The Digital Literacy Project is an initiative of the Atwater Library and Computer Centre through which we get community groups and schools using creative digital technologies. Over the past seven years we have worked with over 45 partner organizations and through them, more than 1,000 individuals ranging in age from 6 to 96.
Find out more about past initiatives on our blog.
This fall we have been partnering with Concordia University’s Theatre and Development program for the third time in three years. Students in a course called “The Neighbourhood Theatre” have been collaborating with two graduate studies seminars from different disciplines under the name “The Right to the City: Cross-disciplinary pedagogy and the politics of Montreal’s South-West.” We have been supporting this initiative by connecting the students to our partners and helping them create an online “digital reflection” of the experience through social media, video and photography. On November 29, 2014, the students showed their work to the public in Pointe Saint-Charles. Click here for details of a neighbourhood audio tour, displays and short performances.
Digital Literacy Project Coordinator Eric Craven attended the European Communication Research and Education Association Conference (ECREA) in Lisbon in November 2014 with funding from the Atwater Library’s academic research partners. He gave a talk entitled “Digital Culture and Community” at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (Madeira-ITI) and he and Dr. Line Grenier co-presented a paper about the 2013-14 Atwater Library seniors music project as part of a panel called “New Media and Older People – Age, Narratives and Normativities.”
We recently completed a ten-week digital skills course for Bienvenue à Notre-Dame-de-Grâce oriented to community event planning. The training covered general computer skills, elements of graphic design and social media marketing.
Recently, Digital Literacy Project representatives participated in Just Watch Me at Concordia University’s Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery. Digital Literacy Project facilitators Rana Salah and Nina Pariser screened videos from our recent Youth Pluralism Video Project and conducted poetry and digital media workshops.
On September 21, 2014, we set up at Empire Exchange in Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood and did a green video workshop as part of the POP Montreal International Music Festival’s Kids POP Crawl. Check out what the kids did.
For more information about the Atwater Library’s Digital Literacy Project, contact Project Coordinator Eric Craven at firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-935-7344 ext’n 207.