The group of DigEm in Nicosia, Cyprus for the 5th programmed international partnership meeting

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On Thursday 6th and Friday 7th of October 2011 will be met the representatives of the partners of European program DIGEM in order to assess the progress of the project and define the very critical next steps. In this fifth meeting will be represented all the partners from UK, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Cyprus and Greece.
It is worth mentioned that the majority of the pilot trainings, both for the trainers and the target groups, have been implemented successfully and the educational material and the methodological guide for the trainers are near to the final version.
In the framework of this meeting will be implemented the last pilot train-the-trainer workshop, on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th October, from which will emerge the final improvements of the project products.
For any additional information related to the ideas, objectives and the progress of the European project DIGEM, you can visit the official website:

DigEm project will be presented in E-Learning Expo “Digital Media and Active Learning” on 9th October 2011 in Athens, Greece

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Digem project will be presented in E-Learning Expo “Digital Media and Active Learning”, in Aegli Zappion (room: Prive), on Sunday 9th October at 18:00-19:00. Representatives from DIMITRA ITD will present to the public some indicative digital stories which were created in the framework of train-the-trainers and train-the-end users workshops during the project, will analyze the ideas, objectives, methods and educational techniques, will share dissemination printed material and they will facilitate an open interactive debate that will follow the specific presentations.  
The e-Learning Expo is the main and exclusive national event in Greece for promoting, presenting, and exhibiting e-Learning products and services. This year, it will take place at Aegli Zappion in Athens. During this multidimensional event, participants may attend technical presentations, open discussions, demonstrations of educational software, exhibitions of e-learning approaches, educational games and electronic learning equipment.
e-Learning Expo is being supported by the companies and organizations who have leading roles in the rapidly growing market of e-learning. In 2009 & 2010, more than 70 exhibitors participated, like Intel, Oracle, etc. over 40 sponsors. E-Learning Expo attracts the attention of more than 3000 participants including e-learning experts, policy makers, teachers, parents, educational consultants, ICT industrial partners, and general public.

Second Digem workshop for end users in Warsaw-Poland

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The second workshop for end users in Warsaw-Poland completed successfully. It organized by the polish DigEm partner (Multimedia Education Center at Warsaw University – SGGW) and took place at the University of Life Sciences in Warsaw from 5th to 7th July of 2011.
This workshop was aimed at senior citizens who have little familiarity with new technologies and unemployed of retirement age. To attract suitable trainees, the organizer body (SGGW) sent information to educational institutions, associations and NGO’s related to skill’s development for older people, such as the University of Third Age, with which was cooperated at the first workshop that was held in Warsaw between November and December 2010.
DigEm workshop was attended by nine (9) persons, aged 45-78 years old, who within 24 hours succeed to create digital stories on their personal experiences. Through the successful guidance of trainers Robert Budzynski, Daria Panasiuk and Katarzyna Kruszewska, the trainees acquainted with the methodology, techniques, tools and educational material included in the methodological guide that has already been developed from the project implementation until now. Utilizing creative techniques used by the Mass Media, such as the creation of stories-scenarios focused on lived experiences, theater, photography, music, video clip and narration production, each of the trainees created by a two-minute digital story, which will be posted on the official website of the project ( The trainees were completely satisfied by both the educational procedure and the result and declared that they continue to use creative DigEm methods and techniques for digital stories in their daily live.

Great interest for DigEm project in International Conference for Education and Integration of Vulnerable Social Groups

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From 24th until 26th of June 2011 held in Thessaloniki, in University of Macedonia, the International Conference entitled: Education and Social integration of Vulnerable Social Groups. The International Conference organized by KETHEA (Therapy Center for Dependent Individuals), University of Macedonia (Department of Educational and Social Politic) and the University of California (Department of Psychiatric of University of San Diego), in collaboration with the Social and Political Institutions Workshop (Department of Sociology of University of the Aegean), the Hellenic Education Society, the Balkan Society for Pedagogy and Education, and the Interdisciplinary Network for Special and intercultural Education (INCLUDE).
Because of the high prestige and the scientific significance of the agents who organized this International Conference and of the current interest about the relation between lifelong learning and social integration of vulnerable social groups, this conference attracted a large amount of lecturers and participants from the majority of educational institutions in Greece, public services, NGO’s, but also independent researchers, scientists and trainers. Participation from abroad was high and many of the conference’s sessions worked out in English (indicatively, there was lecturers from University of California, Manchester, London, Heidelberg, Munich, and participants from India, Australia, Nepal, Thailand and China).
In a context like this was chosen to be presented DigEm European project by ms Vaso Anastasopoulou, from DIMITRA ITD which is the coordinator of the program. DigEm was presented both through experiential workshop and oral presentation.   
Experiential workshop: DigEm experiential workshop held on Saturday 24 of June and was attended by teachers and social scientists, members of NGO’s and agencies of care of vulnerable social groups. The participants showed a great interest for the innovative educational dynamic of digital stories that utilizes the DigEm method. Given the limited implementation time of the workshop (three hours), it was sought the fullest possible presentation of the idea of the DigEm project and an important first familiarization with and training on the techniques of narrative skill’s development and scriptwriting. 
Participants watched digital stories that have already been created within DigEm project (from train the trainers and train the end users workshops) and pointed out that DigEm methodology can be useful both for digital and social empowerment of vulnerable social groups with which they work. It is worth noting that one of the main objectives of the DigEm project is training of professionals and members of NGO’s which are activated on education and integration of vulnerable social groups in order to spread the methodology to the greatest possible number of end users.
Oral presentation: On Sunday 25th of June, in the session entitled “Methods and Good Practices”, was presented the methodological approach of DigEm project, in a crowded hall of academics, social scientists, researchers, social workers, members of NGO’s, educators and trainers. For the convenience of the people, was used a power point presentation in greek language by ms Vaso Anastasopoulou, who presented some examples of digital stories which created in DigEm workshops. People’s interest was high and after the session many participants requested additional information from Ms Anastasopoulou and took the project’s brochures. 
Here is the link for the International Conference’s program 

Presentation of DigEm: Digital Empowerment project in Pineios River Festival

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In 11th Pineios River Festival in Larissa presented DigEm project between 11th and 18th of June 2011. The Pineios River Festival takes place every year in the city of Larissa (Greece) in first weeks of summer and attracts thousands of visitors. This year the festival was devoted to volunteerism. It is worth mentioning that a large part of the festival was covered by organizations and agencies dealing with social services and combating social exclusion. Visitors had the opportunity to be informed by the representatives of the organizations for their social and educational activities and receive related material and brochures.  
Presentation of DigEm project was located in the section of social agencies and nongovernmental organizations. The spot chosen was next to the kiosk devoted to integration of third country immigrants. It was used projector, projection screen and a sound box for the presentation of selected digital stories which created during DigEm train-the-trainer and train-the-end user workshops. People of DIMITRA ITD informed visitors about the characteristics and the objectives of the project and distributed DigEm brochures and related material.
Visitors showed great interest in the developmental possibilities of digital and social empowerment provided through the creation of digital stories and declared that they would like themselves to have the skills acquired by end users after their participation in the DigEm workshops.   

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