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Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010
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Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow - Nexus 2010

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  • 1. www.infocow.org.uk Futurelab’s Greater Expectation project – InfoCow Web 2.0 An investigation into the rights and entitlements learning  journeys experienced by 14 to 19 year olds matthew.chilcott@newport.ac.uk kieron.kirkland@futurelab.org.uk ina.pruegel@newport.ac.uk
  • 2. Greater Expectations Overview:  3 year R & D project funded by Becta Aims: – 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
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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 
  • 5. The Resource: The Big Ambition
  • 6. Process  Desk research Analysis of policies, charters,  rights to develop ‘principles’ Consultation with  stakeholders Feedback on ‘principles’ Field work in schools Initial resource design 
  • 7. 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
  • 8. Field Work Findings • Importance of young people’s voice • Importance of autonomy and relationships, support and  community for young people  • Young people have high comfort and interest levels with technology – 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
  • 9. Evaluating ... www.infocow.org.uk
  • 10. 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 
  • 11. •Overarching  Aims of support young people to explore their interests  and aspirations become more aware of their entitlements Structured around 9 main ‘theme’ areas...
  • 12. Staying safe Play and Recreation Work and learning  opportunities Identity, Respect,   Creativity and Arts Friendships, relationships Equality and support Participation Health and  Community and  and Voice Well Being environment
  • 13. Rights Information in  • Difficulty sourcing accessible language forms of rights  information • Most forms were long, legislative and out of context • Children's Rights Alliance for England (Core Advisory Group  member) created specific right contents  • Structured around themes and subthemes
  • 14. Applications for • 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 
  • 15. Audience engagement with • 46 testing critical friends as partners (8 Schools, UK Youth and  RNC for the Blind) • Critical friends now run the site with support from Futurelab • New form of online participation for excluded groups  • Young people are empowered to mediate the sites content  and the value of content offered. 
  • 16. Audience engagement with • Social media – shared digital space with young people • Young people’s contributions to the site’s development form  part of their assessment. • Portal / Mediator = new Links to other providers of relevant  new media content  • Priory Community College, Western Super‐mare – embedded  on homepage / use with citizenship curriculum / integrating  into VLE
  • 17. Audience engagement with • Live on 1st April / Launch on 8th July  • 2962 visits with 1934 unique visitors • 11,521 page views • Direct traffic 57% / Referring site 34% & search engines 9% • 157 referrals from Priory Community School / 152 referrals  from Twitter • Top research terms ‐ Business / Jobs / Campaign / Music  opportunity and Rights
  • 18. 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?  
  • 19. Get in touch to find out more!  www.infocow.org.uk kieron.kirkland@futurelab.org.uk matthew.chilcott@newport.ac.uk ina.pruegel@newport.ac.uk

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