The Make Learn Share model is all about putting young people in the driving seat to teach digital skills to other children and young people.
Make Learn Share trains secondary school students in coding , who then cascade their computing expertise, enthusiasm and shared learning into linked Primary Schools. The model has operated in schools across Sheffield over several years, led by the Sheffield City Council eLearning team who are now part of Learn Sheffield.
Make Learn Share started life as a Nesta-funded project then developed to incorporate family learning with support from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Latterly it extended into the Make Learn Share Europe (MLSE) project, designed to develop digital skills amongst young people across Europe. This concluded in autumn 2018 with involvement from:
- Riga, Latvia
- Gijon, Spain
- Ronneby, Sweden
- Rome, Italy
- Sheffield, United Kingdom
The same model was used – secondary-school-age students were trained and then cascaded their learning to teach other secondary school or primary school students.
We have seen three key features as a result of the Make Learn Share work:
- Student participants creating digital products as a result of the training
- Student participants influencing their peers and modelling an alternative approach to developing digital skills in the curriculum
- Student participants developing their literacy, maths, communication and employability skills
An application is currently being made to run a continuation of the Make Learn Share Europe project enabling ongoing participation in the Make Learn Share model by schools in Sheffield.