The Mission Support Team
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Shakespeare Week was created and is co-ordinated by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to ensure that every child has opportunities for rich and enjoyable early experiences with Shakespeare. We want those experiences to extend beyond the classroom and encourage individual children to continue their own journey of discovery. Through Mission Shakespeare we will be able to offer on and off-line challenges and activities that will be available to all children wherever they are, that are tailored and age-specific, that will inspire discovery and encourage a life-long interest in Shakespeare.
This project has been made possible through collaborations with partner organisations whose unstinting support we gratefully acknowledge.
The Disruptive Media Learning Lab at Coventry University
The Disruptive Media Learning Lab (DMLL) at Coventry University is an experimental unit tasked with innovation and experimentation in teaching and learning. One of our key projects is exploring the use of Open Badges in Education as a way of evidencing extra-curricular skills for University students.
Coventry University has a long-standing relationship with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT) in Stratford and we are delighted to work with SBT in this pilot project for Shakespeare Week. The project works with Primary Schools to introduce the concept of digital badges at an earlier stage in the education process, progressing rewards for a digital generation. Working with the existing MakeWaves platform enabled us to focus on the content and design of the digital badges for school children.
The team at the DMLL have worked with the education team in SBT to create nine digital badge challenges aimed at Key Stage 1 and 2 children, together with a set of resources that bring the activities to life and make them accessible for primary school children. We are looking forward to the next stage which is to introduce digital badges for teachers recognising skills development and innovative teaching.
The DMLL Team: Jacqui Speculand, Lauren Heywood, Charles Legge, Koula Charitonos and Sarah Merry.
We're honoured and thrilled to be involved with Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as a key partner for Shakespeare Week 2017. All the team at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust share our belief that Shakespeare should be taught in a fun and engaging way, this ensures that children grow up with an enthusiasm and respect for the great man himself. We see it all the time with our musicals; make it fun and the children will do the rest. We're confident that Shakespeare Week 2017 is going to be the biggest and best one yet! Shakespeare Rocks!
Digitalme are excited to be a partner of Mission Shakespeare helping to deliver the ‘Passport to Shakespeare’ activities in a new and innovative way through the Digitalme platform Makewaves.
We are delighted to be giving as many young people as possible the opportunity to explore and learn about Shakespeare through digital badges and we believe that it will have an impact both in and beyond the school community. By bringing together the heritage and authenticity of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the digital expertise of the Digitalme team we hope to ensure the legacy and importance Shakespeare brings to the learning of young people.
We are proud to be a part of the initiative and we are confident that Shakespeare would have been on board in this way of learning too!
We at Walker Books love collaborating on Shakespeare Week because it is the perfect way for us to work with The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and use our skills to help children become aware of Shakespeare. We love being part of the national celebration and we believe that once introduced to Shakespeare, every child has a connection to the universality of his work that will last their whole life.
With special thanks to our Shakespeare Week patron Marcia Williams for her inspiring and beautiful illustrations.