London - December 4: Digital Schoolhouse together with Nintendo UK is thrilled to announce it has won the prestigious HundrED Spotlight for Digital Wellbeing, celebrating organisations implementing creative innovations to promote and improve digital education.
HundrED is a not-for-profit organisation that discovers, researches and shares impactful and scalable innovations in K12 education around the world. Run in partnership with Supercell, the first-ever Spotlight for Digital Wellbeing also recognised nine other education initiatives.
The award comes at the end of a hugely successful year for Digital Schoolhouse, which saw Nintendo UK joining as a lead partner in September and the announcement of the Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team Battle 2020 shortly after. In November, Digital Schoolhouse students were welcomed to the homes of leading game publishers Ubisoft, SEGA and Konami as part of the UK government’s Creative Careers Week programme.
Digital Schoolhouse has reached 59,000 young people and supported more than 7,500 teachers across the country since it was founded in 2014. To date, 55 schoolhouses have been set up in partnership with schools, colleges and universities across the country, holding creative Computing workshops.
“Being selected for the HundrED Digital Wellbeing spotlight is the perfect way to end a landmark year for Digital Schoolhouse,” said Shahneila Saeed, director of Digital Schoolhouse. “With special thanks to our partners, teachers and students, we've achieved significant milestones and historic levels of engagement for the programme.
“To receive this award from HundrED's esteemed judges and Supercell is the global recognition we've dreamed of. Playful computing and digital wellbeing are intrinsic to helping the next generation fulfil their creative potential, but vitally, in becoming accomplished digital citizens that are equipped with the correct Computational Thinking skills to thrive."
The first major initiative of 2020 for Digital Schoolhouse is Visionaries, a free educational event taking place on January 30 at Alexandra Palace. The event aims to develop business and technical skills for female students aged 11-13 years.
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The not-for-profit Digital Schoolhouse programme, together with Nintendo UK, uses play-based learning to engage the next generation of pupils and teachers with the Computing curriculum. Digital Schoolhouse is delivered by the UK games industry trade body Ukie and is supported by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
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