Digital network plan to link new media and expressive arts

8th January 2010 at 00:00
Ten arts organisations are to receive up to pound;30,000 each to develop innovative approaches in learning to use Glow, the Scottish schools' intranet

"Webisodes" (online dramas), environmental art, a woodland art trail using hand-held GPS technology and a virtual photo album all feature in the successful bids for funding.

The Co-Create Project, a partnership between Learning and Teaching Scotland and the Scottish Arts Council, seeks to link the expressive arts with new media to develop new projects and resources available to schools via the digital network.

The project received 37 applications for funding from across Scotland, of which 10 have been selected by an assessment panel made up of local authority officers, classroom practitioners and representatives from LTS, the Scottish Arts Council and RM, the solution provider for Glow. They are:

- Citizens Theatre, covering Glasgow and the wider Strathclyde area: targeting P3-4 and their teachers as well as Neet-group (not in employment, education or training) teenagers, it will create a live production about how violence begins and offer teacher resources, live web-chats, film clips of the production, online activities and audio interviews;

- Horsecross Arts, in Perth and Kinross, will focus on the transition stages in nursery, primary and secondary, generating an interactive "artbank" on Glow and demonstrating how teachers can use CfE subject "hooks" to create sound and image "bites".

- Drake Music Scotland will work with ASN pupils with severe and complex needs and music and class teachers in West Dunbartonshire, in their project called "Shine";

- Imaginate will work in East Renfrewshire, Shetland, Edinburgh and Midlothian with teachers, upper primary pupils and a new media design company to create an interactive online learning tool to support children at all levels in evaluating and appreciating art;

- NVA's project "Sage" (sow and grow everywhere) is a public art programme which aims to generate a change in people's food-growing culture by using derelict and vacant land. It plans to pilot Sage schools in Glasgow;

- Street Level Photoworks will target S3-6 pupils in Inverclyde, Highland, East Dunbartonshire and Glasgow, making a virtual photo album;

- Feis Rois will link mainstream pupils from four primary schools in Aberdeenshire with disengaged learners in Highland, using the traditional arts of storytelling, music, song and dance with new media and technology;

- Taigh Chearsabhagh museum and arts centre, in the Western Isles, will create an art trail, educational resources and interpretation of Langass Woodland in North Uist. S2 pupils will use hand-held devices with GPS technology to create resources for local primary schools;

- Visible Fictions' project, "State of Emergency", will create online dramas and "live" broadcasts from an online fictional country, allowing S2 pupils across various subjects to engage with actors-in-role, exploring dilemmas and themes connected with war; it will cover East Ayrshire, West Lothian, Glasgow, Inverclyde, and North and South Lanarkshire;

- YDance will support the delivery of Higher Dance in Inverclyde, Dumfries and Galloway and East Dunbartonshire, by providing dance lessons and teacher-training through Glow, backed by online dance resources.

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