By doing good stuff based upon the interests of students and the needs of the community, EdLab encourages students to enrich the experiences of learners, youth and communities through the opportunities present in informal spaces.
Exploring Innovation in Education
EdLab enables students to explore and create innovation in education through 'real life' challenges posed by partner groups. This is supported by workshop spaces, inspiring talks, project development with outside partners and reflective practice.
EdLab is a creative space in which students can develop employment skills by engaging with 'real world' educational experiences driven by their passions.
The Community Learning Festival is an exciting and free event happening at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Brooks building on Tuesday, 25 July – Thursday, 27 July 2017, 12 – 6pm.
The festival is a celebration of the diversity of learning happening in the local area. It’s a chance for community learning providers and University projects to come together and enjoy the facilities at the Brooks building for a series of lively and interesting events.
The festival will have a range of activities, workshops, walks and talks over the three days. Each day features workshops on themes like democracy, care, community and the environment. Most importantly, there is always something going on for all ages and interests.
Some of the highlights include:
Music, rap and spoken word sessions
Art and textiles workshops mixing creative craft and technology
Creative walks and digital story trails
Debates and discussions on local and global issues
Junk Percussion workshops
Talks and films on civic action and social justice
The Festival has been organised by the Manchester Met Faculty of Education in association with community partners including Louise Da-Cocodia Education Trust, Hideaway and Hulme Community Garden Centre.
Help us promote the Festival. Images and Workshops highlights to share with your networks via email and social media are available on the EdLab website:
Mix-d is an organisation which works with young people who are mixed race to give voice to this underrepresented group. Mix-d have worked with this group over a number of years to hear and understand the perspectives of mixed-race young people, and as a result have created a number of packs to support professionals in working with these young people.
Mix-d have offered to work with EdLab students to create a professionals pack to support primary school teachers working with mixed-race children. This pack would be the first of its kind in the UK, and could help teachers to work with mixed-race children in a positive manner which helps to develop a strong and positive sense of identity.
To get involved in this project, or to work on a challenge which supports the development of this project, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Proud Trust supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people in the UK. In 2013 Manchester’s LGBT youth group said there was a ‘gap’ in how they get and need support. The Proud Trust would therefore like to understand how a virtual community group could support young LGBT people and fill this gap for those feeling isolated from services.
Research demonstrates the persistent disadvantage towards LGBT youth for example,within education due to homophobic bullying. Therefore, a virtual community group may do something to alleviate these issues for young people in education, and The Proud Trust would like students to investigate the potential.
Are you an aspiring young poet, writer or MC? Do you feel like you have something to say? This workshop will help you find your voice, respond to the issues of the day and give guidance on writing and performance.
The Feminist Webs Archive was set up in September 2008 by a group of young women, their female youth workers and allies.
The collection is ever-growing with contributions from older, feminist youth workers and consists of photographs, banners, leaflets, magazines, oral “her-stories” and various other documents that are related to feminist youth work with girls and young women. The archive is made up of a physical collection, but also an online, digital collection.
This workshop on storytelling is a chance to find out and experience digital storytelling. It will feature the work of Community Arts North West, Petrus Homeless project from Rochdale and the stories of local Hulme residents.
If you are a story teller interested in using mobile technologies or if you have already done work in this area come along to share your experiences and ideas. As part of this workshop you will have a chance to go out on a Story Trail of Hulme.
Are you interested in making your own multimedia stories on tablets/iPads or smartphones? With the freely available Our Story app, you can easily create your own story in pictures, text, audio, video or a combination of all of the four. Sharing is easy and can happen online or you can print your finished story in four different sizes.
This session is all and especially valuable for young children or those interested in working with this age group.
We will provide iPads but if you prefer to use your own device that’s fine too, just bring it along. The session will be led by Dr Natalia Kucirkova. Natalia is senior lecturer in Early Years and Childhood Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. More about Our Story projects and research is on this website:
This workshop is supported by EdLab as part of the 2016 Brooks Community Learning Festival.
This participatory seminar explores how creative walking methods can be used in education and community development. It will focus on how walking and mapping can be used to share stories, build connections and create a sense of place. It is aimed at anyone curious about these methods.No experience necessary.
We are moving beyond historical tours or walking lectures to think about creative methods and how they can enhance a wide range of subject areas. Please bring an open mind and appropriate clothing to go for a wander in the local area.
Working in groups we will complete various experiments with sound and electronics, building simple electronic instruments using circuits. Each group is given a Circuit Box, which contains useful bits of junk, salvaged from discarded computers.
We will learn how to easily make mechanical acoustic instruments from this treasure. Making new things out of junk is called ‘Upcycling’. We will experiment with basic components of circuitry and touch on electromagnetism and the workings of speaker drivers and electric motors. The sounds that we produce with our instruments can be changed, and we will explore the sonic possibilities that they offer.
We will, of course, also be testing each other’s noses and feeling 1000 watts of bass vibrations with our fingers.
This workshop is supported by EdLab as part of the 2016 Brooks Community Learning Festival.
We have created an internet-connected leaf-cutter ants nest, based in MMUs John Dalton building. The nest generates a live-feed of both imagery and movement data (the ants trigger a counter as they pass key points in the nest) – and young people are able to suggest experiments around which this data will be formed (what happens if you play classical music at one end of the nest?).
The next step is to ‘educatify’ this resource: generating as many different forms of learning. These might range to direct study of the behaviour of ants, through to understanding scientific method, understanding of evolutionary traits – or cross disciplinary use of the ants as a stimuli (stories about the hive? Art produced using the data or imagery produced?).
Explore ways in which simple materials such as copper tape and LEDs can be used as materials in the production of art, and develop ways in which this activity can form the basis of educational activity for children, young people and communities more widely. This will include the production of resources that can be used externally, and the development and implementation of pop-up and sustained workshops.
This project work grapples with way in which ‘Art’ and ‘Tech’ are related to each other in the move from ‘STEM’ to ‘STEAM’ subjects. There is a growing body of research which suggests that art (and ‘purpose’ more broadly), adds meaning to abstract STEM learning. In turn, this renders it more accessible and raises the likelihood of successful engagement by learners.
EdLab MMU and Community Arts North West have recently hosted a visit from Petrus Homeless project to the Brooks Building in Hulme. The visit inspired and supported the Hidden Rochdale project, a highly interactive digital trail that will tell the hidden stories of Petrus homeless service-users. Their goal is to take the audience on a provocative and highly engaging journey through Rochdale to uncover digital artifacts that will be concealed in the landscape.
To prepare, the EdLab MMU team worked with Hulme residents to create a mini-trail of Hidden Hulme. During the visit, this trail was explored to experiment with the use of mobile recording technologies, location aware, tagging and tracking technologies.
For the test trail we took the approach of using low cost equipment to record local activities and stories in a simple but intimate way. Codes are then displayed where the videos were recorded which draws those doing the trail into new spaces, opening up new experiences and connections to an area.