Digital Inclusion in the Bush 4

Digital Inclusion in the Bush – exploring best practice models to facilitate accelerated digital inclusion across rural and remote Australia

The release of the Australian Digital Inclusion Index in 2016 provides a clear insight into the the demographics of those most in need of digital inclusion interventions, and will enable the development of collaborative and targeted approaches to digital empowerment in regional, rural and remote areas. This stream will look specifically at the challenges and barriers to creating a fully digitally enabled Australia, and explore the best practice models that are proving successful.

Session Moderator:   Brendan Fitzgerald

Mini Menu: Featured Speaker, Keynotes and main speakers, ProgramDelegates – accommodation info, Registration


Speakers Friday 1.30-2.30

Brendan Fitzgerald Introduction

This was an excellent introduction to a Digital Inclusion Session. It was planned and pulled the speakers ideas togethers. Well done Brendan.  Brendan’s presentation

Hitnet – robust, co-designed technology in remote Australia.

Julie Gibson, Director & Co-founder, Nickeema Williams, Community Connector, HITNET

Presentation Available

Julie is a ‘technologist at heart’ having spent many years working in corporate IT before joining Hitnet in 2005. She now manages the evolution of Hitnet’s technology platform while ensuring Hitnet remains a thriving social business. She’s passionate about creatively using technology to scale and further Hitnet’s social impact.

Nickeema joined Hitnet in 2015 to take on the vital role of liaising with communities to bring the My Place modules to life. As an artist, designer and photographer living and working in Woorabinda, her creative talents are being well used to address the issues facing Indigenous people. She’s been heavily involved in exhibiting at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair for the past few years.

Hitnet co-designs and innovates with remote Indigenous communities to develop technology that is robust, useful and simple to use. The Hitnet WiFi hotspot, turning a touchscreen kiosk into a digital hub, is a recent example. Hitnet codesigned with young people in Cape York, a mobile landing page with easy links to useful everyday online activities. This has provided a safe, curated, free online experience for remote Indigenous people, using locally stored content wherever possible.

 

 


CulturePad: Let’s Learn My Words

Dr Alistair Campbell, Edith Cowan University

Alistair Campbell is a researcher at ECU’s Centre of Schooling and Technologies. An educator for the past 40 years, his teaching career started in India and Zimbabwe. Upon his return to Australia, Alistair spent 10 years as a secondary teacher in Milingimbi, in Arnhem Land. During this time he developed a passion for technology-enhanced education, which led to a PhD in digital assessment and continuing research into applying ICT to enhance education and assessment in both remote and urban schools.

This session will provide an overview of the CulturePad research project and the development of the CulturePad apps. The importance of ownership and community involvement in the development of applications will be discussed and how the apps promote this. A number of iPads will be available and participants will have the opportunity to use the current app ‘Let’s learn My Words’. The potential of the app will be explored and discussed.


Launching WA’s first Ideas Box

John Geijsman

John Geijsman, State Library WA

Presentation

John has worked for the State Library of WA for almost 10 years in a variety of roles with his most recent roles including Community Liaison Librarian: Better Beginnings, and eLearning Librarian. For the last few years, John has been involved in the State Library’s Storylines project, as well as the Ideas Box project, among others. In his spare time, John is an avid LEGO collector and blogger, as well as a husband and first time father to be.

The State Library of Western Australia took the Ideas Box, a portable ultra-modern compact library on wheels, to a community in the West Kimberley. What happens when the kids in the community are let loose on iPads, android tablets, games and books? The short answer, the Principal could not get them to go to lunch. Join me as I give a brief overview of Libraries without Borders, the Ideas Box and the State Library of WA launch of the Ideas Box in Yungngora Community.

The State Library of Western Australia took the Ideas Box, a portable ultra-modern compact library on wheels, to a community in the West Kimberley.  What happens when the kids in the community are let loose on iPads, android tablets, games and books? The short answer, the Principal could not get them to go to lunch. Join me as I give a brief overview of Libraries without Borders, the Ideas Box and the State Library of WA launch of the Ideas Box in Yungngora Community.

The Ideas Box is a portable, ultra-modern compact library on wheels conceived by Libraries Without Borders (Bibliotheques Sans Frontieres) from France to provide vulnerable and isolated populations access to books, technology, and information. The Ideas Box fits on two pallets, and the contents are customisable for each community. The State Library installed the Ideas Box in Yungngora Aboriginal Community near Fitzroy Crossing.

Discussion questions:

  1. What happens when packages like the Ideas Box are taken into communities?
  2. What kind of community engagement would you expect from a socially or culturally isolated community?
  3. What is the first step in trying to engage a remote community in WA?
  4. What are other options for reaching communities with limited or no internet connection?
  5. How do you increase Digital Literacy without the internet?

Storylines database -using it as a training tool in remote communities with limited connectivity.

Andrew Merredith, Senior Library Officer, State Library WA

Andrew Meredith is a senior library officer and project officer at the State Library of Western Australia, working on the Storylines Project.  Since becoming involved in Storylines, Andrew has worked administrating the system and as a training officer running sessions throughout Western Australia. Having also helped establish two remote, community-run Storylines instances Andrews work helps facilitate retaining community stories through an online platform.

Storylines is an initiative of the State Library of Western Australia to assist in reconnecting Aboriginal heritage collections to Aboriginal community in Western Australia. A multi-faceted project, Storylines features a central online archive of the library’s collection of Aboriginal material (photographs, documents, oral history etc.) and community-run satellite archives using the same platform. This presentation will discuss some successes, challenges and means of running the project throughout Western Australia.