Impressions from the DEPAL Guide and Toolkit

The Greek Erasmus+ Multiplier Event for DEPAL resources is coming soon

Are you an adult educator or facilitator?

Would you like to create a safe space for dialogue in your physical or online classroom using group bonding and experiential activities?

Would you like your participants to use Digital Storytelling methodology to bring their stories to life?

If so, sign up for our workshop on Saturday 12/2/2022  at 17.30  at  Vardakeios School and be introduced  to Participatory Learning and Digital storytelling through our interactive activities and our two useful resources- Guide and Toolkit- created and tested by DEPAL partners for you, the last two years despite the pandemic difficulties.

Free admission

Working language: Greek

Participants will receive a certificate

For registrations and information: vardakeios@gmail.com/ 2281082573

CALLING ALL ADULT EDUCATORS… The DEPAL Toolkit has landed!!!

The DEPAL Guide gave adult educators a grounding in the theories that underpin the work of the DEPAL partnership. The new Toolkit is partner to the Guide and brings the theory to life, offering a range of tips and activities for bringing participatory education and (digital) storytelling into your work.

The toolkit is a labour of love put together across the COVID divide, with all seven DEPAL partner organisations contributing. We have painstakingly put together our experience and expertise to offer you something new and interactive that can be applied in all kinds of educational settings.

With sections including ‘Creating Communities of Learning’, ‘Working with Stories’ and ‘Making it Digital’, in addition to a series of activities and case studies, we hope that this is a practical and useful resource for anyone working in education or looking to develop their facilitation skills.

Download the toolkit in all four project languages here: Toolkit – DEPAL (depalproject.eu)

Completion of the Toolkit means that both this and our Guide are available to adult educators across Europe to download for FREE!

Second training of DEPAL – Digital Education and Participatory Adult Learning project

Between the 3rd and 7th of November Neo Sapiens hosted the second training course (LTTA)  in the small but welcoming city of Logroño (Spain). During three intensive and fruitful days, partners from England, Greece, Ireland, Italy, and Spain worked on the development and testing of some methodologies for storytelling: activities that stimulate our senses, and motivated us to improve our educational tools and keep using participatory learning. Some sum up words of the training were: pleasure, magic, enjoy, family, ingredients, community, chaos, fireplace, forgiving troubles, and a long etc.

DEPAL is an Erasmus+ project which supports educators to better engage their adult learners and improve their use of digital technologies. It creates a bridging of participatory education with new digital learning using ‘Digital Photo Stories’.

  • What is storytelling?
  • The activity of telling or writing stories.

We all have stories to tell and people who actually want to listen to them. DEPAL is a project that encourages you to tell your stories (personal, imaginary, real or not…). Every story counts, so DEPAL provides you with tools to improve your skills as a digital storyteller. Check more about the project here: https://depalproject.eu/

DEPAL Toolkit Webinar for adult educators

The webinar for the DEPAL toolkit on the 20th of October 2021 was a good opportunity for adult educators from around Europe to be informed about it but also to participate on interactive activities and games that are included in it. Through their active participation they realized how effective the manual is especially on creating group bonding but also on preparing the participants to write their stories by trusting their own voice and feelings. These are the key elements for creating digital stories.
Participatory learning and digital storytelling. Two interweaving methods that DEPAL partners believe in and have dedicated time and effort in order to make themavailable for all adult educators through the newly published Toolkit.

2nd Transnational Project Meeting

From 6th – 7th October 2021, the DEPAL partnership held their second transnational meeting online. We had hoped to be in beautiful Syros, Greece to meet together in person for the first time since our first transnational meeting in November 2019, but it was not to be! Despite being on Zoom (again!), we had a great meeting, reviewing our work so far, and looking at what we’ve got coming up. Our amazing toolkit will soon be launched (watch this space), and the partners will meet in Spain next month for our second training event. We also got to try out some of our much improved online participatory skills! Bye for now!

Depal Toolkit Webinar

Wednesday 20th October 2021

16.30-19.00 BST/ 17.30-20.00 CET/ 18.30-21.00 EET

Would you like to get a taste of the DEPAL Toolkit?

You will find it very useful and effective.

Join us in a fun session dedicated to participatory learning and digital storytelling.

Take the chance to interact with other adult educators around Europe and be inspired to use these methods with your groups.

For more information:vardakeios@gmail.com

For registration visit:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/186627015427

Deadline for registration: 18/10 (limited number of participants)

Webinar about the DEPAL Toolkit

Getting feedback and comments from the participants of the Greek local workshop

It was a real pleasure to meet again on Tuesday the 22nd of June with some of the participants of the Greek local workshop. We were hosted by a platform that Diciannove has created especially for the project and we had the help of Anna Ponte who was responsible for all the technical issues. The participants had the chance to give feedback from their experience inside their classrooms, where they implemented what they learned from the workshop and then the facilitator of the webinar, Eugenia Kollia, presented the structure and the chapters of the Toolkit. Generally there was a satisfaction about the content of the Toolkit but also some needs for specific material was expressed from the participants which the writers will take into consideration.

DEPAL webinar- An opportunity to meet again

The participants of Vardakeios DEPAL local workshop will have the chance to meet online one more time on Tuesday the 22nd of June 2021 from 20.00-21.30. This time the educators will give feedback from the work they have done in their classrooms based on participatory learning and digital storytelling method. Eugenia Kollia and Maria Krina, the coordinators of the workshop, will also present the main parts of the toolkit, a resource that the DEPAL partners are preparing this period. The educators will have the chance to make comments on it and even to propose elements that believe are missing and will be helpful for other educators that would like to apply the methodology.

DEPAL testing workshops end in Spain

During the month of April 2021, Neo Sapiens has successfully completed the testing of the project materials of DEPAL in Spain. The entity joined together 20 professionals belonging to NGOs and education entities from different parts of the country that had the chance of taking part on different online workshops. Through four virtual sessions, attendees were able to get to know the project, discover what storytelling is, experiencing the educative potential of this technique and learn about the theoretical framework of the project and its guide for educators. The activity was also essential to collect participants’ feedback and ideas towards the development of the project second main output to be created by its partners: a toolkit for educators. A wonderful activity promoted thanks to this Erasmus+ project that generated three different videos also available on the section of stories of this site.