Yellow Ribbon Social Club – Online Galleries and Digital Photography

Members of the Yellow Ribbon Social Club, a senior’s group at the Yellow Door, returned to the Library this fall and learned more about online photo galleries, photo slide shows and other photographic tools for telling personal stories through images on the internet.

The group had  participated in other Digital Literacy Project workshops offered on digital photography and photo manipulation. With Digital Literacy Project facilitator Robin Kelly, we focused on digital photography as a communication tool. Online slide shows and videos composed of important pictures or relatives or loved ones. Some used pictures they found inspiring to create artistic videos purely for self expression.

Robin explains:

This has easily been one of my favorite workshops to date. Having worked with the participants before on similar workshops, I’ve witnessed their confidence and enthusiasm towards learning digital tools go through the roof. It’s awesome to see some of the participants go from unsure double-clickers to confident digital storytellers! Other participants, who came to the Library already confident on the basics, launched into projects that really challenged themselves, working on their own and at the Library. I got the sense that having the opportunity learn new digital tools in a supportive and encouraging environment, all while creating and sharing their ideas was a really positive experience. Being a part of this workshop was definitely a positive experience for me; each time I met with the participants from the Yellow Ribbon Social Club I was inspired by the work they created and all the things they had to say!

We hope to continue working with these individuals. At the end of a session, we often have more ideas than time. We will be working with a few of the members of this group on another Digital Literacy Project collaboration with Ressources Ethnoculturelles contre l’Abus Envers les Aînés, this term. As well, Kathryn (who we met through our support of the Yellow Door) will be shifting from student to teacher and will be teaching a few courses for the Atwater Library’s Digital Literacy for Seniors by Seniors Project this winter.

Participant Katherine explains what this type of programming means to her:

Physically, seniors are not what we were at 16 years but the internet enables us to stay attached to our world, solar space and virtual worlds beyond what we could ever have imagined. Atwater’s DLP’s outreach and friendship to Yellow Door clients over time has established a respectful relationship with each client enabling us to expand our horizens while staying connected.  Our fall workshop produced some fabulous artistic pieces.

Visit the Yellow Door website for more information about their impressive programs for seniors.

Check out past collaborations with the Yellow Ribbon Social Club and the Digital Literacy Project.

Digital Citizenship @ James Lyng and Gaspe — Supporting Media Literacy Week

On November 4, the Atwater Library’s Digital Literacy Project marked MEDIA LITERACY WEEK. We held an event on this year’s theme of Internet privacy in collaboration with James Lyng High School and The Community Learning Centre. Dr. Shanly Dixon gave a talk on her research on Internet privacy at James Lyng High with remote communities in Quebec participating via video conferencing.

Dr. Dixon presented and facilitated a discussion with the students about our online dossier, effects of our actions online and tips to help be more in control of our online selves.

The presentation assumes that young people, as many people, are online a lot and the  goal was to create awareness of our online actions rather than contribute to the moral panic that often surrounds this topic.

Dr. Dixon explains:

Today’s young people are born into a digital world, they have access to and use the latest technology and are deeply immersed in digital culture; it permeates almost every aspect of their lives. From school, to play, to family and social interactions digital technologies mediate their friendships, family relationships and civic and community involvement. Scholars, parents and educators are beginning to realize that access to technology is changing young people’s experience of adolescence in unanticipated ways. Consequently, it is crucial that we study their engagement in order to inform policy and provide the digital literacy skills necessary for young people to safely and productively navigate this complex digital environment.

At the Digital Literacy Project, we love workshops that promote awareness and critical thinking about the online world we engage with. Through this kind of work, we hope to give young people the tools to make good decisions online and the awareness to use this tools to make positive contributions for themselves and their community.


For more information:

Dr. Shanly Dixon  Growing up online

Media Literacy Week – 2011

James Lyng and Community Learning Centre