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Infocow - The Background

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Infocow connects you with useful stuff to help take control of life - sites, stories, information and inspiration. It’s made for and created by young people, aged around 14-19. …

Infocow connects you with useful stuff to help take control of life - sites, stories, information and inspiration. It’s made for and created by young people, aged around 14-19.

Infocow links to hundreds of different websites and sources of information that can help make positive changes, whether that’s finding out what to do after GCSEs, or what the first steps are to leaving home.

Presentation given by Kieron Kirkland at the Infocow launch event in London, July 8th 2010.

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  • Original idea coming from people working with one aspect of rights – but had no point of shared contact to connect young people to those organisations to each other. if this is the case with one aspect of rights true of others We see this as something that is created freely, other organisations should feel a ownership of this and its offered out to you.
  • Tries to take advantage Interconnected social media landscape
  • 1st market young peopelAlso mediators
  • These are the areas that arose from the initial core principles in the research, they form the information architecture of site,
  • These are general areas that have already been identified from the initial launch that people have found infocow to be valuable Collect social and cultural capital so that mutual giving of cognitive surplus can be used to create a community of interest and action. We are seeing interrogate and interact with data. Link in with cut back of state pension. Things to look for in political and social climate
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    • 1.
    • 2. Background
      • Developed from Greater Expectations, a 3-year Becta funded project
      Greater Expectations
      R&D Project
      Created
    • 3. How can you?
      Support young people to develop their aspirations, and engage with their entitlements for lives and learning?
      Stimulate learner led motivation and engagement with opportunities for learning and development?
      Connect services for young people in a way that is accessible and relevant to them?
    • 4. Identify core principles relating to young people’s expectations, entitlements and aspirations and examine how digital technologies can help put them into practice
    • 5.
    • 6. And create a resource that connects individuals to tools and networks using existing behaviours...
      X

      Image: Kzero 2010
    • 7. www.infocow.org.uk
    • 8. Free to use resource
      Aimed at young people aged around 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 to your search
      Is sociable: people, vote, comment and suggest resources. Can link to Facebook so people share useful sites between friends
    • 9. Audience
    • 10. Work and learning opportunities
      Play and Recreation
      Staying safe
      Identity, Respect, Equality
      Friendships, relationships
      and support
      Creativity and Arts
      Participation
      and Voice
      Health and
      Well Being
      Community and environment
    • 11.
    • 12. Write search term and use the filters to narrow the search
    • 13. Write search term and use the filters to narrow the search
      Vote and comment on sites
    • 14. 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
    • 15. 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
      Suggest new sites
    • 16. 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
      Suggest new sites
      Offers right statement based on search
    • 17. 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
      Suggest new sites
      Lots of different links, information, video
      Offers right statement based on search
    • 18. Where can you use ?
      Large range of possibilities, 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
      Organisations to share their own resources
      www.infocow.org.uk
    • 19.
    • 20. Get in touch to find out more!
      www.infocow.org.uk
      kieron.kirkland@futurelab.org.uk
      twitter.com/kieronkirkland
      www.futurelab.org.uktwitter.com/futurelabedu