National Storytelling Week – 27th January – 3rd February 2018

2018 marks the 18th Year of National Storytelling week and is celebrated by all ages enjoying- Folk tales, fairy lore, figments, phantoms, dragons, serpents, storms at sea. The week is held by The Society For Storytelling, their mission is to promote the oral tradition of storytelling which was the very first way of communicating life experiences and the creative imagination.

Storytelling has been shown by studies to aid learning in children for history, increase interest in science and have a positive effect on memory. When the students do the storytelling, it can encourage higher-level thinking skills, such as analysis and synthesis, as well as skills in oral composition.

Remember everyone has at least one story to tell. It exists in the very air around you – Your story is the one you know best and as it is only the beginning, the stories you will tell might begin with…Once upon a time or not in my time, not in your time but in someone’s time…

LGfL have a range of resources that can support you and your students during this week.

Why not re tell the Story of Sigurd and the Dragon, a classic Norse tale of how Sigurd killed the greedy dragon Fafnir, using both AR and VR the children can be transported back 1,000 years to listen to this tale and then make use of the green screen pack that is included can re tell this ancient tale.

Children can use Audio Network to search for music that will form the back drop to their own stories, the network features over 50,000 individual audio files, or as a backdrop to stories that they are re telling and then their stories and audio can be uploaded into Video Central. Video Central HD offers an easy-to-use web-based solution which allows teachers in London to share video and audio files with students, colleagues and partner schools.Video and audio files are uploaded using a secure web interface then encoded automatically for fast, efficient web streaming.

Children can also get advice on how to create their stories by well known authors in ReadingZone Live, children can get tips on writing from Anthony Horowitz, Oliver Jeffers and Cressida Cowell to name a few.  They can also listen to stories via Listening books and also Talking stories.  For inspiration in the Early years, why not use Fairy Tales and ask the children to re tell their favourite tale.

The Society for Storytelling also has a range of resources to support schools during this week and there are a range of lesson plans from Mensa for Kids on The Art of Storytelling.

500 Words from the BBC is another great resource to use to help children tell their story, the site has a range of resources and ideas as well as being able to listen to previous winning entries that children can use to inspire their own story writing.

The Wicked Young Writer Awards are also open until 18th March – Now in its 8th year, the Wicked Young Writer Awards is a chance for young people aged between 5 and 25, to write about absolutely anything! It’s their  chance to get creative and write on any theme that interests them. You can find out more about the awards here

We would love to hear some of your stories – why not share them on our twitter feed or our Facebook page.

Bett Award finalists 2018

 

We are really pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted in not one but two categories for this years Bett awards. The prestigious awards, which are a key part of the educational technology year, are issued at a gala show during the annual Bett Show in January. Our first shortlisted finalist in the category classroom aids for learning, teaching and assessment is Cyberpass  a joint project between LGfL and Roar Educate.

 

Mark Bentley, LGfL DigiSafe Online Safety & Safeguarding Manager said “We are delighted that CyberPass has been shortlisted for a 2018 Bett Award. It is recognition of the continued relevance of CyberPass as a diagnostic tool to help schools maximise the limited time they have to address online-safety skills and identify strengths and weaknesses. We updated the quiz questions this summer to reflect new trends such as geotagging and live streaming and have also been using the data generated by CyberPass to share the lessons we can learn for the benefit of all teachers in a regular report.”

Our second shortlisted finalist in Primary Content is Sigurd and the Dragon VR – this immersive virtual reality app produced in association with Computeam takes children back in time to Viking Britain to hear the tale of Sigurd and the Dragon. Pupils embark on an impossible and unforgettable field trip to an authentic Viking Longhouse to hear the classic Norse tale of how Sigurd killed the greedy dragon Fafnir.

Bob Usher, LGfL Content Manager said “following on from our 2016 Bett Award for our Maya resource – A Journey through the Maya world, we are delighted that our ongoing partnership with Computeam has again resulted in Bett Award recognition for the innovative approach to supporting the primary curriculum. We have this time incorporated storytelling through both augmented and virtual reality, maximising each technology to deliver learning outcomes not possible through conventional means.”

This is backed up by five interactive worksheets that display augmented reality artefacts, exploring themes in Viking history from ‘Raiders and Traders’ to ‘Pagans’. The experience culminates in an activity covering green screen video and animation techniques, as the pupils tell their own tales from Norse Mythology.

You can find the new Sigurd and the Dragon VR app for iOS here or for Android here

You can find the new Sigurd and the Dragon AR app for iOS here or for Android here

You can view all shortlisted finalists here