Reading Room recipient of two prestigious Education Awards
- Published: 22 March 2016
Reading Room is proud to announce we have received two prestigious awards for our work with The National Archives on the Magna Carta education resource for children ages 11 to 14. At the BETT (British Educational Training and Technology) Awards, we received the top award for Free Digital Content/Open Educational Resources – single issue resource. In March, at the MEDEA Awards we were awarded the Special Jury Prize, a discretionary prize determined by the judges to recognize “exceptional innovation in pedagogic or technical design.” We are honoured to be the recipient of these awards and proud of our staff’s dedicated work on this project.
The Magna Carta is one of the most widely recognised documents in history – but few actually understand what it contains, what it meant then and what it means now. To address this challenge, The National Archives partnered with Reading Room to build a resource targeted at Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14) children. Reading Room developed an education activity focused on the creation of a ‘Chronicle’ which the children write as they move through chronological chapters featuring original videos, maps and other digital assets from the National Archives. Children can earn badges and points by answering questions about what they’ve learned in the chapters and receive instant feedback. Built in just three months, the resource helped mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta by King John at Runnymede. Reading Room was delighted to work with The National Archives and be a part of this important milestone in the Magna Carta’s illustrious history.
This year’s BETT awards saw the most entries ever with stiff competition in our award category from Tesco, CTVC Ltd/TrueTube, iCompute, London Grid for Learning, National Theatre and Frog Education and the Royal Society of Chemistry. The judges were most impressed with our “combination of engaging content, intuitive technology and robust pedagogic design.”
The MEDEA Awards were held in Brussels this March at the Media & Learning Conference, the awards attracted over 290 participants from 30 countries. Reading Room is especially proud to be recognised with the Special Jury Prize by the highly-qualified judging panel at the MEDEA Awards.
We would like to say thank you to the BETT and MEDEA Awards for recognising our work, The National Archives for partnering with us and our staff for their hard work and dedication.