking part in Birmingham’s first ever ‘Day of Discovery.’ Discovery Education Community events always provide fantastic new ideas and a positive energy that we take straight back into the classroom. We see the impact upon our pupils immediately.”

Helen Miller, Community Manager at Discovery Education added: “We’re excited to be bringing our flagship community-led event to Birmingham for the first time. Day of Discovery is a fantastic opportunity for schools who are enthusiastic about using digital resources to connect with one another, and share ideas and best practice. The Discovery Education Community in the UK is really growing, and we are delighted to be helping so many schools to transform their classrooms into dynamic digital learning environments.”

Day of Discovery Birmingham is open to teachers, senior leaders, ICT co-ordinators and support staff from all Discovery Education partner schools – both primary and secondary. Online registrations are now open at discovery-birmingham-2016-registration


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