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Josie Fraser
UK-based social & educational technologist
Interests: community development, cyberbullying, digital literacy, digital rights, e-safety, education, greenICT, identity, open access, open education, open source, open standards, participation, personal learning environments, public value, social media, social networks, social software, technology
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The core project team - Lucy Atkins, Josie Fraser and Richard Hall -are all delighted theDigiLit Leicester project has been selected as one of the five winners of the Reclaim Open Learning innovation contest, sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, the Digital Media and Learning Hub, and the MIT Media Lab. Being selected alongside other projects of such high caliber is a real honour: Digital Storytelling 106 (DS106) (US) FemTechNet (US) Jaaga Study (India) Phonar-Ed (UK) It's a great win, not just for the project, but for the city. Our project is a partnership between Leicester City Council, De Montfort University... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2013 at SocialTech
The DigiLit Leicester project has been up and running for nine months now. We've been incredibly busy, working with schools across Leicester to design and implement a digital literacy framework situated in secondary (11-18 year olds) school practice. We've linked this to a survey open to all schools in the city's Building Schools for the Future Programme - in order to capture where school staff are across the city in terms of their current practice. This will help us promote and share the innovative and effective work currently happening, and support staff of all levels of confidence to move forward.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2013 at SocialTech
I've been working with Leicester City Council's HR Department, in consultation with secondary schools, to create a new school post - Educational Technologist. The career grade post - with three grades defined - will be of particular interest to schools who make use of ICT Managed Service provision, although schools who provide their ICT Service in-house may be interested in how the new post sits within existing or planned provision. The overall purpose of the post is described as: To provide support to the school/college in identifying and implementing the use of technologies which enhance learner outcomes and experience, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2013 at SocialTech
Leicester City Council's BSF ICT strand is all about using technology to support learning, teaching, community development, and (very importantly) about having fun. So it was no surprise that the whole team were enthusiastic about supporting the ClubClub Minecraft Meetup event at LCB Depot, which took place on Saturday 18th May. Around 180 people of all ages decended on LCB Depot for the Meetup, which included talks, activities, and competitions. We've rounded up all of the resources from the day in one handy place! Check out photos from the event here! Contents Introducing Minecraft Minecraft Papercraft Minecraft Raspberry Pi Minecraft... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at SocialTech
Notes from my recent Cetis keynote: I'm very happy to have been invited here to speak today, on this important anniversary - the 10th annual Cetis conference. JISC and Cetis - the UK Centre For Educational Technology and Interoperability Standards, are organisations many countries in the world are rightly envious of. Cetis, with it's focus on establishing interoperability specifications, standards and application, and on the implementation, effective use and adoption of open learning technology specifications and standards is just as relevant, and even more vital a national resource today than it was 10 years ago. It's also great to be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at SocialTech
Picture shared under Creative Commons Licence by Skokie Public Library As ICT Strategy Lead (Children's Capital) at Leicester City Council, I'm responsible for investment, management and development work relating to technology on the city-wide secondary school building programme. The LRC Connect school library project ran as part of our staff development programme, and supports the promotion and development of digital literacy across the city. What follows is the summary of the project. Many thanks to Lucy Atkins (Leicester City Council), Richard Hall (DMU), Deb Siviter (Library Services for Education), David White (University of Oxford), Laura Taylor (Taylormade Libraries), Lesley Martin... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at SocialTech
My notes from a recent interview on Digital Citizenship for TES: I see digital citizenship as a distinct but overlapping area in relation to digital literacy. Digital literacy is the ability to use, critically engage with and make use of digital tools and environments - it’s not just about supporting learners to understand and engage with the world, but about enabling learners to challenge, shape and change their worlds. Digital Citizenship for me addresses social, political, economic and legal participation in relation to the use of technologies and online environments. It isn’t an ‘add on’ to the area of citizenship... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at SocialTech
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NYC Department of Education (DOE) issued their Social Media Guidelines this week. As someone working to develop digital literacy for school staff and learners at city wide level in the UK, I'm of course very interested in the approach they've chosen to taken. It's disappointing, although not surprising, to see that the media coverage of the guidelines was predominantly limited to negative framing of the friending issue - one of the least controversial elements of the guidance. That school staff should not friend learners (in particular, connect to learners existing personal accounts) on social media sites, is advice you'll find... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2012 at SocialTech
Photo credit: Marcus Kwan, shared under a Creative Commence Licence Leicester City Council’s Youth Engagement project was a year-long innovative programme of research which involved 400 young people (11-19 years old). The Youth Engagement Project was designed to ensure that the voice, opinions and views of young people are included in the development of Leicester City Council’s Building Schools for the Future Programme. The project focussed on identifying young people’s priorities as they relate to the school environment. Their top 10 priorities were: 1. More indoor social spaces 2. Better designed library spaces 3. Comfortable chairs 4. Well-designed interiors –... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2012 at SocialTech
Picture Credit: Scaffolding by Victoria Pickering Last week I took part in The Guardian Higher Education Network's Developing Digital Literacy in HE live chat. How we defining digital literacy obviously shapes how we take work in this area forward, and I added the definition I use to the conversation: Currently, my favourite definition is the one Sarah Knight uses here and in the recent Guardian article: digital literacy defines those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society The definition I use most frequently is based on the version introduced by the wonderful Tabitha... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at SocialTech
TMSEN12 - a TeachMeet event focusing on practice and approaches that work to support learners with Special Educational Needs (SEN) took place on Saturday 28th February. It's fair to say it was an awesome day: TeachMeet SEN 2012 (TMSEN12 for short) focused on practice that works for learners with Special Educational Needs - learning difficulties or disabilities which make it harder to learn or access education. According to 2010 Government figures, approximately 21% of all pupils in England are identified as having SEN. Credit needs to go to my partner in crime, Jo Badge, and to Leon Cych and Mike... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at SocialTech
It's almost time for TeachMeet SEN 2012! Last minute tickets available here. Signups for TeachMeet SEN 2012 have gone really well. School, University and Local Authority staff have signed up from across the UK to come along, network, learn and present this Saturday in Leicester. Our TeachMeet focuses on practice that works for learners with Special Educational Needs - learning difficulties or difficulties which make it harder to learn or access education. According to 2010 Governement figures, approximately 21% of all pupils in England where identified as having SEN. TeachMeet SEN 2012 follows the traditional format of practitioners talking about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at SocialTech
Hi Doug & thanks :) very happy you are also working in the area. Partly it’s the zeitgeist, but I’ve been noticing more and more ‘digital literacy’ programmes internationally which basically just look at functional skills. Definitions are very fluid things, and I’m keen on defending this one, given I think ‘digital literacy’ is probably the best one we have for describing what need to happen to ensure formal education is fit for supporting the interests of 21st century learners. I’m loving the JISC Developing Digital Literacies programme work: Hi Pat - very fair comments. My intention here wasn’t to explore what a computer science curriculum could look like, and my apologies if my reference to coding gave the impression that I think coding is the main or even most important thing about computer science. I’m quite interested at how hot coding currently is however, and long may that reign :) The critical issue in the definition is this: Yes, we could decide that Computer Science is the place to locate the delivery of digital literacy within school, depending on how we define digital literacy, and make sure that social and communication skills are accounted for. This may well end up happening. This is very different however from saying that the technical ability to use technology and create programmes equal digital literacy - I know you aren’t saying this, but many of the articles I’ve read recently are. Strategically, I believe it’s short sighted to locate digital literacy to any one particular area - the aim should be for every teacher to be supported in developing and maintaining their digital literacy, since we want to ensure that where appropriate, teachers of every subject are able to take advantage of technology to support both their learners and their own ongoing development. And thanks for your Pirate Model post - I enjoyed it a lot! Thanks for your comment Chris. I agree, as you can probably tell :) Henry: I’m very excited about the fresh look that is being taken at the wasted opportunity that most ICT qualifications at this level represents. We totally need to draw on the experience, enthusiasm and expertise that does exist, and look at supporting schools to deliver a curriculum that captures and shares that creativity and excitement. I’m worried that resources and development will be left to the private sector, although the more cynically I think if all we are going to teach young people about is Microsoft and Google, then those companies should be stumping up for course resources. I would love to see crowd sourcing and open source principles truly structuring the development and design of a new Computer Science for schools, not just being buzz words. Frances, as always, many thank for your wise & succinct words. & Catherine - thanks for a really important point, very well made.
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I'm a huge fan of the current wave of enthusiasm and political will to transform the way that ICT is delivered in schools. This morning at BETT, the UK's Education Secretary Micheal Gove will outline the Government's endorsement of the development of Computer Science and hopefully, a more interesting, relevant and creative computing curriculum. I'm a big supporter of brilliant initiatives like Code Academy, who are making getting started with coding easier and more accessible than ever before, and the fantastic work going on to get children and young people not just consuming tech but creating it, such as Coding... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at SocialTech
Tickets here! I'm very excited to be organising TeachMeet SEN 2012 - or TMSEN12, a meetup talking place later this month on Saturday 28th of January, in Leicester's lovely Phoenix Square. What's a TeachMeet? A TeachMeet is an informal meet up of people working in and passionate about education - they support grassroots professional development. Events are framed by short talks and demos from people working within education - sharing practice that works. You can check out the Wikipedia definition here. Practitioner talk and demo slots at TMEN12 are typical of TeachMeet talk lengths - 7 minute micro presentations or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at SocialTech