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…

Clean Air Parents’ Network from ClientEarth

I was invited to join The National Clean Air for Children Programme launch at a parliamentary reception with more than 60 MPs, including former Labour leader Ed Miliband and ex-Conservative cabinet minister Maria Miller. A great chance to find out more from the growing network of parents and carers across the country, coming together with ClientEarth's…

Back to school as an academic next term.

In what ways can Maker Education impact on child’s emotional well-being? This will be my focus as I join the Doctorate in Education (EdD) programme at Leeds University and combine research with our digital making programmes at The Foundation for Digital Creativity.   I’ve accepted my offer and opted for the part-time route to link both…

Constraints on creativity

Much has been written this week about a squeezed creative curriculum in our schools, including a perceived emphasis of teaching children to code to the detriment of other subjects in a timetable. Two points close to my heart and, for me, very much linked to curriculum and a wider perspective.  Also highlighted through conflict coming…

Leaf Spotting: Citizen Science with Foldscope

Spent Earth Day getting the kids actively involved in conversations about a proposed Clean Air Zone in Leeds. What does, and should, it mean to them if they're living and walking to school within the Zone? We took the chance to get hands-on with Foldscope and explore issues, opinions and facts currently being talked about.…