STEAM, Coding, and Basic Digital Skills at the ALL DIGITAL Summit 2019

All-Digital-SUMMIT-transparent-backroundOn 10-11 October, over 150 representatives of organisations and networks, working in the field of digital inclusion and empowerment, will gather in Bologna for the XXII ALL DIGITAL Summit.  The event is organised by pan-European association ALL DIGITAL, striving to enhance digital skills across Europe, and is co-hosted by our Italian members ART-ER, Lai-MomoOpen Group in collaboration with Emilia-Romagna Digital Agenda and supported by Golinelli Foundation.

ALL DIGITAL Summit 2019 will tackle two distinctive but equally important themes for our network. Basic digital skills for everyone have always been at the core of our work ever since the digital inclusion leaders met more than 10 years ago to establish a European network. STEAM skills are, on the other hand, a newer topic on the advanced side of the skills spectrum with increasing importance where digital competence centres have a key role to play.

The Summit offers a variety of workshops, discussion groups, plenary sessions around those topics, and specifically highlights the experience of three big projects: La Carovana STEM, Coding for Inclusion, and Digital Competences Development System. You can learn more here about the Summit, but the registration is closed as of 10 September.

We invite you to explore this website, see the Programme, meet the speakers, check the venue and read the blogs (just scroll down this page or use the links below) to learn more about the local partners and the projects:

You can also learn more about our past Summits, see the photos and videos, and explore what ALL DIGITAL network is doing.

Greetings from Lai-momo

LOGO_Lai_momo_webHere at Lai-momo we are thrilled to co-host the ALL DIGITAL Summit 2019, and we are looking forward to welcoming you in Bologna on 10 and 11 October. It will be a great opportunity to share ideas and experiences on digital skills and competences.

Lai-momo is a social cooperative, founded in 1995 by a group of academics, teachers and researchers with the aim of promoting communication between people and individuals coming from different countries and environments. With an initial focus on cultural activities, we later expanded our endeavours to the domains of digital and social communication, research, education, employment, and social inclusion. Our headquarter is located in Sasso Marconi, a small town in the surroundings of Bologna, Italy. However, the outreach of our projects goes well beyond the local area, and very often it has a European and international focus, developing and expanding national initiatives on a worldwide scale.

The cooperative is organized into sectors – social work, integration, intercultural education, communication – which work in synergy with one another and share a common approach to the topics of global education, intercultural communication, digital and media literacy. Every year we provide services to over 2,000 beneficiaries from disadvantaged groups, involving more than 40 teachers in training activities and more than 7,000 foreign citizens in orientation/information activities.

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Lai-momo’s main clients are European institutions, local authorities, international organizations and private companies. Thanks to a strong multimedia-oriented approach, we have been able to work successfully and creatively to meet the challenges of a multicultural society in a growing digital environment, developing social integration initiatives and products related to activities in the fields of inclusion, education, vocational training, youth, multilingualism, culture, sustainable consumption, active citizenship and media literacy. Many of our projects carried out in the areas of social inclusion and communication have culminated in the production of a variety of websites and publications in many different languages.

Lai-momo’s mission to foster the inclusion of those who are increasingly socially and economically excluded from mainstream societies is put into practice through the implementation of a wide set of projects and initiatives. Among our most recent projects we developed Compass, a Pan-European digital upskilling platform funded by the European Commission aimed at helping young Europeans evaluate and develop their digital competences in line with the DigComp framework and with the current digitalisation of the economy and labour market requirements.

Welcome from Open Group

Logo Open_OrizzOpen Group, as a member of the ALL DIGITAL network and one of the Summit hosts, is proud to welcome you in our beautiful Bologna for the 2019 edition of the ALL DIGITAL Summit.

We are sure that, thanks to all the network, the experience will be interesting and full of stimuli as always, and we will do our best to make it pleasant and to let you know at least a little about our city.

Open group is a new social enterprise founded in 2014. It is comprised of three social cooperatives that have been active for three decades and that are tied together by a vocation towards innovation. Communication, Education and the use of Media (both analog and digital) have always been a part of who we are.

The digital media, in our opinion, is a powerful channel, which can be used to promote advocacy. In addition, it’s an instrument that can influence and promote change in communities.

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We firmly believe that the development of digital culture and the acquisition of specific skills can promote progress and growth that should be accessible to all citizens.

We think that in order to live in our present time, to have a better grasp of our surroundings and a firmer sense of awareness, the acquisition and development of one’s digital competences is of paramount importance. The aim of this endeavor is to seize new opportunities and further our understanding of what new generations need.

With the term “digital competences” we refer not only to the technical component, but also to the relational, social, critical and reflective aspects. The ethical dimension is essential to create a digital space that is both safer and easier to access.

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In 2015 Open group got in touch with the ALL DIGITAL network and joined it in 2016. These two events have been a powerful push towards the endorsement of our mission. The same points of view and objectives, the acceptance and the generosity of the ALL DIGITAL network have made it possible for us and every component of this system to engage in a common process of comparison and development. This process is aimed at   sharing between managers, e-facilitators and other stakeholders of the network. It also gives us the possibility of being a key player at European level to better support our workers and those to whom our services are dedicated.

Today ALL DIGITAL with its 60+ affiliated organizations and a sturdy structure, which includes staff and an independent board, is an important actor at European level. This network is an example for other European organizations on how to build a generative and participatory movement for European digital development.

To achieve this goal, Open Group has structured an internal staff called “e-bit”, which across the different sectors of intervention encourages the professional development of its staff and the growth of services which are offered to different targets in terms of digital skills.

The multiple initiatives implemented can be grouped into four areas of intervention:

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

Its aim is to develop initiatives that tackle the reduction of social exclusion. These programs specifically target the users for whom the digital media might be a viable channel towards inclusion or to reduce social exclusion. An example of this can be the development of autonomy in people with disabilities, children whith learning disorders, the elderly or migrants.

We are currently collaborating with the regional project “Pane e Internet”, a project born in Emilia Romagna, which is currently working towards the development of digital skills of citizens. Another project is “Coliblite” which, differently from the one mentioned above, is striving to promote a system between schools, libraries and local NGOs to promote the development of digital abilities for those populations who are more at risk of being marginalized.

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EDUCATION FROM CHILDHOOD TO ADULTHOOD

The development of digital skills is divided into activities that are specifically calibrated depending on the age group and on the developmental phase of the target population. These interventions range from activities aimed at early childhood, for children and families alike, to activities intended for caregivers, such as online and peer to peer consulting and development of digital entrepreneurship.

An example of this are “Trenino 3.0.” which is a kindergarten where digital education for children has already been established, and “abc Digitale” which is a platform of educational projects aimed at different age groups and articulated in alignment with DigComp.

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DIGITAL MEDIA AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Based on the DigComp framework and what is stated in the EntreComp, we plan to develop activities designed to guide and train high school students. In addition, in collaboration with Open Formazione, we provide the same services to adults who are undertaking the path of reintegration.  In collaboration with LegaCoop Bologna we have developed the first experimental application of the EntreComp framework in a cooperative model.

Examples: the development of cooperative entrepreneurship with “Vitamina C” and “Grafene”, a project realized thanks to the collaboration of Open Formazione and the contribution of Fondazione del Monte, that helps vulnerable people to develop resilience through digital and soft skills.

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HEALTH AND DIGITAL MEDIA

We are working towards the development of digital skills; we believe them to be a means of protection, and specifically of prevention against addiction both of substance and of digital media. This particular area of work is characterized by projects that have been development both off and online.

Examples include:

  • il Paese delle Meraviglie”, a project that was created by the city of Bologna and which specifically targets middle schools’
  • Drugadvisor”, a platform made in collaboration with the Emilia Romagna region and addiction services, is tailor-made to meet caregivers needs regarding the topic of young adults and substances.
  • Another project is “Fentanil”. In collaboration with the Region, with the services for addictions and regional coordination of street units, this project promotes the creation of alliances, in a digital environment, between consumers and institutions. Its objective is to increase the health levels of consumers and citizens.

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Meet the Summit 2019 host – ART-ER

by Rita Trombini, ART-ER

It is a pleasure for ART-ER to collaborate with ALL DIGITAL in the organization of the 2019 Summit. This meeting will be an opportunity for us to give visibility to our new activities on STEAM education, to learn about new trends and to network with other organisations who are working on these issues.

ART-ER, born recently from the merger of two long-established Emilia-Romagna regional government’s agencies ERVET (regional development) and ASTER (research and technology), has contributed to the digital inclusion project ‘Pane e Internet‘  for many years and is now coordinating STEM education projects in secondary schools, with a particular focus on fighting the gender gap.

logo-arter-ENAs a 100% agency owned by the Emilia-Romagna regional government (RER), ART-ER (former Ervet) has supported RER for over 10 years on regional information society policies, especially through its benchmarking activity of e-government services and other digital developments in Emilia Romagna and its collaboration with the Pane e Internet project.

With the launch of the regional digital agenda ADER, ART-ER took charge of the Competences axis and contributed to the preparation of the Memorandum of Understanding between RER and national Ministry of Education, which was signed in June 2016 in the framework of the “National Digital School Plan”. The Memorandum commits RER to facilitating the diffusion of digital innovation in all schools, including those in peripheral areas, and to developing educational measures to fight gender stereotypes and the ensuing gaps in digital education and STEAM disciplines.

To translate these goals into practice, ART-ER has carried out different activities:

  • technical labs targeting female students in first level secondary schools (about 160 attended) during the 2017 and 2018 annual Festival of technical culture of Bologna Metropolitan City. These labs focused on arts and technology, 3D modelling, Scratch, “social photowalk” with digital storytelling about organic wine production, cycling mechanics and the culture of sustainable mobility and other topics;
  • practical labs on open data competences, carried out in 2018 and 2019 in collaboration with Golinelli Foundation, for second level secondary school students (about 200 attended). These labs addressed topics such as public ethics, fake news, Italian cultural heritage, territory and environment, gender discrimination and others;
  • the La Carovana STEM project, launched in April 2019, which builds on those previous experiences to further enrich and extend them throughout the region, and to experiment with innovative approaches, such as residential Summer camps in the Romagna sea coast and in the Apennines mountains.

It is important to highlight that ART-ER designs and carries out all these activities in close collaboration with the regional school office (USR) of the national Ministry of education; in particular with USR Emilia-Romagna’s Servizio Marconi, based in Bologna, which has a significant expertise in digital education. Thanks to this collaboration, the above ART-ER labs always include also awareness and/or training activities for the teachers of the schools involved. To run and deliver the labs, ART-ER collaborates with the staff of the numerous FabLabs and other organisations running non-formal digital education activities across Emilia Romagna.

We are keen on presenting more in details the above activities and to hear and learn from the Summit’s participants about their own experience in this field. In particular, we are very interested on methodologies to evaluate the impact of digital education activities on young people’s learning achievements, on gender stereotypes and other cultural and social aspects which are important to develop a full digital citizenship.

So, welcome to Bologna and Emilia Romagna! To follow ART-ER’s digital activities you can click here!

 

Welcome to Bologna and Emilia Romagna

by Dimitri Tartari,
Head of Digital Agenda, Emilia-Romagna Region

DTartariThe Coordination of the Digital Agenda of Emilia-Romagna (ADER) is pleased to meet you and welcomes you to the ALL DIGITAL Summit 2019, on 10-11 October. As a local partner of the meeting, along with ART-ER, Fondazione Golinelli, Open Group and Lai-momo, we are working to make your stay in Bologna and Emilia Romagna interesting and pleasant.

Besides its great food, famous cars (Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini) and musical tradition (from Giuseppe Verdi to Pavarotti), Emilia Romagna is characterized and well known for its strong orientation towards innovation and export and at the same time for the attention paid to social inclusion and territorial balances.

With 4.4M residents, representing 7.3% of the whole Italian population, Emilia Romagna hosts 9.3% of Italian manufacturing firms, generates over 11% of national R&D spending and 13.6% of Italian exports. Annual GDP per capita at € 33,600 is 16% above the EU28 average.

Digital development has been for over 20 years a regional policy priority and a key contributor to the above achievements.

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Schools on the Lepida broadband network (July 2019)

It started with the creation of the Lepida ultra-broadband public network, which today connects all public sector organisations (from municipalities to schools) and enables private telecom operators to reach rural and other weak regional areas. Other priorities have been and still are the innovation of public services, the support of firms’ digital transformation in all economic sectors and, ever more important, education at all levels and the fight of digital exclusion (with the Pane e Internet project launched 10 years ago).

ADERThe Digital Agenda of Emilia-Romagna 2015-2019 (known as ADER) set the ambitious goal of achieving in 2025 a 100% digital Emilia Romagna, in other words a region in which:

  • people live, study, have fun and work using technologies, Internet and digital in general, as a normal endeavour
  • digital rights are fully satisfied, with zero differences between places, people, businesses and cities in order to ensure an adequate digital ecosystem for all.

ADER translates digital citizenship rights into four concrete axes of intervention: infrastructures, data and services, competences and communities.

A very important recent evolution in this direction is the birth of what we call the Emilia Romagna Data Valley. In June 2019, the proposal coordinated by Cineca (the national university consortium for data processing based in Bologna) was selected by the European Commission for the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking. The EU awarded 120M€ to install a new super-computer in Bologna (to be called Leonardo) that will support high-performance computing projects and infrastructures all across Europe.

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Model of the Bologna Technopole under construction

To facilitate this development, the regional government approved also in June 2019 the new law “Investments of the Emilia-Romagna Region in the field of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Meteorology and Climate Change”, aimed at further strengthening the position of Bologna and Emilia Romagna at the highest levels of the international scientific community in these areas. The law grants free of charge to the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) and Cineca an area of the Bologna Technopole for the installation of the Leonardo supercomputer. It also supports the establishment of a Big Data for Human Development Foundation between major regional, national, international scientific institutions and companies. This is expected to attract talents and public and private investment in new technologies to make Emilia Romagna a major incubator of new science and new businesses, and the heart of the supercomputing systems of the whole of Europe. This knowledge hub will address great socio-economic challenges, from weather forecasts and climate change to technological innovation related to industry 4.0.

La Carovana STEM logoDigital competence and more widespread science and technology education in general are key ingredients for the success of ADER and of the new challenging and fascinating endeavours just mentioned. An important action in this direction is represented by the regional La Carovana STEM project carried out by ART-ER to fight the gender gap in digital education, that will be presented at the Summit.

What ALL DIGITAL is doing for the development of digital competence with its Italian members and across Europe is an essential task and we thank in advance all those who will come to the Summit to share their ideas and experiences. On our side, we are committed to ensuring that digital competence and 21st century skills will be at the heart of the new programming of the regional digital agenda. We believe that they are crucial not only for productivity and economic growth, but also for our cultural development and democracy.

It’s a pleasure to welcome you to Emilia Romagna, and we will try to make your stay in Bologna as pleasant and interesting as possible.

La Carovana STEM project fights gender gap in digital education

LaCarovanaSTEM_logoLa Carovana STEM project was launched to scale up and innovate further the STEM education activities that ART-ER started experimenting in 2017 and 2018. These and the new Carovana project are all part of ADER, the Regional Digital Agenda Competences axis’ actions to fight gender stereotypes and gender gaps in digital education.

An important aspect of the up-scaling process has to do with involving schools, teachers, and young people in rural and disadvantaged areas (so-called “internal areas”), such as the Apennines mountains, where opportunities for out-of-school digital education experiences are much fewer than in the cities.

With this aim, ART-ER’s Caravan “travels” around Emilia Romagna, organising in smaller towns and villages, usually in the local schools, short labs (lasting 3 hours up to 1 full school day) and longer labs (2-3 days) with various types of technical activities. In June and September 2019, La Carovana also trialed three 5-day long residential Summer Camps, with a total of 90 students, 12 to 16 years old.

In the La Carovana STEM labs students are invited to work under the supervision of expert tutors on a wide range of topics, with activities adapted according to the age of the students (lower or higher secondary school) and possibly to school curricula. The most frequent topics and tools addressed until now are: sensors /3D printing /Laser Cut; communication on social media (storytelling, blogs, stories, Instagram …); robotics /Lego; augmented reality, holograms/Google Expedition; arts (visual and music) and technology; open data and cultural heritage; open data and discrimination; fake news; digital radio; and drones.

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Students in the digital radio lab

Besides operating during the whole school year, La Carovana activities are organised also inside related events such as the Festival of technical culture of Bologna Metropolitan City, held in autumn every year, and the AFTER Festival – Digital Futures, organised by the Regional government every year in a different provincial capital city (Bologna in 2019, Ravenna in 2020).

La Carovana activities are carried out in close collaboration with the regional school office (USR) of the Ministry of Education, especially to guarantee the involvement of teachers, and with experts from FabLabs and other non-formal digital education organisations across Emilia Romagna for the actual delivery of the technical laboratories.

La Carovana project and parallel activities, which have been recently launched in each province of Emilia Romagna through local accredited VET centres (with ART-ER’s support), are funded by the Regional government’s Action 3 “Systemic action for gender equality” of the ESF Operational Programme, for a total of 4 M€.

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Students in the music and technology lab at the summer camp

 

Pane e Internet for Emilia Romagna

Pane e Internet (“Bread and Internet”, PeI), part of the Digital Agenda, is the main digital inclusion and competence development initiative for adult people in Emilia Romagna.Logo_PEI_1 It was launched by the regional government of Emilia-Romagna (RER) as a pilot project in 2009 and later scaled up to address all people at risk of digital exclusion in Emilia Romagna. Currently, there is a new 2019-2021 phase of the project.foto pei 1_jpg

Through the PeI Points, set up jointly by RER with large and small municipalities, local libraries, schools, and private associations, PeI offers digital literacy training and e-facilitation services to people with no or low digital skills, and digital culture events for the population at large. Today, there are 17 active PeI points throughout Emilia Romagna.

From January 2015 to June 2019, Pane e Internet has delivered 323 first level digital literacy courses, 139 second level digital literacy courses, 301 digital culture events, 42 courses for facilitators and trainers. Approximately 5,350 citizens have participated in the digital literacy courses and 11,500 in the digital culture events.

foto pei 3_cPane e Internet has just developed a new training offer for the next three years, based on 20 different seminars and workshops on the following main categories of digital citizenship: online services, digital life, privacy and security, digital education. Each event can be addressed to a specific target group.

The digital literacy training offer has been recently updated to the DigComp framework 2.1., and it is now possible to participate in the courses using different devices: PCs, smartphones and tablets. A new section of Pane e Internet will be addressed to the Community as a whole, dedicated to students, intergenerational exchanges, facilitation processes.

Pane e Internet through Ervet (now ART-ER) has been an ALL DIGITAL member for many years, and it even inspired the DCDS project formulation.

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