S6E133: Literacy and Digital Tech with Josh Davidson

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Literacy and Digital Tech

Josh Davidson was one of the first students in the United Kingdom to complete an MA in Digital Art. In every professional role he has had, he has tried to retain his creativity and enthusiasm for new approaches and ideas. It is this willingness to experiment in his work that led to him being recognised with several industry awards. He is the creator and Managing Director of Night Zookeeper; a magical, inspirational brand where children discover and create their own imaginative animals. These animals join an interactive world, which encourages children to learn to read and write. Their unique creations can feature in storybooks, an animated series on Sky Kids and even in a collectable card game. The TV series was the first in the world to be co-created alongside children and had 150,000 entries.

Josh is a passionate public speaker on games, literacy education and creativity. He has spoken at many international conferences including MipJunior, Apps World, Future Book, Kidscreen, the Children's Media Conference, Edinburgh Book Festival, London Book Fair and the Sharjah International Book Fair. Additionally, he has been interviewed across BBC stations in the United Kingdom and has given keynotes at Creative Mornings London and many more. His storybooks have been published by Oxford University Press and translated into several languages.

In This Episode

In this episode we spoke about the value of holding on to creativity and gamification in our learning world. As a child with dyslexia, Josh understands what it's like to have numerous stories in your head but getting them out is what is difficult. Creating a digital platform for reading and writing was his way to support the kids like himself that have all the stories in their heads, but have trouble getting them out.

Josh and I we explored the importance of supporting learning in our quickly changing technological world through:

  • Using the internet as a space to create, not just consume
  • Learning through Gamification
  • Digital stories and games
  • Building literacy through digital tech~How digital technology for literacy broadens the world, connects kids and gives a voice

Resources

You can find Josh on Twitter @thewikiartist

You can learn more about Night Zookeeper through their website. If you are in the US connect HERE. Canada connect HERE. If you are in the UK connect HERE. Australia connect HERE.

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