An Internet Masterclass by Terry Wogan

Terry Wogan is spearheading BBC Radio 2’s ‘Get Connected‘ campaign to encourage people to go online.

Watch a video of Terry talking to Declan Curry about getting online and the new Get Connected website.  The website has information about getting started with the internet and  includes articles on Blogs, Podcasts and Twitter.  Terry has also listed his Top 10 Tips on using the internet.

This is another good example of an organisation helping to promote and raise awareness of Digital Inclusion in the spirit of the Digital Britain report.

Why Guidance Professionals should be engaged with Social Media

I recently came across this useful presentation on the iCeGS website (International Centre for Guidance Studies).  The seminar was delivered by Tristram Hooley at the National Career Guidance Show in March.

He sums up the main reasons why careers practitioners (and by extension anyone whose work involves information, advice and guidance) should be embracing new technology and how it can aid professional development.  For example, he states that social media can be used to:

  • Develop interaction with other practitioners and clients and build networks
  • Share and contribute to good practice
  • Provide information and ask for feedback

Evaluating and engaging with new technologies is already an important career management skill.  He emphasises that practitioners need to develop these skills themselves in order to promote the benefits of digital literacy to clients.  The presentation also provides a quick overview of blogging and Twitter and includes a range of useful links.

He finishes with a reminder that career practitioners work all over the world in a huge range of situations and are continually learning.  A small minority are already engaged with social media; providing support, advice and building a “community of practice”. He ends with the question “Why aren’t you there?”…

National Plan for Digital Participation

Many of us now take the web and the opportunities it offers for granted.  To a greater or lesser extent we all derive some benefit from being online.  However, for 12.5 million people in the UK this is not the case.

The Digital Britain report identified the need for digital participation for these people and the important role it will play in their lives and society as a whole.  It made specific mention of a National Plan for Digital Participation (Digital Britain Report, Executive Summary, point 20 [p12]).

This week the government addressed that need by launching the National Plan for Digital Participation which offers a strategic framework for achieving the shared vision of helping…

… everyone who wants to be online to get online, do more online and benefit from the advantages of being online.
National Plan for Digital Participation, point 15 [p8])

Contributing to this plan and vision is the Digital Participation Consortium which includes government, industry, education and public/voluntary sector; and led by Ofcom.  Like most approaches the key is raising awareness of the potential benefits that are available so people can decide for themselves.  This can only be achieved through the collaboration of all the stakeholders involved.

The National Plan for Digital Participation is well worth a read if you feel you can contribute to this vision.  It is divided into the following sections:

  • Shared Vision
  • Identifying and addressing needs
  • Priority Groups
  • Driving Digital Participation
  • Achieving greater impact
  • Establishing the baselines
  • Timetable for further action

Many organisations are mentioned in the plan including EGSA [p27].

The Minister for Digital Britain, Stephen Timms, sums it up well:

Being online is crucial for participation in the 21st Century society – the Internet unlocks a wealth of information and services, giving people more choice in life and access to a range of education, health and financial opportunities.

NDI10 Digital Participation

The 5th National Digital Inclusion Conference is being held on the 10th and 11th March 2010 in the Vinopolis Conference Centre, London.  It’s titled ‘Digital Participation: Passing IT on’ and hopes to build momentum within the digital inclusion community by looking for practical ways to ensure that agenda is sustained.

There is a very impressive line-up of speakers and the event seems to capture the digital participation buzz.  For instance, there’s a dedicated social network site that you can join, ‘Digital Engagement‘, and the event is being streamed online free – so if that appeals sign-up here.

Last year’s event is still available for viewing free online.