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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...

Welcome!

Dear subscribers to the new Educational Tools newsletter,

This newsletter is born with the purpose 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: the Tool Box and the Tool Fair. The final purpose of this strategy is to improve the quality of educational tools and, by doing so, contribute to the recognition of non-formal education.

We will keep you informed through this Newsletter and from the beginning on we invite you to actively participate with your feedback, comments and contributions.

The Salto Tool Team

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Strategy on Educational Tools

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In this section we will inform you about the developments oftheEducational Tools Strategy. In this first issue you canfind an overviewofits objectives and the milestones for the next two years.

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Objectives

After years of experience the Educational Tools Strategy aims to consolidate, take stock of achievements and improve the quality of the Tool Fair and the Tool Box. And by doing so, to contribute to the quality development, visibility and recognition of the youth sector and of non formal education as a whole. Trainers, youth leaders and youth workers will be actively involved in this process.

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2010

The Toolbox

Following the outcome of an internal technical and the some "qualitative" changes:

  • Limited the choice of topics;
  • Define the profile of the "uploader";
  • Define when, where the tool has been created;
  • Define the geographical area and the YiA action of development of the TOOL;
  • etc

This Newsletter on Educational Tools

  • For informing and involving social workers, youth leaders and trainers in the process;
  • For debating and discussing the accumulated experience on educational tools and the challenges of quality and recognition linked to them

The 5th Edition of the TOOL FAIR

The TOOL FAIR in Venice will be the place where to "implement", "test" and "taste" the outcomes of the process so far and launch further discussions, and shape the further development of the educational tools strategy for 2011.

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For 2011

The second year will normally be oriented to the generalisation of the lessons learnt during the first year for the further development of the TOOL FAIR and TOOL BOX.

The concrete actions are to be discussed and decided with the all actors concerned but among others they could include: the further improvement of the tool box according to the identified quality criteria and eventually through a new "organisation", the dissemination of the outcomes through a publication, the articulation of a steering group for supporting and further develop the whole strategy...

 

 

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Tool Fair

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This year the TOOL FAIR will reach at its 5th Edition and it will be part of the Celebration of 10th Anniversary of SALTO Network. (http://www.salto-youth.net/toolfair2010/)

TOOL FAIR will be hosted by Italian National Agency and organised in cooperation with SALTO EUROMED on behalf of the SALTO Network and with the support of French National Agency.

More information about the 5th edition of the TOOL FAIR (click here).

 

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Quality Development

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In this section we will try to develop Quality Criteria which can contribute to improve the Educational Tools: its design,documentation and implementation. This is not an obvious exercise and we would like tocount with the input andopinions of everybody. In this first issue we startby trying to "define" Educational Tools.

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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.

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What do you think?

Contribute to the debate!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RZBYDRJ

 

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Tasting Educational Tools

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In this section we will present Educational Tools which can be foundinthe Tool Box. Apart from their value asEducational Tools they aimtoexemplify some of the characteristics and quality criteria to be re-enforced through theTools strategy.

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Mandala of the Perfect Volunteer

Background

This tool was designed for the workshop on Voluntary Work in the EVS pre-departure training course as a way to enquiry volunteers about voluntary work and introduce relevant concepts related to the subject through artistic expression.

Aim

Make future EVS volunteers reflect about voluntary work and introduce relevant concepts related to the subject through artistic expression in order to promote discussion and debate.

Objectives

  • To explore and discover the concept of voluntary work in its complex construction and deconstruction, starting from the perception of participants and their personal identities, environments and realities.
  • To raise awareness among participants about volunteering as an option for active participation in civil society.
  • Promote self-reflection and learning of the concepts behind Voluntary Work.
  • Encourage discussion and debate about the topic.

More about this Educational Tool? You will find it in the TOOLBOX for training

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