Minutes of the Conscious Senior e-Citizen project in Paris
10 and 11th of March 2011
Each participant describes the actions taken in the last months in his country
Two courses for seniors were organized, each twice a week for 2 hours each time, given by the regular teachers of the association
- Elementary level : 10 participants for 6 weeks ( ( each week once evening and one weekend course
- Advanced level : 6 participants for 5 weeks + teachers learners at home to help install computer with internet connection
The participants were mostly retired teachers from the association.
Among the subjects of the courses : email, facebook, health oriented applications.
These courses were the first given for seniors in Istanbul.
The students are waiting for the “Olympic Games Quiz” to make evaluation and get a diploma.
Courses were free of charge for the participants.
Cybervoluntarios is now working together with the Democratic Union of Senior Citizens of Spain, which counts a lot of pensioners among her members..
The association gives a lot of courses all over Spain.
The newest course is a workshop about mobile phones, which lasts 2 hours and were the generalities about mobile phones are explained (without going into specific kinds of phones).
There is one teacher for 2 or maximum 3 seniors.
In average : 8 people and 4 teachers in the workshop
Seniors prefer short modules/workshops to long courses.
Another example is a workshop about GMAIL (2 hours course).
All teachers are volunteers.
One course was realized and ended by the end of November 10.
It lasted 5 weeks , 4 hours/week = total of 20 hours.
Among the subjects taught : email, skype,…
It was offered , nearly for free , to 6 participants who were (otherwise) regular students of an English course.
They had to rent a PC room because seniors prefer courses in the afternoon at the time where the rooms of the school are already used.
The students paid only a symbolic financial contribution (50 euros), whereas ITC-Training had to pay for the room and for the teacher.
The national employment agency will not give funding for courses for retired seniors, only for people who are in age to work.
The students actively use what they learned and want to continue and agree to pay for the courses.
Here also the government is not interested in paying courses for seniors as this part of the population is not in the “priorities”.
The pensioners have seen their pension decrease 40 % of the value.
So non-profit associations have to take care of the seniors.
Greece has opened some day care centers for seniors and DIMITRA proposes in these places its “Story Telling Project” (DIGEM = DigEm is an innovative digital empowering project that uses a creative approach to teaching 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) in the form of digital story-telling workshops during 6 days with 3 hours a day.
At the end of the workshop the seniors have realized a short film, which serves as testimony about their life.
It begins with ice-breaking games among the participants to overcome the first fears.
They learn how to use a text editor, how to scan pictures and how to look up specific topics on the Web.
They learn how to use MovieMaker and will realize la little film of 3 minutes.
If the students want to continue learning they can go to normal courses , where they have to pay.
DIMITRA tries to negotiate with municipality in terms of organizing 10 courses ( in the morning – for unemployed or retired seniors) , with each 12 participants, paying each 100 euros.
Students mostly pay for the regular courses , but of course it is “no-profit” .
A new experimental workshop has been organized (with the funding of the government )about “Interactive tablets” like Ipads or Galaxy tablets.
The questions have been discussed in English.
Each country will translate each for the students.
The quizzes in all languages will be presented on the website.
It will be called EPIM (European Passport for Internet and Multimedia).
The Turkish partners will prepare a model for the diploma.
Partners will add some words in their languages.
The Czech partners will send the manual for students in English and each partner will translate it in the local language.
Everything will be uploaded on the website of the project (as output of the project).
It has to be done for latest the end of September but we should finish it before so that partners can send it earlier to their agency.
Tolga will send the common parts before the next meeting so that we can discuss it in Prague – as well as the text to put on the EST database.
6 and 7 of June in Prague .