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Archive for September, 2008

UKYouthOnline Unconference

Wow! I’m really disappointed that I missed the UkYouthOnline unconference on Saturday. It sounds like it was a great day with a meeting of like minded people involved in youth work, social media technology and a range of other professions. A huge thanks must go to Tim Davies who has been a real driving force not only in setting up and running UkYouthOnline but also in organising the conference. Having not been there it’s hard for me to report on it however there are a host of posts coming through, try a few of these as well as visiting the main site for more on all things Internet, young people, youthwork, social and INNOVATIVE!!

The Power of unconference

How are Young People using Social Media

UkYouthOnline and Open Source Youth Work

UkYouthOnline Reflections

Digital Youth Work – Rationale

Practising photo sharing with Animoto

Just a few sights and views of Cobnor Outdoor Activities Centre, a centre based in West Sussex that we work closely with to deliver a range of Outdoor Activities  / Outdoor Education for young people of all ages and abilities. I did this through uploading pictures from Flickr across to Animoto and let the magic that is animoto do the rest!

The Online Conversation in the back of the bus!

Recently I’ve been having a look at some Social Networking Sites that colleagues have set up and came across an interesting conundrum (or at least I thought it was!). A youth provision had set up a Bebo site that has attracted a reasonable number of young people. I looked around the site and then thought I’d see what sort of access the young peoples’ profiles had (as education in this area is something I think we need to work on with youth workers). On clicking on a young persons profile I went through to their page and a whole set of photographs. I felt that one of the photos was inappropriate – it was of a sign saying ‘gay’ with an arrow pointing at another young person who had their back turned away. There were a few, not particularly nice, jokes in the comments section following this.

Courtesy of didbygraham

Courtesy of didbygraham

So the question I was left with was what, if anything, do I about this? Mike Amos Simpson has previously raised questions about how far we encroach into young people’s spaces and this crossed my mind. After all it wasn’t directly on the site managed by us.

However this didn’t sit comfortably with me. I was then talking with a colleague about social media in general and this topic came up. In discussion we concluded that this was roughly equivalent to when you’re driving a minibus full of young people (more…)

Studying Youth Work – Training in how to use Social Media

Courtesy of Jose C Silva

Courtesy of Jose C Silva

Back in January Tim Davies wrote a post 7 Reasons why Youth Workers should be blogging. One of the comments from an individual studying youth work in Bristol was:-

“im currently in my 2nd yr studying youth work at uni. part of the course rightly involves students meeting together outside uni to discuss, support each other, time restraints means we have never all met up… why are we not using the resources other profesions are making full use of… “

In the local authority I work in a few of us have been sharing this social media journey and discussing how we might influence the training of new youth workers. One of my colleagues is involved in lecturing at a local university and following our training with DK and team from Mediasnackers is now looking to introduce some of what we’ve learnt about Social Media in her lectures.

I was also fascinated to see this Ning site from Australia which I thought was not only an interesting way to use social media to train but also meant that people had to use the site and learn how to in order to access some of the information. I’m now pondering on how I can take some of these ideas to use within the service with staff who are already qualified. 

The usual blogging will be resumed shortly!

After a couple of weeks of enjoying our summer weather (!!) I’ll be writing again as usual in the very near future!

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