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Opportunities for Digital Youth. Michael Hallissy Director of Learning The Digital Hub Development Agency. Digital Hub Development Agency. NCAD. Digital Media all around us. http://www.school-portal.co.uk/GroupHomepage.asp?GroupId=1111374. Digital Youth. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Opportunities for Digital Youth

Opportunities for Digital YouthMichael HallissyDirector of LearningThe Digital Hub Development Agencythefuturecreators.com1Digital Hub Development Agency

thefuturecreators.comLocated in the Liberties Urban regeneration project with an enterprise focus70 companies 700 employeesRange of companies working in the digital media sector

2NCAD

thefuturecreators.com3Digital Media all around us

http://www.school-portal.co.uk/GroupHomepage.asp?GroupId=1111374thefuturecreators.com4Digital Youth

http://www.experientia.com/blog/report-published-on-three-year-digital-youth-research-project/thefuturecreators.comMultiple reports on the use of digital media among youth people.

One example is

Kids Informal Learning with Digital Media: An Ethnographic Investigation of Innovative Knowledge Cultures is a collaborative project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and carried out by researchers at the University of Southern California and University of California, Berkeley.

They use digital media to socialise and to learn it has implications for how we design learning opportunities outside of school.5They have grown up digitalThey want a choice in their education, in terms of what they learn, when they learn it, where, and how. They want their education to be relevant to the real world, the one they live in. They want it to be interesting, even fun.(Tapscott, 2008, p. 126)

Tapscott, D. (2008), Grown up digital. How the net generation is changing your world. New York: McGraw Hill.

thefuturecreators.com6Time to rethink learninggrowing consensus on the need to dramatically rethink how learning happens inside and outside schools. Much of this debate is centred on the potential for technology to play a more direct and central role in student-centred learning.(Mitra et al., 2005; Christensen et al., 2008, as cited in Langworthy et al., 2010, p. 106)

Langworthy, M., Shear, L. and Means, B. (2010). 'The Third Lever: Innovative Teaching and Learning Research'. In OECD (Ed.), Inspired by Technology, Driven by Pedagogy: A Systematic Approach to Technology-based School Innovations: OECD Publishing.

thefuturecreators.com7Changes in our Education System

thefuturecreators.comThe Framework emphasises flexibility and creativity... key conditions for making schools places where young people learn risk-taking and innovation (NCCA, 2011, p. 5-6). It seeks to place students at the centre of the educational experience ...and to be resourceful and confident learners in all aspects and stages of their lives (ibid. p. 9).

The new curriculum aims to support students in developing the learning skills that will assist them in meeting the challenges of life beyond school, of further education, and of working life (ibid. p.10).

Existing models of assessment typically fail to measure the skills, knowledge, attitudes and characteristics of self-directed and collaborative learning that are increasingly important for our global economy and fast changing world. (McGaw, n.d. cited in Hyland, 2011, p. 13)

8New Programmes for Young People

thefuturecreators.comTo provide digital learning experience to young people in the Dublin 8 area through engagement with the Digital Hub and NCAD.To encourage young people to engage with digital industries and to support them in developing career aspirations in the sector.To explore models of digital learning that can help to inform curriculum development at national level, with particular reference to: Planned developments at the junior cycle of post-primary schools;Linked developments at senior cycle;Initiatives in assessment, with particular reference to digital portfolios;Application of arts-informed approaches to adolescent learning.To establish a constructive and mutually supportive operational partnership between the Digital Hub and NCAD, with a view to further collaborative work.

Programming from last yearEditing digital photographs using programmes such as Pixlr and Adobe Photoshop. Recording and editing podcasts using Audacity. Publishing content online using WordPress blogs. Developing iPhone apps using Xcode. Planning, filming and editing short films using Comic Life and iMovie. Digital embroidery projects.

9Some features of Future CreatorsAfter-school programme designed and developed by DHDA and NCADFocus on providing young people with a programme of activities in digital mediaProvide credit for young peoples work recognise the effort they madePromotes self-directed learningPromotes the acquisition of 21st century skillsPromotes ownership and pride in their workOpen their minds up to the possibilities of using digital mediaPro-sumer notion

thefuturecreators.com10What young people had to sayIt has helped my self-confidence a lot...the way you get to know a bunch of people that you wouldnt have had a clue who they were and you probably wouldnt have said a word to them before - it encourages you to get to know people more.You get to learn to make things youre interested in, get to make friends with people that youve never seen before.Because youre with people your own age ...its easier to learn with people...sitting beside them and asking them can you give me a hand and then they help and its easier to understand.Very different from school the teacher calls from across the room...here the tutors are coming over to you and showing you, just yourself, what to do and that helps a lot and if youre stuck theres the rest of the kids to ask.

thefuturecreators.com11What young people had to sayIts well better here than school the teachers are also like your friends, I can tell them anything, I feel comfortable.In school youre just told what to do and youre given the material and told to learn it off and get ready for tests and do homework but in this place its kinda learn as you go, learn by doing, its not just learn this ...its much more relaxed and youre brought through it step by step and you work at your own pace which I think is really good as well, and its a lot broader, we can do what we want so its easier to teach yourself how to do something.The atmosphere is different from school, it is concentrated on the work but if it gets a bit heavy, if the work gets too much, you can take a break, they dont mind, youre allowed to talk ...its more relaxed...like hangin out with friends and getting work done as well.

thefuturecreators.com12FinallyIt could be said that Future Creators is an example of the potential of learning in digital environments and digital literacy to:... contribute significantly to a much wider process of developing students view of themselves as independent learners able to participate politically, socially and culturally in an increasingly digital society. (Hague, 2010, p. 23)

Hague, C. (2010) Its Not Chalk and Talk Anymore: School approaches to developing students digital literacy. Bristol: Futurelab.

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thefuturecreators.com14Contact DetailsMichael HallissyDirector of Learning The Digital Hub Development AgencyThe Digital HubCrane StreetDublin 8

Email: mhallissy@thedigitalhub.comWeb: www.thedigitalhub.comwww.futurecreators.com

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