Nominet Trust – Digital Making

Nominet Trust Report on Digital Making by Julian Sefton-Green

Nominet Trust Report on Digital Making by Julian Sefton-Green – Photo attribution Rosie Slosek


Recently I was lucky enough to be asked by the Nominet Trust to Livestream/post produce films around the discussion involving Julian Sefton-Green‘s review for them – Mapping Digital Makers – a review exploring everyday creativity, learning lives and the digital.

Unlike the recent iPad Review launched by London Knowledge Lab I covered at – Nominet Trust have taken a more strategic view about their research and getting Julian Sefton-Green to produce a review and then launching it with an allied discussion to interested parties (and wider community) seems a more constructive and practical way forwards.


What is so useful about this review is the fact that Sefton-Green looks at a much wider field than just education. He delves into the different silos and communities  around the Digital Making industry that is emerging and finds that they don’t talk to each other very much about their different roles.

Taking a strategic starting point  is this review’s strength and leads to a much greater focus about where research could be taken in the future. The evening’s discussion helped tease out many issues around this.

I’d strongly recommend people, look at the film, read the whole report and keep an eye on the #DigitalMaking hashtag generally for future developments by Nominet Trust.


You can see the film of the evening below. It was a fascinating discussion and brought to the fore many of the issues I have been exploring less formally in the past few months. There will be a transcript of the session available soon as well for interested parties.



The Panelists discussing the Review were:

Dr Jo Twist CEO of UKIE.

Ben Southworth Deputy CEO at Tech City Investment Organisation

Miles Berry – recent ex-chair of Naace and Senior Lecturer, Subject leader ICT in Education  at Roehampton  

Dan Sutch, head of Development Research at Nominet Trust  was steering the discussion.

Annika Small, Director of Nominet Trust, gave an excellent opening speech which encapsulated the tone of the whole evening.

Julian Sefton-Green’s precis was excellent:

Miles Berry gave the schools’ context:

Ben Southworth that of the Tech Entrepreurs

Dr Jo Twist the view of the Gaming and Creative Industries

The Q&A session threw some issues into high relief

I was a bit disappointed to hear statements that a lot of collaboration and co-operative working underpins Digital Making and the new Gaming and Creative industries and these qualities were encouraged by the NextGen report and this lobbying was mainly responsible for underpinning the decision by the government to subsequently disapply the ICT POS. But what did government do to the new curriculum after the first round of consultation? They certainly jumped on the Computer Science bandwagon as Peter Kemp put it in the Q&A session

but this government have subsequently excised all mention of collaboration in their latest propsals. See Peter Twining’s analysis below on his Edfutures Bliki.

So the gap between rhetoric and realpolitik is still very great I’m afraid …

Let’s hope UKIE lends its weight to arm wrestle this out of the final document. It seems someone at the DfE isn’t a team player and doesn’t believe it will help the economy. Maybe the major players in this burgeoning emerging industry will disabuse them of this notion?


Attribution Peter Twining's Bliki's_bliki

If you are a teacher or working within fields that promote Digital Making you must respond to the Government’s Curriculum reforms in this area – this is just one of the reasons why.

Download and respond to the consultation below. You have until the 16th April.


Julian Sefton-Green’s report can be downloaded from here or click on the image below :


Mapping Digital Makers

Mapping Digital Makers Report for Nominet Trust by Julian Sefton-Green



Just like the iPad Review I have made an (ongoing) mind-map précis of the document below.

Create your own mind maps at MindMeister

Last November I did a brief roundup of Maker Clubs and allied resources on L4L News. I guess this is what Julian Sefton-Green means about informal or semi-formal learning domains.

I did a roundup – choose your media below to learn a little about some of these communities.

You can see the video here:

If you can’t see that on your phone or browser click on the link below.

or listen to the podcast:

or download and read the booklet links and resources:

Informal domains for learning?

Informal domains for learning?

Those links make give you ‘some’ concrete pointers to the informal communities mentioned in Julian’s report.

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