DIG-IT up! Training course on including digital tools in Youth work!

Training Course

2nd-7th May 2015

Rome, Italy

Youngsters deal more and more with technology, internet and mobile devices. Most often they watch videos, listen to music and have full time access with their friends. They see themselves mostly as consumers of digital media but not so much as creators of digital material, even though thousand of pictures are put on Instagram and short movies are shared every day. Adults fear that youngsters lose their time, contact with the “real” world and social competences while staring into their screens.
Many adults have a hard time understanding or appreciating digital skills youngsters have and their motivation to be constantly online. That often leads adults to ban digital devices, close themselves from getting to know new digital tools and very likely get into conflicts with youngsters.

Are we, as adults, as youth workers, ready to learn and use tools youngsters know and additionally find creative ways to include them in our work? With this TC we are proposing solutions that value the needs of both sides and support communication between them by looking for ways youth workers keep on track with “digital youngsters” and include digital devices into their work: being online as a developmental tool to foster digital creativity.
If you:

• believe that it’s important and pedagogically useful to deal with digital devices,

• want to give your digital skills an upgrade and • start including a digital attitude in your youth work then apply for DIG-IT up! Training course on including digital tools in Youth work!

The aim of this training course is to provide new knowledge and skills and find creative ways on how to combine analog & outdoor activities in youth work with digital tools and applications that are used by youngsters through a hands-on approach and experience:

• getting familiar and friendly with popular applications and digital tools, such as: #, QR Code, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, FB, Geocashing, lipdub, Whatsapp.

• experiencing and learning how to use various spaces (open-air, analog/digital) to create a supporting learning environment.

• building a positive and open attitude towards new technologies and the use of internet as a tool that facilitates effective collaboration with young people

• bringing people of different (professional) backgrounds together to share experiences with digitalized youth and to develop creative digital methods for youth work
The expected outcomes:

During this TC we will work with a wide spectrum of tools and applications to experience creative and funny ways of using them and also prepare participants to develop their own ideas for new methods to apply them during the final session.

The participants are invited to find comprehensive educational aspects of digital tools in youth work with the aim of including youngsters.

Application deadline: 22nd March 2015

Date of Selection: 31st March 2015

Click here for more information about this training course and how to apply for it

This call is open for Maltese nationals/residents who are members of or work with a Maltese NGO/entity/organisation/group.