Family Learning and Digital Roadshows 2018-03-26T13:53:51+00:00
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Y&H 21.2.18 Leeds
NE 10.1.18 Gateshead
NW 21.2.18 Liverpool
EAST 21.2.18 Cambridge
EAST MIDS 22.2.18 Beeston
WEST MIDS 4.10.17 Solihull
SW 10.1.18 Taunton
SE 7.12.17 Crawley
LONDON 25.1.18 Canning Town

Roadshows evaluation report

‘Very inspirational. Can’t wait to use some of the ideas.’ Delegate feedback

Now that the roadshows are completed, read our Roadshows evaluation report.

Free Family Learning and Digital Roadshows

Learning and Digital Universal Offer leads Julie Griffiths and Ayub Khan have joined forces – and budgets – to plan a national series of SCL Roadshows, to take place between October 2017 and March 2018. The roadshows (10.00am – 4.30pm) are FREE with lunch provided.

Each event will feature two Family Learning workshops (focused on a new activities pack and evaluation toolkit), plus hands-on demonstrations of the latest technology aimed at frontline staff who – with a little bit of training – could deliver digital taster events in their own areas.

The rationale for linking the two UOs in this way is a recent report on ‘The Experiential Library’, commissioned by the Learning UO, which recommends embedding digital in the Family Learning ‘approach’ going forward.

The roadshows are being co-ordinated by Mag Astill, supported by a network of regional reps. The Family Learning workshops will be delivered by regional presenters, and we have recruited a number of staff from library services across the country to deliver the digital demonstrations and help develop a resource pack for delegates.

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SCL digital and family delegate resource pack



1. Digital

Aurasma guidance

CamJam EduKit 3 – Robotics Worksheet 1 – Introduction

Creating 360 pictures guidance

Creating videos guidance

Makey Makey Fruit Drum Kit

Minecraft – Build a Castle

QR code guidance

Sense Hat Random Sparkles

2. Family learning

The Experiential Library – The future of family learning

Family Learning toolkit
This is an introductory toolkit, designed for public libraries interested in designing an delivering family learning activities as part of their commitment to the Society of Chief Librarian’s Universal Offers. It contains information, ideas and inspiration about family learning, and a seven-step plan for your activities and events.

Christmas libraries adventure for families
This treasure hunt, designed for families to follow together without additional facilitation, is available as an online app version, or as three separate worksheets. We have also developed publicity materials to promote the activity in your library.

Storywalks materials
A storywalk is an outdoor trail for families, based on a popular children’s book. Families follow pictures left as clues or “checkpoints” along the trail that relate to characters or elements from the book.

We have developed a Storywalks guide, which contains things to think about when planning Storywalks, as well as templates for planning and evaluating your activities. We have also created an animated video, to use when promoting your Storywalk before the event. For example, you could share the video on media along with details of the date and time of your event. Or play it on a loop on a screen in the library.

Nature trail materials
A nature trail is a variation on a Storywalk, using children’s non-fiction books to discover plants, animals, habitats and nature. We have developed a nature trail guide, which contains things to think about when planning and evaluating your activities, as well as an animated video, to use when promoting your nature trail before the event