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"Play is the highest form of research"
Albert Einstein

Project coached by Mathias Kaps for
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An adult training in Media Ecology through Play

The fast development in today technology has not only positive aspects. Young people and adults spend a lot of time in front of screens and computers - often more time than what is suited for a healthy lifestyle. As a consequence, many times we experience unbalance in personal life as well as in social interactions.

There are more and more people studying the "screen addiction" - particularly the internet addiction - from different points of view: psychological, sociological, anthropological, historical, etc. In all the countries - both at governmental and at ground-root level - professionals develop strategies to help the youth (the digital natives) to become aware of the problems implied with screens over usage.

Much less is done for adults - the digital immigrants - in order to help them to find a good relationship with electronic media. More particularly, a specific formation for parents and animators is lacking in most countries.

Our Learning Partnership project « SLOW TECH » for adult education addresses these problems through 5 international workshops, with main focus as follows :
    a) improving our competences in working with different types of media;
    b) this will be achieved through the analysis and understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each type of media;
    c) a wide range of playful activities and exercises will then be proposed. These will help to find a better balance in our personal lives as well as in building relationships with other people.
NGOs from four European countries (Poland, Hungary, Germany, France) are part of the project. The partners are all involved in promoting active European citizenship and in the formation of adults, with a particular focus on parents.