Since the national UK lockdown at the end of March, our clubs and weekend activities have paused. Although schools have re-opened, it’s unclear when our clubs will re-start.
It seems increasingly likely that blended learning (a mix of on and offline) will become the norm. That’s why we’re super-excited to receive funding from Grant for the Web: it will help us explore if online delivery can work.
Our funded project is called Design Club: Reboot. With the money from Grant for the Web, we can do three important things:
We’ll extend and enhance the design learning content for children in our Resource Hub. Our workshop essentials are free, and always will be. But we need to explore ways to make Design Club sustainable. We recently installed Coil on our website. Coil is a new, ad-free way to browse web content. …
Although after school and weekend Design Clubs are currently paused, we’re happy to support any existing mentors who’d like to run a club online.
Running a Design Club remotely is different from face to face for many reasons. Our awesome mentor Bianca Hollis has written three posts about running a club online (planning, delivery and next steps).
Bianca has talked in detail about the technical and creative challenges of running a club online. There is a third set of challenges around keeping children safe online. Here are 10 key things you can do.
Like everyone, our first reaction after the UK lockdown was announced was “So…what (on Earth) do we do now?!”.
Right after the announcement, it seemed there was a rush to put content out. Some almost instant reactions were fantastic, like Little Inventors Daily Challenge, Olaf Falafel’s YouTube show and Joe Wicks’ PE with Joe.
But there was also a lot of noise. It was clear that parents were getting a bit overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available.
We wanted to take a step back. …