2018 has been a landmark year for Digital Schoolhouse (DSH) and one with many firsts! We've reached over 15,000 students, featured on Twitch's homepage, hobnobbed with royalty and acquired a new team member (and we're looking for one more!). Here's our best bits from 2018, so grab a mug of something festive and join us in reflecting on what I'm sure you can agree, has been a pivotal year for Digital Schoolhouse and for computing education.
2018 year has been exciting for computing education. The government is clearly committed to the industrial strategy as announced in 2017, and many of these promises have been fleshed out throughout the year in various proposals, commitments and programmes. As the year comes to a close, why not take a closer look at the year in policy and computing education. A summary of all the most important highlights from policy and computing.
We are thrilled to announce that Digital Schoolhouse (DSH) will receive £200,000 from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as announced today by Creative Industries Minister Margot James at Dudley College.
Following the annoucement at Ukie’s AGM, we return with our third national esports tournament and we are delighted to announce that the competition once again features the popular game Overwatch® by Blizzard Entertainment. Last year’s tournament succeeded to reach over 2,000 students who participated as either players or as part of the school or college’s event management, social media, press and community team.
We’re thrilled to announce that we have two brand new guest bloggers who will be publishing their monthly blog, right here on our website (very soon!). They'll be focusing on all things play-based learning and creative computing for your reading pleasure. Find out a little more about who they are and their connection to the programme.
On 13 September we’ll be kickstarting the new academic year with another jam-packed annual launch at Ukie HQ. We're celebrating Digital Schoolhouse powered by PlayStation landing in more locations across the UK, with our network of Schoolhouses and community of Lead Teachers continuing to expand.
You can register here.
Digital Schoolhouse recently travelled to Sheffield for The Children's Media Conference (CMC) 2018, welcoming professionals across sectors serving the children's and youth audience including: television production, interactive media, games, the academic community and more.
In true DSH fashion we decided to shake things up and introduce delegates to the world of Esports.
The national esports tournament concluded last month, but whilst game play ceases, it gives us an opportunity to look back at the event and showcase some of the amazing work that went on behind the scenes.
At DSH, our vision is to bridge the gap between education and industry, and throughout the tournament we highlighted careers education in esports, video games and wider tech at every opportunity: from players to production, and even the winners' trophy…