Nominet Trust and the Education Endowment Fund announce a new partnership to co-fund projects focusing on the use of digital technology in raising the attainment of disadvantaged children
19th December 2012
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Nominet Trust have today announced that they will be partnering together in a new funding round focusing on innovative, evidence-based ways to use digital technology to help raise the attainment of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The run-up to our first training day with the Local Editors was, to put it mildly, busy. Putting together a site of this scale is a huge undertaking and our tech team have been working all hours to get it up to scratch.
As a learning organisation, we are not looking for projects that have limited ambitions for the use of digital technology; for example if you are wanting to add digital to existing services in order to make them more efficient or cost-effective, we are not the funder for you. Instead, we seek social innovation with technology, particularly projects that make imaginative use of technology to re-think a specific social challenge.
New digital tools hold the key to showcasing young people’s skills and experience
10th December 2012
At a time when there are still close to 1 million 16 to 24 year olds out of work in the UK and up to 66 young people applying for each job,[i] it is more important than ever that this cohort has the best opportunities to demonstrate their ability to make a valuable contribution.
Two years ago, I decided it was time to do something really ‘big’ with my career. My daughter was growing up, my consultancy business had also grown nicely but reached its limit in terms of my own capacity. It was time the whole consultancy team needed a new challenge.
So I awarded myself a month to be as imaginative as possible. This involved clearing whole days in the diary and challenging myself to think of a brand new idea for a business with social purpose. This is the top motivation for all my work.
Whenever on my own I thought about what I knew about, what I was good at, what I didn’t like and then took the sum of those thoughts and forced myself to imagine possibilities. It was mentally exhausting and until then I had never considered myself to be a creative person.
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.
Older internet users less isolated, lonely and more in control than non-users, finds new report.
29th November 2012
Offering people the opportunity to ‘Return to Paper’ if they are unsatisfied with their digital experience is just one of the recommendations put forward in a new report - published today by the International Longevity Centre – UK - to tackle one of the behavioural barriers to getting older people online.
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.