Student slam at the UKLA 55th International Conference

Literacy and Play for All: Improvisation, possibility and imagination I was delighted to contribute to the postgraduate research student slam at UKLA 2019, giving an opportunity to communicate ideas at this early stage of my EdD and experiment with the use of imagery. Learnt so much from peers and the conference workshop programme, with highlights…

The power of imagery to communicate research

Painting a picture worth a thousand words? With what can be thought of as a paradox between physical computing and well-being, it's been important for me to translate initial research questions with the use of imagery. Now with help from the fantastic Buttercrumble team, linking further well-being themes, I'll be using selected artwork created to…

Shining a light on digital talent

The professional nature of my EdD gives an opportunity to reflect on learning theory with planning for FDC maker education programmes and collaborations with teachers in schools. This semester in particular has made me think a lot about what education and curriculum means to different stakeholders, as I've completed a study centred on the philosophical…

Unlocking creative motivations with #The100DayProject

I've signed up to join the brilliant online art project that is #The100DayProject at a time when I know I'll be 'thinking about thinking' and learning experiences most days. Starting on 2nd April, I'll be using creativity to link together the different strands of EdD activities and projects with FDC. This semester has seen me…

An axiological perspective of ‘Walking in the Air’

I reckon there's nothing better than walking the 4 or so miles to university campus on seminar and research days . The time helps me to focus on the next iteration of questioning and I know how much it contributes to my own health and wellbeing. I've got a stack of data to back that…

This Girl Codes: A new ‘Love’s Welcome for Bolsover’ through data science.

Women in Science Day 2019: A perfect time for Junction Arts to share updates about the This Girl Codes education programme in rural Derbyshire. Exploring cultural heritage through creative challenges, its aim over the two academic years was to empower women and girls through art, science and technology. The sessions were open to all abilities…

Cisco thingQbator Manchester

Exciting news for 2019: thingQbator Manchester is to delivered by The Foundation for Digital Creativity at Manchester Met University. It’s the first European university in a worldwide network of IoT (internet of things) innovation spaces funded by Cisco, and launches with a workshop programme on Wednesday 20th February. To find out more: ‘Cisco thingQbator‘ is a network of makerspaces in partner Universities…

Culture, technology and local networks: towards a sociology of ‘making’ in education

(2018). Culture, technology and local networks: towards a sociology of ‘making’ in education. Cambridge Journal of Education: Vol. 48, No. 5, pp. 553-569. Articles Culture, technology and local networks: towards a sociology of ‘making’ in education Carlo Perrotta, Chris Bailey and Claire Garside Source: Culture, technology and local networks: towards a sociology of ‘making’ in…

#TechWomen100 winner

Wonderful news to start another exciting week with the announcement of becoming a #TechWomen100 winner. I'm over the moon to be included in this list of emerging talent as we continue to support an increase in the digital talent pipeline with The Foundation for Digital Creativity. Congratulations to every talented #womenintech on this list of brilliant…

Increasing participation and diversity in digital careers

Diversity in tech can drive change and innovation and the Foundation for Digital Creativity is proud to support the Tech She Can Charter from PWC. Our education programmes ignite inspiration and boost self-efficacy to address the gender imbalance in tech and we’re dedicated to supporting a talented pipeline of digitally-literate and creative learners. Read more about the programme…