In my last post, I said I’d talk a bit more about knowledge mapping. I’m particularly interested in this area because while information retrieval through search engines is rather well supported for individuals engaging in fairly short factual retrieval, longer and collaborative tasks have relatively less tools for their facilitation. So this is an interesting area from an information management perspective in general.
As part of Internet Week Europe, education company General Assembly held a week-long event entitled European Buffet. My lovely funder for the Digital Assistant Academy, the Nominet Trust, kindly paid for me to attend the first day’s event on Digital Business Models.
At the end of 2010, CDI Apps for Good received a grant from Nominet Trust to develop an e-learning and networking platform to support and scale the Apps for Good programme. The funding provided for an 18-month project scope and build of our organisation’s first product. The project taught me valuable lessons about product management, particularly when building a product essential to your organisation’s survival.
Nominet Trust are funding up to 25 charity websites to receive funding to help redesign their website on the Raising IT platform. Several charities are already signed up to the funding and places are going fast. The application is quick and easy and successful charities will receive a minimum of £14,400 of funding.
News of a 'local hero' from one of the partners in our accessibility awareness campaign, Go ON Gold.Amy Crouch of Westminster City Council Library Service wrote in to tell us about Bob Rawlinson, who has lived in St John's Wood for over 50 years. He visits the library regularly but until this month had never explored the lower ground floor which was originally a store room but was refurbished and opened to the public in August 2008.
We've been running a social media programme to help voluntary organisations to set up and implement a social media strategy. The key learning that has come from the programme is the benefit that has come from delivering hands on support over 2 x 3 hours sessions with each client.
Supporting excluded young people in Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) can be challenging, especially when it comes to the use and misuse of social media. Stephen Carrick-Davies, author of the ‘Munch Poke Ping’ report shares what mainstream schools can learn from the work being done in PRUs.
Our project Signs2English aims to help deaf sign language users from different countries to read and write English - the main language of the internet and essential to join the digital age. The course is designed for e-learning with all the instruction provided in video clips by a teacher using the national sign language of the learners country. It is a course for first steps in literacy for those who never had the chance to learn English.