Creative Learning Centres
For over 10 years Northern Ireland's Creative Learning Centres have been helping schools and communities use digital creativity to support learning.
The Creative Learning Centres are based in Belfast, Armagh and Derry~Londonderry although they reach right across Northern Ireland. We work by giving training, resources and advise to teachers and learners around digital technologies and creativity and how they can be used within the curriculum to make learning more engaging and effective for all learners and abilities. Creative learning is all about making things, creating films, computer games, animation, music and digital stories, 3D printing, fabrication and design and using mobile devices and digital technologies. These are all mapped into the curriculum by the Creative Learning Centres for the benefit of all ages and abilities and support is provided for teachers and learners through classroom focused training.
The real power of technology in the classroom as a tool for school improvement and increased attainment, is only fully unlocked through the use of this creativity based approach. Filming a chemistry experiment, creating a maths based computer game or 3D printing a historical monument all help us to think more deeply and learn about a subject. Sharing that learning and insight with others creates both a pride in our work and develops our communication skills. This is where arts and creativity are at the heart of learning, STEM becomes STEAM offering deeper engagement with learning across the entire curriculum.
The Creative Learning Centres are independent, non commercial organisations funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen and inspected by the ETI. We operate as impartial centres of advise and knowledge around technology and learning for both schools and communities across Northern Ireland. As technologies changes the way we live every part of our lives, it also changes the way that we can learn. The Creative Learning Centres exist to provide resources, guidance and support around this developing Northern Ireland's future classrooms today.
Contact Sharon Tosh, Education Manager for more information S.firstname.lastname@example.org.