Lifelong learning programmeENKDIST

The Network meets the purposes of the Life Long Learning program with the intention of exchanging best practice at an European level, endorsing the vision of technology serving lifelong learning. Specifically the project wants to address the ICT’ s contribution considering the digital story telling as a mean of Lifelong Learning.

Project title: European Network for Knowledge Diffusion of DIgital StoryTelling
Project No. 518967-LLP-1-2011-1-IT-KA3-KA3NW
Project web page: http://www.dtellers.eu
Project coordinator: Luigi Sturzo institute, Italy (http://www.sturzo.it/)
Contact person at VDU:  Doc. Dr. Airina Volungevičienė airina.volungeviciene@vdu.lt
Project run: 36 months (11/2011 – 10/2014)

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The project has the aim to transform and integrate national practice into a European procedure.This consist in the valorisation, through the network, of digital storytelling as methodology to endorse in education in all the life cycle, respecting at the same time local identities: here relies the creation of a virtual community of practice on Digital Story Telling issues, able to propose an European framework to follow.

The term “community of practice” has turned out to provide a useful perspective on knowing and learning, as a key to improving its performance. A community of practice is not merely a community of interest. Members of a community of practice develop a shared repertoire of resources: experiences, stories, tools, ways of addressing recurring problems—in short a shared practice. It is “virtual” because the major meeting place – where to share knowledge, exchange of good practices and develop new strategic partnerships on Digital Storytelling – will be in this platform.

The Network will also provide advice and support on transversal issues related to the creative use of digital content and to the employment of basic software tools to create a digital stories.

To reach these objectives the Network will connect knowledge, experiences and best practices between the 8 European partners (plus one american partner), during a series of 3-years events (seminars and workshops) in which DST approach, tools and related issues will be analyzed, deepened, critically compared, updated through contributes from international experts and practically tested involving transversal targets of the educational and learning sector, from pupils to teachers, from students to professors, from professionals to trainers and adults in organisational dynamics.

The relevance of the proposed network lies in the idea that new media require not only skills as users, but also as producers of contents. To enable people of all ages to use digital tools and DST practice is a way to connect them to the highest needs of Maslow’s hierarchy – esteem & self actualization -, the common basis of any learning sectors.