Evidence of impact – lots of good news: lots of and increasing use of Interactive Whiteboards; use of mobile technologies increasing. Flash stats (all from 2005 data):

  • 69% of Primary and 42% of Secondary schools using IW (up from 11% and 12% respectively in 2004)– assumed to be a good thing, some scepticism in audience over validity and value of measure
  • 38% of Primary and 21% of Secondary schools using internet resources in teaching (up from 14% & 10%)
  • 52% Secondary schools have a ‘learning platform’ (VLE)
  • 56% Primary schools don’t have a ‘learning platform’

A popular choice for those learning platforms are Open Source solutions – quickly followed by ‘but there’s no judgement, just an observation’…

There was an observation that there was some good quality resources being produced (perhaps driven or facilitated by eLCs) – but that there was no innovation, so perhaps an unusual definition of ‘good’.

Unfortunately I had to leave before the event was completed.



Maximising returns vs Monetising networks

Andy Martin – Harrison Cowley Knowing as many people as possible – optimim number? A networking plan? Which contacts, at what level and where? Write elevator pitches for FL (15-30 sec)

Colin Alison – 3Cs Community Maven – magpies, expert on sector / technicalities / people Connector – Read the Tipping Point? – viral marketing

Neil Auty – Available 4 What're the pain points – what's you're solution / salve?

Edith Akerman Visiting Professor at MIT Media delivered a tour du force on Nomadic learning , physical and mental locations & use of space. What technology supports this? Especially supporting inherent skills & desire of younger people for learning. example strategies include • Project • Re-purpose • Disguise • Reconfigure
Play – to take risky situations onto secure ground Networked society as a "space of flows" blurring real & virtual realities. Reinventing relationship & boundaries between spaces. Senses of belonging. Navigating, traveling without leaving?

Allow for smooth transition between place for the person. Dislocation disrupts psych.

Stake your territory & share (digital abundance). High touch as much as high technology.

Martin Chilcott (Place Group) presented a very impressive Co-negotiated control & multi-testing prcoess for surfacing requirements to deliver 21C learner as grounded neo-nomad?

I missed some of the early presentations due to my getting horribly lost in central London.

ESRC funding for Groups – 5yrs JISC – bi-annual circulars (April, September), Laurie Phipps – user community groupings, identify bids & ideas – UK wide impact – Measuring impact on user community – partnerships & models of collaboration

Dr Peter Scott KMI – number of breadwinners – quantified financial targets Per breadwinner 71 ppl, 26 RA, 12 PhD, 17 Support, 8 Project Officers (these may now be out of date, or copies down inaccurately, there was quite a bit of real data Peter was sharing) aiming to be twice as big as us by budget 2010 – EU Networks of Excellence (the future) – don't lead on EU Project Base (30/70 money earners) with 20 baseline generic technologies

Prof Mike Sharples Learning Sciences Research Institute Moving to EU funding ? Roughly 1/6th our budget 4 Research Fellows , based in HEI schools , PhD (some Masters teaching), China campus soon to start with PhD research & teaching

Thoughts from the Technology Strategy Board. 6 arising topic areas for ICT

Pervasive – no mention of education as user? Demo 1 million node platform, sort out inter-operability.

Digital telecommunications – e-learning etc, high end of communications stack, exploits of underpinning research. More focus on digital media content rather then telecommunications hardware & systems.

Inter-enterprise – virtualisation, web services , autonomics (self healing systems) Development areas ; security , real-time data integration, personalisation, management tools & accounting, legal & social (IPR).

Intelligent systems – e-legal, virtual reality & serious gaming future applications area.

Modeling & simulation – quantitative prediction – Formalised trust models (from pervasive computing workshop) & risk analysis. Lots of convergence not much cohesiveness

Core criteria

  • UK competence & expertise to develop & exploit
  • Potential for impact & timescale
  • Size of global market opportunity ICT Innovations platform for education – working title

ICT competition – £1m-£2m over 2-3years Have an end-user on the consortium with a market in mind that will make money and could be exploited in other areas! 01355 272155 helpline Revisit briefing days in early May

Graham Spittle Chair of the Technology Strategy Board

Innovative platforms – societal challenge – range of technology – policy levers – products & services: network security & intelligent transport are done – possible link to DFES BSF?

Pam Alexander RDA Innovation lead, SEEDA

need to link with SWRDA (Stephen Peacock) over Bristol pervasive learning something – ideas from Learning Team & Phil Stenton HP – 20% of RDA Innovation spend in this area

Patrick McDonald Technology Director, DTI Science & technology investment framework 2004-2014 (treasury website ) – consultation until end-May Triple bottom line justification for projects ? Check out societal innovations platforms ? Possibly similar to the commercial platforms. 2 November – Innovate 2006 – DTI conference

Ray Browne Deputy Director,Technology Programme, DTI Can cross technology areas but must be within somehow. 1:8 funding to application ratio – academic partners get 75% funding – Gateway Questions: q1 alignment with Technology priority q2 added value

Slides on website Application briefing – 18, 19 May 10% fasttrack 10-15 applications per stream £1.5m grant average funding splits are nominal only In-kind contribution not aligned to project – check definitions Industry driven projects really.

Again, apologies to speakers not mentioned.

Paul Tyler – Bamzooki Success in innovative projects? Metrics, Regular competitions / shows Bamzooki goes global? Only a small % need to contribute directly – 6.4% available share on digital channel – 450k per episodes – 1m page impressions per week during broadcast – sub-set lurkers – sub-set download (circa 1m) – sub-set message board 1k per week – other message boards? – build zooks but only know upload figures 14.5k – – danger of over democratisation, measure of success in level of surprising content – fansites – cutting edge vs mainstream and do kids care? (suffers from delay in gratification vs Sodaplay instant gratification of Sodaplay – showcase through web rather than TV) 100,000 active users = 10 contributors

Blackbeard Connection What's the hook, what's in it for me, personal control

Gary Pope – KidsIndustries – Kids Get Older Younger (invented age compression – toy companies taking their eye off the ball) – language, emotion, physical development constant – social develop increasing? – 2yr olds learning mouse skills – childrens' personalities (+132? up to 7yrs when it coalesces – kind of like of graphic equaliser) – Lev Vygotsky children at play? always 18 months or a heads height above chronological age – zone of proximal development (just out of your depth – maximum learning) – sociometric status (revered, enjoyed, rejected, forgotten) most kids float between – peer pressure critical

Richard Deverell – BBC Children's – 2012 vision Changing world for broadcast – web Personal & public simultaneously – becoming universal, mobile, ubiquitous – fundamental changes to broadcast business models arising from on-demand – working towards 1 month back catalog – no loyalty to channel brands, possibly program brands – CBBC 4 m users per month (overtaken broadcast ) – 84% of children live in digital area – DRM issues? – ideas across relevant platforms – challenges over 5-7 yrs – differenciators, risk management – – share increasing irrelevant as measure of success – audience understanding of media and production – pan-platforms media base, different mixes of skills