The official ALL DIGITAL Week has just finished, and what a week it has been! Already now there are over 1,200 events on the ALL DIGITAL Week map for more than 70,000 participants who took part in the training, seminars, workshops, and other initiatives brought by partners in 29 European countries.
While our event organisers are still adding their events (you have two more weeks to add your events to the map), we would like to give you some glimpses of a huge variety of events of ALL DIGITAL Week 2019.
ALL DIGITAL Week is still a big digital inclusion campaign, and all of our partners offered basic digital skills training – from basic digital literacy courses and drop-in consultations to workshops on using smartphones and online communications tools to digital payments and using e-services. But what else has been offered according to our main topics?
Build trust in technology
On the topic of Cybersecurity and online safety our partners in different countriesheld press-conferences, workshops and awareness-raising events to offer tools for online safety and privacy protection.For example, in Romania a few events for schoolchildren were raising awareness about digital threats and teaching cybersecurity and rules of online behaviour – Netiquette. Digital Citizenship workshop in Poland for teenagers explained why and how large companies collect big data online and how we can manage our privacy as citizens of digital societies. Ethical Hacker training in Croatia taught how to hack to help users defend themselves in case of a cyber-attack. A serious of workshops in Lithuania gave practical tips for banking with code cards.
Participants of Teen Internet School in Germany learned how to develop reflection skills on their own digital use patterns, exploring the concept of digital footprint. ‘Internet Hoaxes’ in Spain trained participants how to identify the sources or false or fraudulent content and to know the “dangers” to be more secure. In Italy the workshops were aimed at teaching parents how to deal with adolescents and protect them from online threats.
Develop Media Literacy Skills
A lot of the events on Media Literacy are coming from Bulgaria, Germany, Lithuania, Serbia, Spain, Italy. Media Education Centre held a series of Media Literacy workshops in different parts of Serbia as a part of the national campaign about the importance of the creation of the new digital tools for development of the Global Citizenship Education.
In the series of events organised at Bulgarian libraries, journalists shared their experience on how to recognize fake news and the importance of critical thinking in media literacy. In Germany one of the workshops studied health from the Internet phenomenon and how reliable the information is. In Lithuania, through a series of quizzes and games, in a fun and engaging way participants could brush up their knowledge on our digital world, identifying fake news and using media literacy skills.
In Extremadura, Spain a hundred ‘Don’t be fooled’ workshops were run; they started with a form where users are asked about the reliability of -fake- job offers, confusing ads/headlines and current controversial information. Once the form is completed, users receive feedback with tips, advice, and reflections on how to proceed. After that, a discussion was led by eFacilitators and supported by a presentation that help users understand concepts such as post-truth, disinformation, media and information literacy, critical thinking, as well as the role of active citizenship in promoting media literacy
Developing right skills for new jobs
Under Employment and Entrepreneurship, there were also events in different countries, including Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Spain, UK and Ukraine aimed at young people or adults to search employment online, making use of the social and educational resources. For example, the workshops in Sweden in Italy taught how to boost businesses with the help of online marketing strategies, in France – how to do computer-assisted embroidery. In Ukraine the university organised a series of events under the umbrella name “Digital Jobs – new opportunities” dedicated to the emergence of new professions driven by the development of digital technologies, as well as the organization of an effective digital workplace for traditional professions.
In the Vologda region of Russia there was a conference ‘Digital Transformation: the workforce vector’ discussed the job market trends and ways to address the digital transformation in re-skilling and upskilling the workforce. In the UK examples of activities included ‘Digital Skills for social enterprises, teaching self-promotional skills in job search, and how social media can help business grow as part of Google Digital Garage. A few of Certiport’s national partners joined the campaign and organised training and certification for better employment opportunities. Thus, Prodigy Learning in Ireland and the UK offered free Microsoft Certifications, These IT certifications deliver job-ready skills, improving employability for students and productivity for employees.”
A lot of events were also devoted to developing coding skills both for enhancing career opportunities as well as involving more people in STEM careers. Those activities included Programming with Robot Finch in Bulgaria; Minecraft4CODE in Romania, and a number of workshops in Croatia – on robotics, video games programming, coding with micro:bit, and lots of Coding Club workshops.
THINK DIGITAL! The future is here in Italy illustrated how and why it is important to get involved in STEM studies and digital technologies. A Forum @Women’s Leadership in STEM Companies in Ukraine was organised to attract women in STEM careers and develop their leadership potential.
Here was just a glimpse from the diverse and all-inclusive events. Keep an eye on ALL DIGITAL Week site, many more events are coming!
If you haven’t done it yet, you still have time until 15 of April. To recognise the efforts of helping to develop digital skills for children, adults and the elderly, all event organizers will receive certificates.