2018: Discovering New Opportunities Through Building Core Digital Skills
ALL DIGITAL Week 2018 was very productive and engaging in Russia with an array of activities for over 30,000 participants of different ages and level of digital competence.
The IT for Youth Project together with its 98partners, represented by the network of training centers and coding clubs from 60 urban and rural areas throughout Russia, offered interesting and varied programmess with 355 events, inspiring people to discover new IT technologies, gain a wide variety of coding skills, learn about IT related jobs and be more safety aware in the digital world.
Ulyanovsk – Robotics
Participating in technology workshops and master-classes on coding and robotics, algorithmic thinking and 3D design and printing, visiting youth job fairs, creating a digital portfolio and CV, learning about e-services, taking part in hackathons, organizing flash mobs, and discussing responsible, respectful online behavior – is only a partial list of activities the campaign participants were involved in.
Alongside the activities for youngsters, the project partners conducted a number of raising awareness events for parents and educators, where the participants were equipped with helpful resources and instructions from the IT for Youth project’s website and Microsoft YouthSpark Hub.
Senior users benefited from the opportunity to get introduced to a wide range of e-services and e-skills. Student volunteers assisted them with going online for the first time and searching for the necessary information in the Web.
Noyabrsk – Internet for everyone
Some of the highlight events:
The Internet: yesterday, today and tomorrow conference hosted by the Ulyanovsk State University and aimed to address the main issues of concern within the World Wide Web brought together over 100 students from 10 countries. Thirty reports and presentations devoted to the rapidly evolving Net, its corresponding security and privacy problems were presented by the first-year students and caused quite a number of questions and live discussions. Vivid presentations of the Israeli students on health information technology implementation in Israel, and a detailed story of students from Turkmenistan on the development of the Internet in their country aroused a special interest. The participants noted that all the reports provided them with the essential information about the Internet, its possibilities and dangers, and allowed everyone to look into the world of the future.
Ulyanovsk – students conference
Learning coding: As part of the ALL DIGITAL Week in Russia, the great variety of training events and activities were aimed at motivating youth to learn coding. Over 1,000 participants benefited from opportunities to learn seven popular programming languages during the Week of Code on MOOC organized by the Togliatti IT for Youth project center. Users with no previous programming experience were recommended to start with Small Basic and Python, advanced coders discovered the advantage of C#, Java and Visual Basic, whereas young kids enjoyed learning Kodu and Scratch. A special module was developed for teachers, where they could create their own educational resources. The coders got certificates and badges on mastering a specific programming language, and a certificate on completion the online course. Free access, well-designed and user-friendly website navigation, useful and practical online tutorials, and an interactive map of participants made this resource extremely popular with users.
Kaliningrad – ALL DIGITAL Week comes to the Children’s Hospital
Online safety and security: The IT for Youth project partners from Kaliningrad, Tambov, Volgograd, Volzhskiy, Samara and Noyabrsk provided a series of tailored information sessions for educators and parents, focused on practical advice and aimed to raise awareness of key online risks for children, including content (sexual/violent), contact with inappropriate people, cyberbullying, and how to prevent and respond to it. Alongside the events for parents and educators, seminars were also delivered for children and young people to empower them at each stage of their education from primary, secondary through to high school to use the internet safely and responsibly. The youngsters learned the difference between the real world friends and “online friends” or “e-buddies”, got advice on how to respond to worrying or abusive contact, and how important is to talk to a trusted adult if anything or anyone causes them concern.
Inspiring career guidance trainings for socially disadvantaged teenagers, including those from low-income families and orphanages, were highly appreciated by participants. Using the Atlas of Emerging Jobs made the training even more attractive for young trainees. They compared professions of the future with the existing ones, played various games, developed by the Atlas authors, and watched comprehensible and informative cartoons that tell school students about some particular professions and job-related issues. A broad range of captivating learning activities stimulated youngsters’ interest in further computer science studies and encouraged them to start considering their own future perspectives.
The campaign was widely covered by regional mass media. We have tracked almost 50 media instance, some examples are:
2019: Get essential digital skills to make the most of the opportunities!
ALL DIGITAL Week in Russia will be led by the Centre for the Development of Social Initiatives “Proektoria”. In 2019, as in all the previous years since 2010, the ALL DIGITAL Week will run within Microsoft Tvoy Kurs (Your Course) project.
Proektoria partners will celebrate the ALL DIGITAL Week campaign with varied programs, including hands-on workshops, IT career guidance trainings and master-classes, ICT Career Days, interactive sessions with leading Russian IT experts, hackathons and creativity competitions.
Alongside local and regional activities, the Tvoy Kurs: IT for Youth project will launch the National scratch Competition (Olympiad) aimed at helping young people to get essential skills for life in the 21st century – learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Participants aged 6-18 will create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music and art, and share their creations on the web.
A series of online safety training events will be held by the IT for Youth partners to introduce kids to basic online rules, inspiring teachers to use new technologies of teaching in online safety training, and training parents in monitoring children’s online activities.
Traditionally, digital literacy training will be provided to older adults, so that they can get the skills and confidence to access information and services online.
Proektoria will work with 31 IT for Youth project centers located in libraries, kids creativity centers, colleges and universities – they will organize and host various events and activities countrywide to encourage kids and teens to use the internet and technology to further develop their personal and professional lives and acquire valuable knowledge and skills for future jobs.
The Project Coding Club network that involves over 500 schools will hold a wide range of events and training activities to enable junior and middle school students learn new digital skills and gain hands-on experience in programming, robotics and virtual reality, and practice their creativity, critical thinking, and communication skills.
Local IT Companies will support the project in holding the ALL DIGITAL Week activities – they will organize school students’ visits to the IT companies’ offices and interactive sessions with ICT people, who will inspire youngsters with their personal experience to become technology creators.
Several social rehabilitation centers and boarding schools (schools for orphaned childrent) will serve as the sites for holding the events ensuring that socially disadvantaged youngsters also benefit from the campaign.
Proektoria with their 50 partners plans to engage 15,000 people in the campaign activities.
2018: Discovering New Opportunities Through Building Core Digital Skills
Centre for the Development of Social Initiatives “Proektoria” is following in the footsteps of PH International, which has been the national partner in Russia since the campaign inception in 2010. In 2018, as in all the previous years, the ALL DIGITAL Week will run within Microsoft Tvoy Kurs: IT for Youth project.
Traditionally, a great number of events and activities aimed to involve people into ALL DIGITAL campaign will be organized: workshops, competitions, e-skills testing and IT career guidance training, online safety seminars, meetings with the leaders of IT companies, video lectures for school kids, school codethons, training on MOOCs.
The main partners for the ALL DIGITAL Week 2018 in Russia are 33 IT for Youth project training centers (working on the basis of universities, colleges and libraries) and the network of 630 school coding classes across Russia. They will reach thousands of school, college and university students through holding promotional campaigns in their cities and regions, and conducting variety of activities for youth.
The series of events will be held by the NGO representatives and volunteers in partnership with local schools and other educational establishments for underprivileged youngsters.
Microsoft Russia will supply training materials and access to online tutorials and tools.
Our business partners – regional IT companies – will provide school students the opportunity of internships in their offices and to learn from IT-specialists that will interact with students via skype or face-to-face to inspire youngsters with their personal experience to do and achieve more.
The campaign will be promoted among 33 existing centers and 80 professional development institutions, 4,000 partner schools in 80 Russian regions.
Together with its partners, IT4Youth will engage 20,000 people in the ALL DIGITAL Week in Russia.
2017:Traditionally, Get Online Week 2017 will connect many people of varying ages, diverse backgrounds and level of ICT competence throughout Russia in their online journeys.
PH International (PH) has been a national partner since the GOW inception in 2010, and once again it was the Russian national partner for European Get Online Week 2017.
This year PH together with its 100 partners used various forms of involving citizens into GOW campaign: seminars and workshops, competitions, e-skills testing and IT career guidance trainings, meetings and interviews with the leaders of IT companies and video lectures for school kids on start-ups. The themes of the activities varied from Media Safety and Mobile Learning (Government E-services) to Job Online and Internet and Coding training.
Cybersecurity. The focus of this year’s activities was on Internet safety with the emphasis for:
youth from low income communities or families or remote regions who do not have steady access to basic or advanced information technologies and the internet at home/school;
youth with disabilities.
The IT for Youth centers ran the series of seminars for secondary and vocational school students. The seminars addressed the pros and cons of the internet as well as Intellectual Property rights. The participants were introduced to an interactive presentation featuring most common Internet threats and helpful tips for their prevention. The participants were informed about security tools available to use on most computers to further protect their personal information and their computer from viruses, spyware, and spam.
E-Services. To introduce people to the Internet and a wide range of e-services, the following events were conducted:
– Searching the Internet workshops – to introduce people to e-services
– Mobile Literacy course –free on-line and face-to-face training on how to use mobile devices and apps effectively, safely, and responsibly. People will acquire skills for using their mobile devices as tools for accessing information, resources and services that can significantly improve their lives.
Employment and Entrepreneurship. To encourage youngsters to acquire knowledge and skills for jobs and take up a career in IT sphere, the number of training courses with guidelines were provided during the GOW 2017:
– IT Career Guidance training for high school students
– Start coding with KODU Game Lab training course
– Webinars and online game on IT-entrepreneurship for high school children;
– meeting sessions with IT-specialists in schools and coding clubs;
– holding hackathons and code-a thons;
– launching of IT-entrepreneurship online video course for high school students.
The centers involved in the IT for Youth project invited guest speakers and IT-level volunteers to highlight how coding and other computer science skills had transformed their own lives and inspire school students with their personal experience to do and achieve more. Special emphasis was placed on inviting successful business women and female programmers to further attract girls in IT sphere.
Together with its 100 partners, including training centers, schools, regional IT companies, and regional NGOs, PH International planned to engage 10,000 people in the GOW17 in Russia.
PH International (PH) has been the national partner in Russia since the GOW inception in 2010, and once again in 2016 it was the partner for the European Get Online Week.
In 2016, together with its partners PH used various forms of involving citizens into GOW campaign: seminars and workshops, presentations, round tables and video conferences, competitions, e-skills testing and IT career guidance trainings, interviews with the leaders of IT companies and video lectures for school kids on start-ups. The themes of the activities varyiedfrom Online Safety and Mobile Learning to Job Online and Internet and Digital Literacy.
Activities on Trust & Confidence:
Series of Online Safety events for young kids
Online Safety practical workshops for teachers and parents
Mobile Literacy course
Free online (as well as face to face) training on how to use mobile devices and apps effectively, safely, and responsibly.
Activities on Digital Jobs:
IT Career Guidance training for high school students
Learning Basics of Coding and Windows App development with C#
Webinars and online game on IT-entrepreneurship for high school children
Digital Literacy Course to teach and assess basic computer concepts and skills