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  1. 1. Connecting older people in semi-rural areasmobile learning scenario from a cross-generational house in Germany Daniel Zils / Germany
  2. 2. General Workshops in Wittlich, Germany • three dates in September/October 2011 • Up to 17 participants • Aged 50+ • Unexperienced to semi-professional mobile phone users • Own mobile phones, from 12 year old Siemens S25 to Apple Iphone 4 and Samsung S2
  3. 3. Intended learning outcomes• confident handling of the photo andvideo functions on the mobile phone•Transfer of the outcomes from themobile phone to other devices• options for documenting knowledge,experience and directions from theireveryday lives in photo sequences thatare easy to comprehend• production of web albums with Picasaand connection of photos with GoogleMaps
  4. 4. Phase 1: Introducing the technology • familiarisation with the basic functions of the used mobile phones • peer-to-peer teaching by more experienced participants • production of short photo sequences • presentation to the group
  5. 5. Phase 1: Introducing the technology – example of aphoto sequence
  6. 6. Phase 2: The digital mobile journal• as a homeassignment participantsproduce short photo stories• depicting events or information fromtheir everyday life• the more experienced could send themby email to the trainer• some used cameras instead of mobilephones
  7. 7. Phase 2: The digital mobile journal - example
  8. 8. Phase 3: Publishing images on the internet • using Picasa, a Google service for organizing image albums on the internet • practice the uploading and publishing • given insight on relevant aspects of data protection and personality rights
  9. 9. Phase 4: Significant locations for older persons in and around Wittlich• participants chooselocations/institutions in theirsurrounding of personalimportance• taking photographs of thesesites• publishing these pictures withPicasa• Connecting the pictures withGoogle Maps
  10. 10. Phase 4: Significant locations for older persons in andaround Wittlich – examples
  11. 11. Phase 4: Significant locations for older persons in andaround Wittlich – examples
  12. 12. Lessons learnt• Due to the open character of the centre, course offeringsspread over several meetings are subject to more fluctuationthan workshops held in one unit.• This scenario proceeds in small steps to accommodate thewishes and needs of the target group. The trainer explains theexercises very simply, adapting as closely as possible to the needsand interests of older persons.• integrating the more experienced members of the group aspeer-to-peer trainers in individual work phases is helpful• mobile learning used in informal contexts with older persons isuncommon, but not unlikely
  13. 13. Possible Follow-Ups• production of an internet offering as a space for exchangeamong older persons on their experience and their stories• As a medium for communication, the Picasa service portal canbe used privately, by groups of friends, or by institutions workingin an educational context. It is possible to post peer-to-peerofferings where more and less experienced users develop theirmobile skills together, for example in the form of a “mobile café”,or to create family offerings for older persons and theirgrandchildren..• producing a city map for older persons that expandsdynamically