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 98 partners 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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:
- My Russia flesh mob launched by the Samara University students
- Vestnik regional weekly newspaper – ALL DIGITAL Week in Ulyanovsk State University
- newspaper article about DIGITAL Week in the Kalachev central library (Volgograd region)
- ALL DIGITAL Week in the Nadezhda Center for children without parental care (Kaliningrad)
The overwhelmingly positive participant feedback underscored the relevance and value of the activities and resources to diverse user groups during ALL DIGITAL Week.
Contact: Mr. Yakov Ostanin, Project manager
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