Activities RAES trains youth leaders in A/V recording for 10 weeks youth create + upload media on AIDS/HIV youth form student clubs (with support of adults)
First, the staff established a collaborative curriculum design process that respected “Nio far,” a Senegalese expression that means “We are together” and exemplifies locals’ appreciation of teamwork and co-ownership.
Our Key Q: How do we ensure that every child has been socialized into the emerging ethical standards that should shape their practices as media makers and as participants in online communities? -In order to get to that critical, reflective place, we need to begin at the beginning: with the new media literacies. -in 2006, Henry Jenkins and a group of collaborators published a white paper for the MacArthur Foundation entitled “Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21 st Century” -they defined NMLs as “…a set of cultural competencies and social skills that young people need in the new media landscape”; this is an important definition. Despite the words “new” and “media” in their label, NMLs are neither new nor exclusively for or about media. They’re especially useful in the context of new media, but they’re fundamental, time-honored skills and they are not about technology. -They're about enriching learners with useful, versatile capacities that help them think sharper, work better, and appreciate fuller the ethical ramifications of their actions.
“ SEL teaches the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work, effectively and ethically…” (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, 2010) -Empirical research has found that recipients of SEL training tend to utilize more daily behaviors related to getting along with and cooperating with others, and report “more positive attitudes toward self and others (e.g., self-concept, self-esteem, prosocial attitudes toward aggression, and liking and feeling connected to school)” than peers in a control group. SEL programming has also been linked to an average gain on achievement test scores of 11 to 17 percentile points (Payton, Weissberg, Durlak, Dymnicki, Taylor, Schellinger, & Pachan, 2008, pp. 6-7). -Moreover, SEL programs provide an impressive return on investment in terms of dollars and cents and sustained behavior change (Botvin, 1998, 2002; Hawkins, Kosterman, Catalano, Hill & Abbott, 2008; Schaps, Battistich, & Solomon, 2004). -This sense of intrapersonal integration and social connectedness prepares individuals for meaningful learning (Durlak & Weissberg, 2007; Goleman, 1996, 2006; Hoffman, 2000; Zins & Elias, 2006) by freeing them from preoccupations and enabling richer engagement. -It also supports their sense of safety and self-confidence, which enables exploration and risk-taking
-SEL sets the stage for ethical practice; without these skills, understanding, let alone demonstrating, ethics is impossible. -definition: “… the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to….
Fourth, they focused on new media literacies (NMLs; Jenkins, Clinton, Purushotma, Weigel, & Robison, 2006) and social and emotional learning skills (SELs; Elias et al., 1997).
Second, they increased participants’ hands-on exploration.
High-tech and low-tech
Guest speakers and going out in the community
Third, they leveraged smartphones.
Self-awareness - To discover my skills and my potential The courage to express myself and overcome my shyness, complexes, and my fears Self-management - Self-management, especially in moments of anger - Developing patience, concentration, motivation
Of the 23 participants (22 youths aged 15-21, one classroom teacher of 8 of the participants), 20 identified the NML skill of negotiation as an area of expertise. Collective intelligence was the next most cited NML skill, embraced by 16 participants. Both skills boast meaningful relations with SELs social awareness and relationship skills. Responsible decision-making and self-awareness were the top two SEL skills.
Our Voice: Youths' Meaningful Communication for Social Change | Presented at DML 2013
Youths’ Meaningful Communication for Social Change in Sénégal
Laurel Felt | DML 2013
Réseau Africain d’Education pour
• aka, African Network for Health Education
– To implement projects based on an integrated and
innovative application of ICT to strengthen health
and education programs and institutions
–To improve the response to HIV/AIDS in
school by voluntary tracking, promotion of
human rights, and communication
• “To discover my skills and my potential”
• “The courage to express myself and
overcome my shyness, complexes, and my
• “Self-management, especially in moments of
• “Developing patience, concentration,