Safety : Young People in Virtual Environments

Based on my experience working with virtual online community spaces for young people, I was asked to be on a panel at Professor Richard Bartle’s Protecting and Engaging Kids in Virtual Spaces Forum, October, 2009. Here are my thoughts from the event: 1. Useful stats about young people’s online usage Marc Goodchilld from the BBC […]

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Teen Mobile Panel – Sept 09

Next Saturday morning (26th Sept 09) I will be running a Dragon’s Den style panel with four teenage Dragons and pitches from mobile application developers. This is a session at OTA 2009 – 24 Hours of Mobile Development, Imperial College London, September 25 – 26, 2009. Over the Air is a grassroots mobile developer event, […]

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Tweenter – A Design & Insights Challenge

Along the theme of interesting digital real life case studies to use in work-related learning school sessions – how about the challenge of designing a version of Twitter that appeals more to Teens? “Tweenter” if you will. We know that teens are following their fave celebrities on Twitter but that they are not really adopting […]

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Tweenter – A Design & Insights Challenge

Along the theme of interesting digital real life case studies to use in work-related learning school sessions – how about the challenge of designing a version of Twitter that appeals more to Teens? “Tweenter” if you will. We know that teens are following their fave celebrities on Twitter but that they are not really adopting […]

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Teach the Digital Teach

A couple of ideas here to encourage teachers in schools to use digital teaching resources: 1. I heard from Jude Ower (from Digital 2.0) yesterday that a school in Aberdeenshire has different games consoles in each classroom – see this amazing Futurelab report she helped to research that explores the educational properties of gaming – […]

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Carpets or Virtual World?

At one school session using a real-life case study about a teenage virtual world, the business challenge for the students was to define an engaging product feature that the company should work on next. One bright spark said, “Hang on a minute. I just gave you a good idea. If they decide to do my […]

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Ordinarily the most disruptive member of the class

In the very early days when volunteering in schools, I used a fictitious case study about a chocolate manufacturer who had made too many chocolates in the run up to Valentines Day. The students’ task was to generate some ideas of how they could package and sell the overrun of chocolate. I started by asking […]

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