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DigEm training for unemployed women in retirement age in Warsaw-Poland

With the cooperation of the University of Third Age (U3A) in Warsaw, was implemented by the polish partner of DigEm project (Multimedia Education Center at Warsaw University – SGGW) a workshop on DigEm methodology, from 25 November until 12 December 2010 (in total 24 hours duration). 
This training course is part of the cycle of educational workshops aimed at target groups of DigEm project, those who have few or no formal qualifications, members of socially excluded groups, older learners, women over 45, members of minority ethnic groups, in order to motivate them to increase their employability and social participation. 
In this training course participated as trainees seven (7) unemployed women at retirement age and hence, disengaged with the learning process and not confident with new technologies. The main theme of the developed digital stories was based on the life experiences of the participants.
Through the successful guidance of trainers Robert Budzynski, Daria Panasiuk and Anna Pacholec, the trainees acquainted with the methodology, techniques, tools and educational material included in the methodological guide that has already been developed from the project implementation until now. The used approach is experiential. That means that trainees experienced the DigEm method rather than passively watching a presentation. Utilizing creative techniques used by the Mass Media, such as the creation of stories-scenarios focused on lived experiences, theater, photography, music, video clip and narration production, each of the trainees created by a two-minute digital story, which will be posted on the official website of the project (www.digem.eu). It is worth mentioned that participants were enthusiastic with the training method and positively surprised by their active participation and acquaintance acquired with new technologies. 

Train the Trainers Workshop on the DigEm Methodology took place in Larissa 19 - 20 April 2011

DigEm train the trainer workshop took place successfully on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 of April 2011, hosted by DIMITRA ITD in Larissa, within the framework of the innovative European program “Digem –Digital Empowerment” that is being coordinated by DIMITRA I.T.D.
More specifically, during the training seminar in Larissa there was a trainers’ training on the use of the DigEm methodology for the creation of digital stories. The 11 trainees were selected based on their access to target groups of the program, namely those with no/few formal qualifications, socially excluded groups, older learners, women over 45, minority ethnic groups in order to motivate them to increase their employability. The trainees, through the successful guidance of trainers Evi Papatheodorou and Nikos Mandrekas, acquainted with the methodology, techniques, tools and educational material included in the methodological guide that has already been developed from the project implementation until now. The used approach is experiential. That means that trainees experienced the DigEm method rather than passively watching a presentation. Utilizing creative techniques used by the Mass Media, such as the creation of stories-scenarios focused on experiential experiences, theater, photography, music, video clip and narration production, each of the trainees created by a two-minute digital story, which will be posted on the official website of the project (www.digem.eu). The abovementioned methodology will be able to be used from different target groups and at the same time in a wide range of educational programs depending on the control handling of the tools by the trainer. 
It is worth mentioning that within the next months, a similar training seminar will be organized in Greece as well for end users coming from various disadvantaged groups. 
DigEm is an innovative digital empowering project that uses a creative approach to teaching ICT skills and provides an effective entry route for learners disengaged with the learning process, or not confident with new technologies. DigEm develops communication skills by using creative tools/media techniques, focused on people's own lives, through story-telling, photography, music, video and narrative. The project is being coordinated by DIMITRA ITD with the participation of partner organization from eight European Countries: England, Spain, Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Cyprus and Greece.
For further information, please contact with DIMITRA I.T.D, Ms. Vaso Anastasopoulou, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,  tel.: 0030 2410554026, www.dimitra.gr

Train the Trainers Digital storytelling workshop in London February 2011

DigEm train the trainer workshop took place successfully on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 of February 2011, hosted by DIGITALES at modern facilities of Goldsmith University in London, with the presence of all partners from Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania and England. This was the 4th train-the-trainer workshop within the framework of the innovative European program “Digem –Digital Empowerment” that is being coordinated by DIMITRA I.T.D.
More specifically, during the training seminar in London there was a trainers’ training on the use of the DigEm methodology for the creation of digital stories. Trainees acquainted with the methodology, techniques, tools and educational material included in the methodological guide that has already been developed from the project implementation until now. The used approach is experiential. That means that trainees, through the successful guidance of trainers, experienced the DigEm method rather than passively watching a presentation. Utilizing creative techniques used by the Mass Media, such as the creation of stories-scenarios focused on experiential experiences, theater, photography, music, video clip and narration production, each of the trainees created by a two-minute digital story, which are posted on the official website of the project (www.digem.eu). The abovementioned methodology will be able to be used from different target groups and at the same time in a wide range of educational programs depending on the control handling of the tools by the trainer. 
It is worth mentioning that within the next 3 months, a similar training seminar will be organized in Greece as well for end users coming from various disadvantaged groups. The project targets those with no/few formal qualifications, socially excluded groups, older learners, women over 45, minority ethnic groups in order to motivate them to increase their employability.
DigEm is an innovative digital empowering project that uses a creative approach to teaching ICT skills and provides an effective entry route for learners disengaged with the learning process, or not confident with new technologies. DigEm develops communication skills by using creative tools/media techniques, focused on people's own lives, through story-telling, photography, music, video and narrative. DigEm aims to train trainers coming from NGOs relative to the target groups, in order to access a wider number of end-users. NGOs/Associations are usually working with more than one groups. The project is being coordinated by DIMITRA ITD with the participation of partner organization from eight European Countries: England, Spain, Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Cyprus and Greece.
 
For further information, please contact with DIMITRA I.T.D, Ms. Vaso Anastasopoulou, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , tel.: 0030 2410554026, www.dimitra.gr 

DigEm train the trainer seminar in Ostrava of Czech Republic

In the context of activities of the project DigEm “Digital Empowerment” thera was a 2-days training of trainers held on 9th-10th October 2010. The training took place in Ostrava and was organized by ATHENA – Association for Education and Development of Women. The training course lasted 14 hours and participated four (4) trainers and eleven (11) trainees, most of them of the Czech Republic, but also three trainees from Poland and one from Slovakia.
The objective of this workshop was to present the method of digital and social empowerment through digital stories creation, to be familiarized the trainees with the methods and techniques which are developing in the framework o DigEm project, in order to be ready to implement, as trainers, future trainings for end users.
The internal evaluation of the seminar showed that trainees were fully satisfied and agreed on the fact that their creativity was provoked, for some of them surprisingly. Most of the trainees declared that they will utilize DigEm method in their personal and professional life.

Second DigEm train-the-trainer workshop successfully took place in Poland

The second train-the-trainer seminar in the framework of European project DigEm was implemented successfully on 13th and 14th May 2010 in Warsaw of Poland. The workshop took place in the Warsaw University of Life Sciences and organized by the polish project’s partner Multimedia Education Center at Warsaw University (SGGW). A total of twelve (12) persons participated, four (4) as trainers and eight (8) as trainees. Both the trainers and trainees came from all countries participating in the project, from UK, Spain, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Poland, Cyprus and Greece.
Main objective of this seminar was to present to the trainees the methodology of developing digital and social skills through creating digital stories, to familiarize them with the methods, techniques and managing of the workshop, and finally to create each of them one digital story. In the near future the trainees will be asked to implement DigEm methodology as trainers in workshops aimed at end users, thus it is very important to experience the process and become familiar with the requirements of the workshop. 
Moreover, one of the main objectives of train-the-trainers seminar in this phase of DigEm project is creating a fruitful interactive feedback with the trainees, who because of their experience in training vulnerable social groups can identify opportunities for further development and improving of DigEm methodology.      
At the end of the workshop was common belief that the objectives of the train-the-trainers seminar covered beyond initial expectations. Trainees were also totally satisfied with the practical application of the methodology. Interactive dialogue went one step further. Using their personal experience in the education of vulnerable social groups, trainees suggested ways of successfully adapting the methodology to different target groups, depending on the particularities of each.
Next DigEm train-the-trainer workshop will take place in Ostrava of Czech Republic, on 9th and 10th October 2010. For further information and to watch digital stories of this specific workshop, please visit the official site: www.digem.eu.

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