Digital learning event was hosted at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum yesterday

Teachers from some of the UK’s leading digital schools gathered at Birmingham’s Thinktank Science Museum yesterday, to explore the very latest ideas for using education technology in the classroom.

Hosted by Discovery Education, ‘Day of Discovery’ saw teachers gather at the award-winning museum, as part of a tour across the UK, US and Canada, which will visit more than 20 cities this year.

A number of innovative technologies were featured at the one-day event, which enabled schools to share their own experiences of using digital resources to transform learning.

Teachers from Scotch Orchard Primary School in Staffordshire led a fascinating session on augmented reality, which creates a magical, interactive reading experience for pupils. Headteacher Wendy Horden and Deputy Headteacher Jo Bishop showed how the innovative technology adds a new dimension to literacy lessons, bringing books to life and engaging reluctant readers.

Maintaining creativity against a background of curricular change was a key focus of the day, with teachers exploring how digital technology can encourage pupil innovation, while meeting new curriculum goals and standards. Schools also took part in an interactive maths session, which underlined the important role ed-tech can play in boosting STEM attainment.

One of the schools taking part was Coventry based Grangehurst Primary School. Assistant Headteacher Gemma Clarke said:

“There was an amazing atmosphere at the conference, and we really enjoyed connecting with other teachers who are inspired to use technology in inventive ways. Discovery Education Community events always provide fantastic new ideas and a positive energy that we take straight back into the classroom. I know that we will see the impact upon our pupils immediately.”

The teachers attending ‘Day of Discovery’ were from Discovery Education’s partner schools across the Midlands, London, and the South East, all of whom use pioneering digital technologies and content in their classrooms.

Helen Miller, Head of Community at Discovery Education said:

“We were delighted to bring our flagship community-led conference to Birmingham for the first time. There was a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm at the event today, and it was great to see so many teachers connecting with each other. Day of Discovery is a fantastic opportunity for schools who are enthused about using digital resources to connect with one another, and share ideas and best practice.”

The Discovery Education Community, which reaches over 2 million teachers worldwide, is one of the fastest growing networks for teachers in the UK. The Community connects members in their own school, across the country and around the world through in-person and online events, networking, idea sharing and inspiration.