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.
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.
For housebound individuals, conventional communication media can prove limiting and lacking in rich conversational opportunities.
But now, researchers at the University of Nottingham have found that what communicating partners need to really stimulate such remote conversations is the chance to build on a regular and vivid shared experience. And they are hoping that their latest development project will provide just such an experience.
With support from Nominet Trust, the Shared Walk project aims to ultimately enable isolated individuals to engage with and explore alongside, albeit virtually, the travels and changing settings of a mobile, conversational partner.
One year in, Charles Crook explains where they are with the project.
The Shared Walk project has now implemented an active internet service that allows relatively isolated individuals to enjoy vivid communication with their carers, relatives, friends or other volunteer support individuals.