Storytelling app wins Bett Award
Day Two Productions has been awarded a prestigious Bett award in the ‘Early Years Digital Content’ category. Coinciding with Bett, the world’s largest technology in education show, the awards are considered the highest accolade in the industry.
The Bett Awards play a key role in identifying and rewarding innovative ICT resources and services for use in education. Day Two Productions won the award for its Traditional Storyteller app, designed to develop a child’s love of stories.
The judges were very impressed with the different traditions and mixed ethnicities offered through the resource. They commented, “The Traditional Storyteller app provides valuable user guidance and information, offering a wide flexibility of applications. We like the use of a child’s voice for instructions; it certainly enables effective learning and is good value for money.”
Available worldwide exclusively through Apple’s App Store, the range has been designed to introduce children to the wonder of stories.
Eve Bearne, a literacy expert and formerly of Cambridge University, carried out a study of the stories and found that they contributed significantly to raising standards in speaking and listening, and led to noticeable gains in writing skills, improving the structure and imaginative content of children’s own stories. “I can’t think of a better way to get children interacting with stories than these apps. Authentic stories, excitingly told, encourage children to get to grips with telling and writing stories of their own. Flexible and fun, they appeal to all ages and provide models of how stories can be told without laying down rules and formulae. “
Maria Brosnan, managing director at Day Two Productions commented, “Winning this Bett Award is a great acknowledgement of just how essential a product like the ‘Traditional Storyteller’ is in today’s digital environment. Early engagement with literacy is such an important part of a child’s development and therefore the fact the it is used extensively by parents as well as teachers is enormously encouraging.”
About The Traditional Storyteller
The Traditional Storyteller apps have been developed by the team behind the award-winning ‘The Story Spinner’ and ‘Stories from Around the World’ DVD series already enjoyed by over 450,000 UK primary school children. Using the same simple methodology: no gimmicks or sound effects, just a highly-skilled storyteller enrapturing the child through the expressive use of words, gestures, facial expressions and direct eye contact.
Day Two Productions have been working professionally in our respective fields of drama, music, filmmaking and directing for over twenty years. We all have children and are passionate about inspiring children in building their confidence and communication skills. We are both excited and proud to have created resources that have been proven to improve key literacy skills.
Our resources are the result of over five years’ extensive research and development with education professionals and children. The Traditional Storyteller apps are a wonderful opportunity for children to experience the delights of oral storytelling and we sincerely hope that the stories and games give children the creativity and confidence to become storytellers themselves – our future Steven Spielbergs, Roald Dahls or J K Rowlings.
Storytelling Apps take top honour at UK National Education Awards
21 March 2012.
London based provider of digital storytelling resources, Day Two Productions has been awarded the national Education Resource Award for Best Early Years Resource for its ‘Traditional Storyteller Apps’.
The award highlights innovative products that enhance the everyday life or work of teachers, pupils or schools; have an impact on learning; and offer cost effectiveness in terms of educational aims and results.
The Education Resources Awards were organised by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA). The judges comprising teachers and education specialists commented that: “These apps are groundbreaking in that they introduces children to quality traditional storytelling using modern day technology available to a large section of society. It is easy to use and navigate with clear concise help given in spoken words.” The judges continued: “We loved the simplicity of the recording and the facility to retell. We hope many more traditional stories from around the world will be added to this exciting and affordable collection.”
Maria Brosnan, Managing Director, Day Two Productions, says, “We have always strived to create innovative and effective resources that children love and it’s a huge honour for us to be recognised amongst the best of the best. We are delighted that the Traditional Storyteller apps are having such a positive and powerful impact in education.”
Ray Barker, director of BESA comments: “The chosen winners reflect the needs of the education sector right now, detailing innovative and cost effective resources, exemplary companies and proven approaches. They should be seen as representing the very best in education.”