It’s been a year since I started blogging here at Nominet Trust, exploring the research around new technologies particularly in education. There probably hasn’t been a more exciting time in the Nominet Trust year for me as they’ve just announced a new fund with the Education Endowment Foundation – it’ll be great to see what’s funded and what outcomes they achieve. I’m going to use this final blog of the year I’ll sum up what I’ve covered so far and how it’s all related.
This is the first of a three part blog post looking at the three 'classic' challenges in evaluation: measurement, attribution and aggregation. Each blog post starts with a brief summary of the challenge, and then concentrates on trying to offer a different way of looking at the challenge and the issues that surround it. At the end of each blog post I hope to offer some practical tools or ideas that could be used by organisations seeking to effect change. more >
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.
Whether it be global tech businesses being grilled by the Public Accounts Committee; the launch of 4G networks or the adverts vying for pre-Christmas attention, digital technologies: computers, mobile phones, the internet, have been in the public eye quite a lot recently.
Bran Ferren (somewhat) famously said that technology is ‘stuff that doesn’t work yet’ – we don’t think of biros or belts as ‘technologies’ (that is purposefully designed and made tools), because they’re woven into everyday life and work as we’d expect. But how about ‘digital technologies’ – when will they stop being ‘technologies’ and start, simply, being the internet, apps or micro-processors? The answer, is when they become more trivial, when we recognise the implicit value in them and understand how they are constructed and work.
In her recent Nominet Trust blog Annika talked about the ways Nominet Trust is trying to make sense of the information they have on how technology might be used to open up new opportunities. Creating stories, spotting themes, and mapping ideas have been key to this work. more >
As part of its ongoing open consultation, Nominet Trust brought together a group of experts this past week to think about how technology might be used to realise new opportunities - and address the persistent challenges such as social isolation, access to adequate care and pensioner poverty – facing people in later life. We weren’t looking at how adding digital might make existing services more cost-effective or efficient; nor were we seeking specific solutions. Instead we were hoping to define some areas that would benefit from social innovation with technology.