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About Us

DigitalMe is re-imagining learning for the 21st Century & equipping young people with the skills and competencies they need to thrive in work and life.

 

We don't accept that learning should be dull for children or irrelevant for employers. We have seen that when young people are provided with the right tools, projects and real world opportunities, amazing learning can happen.

We are dedicated to helping educators use technology for the development of authentic learning experiences, which are relevant, challenging, fun and prepare young people for success in life and work.

Using Mozilla Open Badges, we are working together with teachers, charities and employers to create a new digital currency that recognises all young people's skills and talents.

By embracing open standards and partnership working we aim to transform the learning landscape and increase the life chances of young people.

We are a not-for-profit organisation funded by foundations and through project design and delivery. Any profit we make goes back into the development of our learning programmes to reach the most disadvantaged learners.

THE TEAM
  • Tim Riches

    Tim Riches

    Tim has worked in education for the past 12 years. First working with arts groups, helping to develop web based participation projects and then co-founding award winning open learning platforms including Radiowaves & NUMU.  His main focus is working with partners to develop a new skills currency using Mozilla Open Badges. Tim also works with the Open Badges developing international partnerships and projects.

  • Lucy Neal

    Lucy Neale

    Lucy has worked in education, developing online learning communities and delivering digital learning programmes for 9 years. She has extensive experience in developing and managing award winning learning programmes reaching over 10,000 learners, with partners including The Imperial War Museum, The Children's Society and The London 2012 Olympics. Lucy is leading on Badge the UK, working with employers, learning organisations and schools to build learning pathways for youth using Open Badges.

  • Alison

    Alison Booth

    Through her work on DigitalMe projects over the last 6 years and her freelance community arts practice, Alison has worked with hundreds of young people. She oversees Young Carers in Focus, a project led by The Children’s Society, which gives young carers the skills to share stories and influence policy. Alison is now developing city-wide badging projects with a focus on arts and culture.

  • Kevin Field

    Kevin works on a number of projects at DigitalMe, including iDEA, S2R, Safe and YCiF. Working directly with young people and youth practitioners, Kevin’s role is to explore the ways in which Open Badges and other digital tools can be used to recognise skills in informal learning. He also focuses on creating innovative ways of working with partners and community assets to support harder to reach young people to achieve. In addition to working for DigitalMe, Kevin is also Senior Youth Worker at Calderdale Council.

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    Matt Rogers

    Matt is passionate about working with young people, particularly when it comes to using and experimenting with existing and emerging technologies. Before working for DigitalMe, Matt was a KS1-KS4 teacher for eight years most recently at a Primary School in South East London, where he also held the roles of CAS Lead Educatorand Mathletics Lead Educator. This experience directly feeds into Matt’s work on Safe, Naace CPD badges and Scout badges at DigitalMe.

  • Grainne Hamilton

    Grainne Hamilton

    Grainne’s varied background includes leading the development of the Jisc Open Badges Toolkit, contributing to the Mozilla Discover project, which involved developing badge-based pathways to employment, as well as founding and facilitating the Open Badges in Scottish Education Group. Most recently, she was Senior Consultant at Blackboard, which involved helping a global range of clients make best use of their teaching and learning systems. At DigitalMe, Grainne contributes her expertise to a range of projects and further develops the Open Badges ecosystem in Scotland.

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    Anna Sheard

    Anna specialises in employability and enterprise programmes at DigitalMe. She has a background in programme design and managing city-wide business programmes on behalf of Sheffield City Council. She has also worked on industry-endorsed employability schemes including the Passport to Employment programme in conjunction with the Cutlers company and the IKIC summer internship programme on behalf of Barnsley Council. She has managed national events programmes for TeenTech to inspire young people in STEM, including events at the Olympic Park, Digital Wales 2014 and the Royal Society.

WHO WE WORK WITH

Partners

We work alongside charities as well as cultural, sports and youth organisations in strategic partnership, as consultants and in project design and delivery.

Teachers

We are always testing new approaches and always looking for forward-thinking teachers to feed in and test new ideas.

Commissioners

We understand schools and the education sector and are experts in matching new technologies to learning to create compelling, relevant programmes which appeal to teachers, children and parents.

Track Record

Our track record includes successful national and international projects with the British Council, The Childrens Society, London 2012, the BBC, the Football Foundation, the Imperial War Museum, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Nesta, The Big Lottery Fund and the Nominet Trust. Get in touch to talk about how we could work together.

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