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DIGEM Newsletter #5

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Digital Empowerment - DigEm is an innovative digital empowering project that uses a creative approach to teach basic ICT skills and provides an effective entry route for learners, who are disengaged with the learning process, or who are unconfident with new technologies.

The aim of the project is the development and implementation of a new methodology of getting to know new technologies with the use of specialized and creative techniques and educational tools that are  used also by the media, such as the creation of stories focusing on personal experiences, theatre, photography, production of video clips, story telling, etc.  This methodology can be used with different target groups and on a variety of training subjects depending on how the trainer uses these tools.

The project targets those with no/few formal qualifications, socially excluded groups, older learners, women over 45, minority ethnic groups in order to motivate them to increase their employability.

The project is being coordinated by DIMITRA ITD with the participation of partner organization from eight European Countries; England, Spain, Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Cyprus and Greece.




During DigEM project we have succeeded in forming a methodological framework that may  be used by the trainers for Digital Empowerment. The methodology approach is the general framework for the trainers on how to use the contents and tools of Digem in order to deliver these trainings.
The methodology Guide
This guide to Digital Storytelling has been produced by Digital Empowerment (DigEm), a European Commission project supported through the Lifelong Learning Programme. The methodology flows from our shared experience of developing and running Digital Storytelling workshops with many groups of people from across Europe, who experience barriers to the labour market, are disadvantaged, marginalized or vulnerable. It also draws on a number of other widely available guides, which are referenced in the bibliography and links are provided in this guide and its appendices. This guide provides an overview of the methodology and the ingredients required to create successful digital storytelling projects. It is accompanied by three more detailed guides providing information on the technical aspects of digital storytelling, Storytelling Games and approaches to Evaluation. Our document aspires to be more than a ‘nuts and bolts’ guide simply describing what is needed to run a digital storytelling workshop. Our imagined readers are trainers who are new to digital storytelling, who wish to understand the process and learn the skills and push the boundaries of digital storytelling techniques further themselves.
The historical and academic background summarized provides some context for this work and emonstrates that digital storytelling is being used and adapted worldwide. Those adopting this practice join a global network which is rapidly gaining presence, power and profile.
DigEm partners have all learned from their experience over the life of the project. Approaches to digital storytelling across the partnership have evolved better to meet the needs of those with whom they work. This guide has developed and changed – it has been an interactive process. 
We have designed the guide and its sister publications to help others learn from our experience, to adopt and adapt those elements of the four stage process; to test, try and learn by doing, and to contribute to the growing network of digital storytelling across the world
To download the methodology guide click here.
The methodology guide is accompanied by two very useful documents in order to run the workshops:
Storytelling Games: This document includes a detailed description of games to use as icebreakers, games to start creating stories and games for the participants to develop their own stories. These simple games require little equipment. You need to ensure you have adequate space to 
move around and to be standing or seated in a circle. Click here to download the storytelling games guide.

Technical Guide: This technical guide provides some principles of the technical side of editing sound and digital video. Digital Storytelling favours using software that is available free on PC or Macintosh computers. Click here to download the technical guide.



Bulding a

Dynamic Network

of Trainers

Train of Trainers Workshop - Nicosia, CYPRUS 7th and 8th October
DigEm train the trainer workshop was implemented once again successfully in the framework of European program DigEm: Digital Empowerment. The train the trainer workshop took place at the EDITC Conference Center, on the 7th and 8th of October 2011 and was organized by the Cyprus partner EDITC.
EDITC's network of trainers participated in the workshop. The trainers came from different education sectors such as ICT, Language Learning and Soft skills.

The objectives of the DigEm train the trainer workshop was to familiarize trainees with the idea of utilizing digital stories for the development of digital and social skills of end users from vulnerable social groups, to develop narrative and writing scenario skills, to be trained on software that is used in DigEm workshops and to experience practically the procedures which will be asked to manage as trainers of end users in the future.
Following the workshop the trainers have committed to incorporate the DIGEM methodology in their teaching cycle. For example in Language Learning courses, DIGEM methodology will be used as a tool for practicing the listening and speaking skills.

Click here to watch the videos produced by the trainees.



DIGEM is growing


DIGEM team emphasizes on the dissemination activities and the networking, as we believe it to be a decisive factor for the project success.

All partners have made efforts in making DIGEM known to many bodies, VET organizations and other stakeholders who can benefit from DIGEM methodology and results. Activities such as one to one briefings, presentation of the DIGEM project to conferences, press releases, publications of DIGEM's aims and objectives to portals have put DIGEM on the European more



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As a trainee you could enrol on the Digem internet site and follow the progress of the project, enroll in a training workshop in your country, project your productions that will be the result during your training, come in contact and share views with people from other countries and civilizations and view your own productions. You could learn to use new technologies in a creative way. The scheduled dates of the workshops will be soon published on our web site


DIGEM is growing BIGGER

Grand participation in the final event of DigEm project in the 4th Conference of Hellenic Adult Education Association (HAEA) in Greece

The innovative methodology for digital empowerment DigEm was presented in the 4th Conference of Hellenic Adult Education Association (HAEA), entitled “Good Practices in Adult Education”, which took place in the splendid facilities of OTE Academy in Marousi (Athens) from 26th until 28th April 2012.
DigEm project was presented at the opening speech at the Main Auditorium of the Conference, on Friday 26 of April, by Vaso Anastasopoulou in a crowded room with trainers and representatives of public and private organization of Adult Education. They were significantly interested for the DigEm methodology and watched indicative digital stories that were produced during DigEm project.
The next day, Saturday April 27, the DigEm methodology was presented through two experiential train-the-trainer workshops where participated in total 39 trainers of Adult Education. Initially was scheduled only one workshop, but because of the significant participation eventually implemented another one. The workshops were coordinated by the DigEm trainers: Vas Anastasopoulou, George Petrou, Andreas Almpanis and Nikos Mandrekas, and characterized by the participants as highly innovative and significant supportive for their everyday work. A DigEm cd-rom including the Methodological Guide and the Trainers’ Toolkit in all the partners’ languages and 17 digital created during DigEm project shared to all the participants of the specific two workshops and to other related stakeholders.   
For further information please visit the official DigEm project’s website:, or contact with mrs Vaso Anastasopoulou (+302410554026,


National Showcase - CYPRUS 6th of October 2011

The Cypriot Partner EDITC has organized an event and a National Showcase on the 6th of October 2011.More then 70 people have attended the two events.

The aim of the event was to present the Digem methodology to stakeholders as well as to people that might wish to re-engage in the learning process. We believe that it is imperative that this methodology is presented and explained to stakeholders as to what innovative it has to offer as well as to how it maybe used in the learning process. Cyprus national agency, people from the ministry of labour market, trainers and people from disadvantaged groups have participated.

After the event, videos from the train the trainers and end user pilots were showcased. A coktail followed for the participants and more videos were projecteded on a whitescreen at the same time.

As there were both Greek speaking and English speaking attendees at the event and showcase, translation equipment will be provided to the participants


Digitales takes Digem to Scotland to join forces with University of Stirling
Digitales joined forces with University of Stirling to explore new ways to deliver student work using digital storytelling instead of written work. Digi-Essays were inspired by the digital storytelling work taking place across the world

A five day workshop was kick started by a special showcase session highlighting work completed by Digitales through the pan European Digem partnership. People across Europe are exploring different ways to use digital technology to tell stories about their lives. Students from the Management School at University of Stirling were given an opportunity to learn from the experiences of others and to adapt digital storytelling to meet the academic demands of their work in the Management School.

Outi Vellacott at Digitales said: “We are delighted have worked with University of Stirling. Digital storytelling is a flexible way to tell stories and it is great to adapt it. It has a huge amount to offer all sorts of people. It was really exciting to show Digem and other projects to colleagues at the University of Stirling. I hope these stories will inspire the students so they find new ways complete their own digi-essays.”