Go ON Gold, our major national campaign to raise awareness of the barriers faced by people with disabilities in accessing computers, the internet and the digital age, is coming to its formal end.
Funded generously by Nominet Trust for 18 months, our funding period came to an end on 30 August and we are now winding down our activities - which have included making videos, collating resources online for all relevant audiences and building a big partnership network to promote the campaign.
For 2 weeks during August our normally quiet offices have had an unusual sound rumbling from the ground floor. A group of about 17 young people aged 9 to 21 descended into the building each day, taking charge of lap tops, cameras, iPads and various other bits of equipment, sharing ideas and creating resources.
Gransnet Local is going from strength to strength. The site is evolving weekly with new developments not only making it more user-friendly from a technical perspective, but also more useful to local communities - which is one of our principal aims.
This post has been written by Julian Sefton-Green as a review of the Make Bridge seminar series which aimed to share digital making practices between UK and US organisations. The post evaluates the nature of the process (delivery, feedback and technical issues); the quality and nature of the content and key themes emerging from the discussions; and further thoughts for future kinds of professional development and support.
Community 21:Digital Citizenship - Summer School has been created by Action in rural Sussex, working with the University of Brighton, to bring together a steering group of young people, that will contribute and influence the creation of the Community 21:Digital Citizenship resource and provide a way for young people to have a voice in Community and Neighbourhood Planning.
Before the early 2000s, truly personalised products and services were rare. We were far from Henry Ford’s maxim that “the customer can have a car in any colour that he wants so long as it’s black”, but choices were almost always bounded. An entire generation of teenagers spent their time swapping snap-on covers and tiny, pixelated screen images for their Nokia 3310 phones – but that was about as much as they could change.
The Connect project continues to help older people to use computers and get online with the help of volunteers. Over the past few months we have been focusing on carers and have found that this project has an impactful and positive affect on these people. Here's what a few of our learners had to say...
More than sixty children from around the UK gathered in the Houses of Parliament on June 24 to celebrate their success in the annual Make IT Happy competition. The contest, now in its seventh year, is run by e-skills UK in partnership with PICTFOR, the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum, and is generously sponsored by Nominet Trust and the Institution for Engineering and Technology. It challenges children aged 9 – 11 to make creative use of IT in exploring topics that are of interest to them.