We discussed the huge changes in the media landscape and contextualised why organisations who work with young people now need to consider social media operations and strategies.
Clubs for Young People held a conference in November designed to help chief execs and lead workers of voluntary youth organisations find their way through the Childrens Services jungle—so Marwell Zoo seemed an appropriate venue!
The conference was designed to inspire and motivate delegates to return to their organisations equipped with new ideas and innovations. DK of Mediasnackers took the delegates through the virtual world of how young people use the internet and other technology to communicate and participate. The sessions were very well recieved—feedback comments included:
• really upbeat interesting presentation which helped with understanding what young people are experiencing
• great presentation, articulated the need and demand for yp organisations to move forward wery well
• excellent—left me wanting more!
DK's energetic presentation style and broad knowledge base made for a really informative and inspiring session, he pitched the material at a very appropriate level for the delegates and gave an insight into how to keep up with the young people they are working with. He made the use of virtual communication feel achievable by the organisations present and I am sure many of them went back filled with ideas of how to move forward in an innovative way—thanks DK. Sandie Davis, Development Manager—South, Clubs for Young People
The MediaSnackers training day was a completely unique and refreshing approach to learning which has inspired the whole team and boosted the creativity of the project, if only all training was like this. Greg Welch, Director of New Media, e-skills UK
(GBR) Heading up to Wigan in the north west of the UK to deliver a second speaking gig this week. The conference is for teachers in the local area and is entitled ''The learner, the 21st century curriculum, the technology & you!'—a jointly organised day by Wigan & Leigh College and Wigan Council.
After researching leading presenters in the new media and i-generation arena I booked DK from MediaSnackers to come and speak to an audience of over 100 teaching staff to illustrate the changing way our learners interact and learn. To say that DK blow the audience away would not be an underestimation. He instantly connected with the audience and captivated and engaged them for the period of his presentation. His style was relaxed yet incredibly knowledgeable and professional. After giving DK an initial brief about the day, his presentation delivered a powerful message that had a distinct WOW factor specifically meeting the brief and audiences needs. Mediasnackers have set the bar high for others to follow. I look forward to working with DK and mediasnackers again and hopefully very soon. Ian Green, Product Development Manager, Wigan & Leigh College
UPDATE: Check out the young peoples podcasts from the day.
(WORLD) More evidence that the world is changing for MediaSnackers everywhere from these recent articles:
• Student, Nick Haley makes an ad for the iPod touch, posts it on YouTube, the next thing you know, Apple is flying him in to remake it professionally;
• Cellphone check-ins are quickly becoming a global standard with bar codes;
• Six video bloggers are roaming the country to compliment Blogumentary launch on youth's views on India;
• Churches are using Halo to get young people through the doors;
• Consultation, negotiation and mutual respect between family members all thanks to technology.
I'm struggling to find the words which will adequately thank you for an extremely engaging presentation covering things we should know a lot about—but we evidently don't.
Your style was refreshing and memorable, and the effort you've made to fully reference your sources and material will be very helpful for members keen to look again at the points you made—and also for those not at Conference. Susie Roberts, APYCO Chief Executive
LG&T worked with MediaSnackers to produce a Technology Day for gifted and talented KS3 students from across London. Attended by 25 students and their teacher the day was hugely successful. The feedback from both the students and their teachers was, without exception, positive and particular complimented DK and Barney for their motivating and challenging facilitation. The students appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with each other to produce work using a variety of mediums. MediaSnackers fostered a fun, creative and safe environment in which the students explored the educational benefit of many socially used e-tools. Working with MediaSnackers was easy: they are organised, dedicated and very talented.
Elly Hobson, Educational Programme Manager, London Gifted & Talented
Check out all the young digital journalists interviews here.
The young journalists trained by mediasnackers for the Digital Media Literacy Summit 2007 held at Channel 4 on November 8th, organised and funded by the Media Literacy Task Force added notably to the success of this event.
Bringing a slice of 'real-life media literacy' to the event, the young journalists, from two inner City London schools and aged between 14 and 16, recorded interviews with delegates, speakers and organisers that enlivened the event and enriched the legacy of the day.
This aspect of the day was truly refreshing and highly relevant to the context of the Summit. It ensured that policy-makers and media professionals encountered young people practising media literacy skills both creative and critical as they learned 'on the job' how to conduct interviews and record and film them in real time.
It is a tribute to the quality of training provided by MediaSnackers that the results were professional and challenging to a considerable degree given the scale of their task and the number of seasoned professionals present at the event to be interviewed. DR P A Packer, Strategy Adviser, UK Film Council & UK Media Literacy Task Force
(GBR) MediaSnackers is up north and with Music4U, the Humber Region's Youth Music Action Zone, who run a wide range of music activities across the region.
We're here speaking at their AGM plus providing a little consulting session on their future new media and technology strategy.
MediaSnackers really got our team thinking about the future and how we start to use the technologies available. It was great to have someone who has the overview of what is available and with the knowledge about how young people communicate. We are now using some of the technologies demonstrated and are starting to connect to young people. We highly recommend MediaSnackers consulting, particular enlightening to anyone over the age of 18! Melanie Paris, Marketing Director, Music4U—the Humber Region Action Zone
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