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Digital Youth Work
To start with, digital youth work means proactively using or addressing digital media and technology in youth work. Therefore, it is not a youth work method – digital youth work can be included in any youth work setting (open youth work, youth information and counselling, youth clubs, detached youth work, etc.). Moreover, digital youth work has the same goals as youth work in general, and using digital media and technology in youth work should always support these goals. This can happen in face-to-face situations, as well as in online environments – or a mixture of these two.
Nowadays, digital technologies are changing the world at an incredible speed and are reshaping how people in Europe live, work and study. Ongoing digital transformation impacts many parts of our daily life, from the ever-increasing integration of digital technologies in all sectors of the economy to the societal impact of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI). Digital media and technology can be either a tool, activity or content in youth work, being underpinned by the same ethics, values and principles as youth work.
The training course involved Youth Workers and trainers from 9 countries: Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Poland, Croatia, Italy, Spain and North Macedonia.
Each country was represented by 2-4 people with 2 additional trainers. They were all youth workers aged 18+ which have some experience working with youngsters and with/in Digital Area.
Overall, the daily schedule was formed of 4 main sessions, three of which were dedicated to a specific Erasmus+ key competence. The last session was dedicated to analysing a Good Practice Example in Digital Youth Work.
Reflection & Evaluation
Every day was “closed” by a session of Reflection and Evaluation, each time using a different method, along with a digital one, such as the BadgeWallet.
The first day of the project included activities that facilitated the smooth running of the project: on the one hand, knowledge activities (name activities, intercultural exchange, etc.), on the other hand, management activities (project presentation, Erasmus+ presentation, setting expectations, establishing the rules of the project, adapting the program according to the expectations and contributions of participants).
On the second day, we addressed the first chapter of the competence framework: Digitalisation of Society (with a “Quiz for parents”, 10 study cases and nine themes of digital citizenship). The third day was dedicated to planning, designing and evaluating digital youth work, whereas day four was dedicated to cultural awareness, filled with digital work, through “Digital adventure: City/quest/quiz/treasure hunting”.
The fifth day was dedicated to exploring information and data literacy, and the sixth – was to communication. Without delay, on day seven we met DittOrange – our mascot who lead us through digital creativity. Last, but certainly not least, on the eighth day, we discussed and debated the 8 corners of digital safety.
As always, in the afternoon we had a trip into reflection and evaluation.
The activities were designed according to the objectives and aim of the whole project, in such a way that the learning curve of the participants was smooth and easy. The methods used varied from a wide range of “non-formal”, namely: demonstration, workshop, illustrated talk, group discussion, dramatized presentation, icebreaker, team building activity, role play, problem-solving, getting to know, cultural awareness, reflection, and many more!
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The project „DITTO – DIgital Technology as a TOol” was financed with the support of the European Commission through Erasmus+ Programme. This blog reflects only the author’s views, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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