A while back on Radio Edutalk I had the pleasure of talking to David McGillivray about the Digital Commonwealth 1. It is a pretty exciting project:
The ambition of the Digital Commonwealth project is to enhance the capacity of individuals and groups to use freely available mobile digital (and social) media tools and techniques to ensure their voices are heard in a saturated (and often commercially) motivated media landscape. The Digital Commonwealth project focuses on lowering the threshold for involvement for individuals and groups so that they can be empowered to exploit creative tools and technologies to tell their stories, digitally. The project reaches out to individuals and groups experiencing social, cultural or economic marginalization, whether related to age, ethnicity, poverty, disability or social isolation.
Since then I’ve heard that there are now 60 schools involved with the project along side a host of other community groups. The twitter stream is filled with delight: Twitter / Search – #digCW2014.
But, we need schools in Borders, Angus, Perth & Kinross, W Lothian, Clackmannan, Stirling, W Dunbartonshire, East Ren, Renfrewshire pls RT!
— Digital Commonwealth (@DigCW2014) May 2, 2014
Some highlights of the project include:
- Digital Commonwealth post on the Eigg Primary blog. It is part of their The Commonwealth project.
- A video from Ayr Academy
- St Athanasius Primary in Carluke are learning about the history of mining in South Lanarkshire
You can find out more about the projects on the Digital Commonwealth site fascinating to see social media being used across sectors.