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How do you trick children to become more digitally literate? With zombies of course! - Kari Morley


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How do you trick children to become more digitally literate? With zombies of course! - Kari Morley

  1. 1. How do you trick children to become more digitally literate? With zombies of course! Kari Morley Subject Librarian Anglia Ruskin University
  2. 2. 3 locations: Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough Over 35,000 students worldwide Large proportion of vocational courses: Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Surveying Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2014
  3. 3. Money Dilemmas Jelly bean budgeting Assist the Surgeon AppInventer The pig personality test Modelling junk
  4. 4. Why me?
  5. 5. (Isn’t it cute?!)
  6. 6. First steps
  7. 7. Biggest problems to overcome One session suitable for children aged 6-16 and with varying abilities IT - access to appropriate resources and sticking to the licensing agreements Fear of the undead unknown
  8. 8. A hands-on, computer based session Basic online research skills “Fun” topic of zombies Separate sessions for each different age ranges Include the younger siblings too The concept
  9. 9. Cambridge 2015 Chelmsford 2014 Cambridge 2014 Team Zombie
  10. 10. Allocated tasks Find online resources about zombies and survival suitable for children and add to a Libguide Design posters and worksheets Test any programmes to be used Design the lesson plan Plan costumes
  11. 11. One Page Project Plan
  12. 12. Safe online resources (not as easy as you might think)
  13. 13. The Zomguide A chance to show off Libguides and explain our day-to-day role at ARU Includes links to: Open Access articles Blogs World Health Organisation Government websites NHS
  14. 14. Activities for all ages
  15. 15. 2014 - Ability appropriate worksheets
  16. 16. Activities for under 7’s Keyword game A worksheet that can be drawn and written on Wordsearch
  17. 17. 2 min Introduction Survival scenario Introduce ourselves Emphasise that this might seem silly but it’s actually quite useful for own research. 5 min Ice breaker discussion: Zombie fiction vs zombie non-fiction What we think we know about zombies – keywords added to the board What we actually know – where could we look for reliable information? 5 min Discussion and demo: Good resources vs bad resources “What makes a good reliable resource?” “Which of these sources would you trust or not trust?” Look at different sites and discuss which ones could be useful and why. 10 min Hands-on activity Using the Zomguide to answer the work sheets. Staff to distribute worksheets based on age/ability. 3 min Close Closing discussion included all the best things they’d found from the Zomguide & whose brain they’d like to eat Timing Topic Activity 2014 lesson plan
  18. 18. Feedback from 2014 Very popular – 190 attendees & 30-40 turnaways at Chelmsford alone Parents were very positive and could see the value Attendees enjoyed themselves Misleading description in the programme - “Felt like homework” People don’t read signs or programmes It’s best to be over prepared – extra activities are always useful
  19. 19. 2015 What did we change for this year?
  20. 20. 2015 Older age range: 12-16 More accurate description for the programme Changed the survival scenario Augmented reality apps: HeartCam was very popular (and gross) Activity packs rather than single worksheets Lots of posters – thanks to the budget from Outreach! Improved the Zomguide & made a ReadingList Timetabled a break for lunch! “How doing your homework could save your life!”
  21. 21. The Open Access area at Cambridge
  22. 22. 2015 Feedback 40 attendees Cambridge session was held in the Open Access area instead of a classroom Activity pack worked well Most children were younger than we’d planned for Each session was different depending on who turned up and we lost the “community survival” theme
  23. 23. My advice
  24. 24. Have a clear plan Always have back-up activities (or 5) ready for emergencies One off events are a great chance to experiment with new ideas Group activities don’t work well for Open Day events It’s ok if not all staff will find this as much fun as you do! Seriously, no-one reads signs or programmes
  25. 25. Tips for working with children (if you’ve never done it before) • Don’t be scared of them • Talk to them normally – no-one likes being patronised • It’s ok if one won’t talk to you there is always another one who will… a lot! • Children love gross things • You are not responsible for controlling their behaviour • Enjoy it!
  26. 26. The Zomguide Kari Morley Subject Librarian Anglia Ruskin University