Category Archives: Skills & Employment

Action E4: Innovating Learning in a Smart City

Students live in a world with anytime, anywhere access to information at their fingertips. Harnessing technology that they are at ease with, can change each and every lesson and promote self-learning outside the classroom. The opportunity for learners to ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) can help today’s students prepare for the future by building collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking. BYOD recognises that students live in a multimedia world where they prioritise visual learning, demand creativity, learn through trial and error, and constantly connect and collaborate using information that is live and linked. Promoting initiatives to ensure no child is disadvantaged (socially or educationally) via access to personal connected devices in and out of the classroom will support new learning models and ubiquitous virtual learning. The aim is to explore and where feasible to move to a BYOD approach.

Stakeholders identified

  • Birmingham City Council Education & Skills
  • Birmingham City Learning Centre
  • Birmingham e-Learning Foundation
  • Digital Birmingham
  • School clusters

Potential stakeholders

  • Solution providers
  • Education partnerships
  • Aston University

What makes this approach smart?

Future learning models based on integrated technology and interoperability

Short-term actions

Identify models and consensus to ensure every learner has access to a personal connected device inside and outside the classroom

Future actions

  • Pilot a BYOD programme in schools to develop appropriate policies and network controls
  • Extend and promote to other learning providers

Action E5: Birmingham e-Passport for lifelong learners

This idea is currently being discussed in the context of the Birmingham Baccalaureate and further work required to confirm its inclusion as an action.
Today learning happens everywhere and the skills learned outside of the formal curriculum are just as important to employers as qualifications. The e-passport (open source) will provide a virtual space to collect and highlight the achievement of a range of skills that young people develop through real-life learning projects, after-school clubs and outside experiences – all of which are important to employers in today’s digital world, but aren’t recognised by traditional qualifications.

Stakeholders identified

  • BMET Birmingham Baccalaureate
  • Birmingham City Council

Potential stakeholders

  • Learning providers
  • Employers
  • Pupil and student representatives

What makes this approach smart?

Ability to transfer learning achievements across sectors and systems and ability recognise emerging skills (future – proofing)

Short-term actions

Further discussion needed

Future actions

In development

Action E6: Building Smart Communities

Building on the award winning Social Media Surgeries this project aims to help communities to exploit the potential of open data and visualisation tools to support better decision making, interventions and planning. It aims to act as a catalyst for community and network creation around the support and use of open data for social good and connect open data advocates with community / third sector. In doing so it aims to support innovation and growth in communities; improve transparency, communication, efficiency and relationships and build skills and trust to co-create ideas for the use of information and new infrastructure. The open data work will be an extension of the social media surgeries in the city – helping us do two things: build on the digital skills being acquired by voluntary organisations in the city and help maintain the surgeries as a wider resource for the city. This project will help to create a level playing field in the use of data for third sector and community groups supporting organisations in how to use, publish and maintain open data and building data literacy. This includes use of tools that will support visualisations, identify trends and patterns to aid decision making, support commissioning of services etc.

Stakeholders identified to date

  • BCC
  • Digital Inclusion organisations
  • Open Data / community activists
  • Smart City Alliance
    Podnosh
  • Third sector networks

What makes this approach smart?

Building a digitally inclusive and transparent society, encouraging bottom up engagement

Short-term actions

  • Research and training of open data champions through existing social media surgery networks
  • Organisation, co-ordination and delivery of open data training through social media surgeries
  • Promotion of surgeries, activities and dissemination of impact evaluation

Future actions

Develop sustainable programme of activity across the city