The brief is to inform and engage the audience in 'new' media and technology of the 21st Century to enable services to communicate effectively with young people (times two as delivering the same seminar twice).
The purpose of the event was to introduce the concept and uses of social media to the widest audience possible—from the Director of Children and Young Peoples Services, face to face youth workers to young people in two session. As our guide, interpretator and 'expert' DK was exceptional providing the history, knowledge and practical applications of social media in a medium that was accessible to all, immediate and relevant; all the participants were motivated, challenged and engaged.
DK allowed us to begin to think what Services for Young People need to do to communicate with young people in a rapidly evolving media age, this is a highly recommended input, so good we have invited him back. Simon Morton, Development Manager Wigan Youth Service
(GBR) Here's a quick video review of our time with the fantastic guys and gals at NESTA on Wednesday (TIP: if you ever get a chance to visit their offices, do so—was just like walking into a Mac, extremely funky and made us green with envy).
Working with MediaSnackers has been an enlightening and energising experience! Our one-day session helped us to better understand how young people are using social networking and digital content creation sites. We also learned how to collaborate more effectively with our colleagues using online tools. Since MediaSnackers took over one of our meeting 'pods' for the day, we've developed the confidence to begin blogging—and we've agreed to meet regularly in future as a peer group to swap tips and rejuvenate our enthusiasm. Katherine Mathieson, Head of Future Innovators
Loved the discussion in our closing circle relating to establishing an internal 'informal' group who would come together once a month to present on social media sites, platforms and tools which members have come across—a great model to replicate in any organisation.
(WORLD) Even though this week was the end of the Pacific Youth project (a five week online social media pro bono course for twenty youth leaders from Tonga and Papua New Guinea), we know it's going to be a start for those participants in using and utilising social media.
Check out their videos below which was their response to the mission for the vodcasting week:
Papua New Guinea
A perfect illustration of using social media to broaden horizons, create relationships and give insights into other peoples' worlds.
We will now be putting together a 'report' of some kind in the next few weeks and then making the whole course available under the creative commons license so other groups around the world can take it.
(WORLD) The MediaSnackers podcast focusses on individuals, organisations or companies who are simply impressing us and which are crying out for more discussion.
Kate Dean is head of television for BT Vision and talks to us here about convergence of technology and interactive/communications elements in their service offerings.
0.15—1.09 BT Vision overview
1.10—2.13 main drivers to move into TV
2.14—3.25 expectations from consumers
3.26—5.41 expanding interactive and communications elements
5.42—6.50 how much content is focussed on youth audience
6.51—8.45 future plans (and meta-tagging)
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(GBR) I'm heading down south to speak at the West Sussex Youth Services annual staff conference—the theme of which is 'What's Changed?'—where I'll be presenting two sessions on how digital technology and online platforms should feature and play a role in future policies and operations.
DK really opened our eyes not only into the wide variety of options that the internet can provide for work with young people, but also into how far we’ve got to go now in order to keep up with the young people that we work with. As a forty-something youth worker with 25 years experience behind me, I mistakenly thought that I had a reasonable idea of what was out there. How wrong was I?
From a Participation perspective, DK’s presentation was just what we wanted, stimulating thought on how we can empower young people to have a voice through the use of social media sites.
I’d recommend involvement with Mediasnackers to any service working with young people – the possibilities are endless.
(GBR) Last November I got to work with Antonio and Nick (great guys) from Maverick TV assisting in idea development and project formation for new youth-focussed multi-media project.
All still 'under wraps' at the moment but will let you know when it goes live.
DK is rightly regarded as one of the UK's leading experts in the field of young people and digital media. He is extremely knowledgable, passionate and it's been a great pleasure to work with him. We look forward to doing so again soon. Antonio Gould, Executive Producer