Who to Follow – Josie Fraser

Josie Fraser conducting a presentation from a podium

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Josie Fraser is busy. She is leading a new cyberbullying education program through Childnet International. She is a Wikimedia UK trustee. She gives talks and writes papers about open educational resources and digital literacy programs. AND she manages to keep her social media presence and blog updated. But looking at her CV, there is one project that seems to have taken up much of her time from 2010-2014 and has, so far, made the greatest impact, DigiLit Leicester.

Idea web showing how E-Safety, Communication, Assessment and Feedback, Creating and Sharing, Professional Development, and Research are all connected to the bigger idea of Digital Literacy.

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From what I’ve briefly read, DigiLit Leicester is exactly the kind of digital literacy support that every teacher dreams of. The project brought together the Leicester City Council, the local university, and 23 secondary schools to create a “Digital Literacy Framework.”The framework they devised was purposefully designed to link digital literacy directly to secondary education practices. The framework was put into action in schools, and teacher were encouraged to provide feedback, which informed not only changes to the framework, but also future digital literacy development opportunities. Through this close collaboration, the project was able to meet their end goal of providing the support and education for teachers developing their digital literacy, and in turn influencing digital literacy instruction for students.

Josie Fraser can be found online at the following websites:

Twitter (13.5k followers) – @josiefraser

Personal Website – www.josiefraser.com

Who to Follow – Manoush Zomorodi

Headshot of podcaster Manoush Zomorodi

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Manoush Zomorodi is the host of WNYC’s weekly podcast “Note to Self,” which she describes in the intro as “a tech show about being human.” In the podcast she has recently tackled topics such as ‘Skimm-ing’ the news; algorithms that can improve your life; and the Internet’s impact on how teenage girls understand sexual desirability. Before joining WNYC, Zomorodi was a reporter for BBC and Reuters.

In her most recent podcast, “A Beginner’s Guide to International Tech Etiquette,” Zomorodi interviews three international NPR correspondents about the how different cultures engage with daily technology. In the 25 minute episode, they discuss how the French don’t leave “out of the office” emails; South Koreans love watching live videos on their hyper-fast internet speeds; and how many people in East Africa have switched to a digital currency. The episode asks listeners to reflect on how their own culture shapes their digital experience.

The video below is a talk Zomorodi gave last year at a PSFK event where she outlined the purpose of her “Bored and Brilliant: The Lost Art of Spacing Out” challenge posed to her podcast listeners. It’s goal was to encourage people to spend less time on their phones when they were bored, giving the brain a chance to engage in continuous creative thought. The week-long challenge hoped to attract a couple hundred test subjects, but 20,000 people eagerly signed up for the experiment. “Bored and Brilliant” spawned her second challenge “Infomagical” in early 2016, which garnered 30,000 participants who were ready to solve the issue of information overload in their lives. Through her podcast and social media Zomorodi has also drawn attention to the trending topic #womenpodcasters and the event #WerkIt hosted by her parent station WNYC.

Manoush Zomorodi and her work can be found online on the following sites:

Twitter – @manoushz

Personal Site – http://www.manoushz.com/

WNYC Podcast – “Note to Self”