Julia Bateson found that not enough primary schools were encouraging their pupils to engage creatively with technology. In order to combat this, she has developed Excite-ed, a social enterprise which helps young children to learn using computer technology and gaming.
How Julia Bateson is Developing a Digitally-Aware Generation
Julia’s start-up, Excite-ed, is a social enterprise which is active in schools, and which encourages pupils and teachers to familiarize themselves with the digital world through gaming. Children and their teachers are given the tools necessary to design online games and applications that will provide a technological and a social education for the children who use them.
Julia felt that, while the modern job market is becoming more and more reliant upon technology, and while most jobs in the future will depend upon a sound technological understanding, schools were not doing enough to equip children with this kind of understanding from a young age. Excite-ed, which works with children and young adults in schools across the UK, has developed games and software such as CyberSafe, which is a game to raise awareness of cyber bullying.
Through the games developed by Excite-ed, children are becoming more familiar with the creative and technological processes behind online games, they are given access to a new form of educational tool, and they are able to bond with their teachers as the games bring them together. A recent article on edu-games discusses the good and bad on this form of educational learning.
About this Entrepreneur for a Change: Julia Bateson
Julia Bateson has a long and varied background in education and working with children. She has qualifications in teaching primary and middle-years children (Brighton Polytechnic) and a Master of Arts in Educational Studies from Canterbury Christ Church University. She has worked with schools and local councils, and has hands-on experience in working with young children.
Julia founded Excite-ed in 2011. After all her experience in working with children and teachers, she felt that schools were not doing enough to improve their pupils’ digital literacy skills, and wanted to develop a social enterprise that would combat this.
Julia now works with a core team of three directors at Excite-ed. As well as developing CyberSafe and working with the Big Lottery fund, she has also developed a multi-cultural app named Simple Salah, which helps children to learn more about the Islamic prayer.
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