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Newsletter on Educational Tools

This Newsletter aims of informing and involving social workers, youth leaders and trainers in a renewed strategy for increasing the quality and creating synergies between the SALTO instruments devoted to educational tools...

Issue 2

Dear subscribers to the Educational Tools newsletter,

In this second issue we would like to inform you on the new developments of the Strategy on Educational Tools, update you on the progresses towards the Tool Fair (coming soon!!!), we invite you to participate in the discussion on Quality of educational tools.

Participate actively with your feedback, comments and contributions to the DEBATE.

The Salto Tool Team

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Strategy on Educational Tools

In this section we will inform you about the developments of the Educational Tools Strategy. In this second issue we inform you on the “green light” from the Commission, the next steps for 2010 and the perspectives for 2011.

 A steering committee is born; it is composed by three educational experts, two SALTO-YOUTH resource centres on behalf the network. It will be joined by the representatives of the National agencies for the youth in action programme that hosted/will host the international Tool Fair (France, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Estonia), youth trainers and youth NGOs. Supporting and implementing the educational tools strategy, contributing to the writing of the newsletter, reflecting on quality improvements of the Toolbox and participating by their qualitative experience to the next TOOL FAIR in Estonia.

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The official website for the Tool Fair 5 (Venice 16th – 21st Nov) is now active at www.toolfair.it.  

The deadline is over and the selection of participants is already done. Around 110 participants (youth workers, trainers, representatives from the National Agencies and from the Salto Centers) will be there.

But this website will provide readers the possibility to be part of the process and to benefit from the sharing and discussions about the tools.

You can find there all the information of the activity (objectives, programme, participants…). During and the event you will find the photographic documentation of the activities and constantly updated materials. And after the event the tools presented and the rest of the documentation.      

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Quality Development

In this section we will try to develop Quality Criteria which can contribute to improve the Educational Tools. This is not an obvious exercise and we would like to count with the input and opinions of everybody.

In the previous issue we proposed you a “working definition” of Educational tools.

An educational tool could be defined as

... An instrument to transfer and implement educational objectives into a practice which engage participants in the learning process. An educational tool should self sustain. This means that it should shape a, might be short, but complete learning process. It can be a simulation exercise, a creative workshop, a role- play, an outdoor activity... with its theme, techniques, target group, materials, timing, evaluation and tips for its further use. Transferability is indeed one of the inherent characteristics of any educational tool.

Together with some terminology remarks, the feedback received shows that it corresponds to your experience. Thanks for your contribution!!! Here a couple of examples:

“Yes, it is quite complete”/ “Yes, it has really to engage participants in the learning process otherwise it is not efficient”/  “Yes. It gives a broad enough description for the inclusion of all sorts of non-formal learning methods by still focusing on the necessity to foster a learning experience”.

Quality criteria for Educational Tools

What do you think?

In this issue, we want to propose you a DEBATE on the Quality of educational tools around four areas – dimensions proposed by L. Harvey and D. Green (see "Beyond Total Quality Management" and "Approaches to Quality Assessment") for social and educational processes:  

  • the objectives: adequacy, adaptation to the context…
  • their consistency: between the objectives, the values, the contribution of pax…
  • the change: that they promote in the learning of participants, focusing on certain issues affecting young people…
  • their innovation: beyond technicalities, new learning approaches, new ways of participation…

Contribute to the debate!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3KQLVBJ

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