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Pupils at St Joachim’s Primary learn about digital agencies and app development from Dog Digital

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By Gillian West, Social media manager

March 26, 2013 | 2 min read

Primary six and seven pupils at Glasgow-based St Joachim’s Primary School have been working with Dog Digital to gain an insight into the work of digital agencies and the work that goes into app design and development.

The three week project saw Dog’s technical director, Crawford Tait, and senior designer, Ken Morrison, work alongside class teacher Mark Young to give pupils hands on advice about digital and mobile app design and development.

Tait and Morrison used the example of Dog Digital’s app for T in the Park to explain app design best practice before challenging the pupils to devise their own mobile apps on the theme of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The project concluded with the pupils visiting the Dog Digital office to present storyboards of their apps to Tait and Morrison.

The winning team Lights, Camera, Action! created an app entitled ‘Skills School’ which would display videos and information about Commonwealth athletes and sports as well as allowing users to create their own personal trainer who would recommend diet and exercise tips on a chosen sport.

“I have to admit I was surprised and delighted at how engaged and switched on the class were about what would constitute a viable and interesting app. It’s a great testament to the way that young people consume digital technology these days and it also bodes well for the talent and creativity that we look for in the creative industries across the UK,” commented Tait.

Of the project, St Joachim’s teacher Young, said: “Working with Dog Digital has been an invaluable experience and the children became engaged and motivated very early in the project. Working with professionals in this area enhanced their knowledge and enabled the children to create five mobile applications that were all innovative and showed a high understanding of the project.”

The project follows BIMA’s D Day and Spider Online’s Digital Dragons along with others that all aim to address the so-called digital skills gap in the UK.

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