Monday, September 25, 2017

Welsh learning app up for national award

If so, maybe you’ve used what has become an incredibly popular app?

Magi Ann a’i Ffrindiau (Magi Ann and her Friends) is a series of apps designed to help children and adults alike learn Welsh – put together by Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam and launched in late 2014.

They are now in the running for a national award, having made the shortlist for the Education Category in the 2017 National Lottery Awards.

The project reached the final shortlist after competing against more than 1,300 applicants across the United Kingdom.

The apps, which tell the story of the character Magi Ann and her friends, have helped people throughout the world learn to read in Welsh, with the apps downloaded more than 99,000 times.

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There are six Magi Ann apps available to download for free, with more than 50 simple stories and games available for learners.

Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “We’re very pleased to see this app make the final round of the National Lottery Awards.

“As in the aims set out by our Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP), we as a council want to do all we can to encourage more people, of any age, to take just a little more time out of their day to learn Welsh – and apps such as Magi Ann a’i Ffrindiau have proven incredibly popular in helping people to pick up Welsh during their day-to-day lives.

“We wish Menter Iaith every success, and hope Magi Ann takes the award.”

Gill Stephen, Chief Officer at Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam, said: “I’m excited that we have reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards out of 1,300 nominations – this is excellent news, and recognition of the importance of this work.

“These apps are important resources for children learning to read in Welsh, be they first language Welsh-speakers, or Welsh learners.

“There is an obvious demand for the apps in Wales, but we also know of families that are benefiting from using the apps across the world – from Japan to Patagonia, from America to Sweden!”

To vote for Magi Ann, visit http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/magi-ann

Or telephone 0844 836 9680 (this is the direct number to vote for Magi Ann – calls cost 5p).

Tweet/re-tweet: #NLAMagiAnn on Twitter.

Or visit the LotteryGoodCauses page on Facebook and vote by leaving a message with the hashtag #NLAMagiAnn

The deadline for votes is July 27.

Source: https://news.wrexham.gov.uk/welsh-learning-app-up-for-national-award/ (Thu Aug 31st 2017)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil

Let's Get Digital, Digital!

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All things digital will be celebrated in a ‘festival' at Central Library Hub next week.

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No wellies or glow-sticks are required for Digifest, a special event on Saturday, September 9 organised by Cardiff Library Service and Adult Community Learning Service.

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The digital fun from 10am to 5pm will include information stalls, seminars and workshops with activities available to suit a variety of ages and capabilities.

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The day will also provide an opportunity for people to enrol on a wide variety of Adult Community Learning courses including courses for help people gain skills they need to get back into work, exciting courses from crafts to computers and as well as accessible learning opportunities for adults with additional needs.

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Workshops in the festival include an ‘Appy hour' for all those confused by just what their smartphone or tablet can do, Minecraft club for children to build and explore their own world in a safe, offline environment, a local ancestry and family history workshop with Glamorgan Family History Society, a social media seminar, 3D printing demonstration, digital garden design and much more.

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Visitors to the library will also be able to find out about the latest cutting edge photography equipment available, learn about the latest virtual reality technology to help people gain an understanding of what it is like to suffer from dementia and lots of information about the activities and resources on offer in Cardiff Libraries.

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Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "Digifest is a great initiative by Cardiff Libraries and Adult Community Learning to help people find out more about every day technology, how to get the best out of it and how to enjoy using it. There's a packed schedule of innovative activities running throughout the day for real novices to those who already embrace technology in their lives but want to learn more.

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