On the basis of previous experiences and knowledge sharing between Centre for Digital Youth Care and National Youth Council of Ireland, EU’s Daphne programme has granted funding for a research project examining the use of communication and information technologies in the field of pedagogy, and looking at how digital and social media can be used in a pedagogical praxis.
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Three other partners who are part of the project include; Finish organisation Verke, Austrian organisation WienXtra and the Northern Irish organisation Youth Council of Northern Ireland. The project will be implemented during 2015/16.
Anni Marquard, Line Buur Skovgaard and Astrid Andreasen participated in a startup meeting in Belfast, March, with skilled and lovely colleagues from Austria, Finland, Ireland, and Northern Ireland.
Information technology and pedagogical practices
Our application results from a major seminar hosted in Ireland during the spring of 2014 with specialists participating from Denmark, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Finland, and Austria. Experiences amongst participants were, on the one hand, that information technology is an innovative contributor to the education of young people; however, at the same time there is a reluctance to incorporating ICT’s in the field of pedagogy. This reluctance may stem from worrying about children and young people’s safety online, or the idea from pedagogical staff themselves that they are not equipped to use ICT’s in their pedagogical work. So, the project wishes to get an idea of how digital media is utilised in pedagogical practices, and results as well as challenges of this interaction will be examined.
It is important to acknowledge the potential of digital media in pedagogical practices, and in this regard there are subjects that this project wishes to further examine; Which measures can be initiated to promote young people’s digital skills, protect young people’s digital well-being, and how can we positively enforce pedagogical staff’s view on themselves in relation to incorporating ICT’s in their pedagogical work? How are we best able to take advantage of ICT’s potential in a pedagogical framework?
Is it possible to uncover useful policy guidelines around digital media and the education of young people, and what shortcomings do we detect? The project will examine such aspects and issues, gain more knowledge, and examine capacities to act on both a local, national, and an international level.
During 2015 we will collect data and facilitate workshops across all countries involved. Centre for Digital Youth Care will be responsible for conducting a national desk research and an online research survey, and also for facilitating workshops for specialists. Experiences from all countries involved will be collected and published at the beginning of 2016.
We would love to hear from you if you work with children, young people and digital media, so that your experiences can be added to our knowledge base, or you are welcome to participate in one of our workshops. Please feel free to contact Anni M. for more information.
Have a look at the report from the Screenagers seminar which took place during the spring of 2014. Centre for Digital Youth Care participated with a workshop about the inclusion of young people on Cyberhus.dk.
The Screenagers project is funded by EU’s Erasmus programme.
This article is originally posted in Danish.