On November 24th, we had the official opening of the Learning Lab, as part of our DigitArt! Project. A cloud of excitement and eagerness invaded the conference room where the meeting was to be held. A total of 17 participants, along with 4 European volunteers, gradually got settled in their blue chairs, while waiting to be introduced to next days’ activities.
The group is made of people in their 20s and 30s from Faro and different regions of Spain and Italy, with backgrounds either in video editing, photography, event production, or marine biology, neuroscience, tourism.
Jorge Machado (CEO of Contextos) and Sylwia Fraczek (Project Coordinator) took the floor by introducing themselves, Contextos’s activity, and the DigitArt! project. Briefly, DigitArt! focuses on developing methodologies and training tools to promote the empowerment, participation, and integral development of young people through participatory video and digital storytelling tools.
The rest of the morning proceeded with the calmness that always characterizes the first day (or the first few hours) of an event. Thanks to a series of fun activities led by one of our FYI volunteers, Raquel Juesas, the participants were able to get to know each other and talk about the reasons that brought them to this training course. Two hours and a lot of confidence later, Alexandru Ion (Trainer) presented the work dynamics and schedule for the next days to the participants.
In the afternoon, after a lunch break and renewed energy, we discussed what digital communication is in general, but also in particular, for each of us. Afterward, Alexandru talked about web positioning, marketing, and the importance of personal branding, while getting the participants actively involved in the discussions. They shared their opinions about the impact of social networks and their importance in our daily lives.
The second day was dedicated to Digital Storytelling, and during the third day, we got to learn about Social Media. For the next workshops, Alexandru and the participants will also cover topics like Participatory video and Citizen Journalism.
The training course ‘Learning Lab’ will end next Monday 29th. During the six days of the training course, participants will be able to increase their knowledge in multiple areas of digital communication. They will also have to put into practice everything they have learned.
The project, funded by the Erasmus+, is implemented by three organizations: Fronteiras (Spain), Lasco (Italy), and Contextos (Portugal).
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