My Story - creating an ICT-based inter-generationa..
My Story - creating an ICT-based inter-generational learning environment
Start date: Jan 1, 2011,
MyStory (MS) will address an increasing imbalance within the aging European population. Access to and understanding of internet technology is becoming more polarized, with many older people not being able to take advantage of the many benefits it can offer. This leaves many seniors - who already have to cope with a higher threat of marginalization - even more isolated, struggling to find a dignified role in society and to cope with the inevitable change. On the other hand, provided that it is used in the right context, the growth of the internet and the emergence of modern networked societies have created new interaction and collaboration opportunities, irrespective of physical distance. Younger generations grow up in a society impacted by massive amounts of information and media. They become proficient in the use of the Internet and of ICT applications from an early age, a valuable aspect which the MyStory partnership will employ in order to bridge the "digital divide" between generations. MyStory develops an ICT-based solution to: empower seniors to learn basic technical skills via intergenerational learning, to gain access to new learning opportunities and make contact with different social categories facing the risk of social exclusion (i.e. internet-savvy younger generations who face a risk of exclusion due to overexposure to ICT) by collecting min. 120 stories + adjacent worksheets in EN & partner lgs, 3 training kits for ~ 200 direct end users(seniors, youth & elder home staff); envisaged indirect beneficiaries include ~ 200 orgs and 2000 stakeholders in Europe. The common "language" through which this will be achieved is the seniors' life stories, which will be collected by technically competent younger people who are well-versed in navigating the digital space. These stories-as films or audio files-will also be exploited as an authentic resource for research into the history of the second part of the 20th C, and well as for networking purposes.
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