• Share
  • Email
  • Embed
  • Like
  • Save
  • Private Content
Greater Expectations #FLRI

Greater Expectations #FLRI



An overview of the Greater Expectations project given at Futurelab's research insights day, April 29th 2010 in London.

An overview of the Greater Expectations project given at Futurelab's research insights day, April 29th 2010 in London.

Kieron Kirkland, Futurelab



Total Views
Views on SlideShare
Embed Views



1 Embed 5

http://www.slideshare.net 5



Upload Details

Uploaded via as Microsoft PowerPoint

Usage Rights

© All Rights Reserved

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
Post Comment
Edit your comment

    Greater Expectations #FLRI Greater Expectations #FLRI Presentation Transcript

    • Greater Expectations
    • Greater Expectations
      3 year R & D project funded by Becta
      Support young people’s aspirations and entitlements for their lives and learning, incorporating the enabling role that digital technologies play in achieving this
      Stimulate learner led activities, learner voice, greater motivation for and engagement in learning and more choice within the system
    • Some context ...
      Childrens’ rights: UNCRC
      National policy initiatives: Children’s Act , Every Child Matters, the Children’s Plan, Parent and Pupil guarantees
      Education framework: National Curriculum, personalised education & learner voice
      IT initiatives: Harnessing Technology strategy, digital literacy
    • What did it aim to do?
      Identify core principles relating to young people’s expectations, entitlements and aspirations and examine how digital technologies can help put them into practice
      Develop and promote free resource,guidance and support for young people, teachers, parents and children’s professionals to put principles into practice
    • The big ambition ...
    • The resource: the big ambition
    • Quick Thoughts...
      What issues / questions come to mind when supporting young people to engage in rights?
      What thoughts around the relationship between raising aspirations and engaging with rights /entitlements?
      Difference between rights and entitlements?
    • Process
      Desk research
      Analysis of policies, charters,
      rights to develop ‘principles’
      Consultation with
      Feedback on ‘principles’
      Field work in schools
      Initial resource design
    • Field Work in Schools
      Children and young people at primary school, secondary school and college
      Primarily learners who may not find formal education engaging or succeed in school
      Interactive workshops to inform the content, shape and function of the resource
    • Field work findings
      Importance of young people’s voice
      Importance of autonomyand relationships, support and community for young people
      Young people have high comfort and interest levels withtechnology – but various range of use
      Range of ambitions, interests and aspirations for all young people – but these can sit alongside dissatisfaction with school and the feeling that they can’t change things
      Resource should have clear link to recognised policies and working frameworks
    • Developing the resource – what do we know?
      Free to use and accessible
      Audiences – young people and supportive adults
      Account for individuality and interests (e.g., personalisable, use familiar platforms)
      Engaging and relevant in language and look
      May require online and offline resources
      Should be developed through a participative process
    • Quick Thoughts
      In developing a resource, what would you see as the risks and issues facing it?
      What would you draw on to make it effective, technically or otherwise...
    • A possible journey:
      Young people’s own interests and experiences
      Participation and Voice
      Areas for comment or interaction
      Resources and tools
      Case studies / showcases
      Supported by policies, initiatives, charters, rights and entitlements
    • What will it do?
      Chosen and collected from what is out there already ...
      and created?
      Greater Expectations resource
    • Work and learning opportunities
      Play and Recreation
      Staying safe
      Identity, Respect, Equality
      Friendships, relationships
      and support
      Creativity and Arts
      and Voice
      Health and
      Well Being
      Community and environment
    • GuruBot
      Personalised character that can be on a web site or other places like Facebook/Bebo profile
      Supports and prompts you to search – results come from set of content (video, information, links) related to young people.
      Possible interaction with site (e.g., recommend to a friend, comment)
    • Guru Bot
      • Wider user testing unenthusiastic
      • Chat assisted search not satisfactory way to get content
      • Technology not there yet
      • Search function required by funders
      • Budget
    • Why a Site?
      • Inadequacies of search engines
      • Draws on strengths of existing resources
      • Create easily searchable resource
      • Social Media Functionality
      • User Generated and Recommended Resources
    • Challenges and Opportunities
    • The Plan
    • Quick Thoughts
      Content? What would you put in?
    • Introducing...
    • Infocow
      Free to use resource
      Aimed at young people aged 14-19
      3 key features :
      Links to sources of inspiration and information to help young people take advantage of their rights and entitlements
      Gives specific rights information related on your search
      Is sociable: people, vote, comment and suggest resources. Can link to Facebook so people share useful sites between friends
    • What does Infocow cover?
      Anything that can:
      support young people to explore their interests and aspirations
      become more aware of their entitlements
      9 main ‘theme’ areas...
    • Work and learning opportunities
      Play and Recreation
      Staying safe
      Identity, Respect, Equality
      Friendships, relationships
      and support
      Creativity and Arts
      and Voice
      Health and
      Well Being
      Community and environment
    • Design and branding
    • www.infocow.org.uk
    • Write search term and use the filters to narrow the search
      Create a profile and link it to your Facebook account to share useful links
      Vote and comment on sites
      Lots of different links, information, video
      Suggest new sites
      Specific rights information related to the search term
    • Where can you use ?
      In and out of ‘formal’ settings
      Informal tool to support young people in exploring their lives
      Formal Education
      - PSHE
      - Citizenship
      Extended services – support connecting young people to a ‘varied menu of activities’
      Part of youth engagement– connecting young people to opportunities, and extending staff knowledge
      Sharing your own resources
    • Partner Groups
    • Partner groups...
      We have recruited ten groups of young people from across the UK with:
      ... a range of ages and education level
      - KS3 / GCSE / A Level / Diploma
      ... a range of interests and skills
      - e-marketing
      - publicity
      - web design and development
      - web content
      - youth engagement
    • the aim is...
      ...to give our Partner Groups the opportunity to help shape where Infocow is going over the next 12 months.
      ...for Partner Groups to provide us with valuablecontributionsto the maintenance and development of the site and support our promotional activity
      ...for them to help us get a feel for how we can make the site as good as it can be for their age group.
      ...for them to get as much out of the experience as possible
      ...for them to have the choice as to which elements of Infocow they are most involved with
    • how it will work
      ... each group has specified an area of interest.
      ... every half term, we provide them with a list of tasks, related to our milestones for the year, for the groups work through
      - e.g. Write a proposal for a viral marketing idea that will raise awareness of Infocow among 14-19 year olds
      ... where possible, tasks will have a “real” component. Groups can then take more value from the task
      - e.g. one group is researching and developing e-safety / moderation guidelines for the site, which will be reviewed by an e-safety expert.
    • Brainstorm
      Where can Infocow fit into practice...?
    • Discussions
      What links are there to your own work?
      What resources should be in Infocow related to your own work?
      How could you get it out there? ; )
    • Wider Research Questions...
      What opportunities do socially mediated resources offer to formal education environments and processes?
      What needs to change to make this happen?
      What affordances are there for this type of media, which operates in social spaces?
      What is the role of technology in enabling young people to realise their rights?
    • Get in touch to find out more!