Over 30% of children under the age of 13 say they have a facebook profile. We know from talking to teachers and children this number is much higher. Schools are increasingly having to deal with issues which begin online, within social networking sites. The traditional approach of locking down access to the internet no longer works as children increasingly access the internet via mobile devices and in unmoderated enviroments.
The Winchester Project launches an anti-poverty initiative in the London Borough of Camden - creating a suite of digital resources to enable professional service providers to better support children and young people
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.
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.
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.
Recently I’ve been thinking about the increasing push for children to learn to code. One thing I’ve been particularly interested in is the reason we’ve suddenly become so interested in coding. The benefits outlined in CAS’ ‘Computer Science: A curriculum for schools’ (.pdf) relate to:
Badges mean lots of things to lots of people but Tim Riches, the man behind DigitalMe, sums up their meaning:
“They have the power to motivate learners to produce work they are proud of and provide meaningful recognition for their achievements”.
I met Tim at the recent Whole Education conference in Leeds and he filled me in on his journey so far.
Co-founder of the successful Radiowaves project, he is committed to supporting learners to make the transition “from content consumers to creators”. One of the first sets of Mozilla Open Badges is being developed out of the successful DigitalMe project “SupportertoReporter” (S2R), a sports website created by young people.
A provocation paper written for Nominet Trust by Tim Davies, David Wilcox and Alex Farrow
High unemployment. Social exclusion. Low political engagement. Fragmented communities. It’s not difficult to construct a long list of youth policy challenges. The challenges are not new, and many are shared by all generations, but against a background of economic turmoil, environmental degradation, and increasingly complex local and global communities, these challenges impact profoundly on the future life chances of younger generations, and demand our renewed attention.
The Design Council in partnership with Nominet Trust have just launched the Working Well Design Challenge. Designers and youth organisations are being invited to join forces to design, build and launch new digital products and services that help young people develop their talents and earn a living.
A new tool that enables the comparison of the lives of young adults across England will play a key role in shaping future policy development
Rich and practically useful information A new tool is harnessing the power of modern web technologies to enable policy makers and the wider public to compare the educational, employment and personal circumstances of young adults in every neighbourhood across England for the first time.