Yesterday I had the pleasure of giving a workshop to three groups of Year 9 students at Northampton School for Girls. I was invited to deliver a presentation on my work at Engine Creative as part of a ‘Women in Careers’ day at the school organised by EBLO. I was also asked if I would put on an activity so the students could get hands-on experience of what I do.
Being not-so-long out of education, this was a great opportunity for me to go back with the boot on the other foot. The technical industries are truly male dominated so this was also a chance to inspire young women and show them that the technical side of the web is not just for boys. Giving three successive workshops meant I was able to develop the session and my presentation proficiency – a skill that will definitely be reused back at work.
The feedback from the sessions was extremely positive. Deputy Headteacher Carly Waterman commented:
“Students were introduced to industry-relevant and creative ways of using ICT to create an online photo album. The experience gave our students a clear insight into the marketing and design industries and has motivated many of them to think about these industries as a career choice. The students were delighted when what they were creating worked – I have never seen anything like that in an ICT lesson in my life!”
The current speed of evolution and adoption of web and mobile technologies not only makes interactive development a lucrative career choice, but also has huge implications for education. We at Engine Creative believe that getting young people to engage with media and
technology from both the perspective of a user and a creator will improve their ability to mobilise technology for learning purposes. Engine’s workshops have also served to inspire educators to better utilise these technologies in the classroom.