It has been six months already! [#yay]
Working as Digital Beez provided us with loads of amazing opportunities to explore and experiment with different digital storytelling tools and techniques. We are very keen to make sure that our projects leave legacy and empower participants to become confident and creative digital citizen. Our work allows us to witness the amazing “change” in individuals and communities beginning to express their views more clearly and confidently.
We are on a mission to empower – online and offline.
So, what have we achieved so far?
Over the last six months we networked like crazy. We also researched and experimented with different digital learning approaches. Our work definitely helped us to understand the need for digital exploration in community education. Interactive learning has got so much to offer in terms of literacy and community development – and this is something we are very keen to explore.
✓ Scottish Digital Youth Work Network
In 2015 we joined a Digital Youth Network organised by Youth Link Scotland andYoung Scot. These two organisations can be described as pioneering in digital engagement with youth in Scotland. Being a part of the network allows us to learn about interactive initiatives locally and share good digital practice.
✓ Participatory Youth Filmmaking
Alicja, who is our participatory video expert, has had very exciting six months. In December 2015, she co-ordinated a filmmaking workshop at LGBT YouthSummit in Edinburgh and is currently running “Shoot It Yourself” youth course with Alchemy Film Festival in the Scottish Borders. Both of these projects focus mainly on film and moving image, trying to also explore other aspects of digital storytelling.
✓ Digital Storytelling with Scottish Travellers Education Programme at Edinburgh University
In October 2015 we started developing new digital storytelling project with young people from traveling community. So far,we experimented with different various photography and graphic design apps. The fantastic group of young girls, is co-creating creative content for STEP‘s new website. In February, we are also starting an interactive workshop with Roma community in Glasgow – we will update you with more information about this particular project very soon.
✓ Digital Skills Clinic at Fife Migrants Forum
We have been closely working with migrant communities in Fife. Our role there is to train basic online kills and explore current digital barriers locally. Our FREE It Clinic is open every Wednesday.
The last six months have been very exciting and rewarding for us as Digital Beez. We also feel very privileged to be able to work with such amazing groups of participants. Our work is truly inspirational and allows us to consider and explore new digital tools, which have a potential to empower local communities further.
We are very keen to share our ideas and practice and would love to hear from people who are interested our work or would like to collaborate.
Feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org