Throughout the duration of the project, several activities were implemented :
- Transnational learning, teaching and training activities in Portugal
ISQ hosted staff capacity building action with participants from Portugal, France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands and Slovakia. Each trainer shared it’s own materials to prevent Digital Addictions focused on three main areas: social media, gaming, texting.
This Learning Activity also had the special participation of Eduarda Ferreira, from CICS.NOVA Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, who shared her work under Digital Practices and School: Mind the Gap. This researcher concur that “formal learning could profit from young people’s interests and enthusiasm in informal learning contexts, bridging the gap between formal learning and everyday digital practices”.
- Best practice presentation in Slovakia
Mr. Andrej Janík of Mother's Alexia High School in Bratislava - Gymnázium Matky Alexie v Bratislave (confessional school founded by Canonissae Sancti Augustini, which is the 15th best High School in Slovakia) presented the good practice of ľ using ICTs in learning physical and technical. The main mission, in his opinion, is to get students to look for all possible solutions, not just those that are standard and tested.
During the extracurricular activities, during the practical workshops, he works with the creativity of the young people. One of the duties for students was to build a vehicle of recyclable materials. The video of this competition is to be seen on the website: www.2ri.sk
- Best practice presentation in Belgium
Partners had the opportunity to discover the SAS (=School dropout service) supported by the Federation Wallonie-Bruwelles. This best practice was presented by Maurice CORNIL, director of Parentheses SAS. SAS works with secondary school youth (13-16 years old) at risk (absenteeism, dropout, crisis). A personal project is designed in order to improve responsibility and autonomy. The main activities include workshops and outdoor activities. Natural activities and workshops help to reach “rescolarisation” and “re-socialisation”. SAS also supports beneficiaries’ democratic participation (“parole libre” and “conseil”). For more information on Parentheses SAS: http://www.sas-parenthese.be/
- Best practices presentation in Netherland
Hanneke Brugeman, Director of one of the most advanced libraries in the Netherlands from the point of view of high-tech integration, organised for TICS consortium a study visit. The Assen library is designed according to the inhabitants demands and is equipped with a television studio used for the recording of cultural shows for local television, multimedia touch screens and tactile tables used for educational purposes .
Marga Renkema, teacher at Drenthe archives, has introduced the learning and education programs to the common heritage as a source of interest for the intellectual and spiritual development of the person. With modern digital technology, a large number of educational programs can be set up to motivate young people to read and learn, thereby reducing drop-out rates.
- Best practices presentation in Italy
Mr. Giuliano Michelini, free lance designer, graphic design teacher and digital passionate, proposed to partners an interesting presentation about the meaning of technology in the learning system. Describing the current situation of technology at school starting from the past, he pinpointed the main changes that occurred and that each teacher, trainer, educator or other professionals dealing with youngsters should take into consideration when starting their work with millennials. He also quoted some innovative experiences such as "the hole in the wall experience" (www.hole-in-the-wall.com) promoted by Mr. Sugata Mitra, TED proze winner; his mission is to "encourage kids to use computers at their own pace to build aspirations", and in this way he is able to demonstrate how technology allow them to learn on their own. Mr Michelini stated that the world is changing faster than educational systems, and it is something we should consider in our daily work, trying to implement new approaching better focused on millenials' real needs and features. What do they need from schools?
- Final conference in Paris
Organized by IFRTS & ITG in June 2017, the final conference of the TICS project was held at the premises of the Agir Contre l’Exclusion Foundation (FACE / “Fight against exclusion”, one of the largest private French foundations actively involved in action projects in favor of Disadvantaged young people, unemployed or retrained, and in the field of school and vocational training.
During the final conference, which was attended by many representatives of the TICS project and also participants from all walks of life, the TICS project outputs were presented in detail. Presentations of the actions of the FACE Foundation also provided an opportunity to exchange views on sustainable actions for young audiences, with a view to helping them to progress in terms of training, personality, behavior and self-confidence.
- Local seminars "How can we support our digital natives"
- Final conferences on each partnership territory