As part of our role as educators, it became increasingly frustrating to hear news of the same type of water related accidents happening around the UK. We felt strongly that if better information was available it would be possible to better educate young people on common pitfalls. If incident data was published soon after it occured, it would seem more real to young people. At certain times, e.g.
Good progress has been made in extending the functionality and reach of "sharedwalk" - an internet service to help support individuals keep in touch through visual communication. Of particular concerrn are the elderly alone. Their family, friends, relatives (or volunteers) can share experience through a simple visual uploading service from a smartphone app.
Since our training day last December, much has been happening on Gransnet Local. The sites are filling up rapidly with listings and we've been pleased to note that even the sites that aren't yet being managed by editors are acquiring occasional business entries.
The technical glitches are all being ironed out and the site is fully operational now and ready for business. We are ready for launch!
OurHousing will be showcasing on 18th May at the most excellent 'HousingCamp' unconference, hosted by Thames Valley Housing. If you're a landlord or simply excited by the idea of 'tenant tech' then grab your free ticket now!
We're almost halfway through the development of our Portfolio project. It's an exciting project to work on, designed on a very simple premise to encourage young people to 'show and tell' their volunteering and have their work endorsed by the charities they help, presented via a public profile that they can easily share with proespective employers and recruiters. The idea is to help volunteers to showcase the amazing experiences they gain through volunteering and have them validated so they can be used to help with career development.
The Oxford Internet Survey has begun data collection. The survey, which is the most comprehensive survey of British Internet use, began collection of the data for the 2013 wave on 1 February. About 2,600 respondents will be asked some 330 questions concerning the different things they do on the Internet, the devices they use, their attitudes toward the Internet and technology, and many other items. There are items about social isolation, disabiled access, education, employment, local communities, and other issues of interest to the Nominet Trust.
In the UK the health and social care sectors face an unprecedented period of change with the focus on self directed support and personal budgets, developing community networks and the imminent NHS reorganisation. These are challenging times for the care sector with substantial budget cuts and increased expectations from service users for more personal and improved care services. There is an urgent need to find new and more effective means of supporting people to live more independently in their communities.
When using iPads with people living with dementia, it’s all about creating a positive personal connection. This has a fundamental impact on how well the presence of the machine is received and the value of its subsequent use.
Here are some tips for the successful use of iPads with people with dementia.
Our mission proposed to the Nominet Trust was simple: we want to enable anyone to create their own website without need of a safety net, instruction bible, or ‘internet guru’ (shudder). We are going to create a simple-to-use, affordable platform for charities and not-for-profits to create their own websites to amplify the good they deliver.This platform, came to be named Jam.Jam exists in two parts, the technology platform (the building part) and the content strategy (or what on earth do we put on our website part).
"In December, we finished the first (if you don't count the prototype) Nominet Trust Academy. A 16 week, one week on, one week off programme, for any Nominet Trust funded project to attend. The main purpose of the Academy was to create a learning environment that would build the capacity of participants’ projects to be scaled and/or sustained.