The archive needs support in the form of sponsorship, partnership and volunteers - please complete the volunteer form or contact Richard Millwood directly if you can help fund this vital project.
- disseminate the archive so that past successes (and failures) can better inform the future potential for learning with ICT;
- enhance the archive by using the internet, emulation, video digitisation and virtual reality techniques to provide access to artefacts which have become difficult to view, operate and maintain;
- expand the archive so that it represents the range of innovations and practice in educational computing with personal stories, interpretations and analyses.
- Public - parents interested in home & school learning with ICT, those interested in its history;
- Learners - children researching projects about technology and learning;
- Teachers, lecturers and trainers - in initial and in-service professional development;
- Researchers - engaged in policy, educational technology and pedagogical research worldwide;
- Educational managers - decision-makers considering purchase and implementation of ICT learning resources;
- Policy makers - regional and national decision makers when considering effective ICT strategies.
- Industry - eager to benefit from effective ideas and wishing to see their contribution over time.
- using multimedia, emulation and virtual reality techniques to provide interesting and stimulating representations of historical artefacts;
- recording in digital formats the experience of many of the participants in educational computing innovation in the form of oral and video histories;
- digitising existing video materials and software from the collection and indexing them for viewers to see how educational computing was pioneered;
- categorising and recording its collection in a publicly-available database on the internet;
- providing a publicly accessible location where the archive and all supporting resources can be used.
Objectives in 2015
- preserve the existing collection through finding suitable accommodation;
- employ staff / identify volunteers / recruit doctoral students to catalogue the existing collection;
- source additional artefacts to grow the collection;
- create an organisation with charitable status to permit a long-term, self-sustaining mechanism for funding;
- plan a representative, substantial national archive of UK educational computing which is open to the public;
- establish a world-wide-web site which publishes the searchable database of the archive collection and a selection of representations of software and hardware artefacts, personal records and official documents;
- Seek funding for the sustainability and activity of the archive.