The EEF and Nominet Trust funds new projects to test impact on pupil attainment
1st November 2013
Schools will be testing whether new technology – including iPads, texting parents and online preparation for lessons – can help less advantaged pupils achieve better results in seven new programmes announced today by the Education Endowment Foundation and Nominet Trust.
The use of technology in schools has never been more widespread. It offers new ways to engage pupils and parents, and could make it possible to redesign the curriculum and school day in radical ways. Yet in most cases, the impact of this innovation on learning is unproven.
I’m not sure if it’s Russell Brand’s recent exchange with Paxman or preparations that Nominet Trust is making for the annual Locality conference but I’ve been thinking a bit about activism – and specifically digital activism - over the last week.
Of course, activism is nothing new – people have been involved in petitions, marches, demonstrations and sit-ins for generations. But the tools have changed and we are increasingly seeing people taking action online to bring about change.
Virtually Free Ltd, a UK based start-up, has been awarded a £50,000 Nominet Trust grant to develop Agoraphobia Free, a unique new app to help people cope with agoraphobia.
28th October 2013
Virtually Free Ltd, a UK based technology start-up that develops apps to improve emotional health, has been awarded a major Nominet Trust grant to develop Agoraphobia Free, its latest app to help people suffering from agoraphobia, an extreme fear of situations where escape might be difficult or help might not be available if things go wrong. This will be the third app developed by the company following the success of Phobia Free and Stress Free.
Mind Of My Own (MOMO) is a new app for young people in and leaving care, launched in aid of National Care Leavers Week 2013, at the Access All Areas Conference held in central London on Tuesday 29 October 2013.
28th October 2013
Mind of my own (MOMO) is available on smartphones and online for free, and is designed to promote self-advocacy for young people, enabling them to be in control and at forefront of their care. A cross-sector team of advocates, young people and digital designers have created the app, led by young people’s social enterprise sixteen25 and funded through the Nominet Trust Digital Edge Programme.
Improving online learning Although MOOCs (Massively Online Open Courses) have sparked a huge growth in the video and online learning sector, take-up to date has been skewed towards the tech-savvy and educated: Benkyo Player aims to open online learning up to less-advantaged groups.
Utilising skills People with autism spectrum disorders have unique talents particularly suited to the IT marketplace, but in the UK, these skills currently go untapped. Specialisterne aims to change this by creating a bridge between ASD people with and employers that can benefit from their skills.
Employers gain skilled IT professionals that also help them meet their corporate social responsibility goals, whilst carrying out skilled work boosts ASD sufferers’ financial independence, their confidence and self-worth.
Tackling poverty 4.5 million people in the UK, an estimated 1.5 million of them children, were living in fuel poverty in 2011.Shimmer aims to help those living in extraordinarily challenging circumstances, on low income, on benefits, in social housing and in financial and digital exclusion, to increase their financial savvy, and their disposable income by saving money on energy. It does this by bundling tools to tackle both financial and fuel poverty – issues previously handled separately – into a single platform.
Commonplace is a mobile and web tool to make it easier for communities to influence local planning decisions.
Promoting community engagement It crowd-sources how people feel about their area, and about specific projects, and aggregates and interprets this data in a way developers, architects and local authorities can understand and act on. This means plans and buildings that will impact a community respond to genuine community need –ultimately resulting in better neighbourhoods.