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IOE academic delivers keynote on teaching and learning in the digital age

17 January 2019

On the 10 January, Dr John Potter from UCL Knowledge Lab presented a keynote speech at the Film and Media for Education Conference at Tallinn University in Estonia.

Student studying with laptop and notepad

The speech was on “Media literacy as dynamic literacy. Teaching and learning in digital age” which focused on what it means to be a teacher or learner (children aged 5-14) in the context of digital media and how it impacts both formal and informal educational settings. He presented work from his recently published book Digital Media Culture and Education with Julian McDougall alongside emergent findings from the Playing the Archive research

About 300 delegates attended which ranged of teachers, teacher-educators and media educators from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Denmark. Dr Potter provided them with examples of curriculum interventions from a range of projects in recent years, including some in after-school settings, all helping to re-define how we perceive literacy as wider than print literacy in the digital age. 

The conference also featured works from the Danish Film Institute, Supernova cinema from Tallinn University and Koulukino, a national film education association run by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland.

Dr Potter is a part of staff at the UCL Knowledge Lab as well as the Digital Arts Research in Education (DARE) collaboration under the Department of Culture, Communication and Media.