MODERN DIGITAL LITERACY IN THE CLASSROOM

What is the impact of data-driven algorithms on the provision of public services, decisions around healthcare and the criminal justice system? How can technologies help us challenge and address current social issues? How can digital security become an empowering activity, rather than just a way to “protect from harm”?

The Not-Equal project aims to bring people together to understand, explore and develop digital technologies, which challenge societal inequality and support social justice so that our digital society can work for everyone.

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We want to develop a dialogue between teachers, pupils and academic experts involved in understanding and developing new and emergent digital technologies and their implications on individual, social, legal and cultural risks and opportunities. This project will run in three phases:

  1. Teacher Workshop: Teachers will be introduced to emerging topics and challenges around development and impact of digital technologies on individual, social, legal and cultural practices. They will then collaboratively develop a series of prompts which will be of interest to themselves and their classes.
  2. Pupil questions: These prompts will then be used in class, to encourage pupils to ask and elaborate questions they have around these topics.
  3. Academic answers: Pupils’ questions will then be posed to a wide network of academic experts from around the world, who will contribute responses in the form of videos, stories and learning activities.

The outcome of this dialogue will then be used in the computing classroom, taking current academic research and experience to generate lesson plans and resources on the impact of new and emerging digital technologies. These resources will then be freely available for any schools to use as part of their computing curriculum.

As part of the first phase of this project, we invite teachers to be involved in a workshop to shape the topics which will be introduced to the pupils around digital literacy. This includes exploring:

  • What’s missing from the National Curriculum for computing?
  • What should we be teaching our young people about emerging technologies?
  • What positives might we be missing about individual, social, legal and cultural uses of digital technologies?