A SUITCASE FULL OF SOUNDS AND IMAGES
Media literacy training project for NGO trainers
Knowing that the use of audiovisual media during teaching makes learning even easier, in my view, familiarizing myslef with them will contribute to my effectiveness as an educator.
The use of audiovisual media gave an extra motivation to the participants to be more involved with the concept of the sustainable city and in general audiovisual media was something that was missing from our methodology in Action Aid's summer camp. Finally, they reinforced the participant's creativity and gave them new ideas as to how to use technology in a more ''correct'' way''.
An important thing to be noted is that kids found the workshops very joyous and enjoyable. We got some useful feedback such as that the tablets are not just to watch videos and play games but are also a tool where we can create something new.
The first year of the program ''A suitcase full of images and sounds'' started by collaborating with 11 NGOs and training two collaborators from each one. In 6 sessions of 28 hours in total, everyone who participated in the porgram had the chance to be taught the basic principles of audiovisual narration that in turn they used as an introductory course during their own workshops with their respective youth groups.
The training continued with practical exercises of the audiovisual techniques taught, such as photocomic, stop motion animation, soundscape, collage etc. The participants of the training learnt how to use those techniques in order to create their own narrations with their youth groups. Beyond learning how to use equipment and the audiovisual media, the participants in the training, used everything they learnt for their workshops so that they could also enhance soft skills in their youth groups such as, team work, creativity, communication etc.
The training includes:
• Narrative structure, script making, and media expression based on youths’ experiences.
• Adaptation of materials according to age and scope of work.
• Familiarization with new technologies, media tools and free software/ apps
• Three complete workshop scenarios: photostory, animation, soundscape
• Suggestions for a safe and creative use of digital and online media.
Photographer & educator