Digital Mediation

Coordinator: C.I.P. Citizens in Power

Digital Mediation; Redefining digital culture within youth organizations

The motivation for this project stems from the observation that educators and youth workers are oftentimes confronted with counterproductive behaviors of youngsters who engage in so called “banal use of new media”. On the other hand, it is generally accepted that youth are also capable of engaging in online types of behaviors which are extremely positive and beneficial because they stimulate personal growth. It’s widely accepted that the role of educators and youth workers is to turn negative and counterproductive online behaviors into positive and constructive ones, in other words, their role is to encourage youth to use media technologies in a sensible way, notably by promotingand encouraging online information creating behaviors. Using proven pedagogical methods, participants are taken through the process of crafting a short film and subsequently uploading the media to an online platform.

The objectives of this project are:

– provide youth workers and educators with practical tools and techniques to transform youth online behaviors into meaningful learning processes

– provide youth workers from different backgrounds with the opportunity to exchange about their experiences regarding youngsters use of media technologies

– motivate youth workers and educators to develop activities involving media technologies

– provide youth workers with ideas and strategies to combating the digital divide

 

As a result of the training participants will be able to:

 

-initiate and supervise activities for youth on collaborative digital video production and editing

-guide youth in selecting the most appropriate online video sharing platform where to upload their creations to ensure that they feel a sense of self-worth and empowerment as a result of their work

– transform youth current practices involving media technologies into learning processes

– ensure that youth engage in online content creating behaviors responsibly, that is to say, in line with copyrights restrictions, intellectual rights, etc.

 

The activities: The training will include four main modules:

1) Video production and editing: participants will experiment different tools for video production and editing with the purpose of creating a short video.

2) Online content production and ethics: In this module we will introduce participants to the different forms of creative common licences. Some examples that will be covered are the following: attribution only, attribution shareAlike, attribution no derivatives, attribution non-commercial.

3) Online content production: In this module we will lead a debate/group reflection about how to transform youth’s mundane online practices into something meaningful.

4) Online video sharing platforms: in this module, participants will learn about online video sharing platforms (ex. YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, etc.). Thus they will experiment “marketing” a video or other informational content online, and they will test different possible strategies and corresponding outcomes. They will find out about online communities for informational content sharing. They will debate about youth involvement in participative culture through online media. They will learn how to guide their target public in choosing the most appropriate vehicle formonline content. In this module, participants will also debate on and learn about video sharing platforms specifically geared to the needs of educators, for example, Academic Earth, MIT open courseware, Ted-ed, TeacherTube, YouTube EDU. These are all websites which were founded with the goal of giving everyone on earth access to a world-class education. Participants requirements:

For this training we are targeting youth workers who are already active in digital mediation or who are willing to work on such topics in the future. No prior knowledge about the topics of the training is required. Participants must be willing to innovate their professional practices and to disseminate the results of the project.

The international training course ‘Digital Mediation; Redefining digital culture within youth organizations’ will be hosted in Larnaca by ‘CIP’ from 17 to 23/April/2018 in cooperation with partner organizations from the following 15 countries: Germany, Greece, France, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Croatia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Bulgaria, UnitedKingdom and Spain. Each of the above organizations will be represented by 1 participant

16 people from 16 different countries can do miracles!

They have worked in harmony for 5 days and they have created the following videos without any previous experience in video making and no budget.

Enjoy their work

The ‘Kiwis team’ created a video that promotes part of Cyprus traditions

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‘The Banana team’ created a video called ‘Selfie Drama’. The concept of the video evolves around the inclusion of young people who are addicted to technology.

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‘The carrots team’ created a video about inequality and dignity.

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The ‘Pears team’ created a video that promote Cyprus

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The program was co-funded by the Erasmus + program of the European Union

Name of the youth workers training: Digital Mediation; Redefining digital culture within youth organizations 2017-3-CY02-KA105-001112

Digital Mediation

Duration 15-02-2018-14-07-2018

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