Careful Digital are currently partners on two Euroopan Union Erasmus Plus funded environmental education projects: Natural Entrepreneurs and Change the Story. We are working with a major environmental education charity to develop their reporting infrastructure, helping a national health research charity with their organisation-wide digital transformation strategy, and have developed a website with the Shropshire Botanical Society to allow access to their biodiversity data.
We are starting to research and prototype a project called Nature Memory. Nature Memory will provide a way to build meaningful community links for schools, develop learning between the generations and make memories to share.
Most of us now live in deep inter-dependence with digital technology. How do we develop an eco-system of digital helpers that works in relationship with our physical minds and bodies, and allow us to get things done while staying connected to the world around us? We are developing a course that guides individuals through these questions and helps find the best answers for them.
Shropshire Botanical Society
Careful Digital was delighted to deliver a website for the Shropshire Botanical Society to allow access to the Society's botanical records.
For this project, we needed to retrieve and present biodiversity information from the National Biodiversity Network's store of data.
Building on the excellent foundations the Society already in place, we developed an PHP MVC web application which queried the NBN's API.
You can see the Shropshire Botanical Society botanical records website at https://flora.shropshirebotany.org.uk.
Careful Digital is a partner on this major EU-funded project. Natural Entrepreneurs is aimed at students across Europe, in the age range of 14 to 18 years. It is designed to introduce them to biomimicry – the identification of solutions found in nature and their application to human design. The project takes students through the biomimicry design process towards the development of sustainable design solutions, and actively encourages students to collaborate. One of the project outputs Careful Digital is responsible for is the Collaboration Platform; a website allowing students to work through the biomimicry design process in teams, accrue appreciation points, contribute to The Commons (a resource centre) and comment on other Teams’ ideas.
For this project, we needed to create and host a project website, a learning environnent and collaboration platform, all integrated into one seamless environment for our participants. We also needed the site needed to work in the five different languages of the participating countries.
We built the website using WordPress, added the MemberPress plugin to provide the learning environment, and the Polygot plug to cater for the multi-lingual requirements. We then integrated in bespoke collaboration features that we developed in PHP.
For this project, we have focused on the user's experience of the platform. Consistency and accessibility for the user is of great importance to Careful Digital, and we like to ensure that our products are well tested before they are released. For educational projects, we work with schools and universities to build evidence of the User Experience and respond accordingly to make our products as appealing and efficient as possible.
You can see the Natural Entrepreneurs website at https://natent.eu
Change the Story
Careful Digital is a partner on this major EU-funded project which brings together pupils in schools across Europe to create digital stories about climate change. One of the outputs of the project Careful Digital are responsible for is the development of a website to celebrate those stories. It allow visitors to search through and view the stories created, and hopefully be inspired to create their own stories.
We worked with Martin Wright on the design of the site.
There was quite a complex technical challenge here, as the stories were made in a variety of digital formats, using different tools and technologies, and we needed to find a way to present those stories in as accessible way as possible. Plus the site needed to work in the five different languages of the participating countries.
The site was developed using the wonderful 11ty static site generator and we stored the stories in the equally wonderful Sanity CMS, which allows complex content to be stored and searched easily. The separation of blisteringly fast static website and complex and sophisticated content management system will offer the best possible experience for editors and visitors to the site.
We also created and hosted a Moodle learning environment for teachers for the schools involved in the trial.
Another element of our work on this project has been training teachers how to deliver the digital storymaking component of the project. We've given technical advice on devices and software and planning advice on how to build the component into schemes of work.
You can see the Change the Story Celebration website at https://stories.changethestory.eu