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United through one goal – make all Europeans digital!

The first 2 days of pan-European Week brought Europeans on exciting digital journeys and let us learn not only digital skills but also geography while looking at 650 + events on the campaign map and getting photos and videos on social media.

From flowery Madeira in the Atlantic to the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea and Aland Islands in the Baltic and from the city of Noyabrsk in Russian Siberia to sunny Cyprus and Malta in the Mediterranean – the variety of geography and events is impressive!

Some countries have participated in the campaign from its start in 2010, others are just joining for the first time, but each has something unique and valuable to offer in their communities.

So far, the largest number of events is in Croatia. CTK Rijeka, which is leading the campaign in the country as the National Partner for the first time, has partnered with the best Croatian organisations involved in improving digital and media literacy, especially for children and young people. A lot of the events are organised by IRIM (The Institute for Youth Development and Innovativity), which created a thriving teaching and learning system based on micro:bit computer. Those workshops are run across the whole country.

CTK Rijeka’s Executive Director Olivera Stanic, who is also the finalist of ALL DIGITAL Awards 2017 as a Digital Changemaker, commented, “We believe that nowadays it is impossible to be an equal member of society without the digital skills that enable us to enjoy all opportunities that are waiting in digitalised world. Everybody needs digital skills! That’s why we are part of this campaign from its beginning in 2010. Together with our partners from NGOs, public institutions, schools, and entrepreneurs, we have empowered thousands of citizens in our communities. We cherish the campaign because it connects organisations working in this field from all Europe. All of us are united through this week around one goal – to make all Europeans digital.”

Indeed, this is the largest digital inclusion and digital empowerment campaign in Europe, which has already involved over a million people.

Training in Petrosani, Romania

One of the most active participants have always been from Romania, from the very beginning. And this year again we see many workshops and other training events across the whole country – from first click and skills testing to cybersecurity and coding with Minecraft. Gabriela Barna, Director of EOS Romania, remarked, “Romania has some of the best IT specialists in Europe and at the same time the lowest level of ICT skills amongst its general population, ranking last in EU 28. We are organising ALL DIGITAL Week in the interest of the many who are not yet benefiting from the digital society opportunities. We will keep going for as long as it takes.”

And we keep going! Even in the countries with high levels of digital skills, there are still those who need help with making the first click and upgrade their knowledge. We are happy to bring ALL DIGITAL Week to new countries and new regions and to learn from partners there!

Make It Festival in Finland

For example, this year, the campaign is happening for the first time in Finland, thanks to our new partnership with Bildningsalliansen and Make it Finland.

The campaign in Finland started with Make it Festival in Turku on 17 March and with a big launch event on 19 March in Helsinki. In Helsinki,  for the whole day the three floors of the big house were offering three different programme channels, including a code corner, a game corner, key notes, dialogue, pop-up presentations live podcasting, you tubing and other interactive programme points.

We decided to join ALL DIGITAL Week because we feel very strongly that the digital future is too important to leave to governments and experts alone”, explained Johanni Larjanko, coordinator at Bildningsalliansen. “We are all affected by the digital revolution, and we all should have a say. For some time, the trend has been towards regarding citizens as consumers, consuming services provided by commercial and public bodies. But the true power in digitalization comes with empowerment. When we can have a say in things, we are heard, as individuals and as groups, society will listen. And thus, we can help build the society we all want to live in.”

Digital Ring in Villafranca

A lot of events, social media posts, photos and videos have also come from Spain (have you seen their Digital Ring activities?). And it is not surprising, as the national partner in the campaign is the Association of Telecentre Network, which includes 11  networks in itself. The Association has been participating in the campaign since 2013 to encourage people to use the Internet and to acquire digital skills. Spain has been one of the most active countries in these 5 years with 24,000 people involved.

The aim of our Association is to raise awareness and promote digital competences among citizens, especially for social inclusion, safety, life-long learning, and employability,” said José-Antonio González-Martínez, from the Presidency of Association of Telecentre Networks, Spain.  “Our more than 1,500 digital innovation centres in Spain are key to reach this objective, but we strongly believe that all the stakeholders involved in Europe must work together to pursue this goal.  The ALL DIGITAL Week gives us a great opportunity to communicate all our activities in a common framework of joint efforts across Europe, so that every European citizen has the chance to go digital”.

Different countries, different organisations united by the same aim – to help Europeans benefit from digital transformation! Join us!

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ALL DIGITAL Week launched in 25 countries

ALL DIGITAL Week 2018 has started, and our partners are taking digital to the next level in their countries.

More than 1,245 partners in 25 European countries will bring training, seminars, workshops, talks and other initiatives to an estimated 80,000 participants, throughout at least 2,000 events.

Over 500 events are already showcased on the European map of ALL DIGITAL WEEK.

The campaign addresses digital and media literacy, online safety, cybersecurity, coding, and many other themes connected to digital skills and technology with online and offline actions and events.

Laurentiu Bunescu, CEO of ALL DIGITAL, commented, “We organise ALL DIGITAL WEEK to support Europeans in their digital transformation journeys. More than ever, we all need to invest in digital skills for media literacy, social inclusion, employability, entrepreneurship and education.”

ALL DIGITAL Week 2018 is supported by Certiport, a Pearson VUE business – the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery, and program management services.  Fiona Fanning, Director of European Affairs, said,As technology pervades all aspects of our lives, it has never been more important to ensure that all Europeans have the opportunity to gain the digital skills and certification that will help them succeed as a student, citizen, and an employee. We are thrilled to support the important mission of ALL DIGITAL Week in facilitating a truly pan-European digital transformation.”

The campaign has two main themes. The first is related to helping people build trust in technology by developing critical thinking and media literacy in a time with a lot of ‘fake news’ and distrust in the media. The second major theme is helping to develop a lifelong learning approach to enhancing digital skills in an ever-changing and increasingly digital-oriented economy.

To recognise the efforts of helping to develop digital skills for children, adults and the elderly, event organizers will receive certificates. They also automatically enter the contest for the Best event. The winners will be invited to attend the ALL DIGITAL Summit in Brussels in October 2018.

Anybody can join the campaign, even if there are no national partners in your country. If you want to see what events will happen or where, you can check the events map .

We invite PARTICIPANTS to share their impressions, opinions, photos, videos or feedback on social media with hashtag #alldigitalweek. And we encourage EVENT ORGANISERS to tell us about your activities on our community platform Unite-IT platform, which provides networking opportunities, hosts the photos, videos and stories from ALL DIGITAL Week.

LET THE FESTIVAL OF DIGITAL BEGIN!

 

 

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ALL DIGITAL Week 2018: activities with the digital world in mind

Remember those days when people used to say that technologies were the future? Well,  the future is now. We live in a time when machines are getting smarter, computers are getting better and robots can maintain a whole conversation or even receive the citizenship or go to Mars.

Technology is all around us; it is impossible to avoid, and it has its perks and downsides. Even though it is improving our lives immensely, its constant rapid changes are terrifying many and leading to exclusion, but also the amount of fake news, hate speech and social media abuse is escalating.

So, this year, the ALL DIGITAL Week focuses on two major themes: helping people build trust in technology by developing critical thinking and media literacy, including being aware of issues mentioned above; and develop a lifelong learning approach to enhancing digital skills in an ever-changing and increasingly digital-oriented economy.

This year’s campaign is supported by Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, and 26 national partners across Europe. In the week of 19-25 March, National Partners will bring the ALL DIGITAL Week campaign to their countries, addressing digital and media literacy, online safety, cybersecurity, coding, and many other themes connected to digital skills and technology. To do that, the partners will organize, conduct and disseminate different types of online and offline activities, foreseeing to involve at least 80,000 people.

Anybody can join the Campaign

National partners are to lead the campaigns in their countries, but ANYBODY can join the campaign, even if there are no national partners in your country. You can organise an event yourselves and let us know about it by adding it on the ALL DIGITAL Week Map.

After the event is conducted, you can go back to your form and describe how it went – let us know your impressions, share participants feedback and photos. All event organisers will receive the certificate and can automatically enter the contest for the Best training or Best promo event, the winners of which will be invited to attend the ALL DIGITAL Summit in Brussels in October.

You don’t know which events to organize? Browse our RESOURCES for inspiration, you can also get some hints from our national partners there.

Also, don’t forget to register your support of the campaign by using the online GET REGISTERED counter. During the Week, all the numbers of participants will be shown on the campaign’s homepage

Welcoming New National Partners

For the first time this year, the campaign will be held in Finland thanks to our collaboration with two new partners – Bildningsalliansen and Make it Finland. Bildningsalliansen is launching the Week with a large public event in Helsinki. The three floors of a house in downtown will be filled with three different programme channels, including a code corner, a game corner, key notes, dialogue, pop-up presentations live podcasting, youtubing and other interactive programme points. Make It Finland and its partners will organise a Make It Festival and will run workshops in libraries and schools on fake news, programming, VR & AR, etc.

After a few years, the campaign is coming back to Bulgaria. Global Libraries – Bulgaria Foundation, the first-time National partner, is organizing activities that will include e-skills testing, IT career guidance training, seminars on online safety and online skills for people over 60, among other events.

This year, we also have a new national partner in MacedoniaiVote Foundation, working in collaboration with our partner in previous years Open the Windows. They will organize public events, presentations, debates, seminars that will involve various stakeholders, but the targeted groups are young people and people with disabilities.

We are also pleased to have CTC Rijeka stepping up as a new national partner in Croatia, bringing all the experience of organising the campaign at regional level in all the previous years. It will develop activities for their event organisers on three bases: build personal responsibility and promote media and digital literacy; use digital tools to improve the chances in the increasingly digital society; and learn new digital skills.

What is planned in various countries?

Here are just the glimpses of events and activities planned by other national partners to give you an idea of the diversity of the ALL DIGITAL Week. By clicking on the links you can get the full description.

In Spain, the Spanish Association of Telecentre Networks, as before, coordinates the campaign through its 11 networks. The Spanish National Partner developed several activities for the promoters of the campaign. The activities have been programmed from the different networks that form the association and include workshops, webinars, talks with experts.

A joint digital skills and services promotion campaign will be organized by National Digital skills Coalition in Latvia, led by LIKTA, together with other partners.  Traditionally events will be organised across the whole country or broadcast, they will include secure use of the Internet and data privacy, youth ICT, digital skills and services. In Romania, EOS Romania Foundation, involves 100 partners in the campaign to deliver training on on First Click, ICT and Entrepreneurship for Women, Digital skills for seniors, and Minecraft for Education courses.  Stiftung Digitale Chancen (SDC) is the German National Partner and will conduct multipliers training events and will teach senior citizens how to use tables. SDC will lead the campaign with the support from Scientific Institute of the Technical University of Dortmund and 21st Century Competence Centre.

In Italy, ALL DIGITAL Week 2018 happens in collaboration between ERVET and Fondazione Mondo Digitale (FMD). ERVET will coordinate a wide range of events from promotion of Coding Camp for Girls and digital library service Emilib to Open FabLab session, Apps for Carers workshops for educators and students. FMD will organize workshops in schools on coding, gaming, robotics and events on digital entrepreneurship and digital arts. Föreningen Sambruk and Digidelnetverket, coordinating ALL DIGITAL Week in Sweden, offer a variety of information & training sessions for drop-in’s, including beginner’s classes on ICT skills for employment, as well as protecting e-ID and fostering trust in e-services. Simbioza Genesis Social Enterprise, in Slovenia, plans activities in three ways: through primary schools with pupils and seniors; with senior citizens in an innovative lab of technology Simbioza BTC City Lab; and in Digital Academy with young people and adults.

Though involving people of all ages, still the main focus will be on young people in Albania, Portugal, Russia, and Serbia.

Thus, Albania, through AIS, will focus in involving young people in using the Internet in the most efficient way and will organize meetings in different schools.Tvoy Kurs: IT for Youth project in Russia, and its partners as in previous years, are organizing diverse events across the whole country: school codethons, competitions, e-skills testing and IT career guidance training, online safety seminars, meetings with the leaders of IT companies and video lectures for school kids. In Serbia, International Aid Network’s main partners will be 150 schools with ICT training and workshops, coding classes, online safety and e-Participation events. In the westernmost country of Europe, the Programa Escolhas represents Portugal as a National Partner. Some of the planned workshops are on 3D printing, building a robot, social networks for the elderly, Internet of Things, cyberbullying, and Scratch marathon.

In the following countries the campaign will have a stronger focus on online safety and digital media literacy. For the second time the campaign will be held in Switzerland, and National partner Ynternet.org puts the emphasis on promoting responsible behaviours in digital environments. They have also partners with TEDxGeneva, and the flagship event will be the TEDx “And the day after?”. In Lithuania, with Langas į ateitį as a national partner, the main activities will include training and awareness raising for safe use of social networks and e-services, anti-bullying campaign, promotion of General data Protection Regulation for citizens and organizations.  In Poland, Information Society Development Foundation have developed ready-to-use scripts for meetings for their partners. This year they are ‘Think critical, beware fake news’ where the participants will learn how to identify fake news and how to assess the reliability of information. The two main topics for the ALL DIGITAL Week 2018 in Denmark are Cybersecurity and ‘How to die on the internet’. As in previous years, Telecentre-Danmark will produce a TV programme focusing on practical use, legal aspects and rights pertaining to these functions.

Campaign activities will also happen in Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, UK.

What are you planning for the ALL DIGITAL Week?  Join the campaign and put your event on the MAP!

 

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ALL DIGITAL Week 2018 – more inclusive, more diverse

ALL DIGITAL Week is following in the footsteps of the European Get Online Week as one of the major pan-European awareness raising campaigns on digital skills for inclusion and employment. It is run at digital competence centres, libraries, schools, community centres and non-for-profits across Europe, bringing 100,000 Europeans every year in exciting online and offline events tackling digital transformation and its effects.

The ALL DIGITAL Week campaign sends a strong message to all Europeans that they should take active steps towards understanding the digital transformation and benefiting from it, by learning new media literacy and digital skills and by developing an adaptive mindset.

The campaign will give people tools and approaches to enhance their digital skills and help them to be more adaptive with respect to their working skills. The campaign will:

  • Build trust in technology by developing critical thinking and media literacy (including being aware of and combating fake news, hate speech and social media abuse)
  • Develop a lifelong learning approach to enhancing digital skills in an ever changing and increasingly digital-oriented economy.

Underpinning these themes there will be a range of events and activities covering a variety of topics from digital literacy to online safety and cybersecurity to coding.

What is the target audience?

All Europeans with insufficient digital and media literacy skills! This campaign has something for everyone – no matter the age, gender, nationality, education or employment status.  

What’s new in 2018?

  • Anyone can join!
  • Open to national partners outside of the ALL DIGITAL network
  • Open to event organisers in any country (even if there is no national partner) – you can put your event on the map
  • Contest for the best event among event organisers during the Week
  • Good Practices from National partners from previous campaigns (available in February)
  • Teaching activities scripts (available in February)

How to get involved?

You can participate in the campaign in various ways – as a national partner, event organiser, supporter and, of course, as a participant. Learn more in the Get involved section.

In 2018, the Unite-IT platform provides networking opportunities for event organisers, hosts the photos, videos and stories from ALL DIGITAL Week.

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GOW17 Report is out!

This year, 2,849 organisations in 25 countries engaged over 92,460 participants in 3,506 events and reached millions.

Since its first edition in 2010, GOW has always been a truly multi-stakeholder campaign bringing together formal and informal training providers, local and national authorities, other public institutions, IT and other industries in a joint effort to show the benefits of digital skills and support the digital inclusion. The campaign has transformed over the years, the topics have changed, but the essence has stayed the same –  digital skills underpin every area of our modern internet-connected life and the impact of gaining digital skills, confidence, and security is huge.

In 2017 the campaign highlighted the benefits of digital transformation, but also the importance of partnership in helping people and organisations to develop skills and a mindset to adapt to and take advantage of the constant changes.

Have a look at the final report online and see the overall information, statistics, media coverage, as well as the country profiles with their main activities and photos from events.

See the GOW17 Report in pdf

See the GOW17 infographics

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GOW17 Results: 3,500 events for 92,000 people in 2,850 centres

The eighth edition of the European Get Online Week (GOW) to digitally empower people was celebrated on 27 March -2 April, 2017. It was held under the patronage of Mr Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and supported by Liberty Global, Cisco, Certiport, and Mozilla Foundation.

The GOW17 campaign challenged Europeans to learn, participate, share and create through thousands of events and activities supporting the digital transformation and its effects. This year, 2,849 organisations in 25 countries engaged over 92,460 participants in 3,506 events and reached millions.

See the GOW17 infographics by Maks vzw

The campaign proved again the necessity to raise awareness about ICT competence and the importance of giving every European digital skills.

In the spirit of the GOW campaign to support the digital transformation, our partners ran an array of events both at national and local levels to include various audiences and support them in their online journeys.

 

 

 

 

 

Get Online Week 2017 brought organisations across Europe together to support citizens to be better able to protect themselves online, to understand more about doing government and financial transactions online and to be empowered to create new career opportunities.

To facilitate the campaign at a national level, they had prepared easy-to-use plans and scripts, organized webinars and live broadcasts of their events.

CYBERSECURITY – USE TECHNOLOGY SAFELY

  • Informative events about personal data, online banking, and safety online
  • Awareness raising workshops and seminars about the use of social media
  • Workshops for teachers and parents about secure apps for children and protecting them online
  • Training in copyright and intellectual property on the internet

KEEP UP WITH E-SERVICES

  • Events on active citizenship and available tools to engage with local and EU politicians
  • Seminars how to create Accessible web services
  • Training on online banking, shopping and digital payments
  • Workshops introducing citizens to local government services and transactions
  • Webinars on paying taxes and bills online.

EMPLOYMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP – LEARN NEW SKILLS FOR JOBS AND NEW BUSINESS

  • Training events using CISCO Networking Academy, Certiport, and Mozilla Foundation to teach basic IT knowledge
  • Workshops for young people to assess their skills on Skillage.eu
  • Workshops to create online portfolios using YouRock.jobs and boost youth’s employability
  • Coding classes for kids and teenagers to explore ICT related careers
  • Other awareness raising events such as conferences, contests, career fairs, awards.

See the articles from different countries about their GOW17 activities on the I-LINC portalNational partners collaborated with local and national media channels to raise awareness about the campaign. #GOW17 was a trending topic on Twitter and Facebook, the hashtag brings 1.700 results in search engines.  Our partners reported 700 instances in both offline and online national and regional media, hundreds of social media posts, all resulting in over 9 000 000 people reach.

In the eight years of Get Online Week we have reached millions.

Telecentre Europe is grateful to our partners for their dedication and commitment to empower people year after year, equipping them with the skills they need for our ever-changing digital society.

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Let’s Get Online – for Work, for Leisure, for Life!

From learning how to spot ‘fake news’ and robotics for beginners to ‘cybersecurity’ and ‘digital skills galaxies’, national partners were involved in 27countries for Get Online Week 2017. The partners ran a variety of workshops, seminars, training sessions and events with thousands of Europeans.

The campaign brought together commercial partners, NGOs and Government organisations in an alliance that helped Europeans gain a wide variety of digital skills for employment and entrepreneurship, to be more safety aware in our ever more complex digital world and to get the most form online government and commercial services. Learn about the GOW17 Alliance and its resources.

This year, I-LINC was the platform to share stories and discuss the Get Online Week events and activities. You can check the Articles and Research section of the platform to get the latest news on GOW17 from our National Partners.

At the forefront of the Get Online Week were the Young I-LINC Digital Changemakers, who were nominated by national partners for their willingness and perseverance in promoting digital skills and tackling digital inclusion.

During the Get Online Week all of them promoted the I-LINC and its resources as well as organised workshops on the Employement and Entrepreneurship. Meet our Changemakers here, learn what makes them changemakers and read about their contributions.

Here is an early snapshot of some of the events and activities that happened across Europe last week:

CROATIA

Centre for Technical Culture Rijeka started this year’s Get Online Week with a comprehensive intro lecture about cybersecurity. They explained the differences between main threats on the Internet: computer viruses, malware and adware – and how to defend yourself from them. Another presentation was devoted to various Facebook functions, especially for senior citizens who are not aware of privacy settings.

Kids were very excited to participate in “Sensors and microcontrollers for beginners” workshop. They learned how to connect various components, their operating principles and how to programme their functions. Older students enjoyed participating in a workshop dedicated do educational programmable robots. A visual programming workshop was also a great success – so great that it was extend for a day longer. The kids had fun with visual programming in Scratch, while making first, easy steps in the huge world of programming.  Learn more

SWITZERLAND

GOW was organized for the first time in Switzerland by Ynternet.org Foundation, which is dedicated to empowering netizenship and training on tools for socio-professional development. During Get Online Week 2017, Ynternet.org ran a specific emailing campaign based on the Mozilla’s Core Web Literacy Curriculum and in cooperation with University of Applied Sciences in Geneva held a workshop on Cryptography and Cryptocurrencies.

SLOVENIA

GOW17 in Slovenia was launched with a workshop on the topic of Safety with Online Shopping as a result of the collaboration between Simbioza Genesis, social enterprise and the Institute Safe Internet. During the week across the country, a special focus was put on introducing the 55+ jobseekers to the opportunities on digital jobs and the skills these jobs require. It was also a week of fun e-learning between generations, where the main goal was to empower youth and seniors with digital skills for personal motivation, social inclusion and better career orientation. There were many workshops on e-literacy for seniors offered in primary and secondary schools via Simbioza School project, where young pupils teach seniors how to get online. Learn more

LUXEMBOURG

Luxembourg ran the GOW campaign for the first time thanks to the House of Training, the new player in the in the continuing vocation education market of Luxembourg. The main training event within GOW17 was a workshop Digital skills for companies. The House of Training and SECURITYMADEIN.LU jointly organise this information session dealing with the digitalisation in the business world. It addressed topics such as online communication, e-commerce, cyber security, data protection, electronic archiving, office automation, etc.

SPAIN

The Spanish Association of Telecentres promoted the GOW17 activities among their 11 networks with 3.000 telecentres. Some of the events included:

  • Job seeking on the Internet and social networks, Mobile Apps for active job seeking and Learn to develop an online creative curriculum organized by the CYL Digital Program;
  • Connections and debate with Expert on Cybersecurity, Learning to start a business The Technological Literacy Plan of Extremadura
  • European Incubator for business ideas by Dedalo Foundation in Navarra
  • Digital identity and personal data protection and Copyright and intellectual property on the Internet workshops in Andalusia by Guadalinfo
    Learn more
HUNGARY

Foundation for Community Network organized three webinars for their network

  • How to address digital generations – cybersecurity for youth and teachers.
  • How to recognize fake news on the internet
  • eServices – how to offer 1% of personal income tax for the civil society.

Telecentres provided the possibility for local people to take part in the webinar from the telecentre with the help of a projector – thus people not only learned about the suggested topic, but also practiced joining the webinar.

IRELAND

Fast Track into Information Technology Ltd​ (FIT) ran various activities promoting GOW17 in public areas along with training in their partner telecentres throughout the country. FIT has also partnered this year with Bank of Ireland. A dedicated team of Bank of Ireland staff, known as Digital Arrows, were shooting across Ireland this week to train people up in technology, social media and safe online banking. Learn more

RUSSIA

Cybersecurity and online safety was also a big topic during GOW in Russia, run by PH International’s IT4Youth project. Thus, the whole day of March 29 was marked as Online Safety Day in Russia. In several Russian cities the IT for Youth project center trainers held the series of online safety training events for school kids and told teenagers about security tools available to use on most computers to further protect their personal information and their computer from viruses, spyware and spam. The young participants were also encouraged to answer the questions about potential dangers they may encounter online, talk about strategies of behavior in various situations, and share the basic rules of etiquette they had learned.

SWEDEN

For seventh year straight, Digidelnätverket organized GOW on a national level. The network Digidelnätverket is a non-hierarchical, independent and democratic networking group working to increase digital inclusion in Sweden.

In 2017, it is supported by KB (The National Library of Sweden), so a lot of activities took place in Swedish libraries with workshops and promo events on all the three topics of GOW17. Learn more

DENMARK

Telecentre-Danmark in cooperation with the DK4 national TV created the programme ‘Get online week 2017 – Digital method of payments, E-banking and security. The TV programme was shown on the national television station dk4 every day during the campaign week. It will be repeated 20 times in 2017 on TV and will also be used during training at ICT centres. It is estimated that  1.7 mln people will view this programme and learn about safe digital payments through smartphones.

LITHUANIA

GOW 2017 coincides with European money week, so cooperation with Lithuanian banks association was very useful to Langas I Ateiti – Luthianian National partner – they provided safe e-banking recommendations to all e-banking users and distributed this information through all banks and their clients.

A new group of participants this year were public servants organized in cooperation with Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Social Security and Labour. Over 100 participants attended the seminar “Information security – why should I worry?” run by LiA partners – ATEA company IT auditors. Learn more

CZECH REPUBLIC

National Safer Internet Centre planned both online awareness raising campaign promoting the GOW 2017 objectives and resources including the i-Linc platform and offline trainings and workshops organised in co-operation with AFCEA, Police Academy in Prague and some NGOs working in the field of eSkills development and employment. One of the workshops, on March 31, took place on Smichov high industrial school in Prague. It addressed students with the objective to evaluate the resources promoted during the GOW 2017 campaign as well as to discuss collaborative opportunities offered by the i-Linc.eu platform.

ITALY

On March 28, vocational education school Fondazione AldiniValeriani (FAV) in Bologna hosted the Get Online Week 2017 event “Growing up digital – Chambers of commerce, Google and the digital skills galaxies“. Almost 80 people attended the 3-hour workshop. Most of them were FAV students, along with young people from Emilia Romagna, who were trained on business digitalization, and the entrepreneurs who hosted them for a 6-month practice work in their companies. In the last hour of the workshop, students were offered two games about the “digital skills galaxies”. The first game “Master Internaut” was a quiz to make students understand the world of specific online jobs and terms. In the second game, called the “Galaxies Game“, students were split into groups: each group had to identify a “sectorial galaxy” from a list (beauty, sports, agriculture etc.) which was far from the digital world. Then, each group had to discuss a way to connect the sector to digital, in order to stimulate a new way of thinking about digital skills. Learn more

GERMANY

One big event was Stiftung Digitale Chancen’s stand at the fair for the “Day of Helping Children and Young People” in Düsseldorf. During three days the team of SDC spoke with educators, politicians and stakeholders about good ways to grow up with digital media. On March 29, SDC in cooperation with Telefonica organized  an event for senior citizens: “Chances and challenges of the Internet: useful applications” with key note speakers and a panel discussion. Participantes were presented with the results of a study that evaluated what apps senior citizens prefer when they start to use the internet.

This is just the first glimpse at the events of the Get Online Week 2017. To get a better feeling of the campaign, please also check hashtag #GOW17 and our  Facebook and Twitter.

 

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GOW17 Alliance: international partnership supports digital skills, empowering all

 On 27 March – 2 April, 2017, 27 national organisations with their 5,000 partners will run thousands of events and activities to bring 73,000 Europeans online and to enhance their digital skills during the eighth Get Online Week (#GOW17).

 

Since its first edition in 2010, GOW has always been a truly multi-stakeholder campaign bringing together formal and informal training providers, local and national authorities, other public institutions, IT and other industries in a joint effort to show the benefits of digital skills and support the digital inclusion. The campaign has transformed over the years, the topics have changed, but the essence has stayed the same –  digital skills underpin every area of our modern internet-connected life and the impact of gaining digital skills, confidence, and security is huge.

In 2017 the campaign highlights the benefits of digital transformation, but also the importance of partnership in helping people and organisations to develop skills and a mindset to adapt to and take advantage of the constant changes.

Telecentre Europe is proud to announce that this year’s Get Online Week is held under the patronage of Mr Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport:

The GOW17 campaign is supported by our corporate partners – Liberty Global, Cisco, Certiport, and Mozilla Foundation. This alliance brings in their expertise and resources, including training and certification programmes, teaching materials with guidelines, lesson plans, videos and other online tools for both trainers and users of various ages and levels of digital skills.

Liberty Global, our long-standing corporate partner, has always seen the importance and relevance of this campaign and over the years has provided their support on raising awareness about digital skills, digital identities and online safety especially to young children.

 

 

Thanks to collaboration with CISCO, 25 Networking Academies will be opened by National Partner organisations from five countries, which will teach NetAcad Courses. Cisco NetAcad is an IT skills and career building programme and platform to take and give courses. For telecentres, relevant courses include the Get Connected Course (basic), IT essentials (IT technician) and Internet of things (no prior knowledge required).

Certiport has joined the GOW alliance for the first time this year. “Certiport, a Pearson VUE Business, is excited to participate in Get Online Week”, says Nicholas Haber, Director STEM & CTE.  “The topics of cybersecurity, e-Services, employability and entrepreneurship resonate because our trusted credentials help individuals and organizations build bridges between education and careers.

Within GOW, Certiport presents their IC3 Digital Literacy Certification, a solution for those who plan to pursue a career in IT or simply become more effective with technology. With learning and practice solutions, assessment tools, and certifications specifically designed for a variety of ages and occupations, the IC3 Digital Literacy program is a great way to ensure that students and employees are prepared to succeed in a technology-based world.

Through another new partnership, with Mozilla Foundation, Copyright and intellectual property issues will be highlighted within the campaign events. Their Reform Copyright initiative raises awareness on the need to update and harmonise the copyright rules to make room to create, share, and learn on the internet. Mozilla also offers web literacy courses and an array of free teaching activities developed by teachers, educators and technologists. Each activity includes step-by-step instructions and has been tested in schools, afterschool programs, libraries and community centres around the globe. Whether learning how to code, understanding why privacy matters, or creating openly-licensed web content – it is fun and engaging!

Mozilla supports Get Online Week EU because people everywhere should have the knowledge they need to tap into the full power of the Internet and to use it to make their lives and the world better”, says Melissa Romaine, Advocacy Network Manager at Mozilla. This means that everyone needs the skills to read, write and participate online. For this to happen, web literacy must be foundational in education, alongside skills like reading and math.

To raise awareness about the campaign, Telecentre Europe’s CEO Laurentiu Bunescu will speak at the European Internet Forum Breakfast DebateDigital skills of tomorrow’ on 29 March. The debate will focus on delivering opportunities for digital skills development to EU citizens – in order to tackle both unemployment and social exclusion. Laurentiu Bunescu says, “We need to make the most of the opportunities provided by Get Online Week, when Europe is again standing up for the importance of digital skills. At the event on 29 March, we will reach out to new stakeholders to partner and to join the campaign, to support more people with the skills they need.”

Are you excited? We certainly are! We wish all our partners a very productive and engaging week.

Let’s get online!

 

 

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GOW17: One campaign with many dimensions

It is perhaps easy in 2017 to forget that digital empowerment is still vital for society, but 24 National Partners, who have been with us for many previous Get Online Week (GOW) editions, have joined forces again to lead the GOW campaigns in their countries.

Together with their 4,000 partner organizations, including public authorities, IT-companies, NGOs, libraries, and educational institutions, GOW17 National Partners will involve more than 70,000 people and reach hundreds of thousands.

The main topics for this year’s campaign are Cybersecurity, e-Services, Employment & Entrepreneurship. In the spirit of the GOW campaign to tackle the digital transformation, our partners have prepared an array of events both at national and local levels to include various audiences and support them in their online journeys.

Well connected to the scope of the campaign, Copyright and intellectual property will be highlighted within the campaign events, through a partnership with Mozilla Foundation. Their Reform Copyright initiative raises awareness on the need to update and harmonise the copyright rules to create room to create, share, and learn on the internet.

Creating Online CVs and Portfolios in Germany

Most of the partners will address all the topics, at different levels and scopes. In Latvia, LIKTA starts the Week traditionally with the big high level launch event, and devotes each day to a specific topic, such as Digital skills for digital jobs for youth; ICT security day, Digital skills for SMEs. In Russia, the themes will vary from Media Safety and Mobile Learning to Job Online and Internet and Coding training, and activities, developed by PH International and their partners, will include, among others, IT career guidance, video lectures for school kids on start-ups, and an online game on entrepreneurship.

To facilitate the campaign at a national level, partners have prepared easy-to-use plans and scripts. Thus, through and for its 11 networks in Spain, the Spanish Association of Telecentre Networks developed several activities. One of them, Connection and discussion with experts is structured as an action, in which the protagonism is shared between an expert (via handouts) and users. They will talk about a certain subject, providing and clarifying concepts, offering solutions, advice, practical applications.

Promotion and public awareness of the campaign and its messages will have different approaches in each country and will engage society and organisations that work to support citizens with technology.

In collaboration with their major national media partners, Telecentar in Croatia wants to raise public awareness about the key role of digital technologies in a modern society; in addition to online campaign, they will produce and broadcast radio and TV programmes.  In Czechia, NCBI will lead an online awareness campaign on Cybersecurity with an emphasis on personal data protection in relation to digital skills for employment. GOW in Hungary will also centre around promotional activities: ComNet will co-operate with the public television to make a 15-20-minute video, covering the topics of online administration, e-commerce, safety online for seniors, digital welfare and improving digital competencies.

Use technology safely

Smartphone training in Hungary

The first theme of the campaign is Cybersecurity. It is increasingly seen as critical for national security and for companies, but perhaps it is most vital to ensure that society trusts technology and that citizens know how to protect themselves.

In Estonia, SWA will promote safe and skillful online behavior and organise a Wise Youtuber 2017 contest. SDC in Germany will hold a webinar for educators to teach them about secure apps for children and which apps collect the most data from them. Programa Escolhas in Portugal will offer a workshop on Cyberbullying. HePIS will run an Online campaign in Greece to enroll over 500 candidates in online courses offered by CISCO in Cybersecurity. In Sweden, Sambruk will focus on understanding, utilizing and protecting one’s eID, thereby fostering trust and confidence in Internet based services and information, as well as in public e-services. Training on copyright and intellectual property on the internet will be conducted in Spain and Russia.

A lot of activities, offered during the GOW, combine the topics of Cybersecurity and e-Services, and security for online banking is put forward in a number of countries. Thus, in Lithuania,  LiA in partnership with the association of Lithuanian banks, will organize webinars on safe issues of financial literacy and data privacy, e-banking services online, and direct meetings with experts in the public libraries. FIT in Ireland will run training programmes with sections on ‘Safety & Security Online’ and ‘How to’, showing how to bank online, book airline tickets, get insurance, etc.

Keep up with e-services

E-Services Fair in Sweden

The second theme of Get online week 2017 encompasses not only government services such as tax and benefits, but also personal financial services such as online banking and e-commerce.

Telecentre-Danmark’s goal for the GOW17 is to promote the advantages of digital solutions within e-commerce, new methods of payment with the focus on payment through smartphones and e-health in Denmark, which will be done though trainings and a special TV programme. All those who will be attending GOW events in Romania, will be introduced to a new e-government service, which facilitates online payment by any citizen or company of over 60 types of different taxes. In Macedonia, OtW will organize meetings with representatives from government institutions and civic organizations and persons with disabilities on the accessibility of e-government services.

Learn new skills for jobs and new business

‘Design Thinking for Digital Social Innovation’ training in Spain

Finally Get Online Week will support Employment and Entrepreneurship critical for the ongoing economic recovery across Europe.

The focus of the Get Online Week in Slovenia will be digital jobs. Simbioza Genesis will promote digital jobs among students and the unemployed and offer training on gaining most necessary digital skills for young people who are entering the labour market. In Albania, AIS organize meetings with high school students to show them the benefits of having good digital skills in the most of the today’s career profiles and also to encourage them to specialize in ICT and Computer Sciences. Activities on skills for employment and entrepreneurship in Italy will target secondary school and university students, young professionals, as well as entrepreneurs from micro, small and medium-sized firms. Topics addressed are the new digital professions born around social media, data security, web marketing and how to exploit social networks for professional-business purposes.

Learning coding in Russia

In Serbia, IAN and its partners will put focus on raising awareness about the importance of IT skills and starting with learning these skills from the primary school. IAN will continue with the competition Best Coding for kids, where kids from primary school will learn basics of coding during the GOW and after that compete with their apps for the award.

In Poland, FRSI prepared ready-to-use workshop scenarios for its partners to encourage users to increase their entrepreneurship based on their hobbies. The plan includes a catchy quiz with questions about skills and online sources, a short presentation of local guests, and then participants learn where to find tools or information that will help them share their knowledge and passion and how to monetize it.

Get Online Week 2017 will bring organisations across Europe together to support citizens to be better able to protect themselves online, to understand more about doing government and financial transactions online and to be empowered to create new career opportunities.

Would you like to join? There are a few options to be part of the GOW campaign:

  • Get in touch with your National Partner and join an existing partnership. See all the partners here.
  • No National Partner is registered in your country yet? Contact us at gow@telecentre-europe.org, if you want to become one. For the first time, the call for National Partners is open outside of the Telecentre Europe membership!
  • Organize GOW activities independently and let us know about them.

 

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GOW 2017 tackles digital transformation for citizens

In 2017, Get Online Week takes place during 27 March – 2 April and challenges Europeans to learn, participate, share and create through thousands of events and activities tackling the digital transformation and its effects.

People and skills, not technology, are the most important pieces in the digital transformation puzzle. The digital disrupt produces anxiety, uncertainty and insecurity regarding the future. Rather than resisting the digital transformation, people and organizations must prepare immediately and strategically for a skillset that will perpetually change and evolve.

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The campaign activities, trainings, and events will address the following themes:

  • Cybersecurity: use technology and the internet safely, manage your (digital) identity
  • eServices: learn to keep up with eServices (eGovernment, eBanking, eHealth, eCommerce)
  • Employment and entrepreneurship: learn new skills for jobs and for starting businesses

WHY WE NEED GET ONLINE WEEK?

  • 45% of the European population has an insufficient level of digital skills.
  • 37% of the European workforce has an insufficient level of digital skills
  • 16% of Europeans have never used the internet

I-LINC
In 2017, all campaign partners and stakeholders will use the I-LINC platform to share, connect and learn from each other. I-LINC is a stakeholder platform on digital skills towards employability and entrepreneurship, that will host Get Online Week updates and interactions.

Stay tuned for more updates! For more details on how to get involved or support the campaign please contact us at gow@telecentre-europe.org

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