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World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE) 2013

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2012 was the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. It was aimed to encourage debate on the challenges related to growing older, and at the same time raise the awareness and recognition of how older people can contribute to society. 2013 is a year of Active Citizenship and is oriented to broadening participation of citizens in the life of their communities, and thus in democracy, in terms of activity and decision-making. In our workshop we would like to prove that active aging and active citizenship can be supported by intergenerational learning and online learning. There is very often a lack of communication between the older and younger generation. It can be caused by a lack of common understanding of the modern ICT environment that we find around us. Some examples of practices already exist where young children in schools actively support their parents in developing digital skills; other examples exist where seniors are supporting young people through storytelling that is digitally recorded. We propose to help seniors by creating intergenerational learning voluntary support groups. We believe that younger and older generations can learn a lot from each other. Not only can the technology gap between the generations, but also growing levels of mobility and high unemployment (especially among young and people over 50), lead to heightened levels of social exclusion. We want to encourage social interaction between generations, for the sharing and preserving of skills, knowledge, history, culture, languages and traditions. Our workshop will start with YouTube films, both recorded by Valerie Wood-Gaiger, MBA “Learn with Grandma” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g330tgitYbw, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuyUhuydr1I, http://youtu.be/epWhJEBX0Pk . The next part will be dedicated to reviewing the need for ICT for seniors and intergenerational learning with lessons learnt from projects funded through the Lifelong Learning Programme. Examples will also be shown from a recent review of practices identified for a Nominet Trust commissioned report. In the third part of the workshop we will introduce Virtual University of the Third Age. U3A Online is a low-cost educational solution hosted by Griffith University, which offers more than 42 courses online.

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TitleWorld Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE) 2013