What will be the impact of the future digital classrooms in the relationship between teachers and students?
João, our Portuguese Youth Ambassador, provided us his insight on digital classrooms:
“Teaching and learning are heavily dependent on the ability to talk, questioning and most of all sharing experiences and knowledge.”
“ Young people usually get distracted with technology itself, giving less importance to the things they are performing. So, there should be some restrictions in the Internet connection, for example, to prevent teenagers from joining games or chat rooms which are not related to classroom work.”
Today, 5th November, the 2012 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will kick off with some pre-launch events before it gets into full swing from Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th November.
In a session on Wednesday 7th, the spotlight will once again be focussed on the activities of Insafe’s youth panels in all 30 member countries of the network, and also on those of the Insafe’s youth ambassadors. The Youth Ambassador team, supported by Vivendi and comprising 12-18 year olds from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Slovakia and Portugal, will also be busy promoting the work of Insafe this week. Six of the young people will travel to Cachan, a university town near Paris, to analyse with international researchers the skills young people need to succeed in the today’s linked up world, and just how and where they develop these skill. Further information regarding the program is available here.
Watch this space to learn more of the issues being raised in these two debates.
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is an annual meeting that serves to bring people together from various stakeholder groups, as equals, in discussions on public policy issues relating to the internet. The 2012 meeting will be taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan next month.
On 20-21 September 2012, the Polish and German Safer Internet Centres held their annual conference in Warsaw. Among the many highlights of the event, Insafe coordinator Janice Richardson talked about the key drivers and challenges for the 30-country wide Insafe network in 2012, in particular underling the importance of peer support and interaction between youth. She briefly showcased the Pan EU Youth website, supported by the European Commission and Vivendi, where young people are encouraged to meet and teachers can download games to trigger discussion and debate about media-related issues in class.