FUTOR enables young citizens in the EU Outermost Regions to use digital technologies to envision and bring forward desired futures through systemic thinking and interaction with others using digital art as a means of self-expression and engagement.
The collection of “baseline” imagery, footage and description will take place in the physical word , giving the students the much needed physical activity that can be conducted in very small groups or even individually. Focusing on the immediate surroundings, documenting the state of the natural environment (or other phenomena such as the state of an object of interest or the community/society at large). This individual work is then followed by group interaction and discussion, but through digital means and social media interacting with a large group of co-workers and team members.
FUTOR works with three territories: Azores (Portugal), Canary Islands (Spain) and La Reunion (France).
- Empower students and young people with systemic futures thinking skills through international collaboration in a ‘climate’ supportive of individual creativity, critical thinking skills and digital literacies.
- Educate students and young people about local and global environmental challenges using the DPSIR (Drivers, Pressures, States, Impacts & Responses) framework while encouraging individual and collective responsibility in mitigating the aforementioned challenges.
- Empower teachers with new pedagogical methods and tools that contribute to their lifelong learning repertoire while potentially enhancing their awareness of ‘adolescent matters’ and new ways to engage their students within their teaching practice.
- Contribute to raising a generation that is ready and willing to make sacrifices to improve the state of the natural environment.
- Raise awareness of fundamental skills that are often overlooked in today’s formal, STEM-inclined education, such as creativity, collaboration and systems thinking.
- Create a durable and shareable positive example for other educational organizations in the European Union and beyond.
The project starts with a mobilisation campaign to engage with schools and teachers. This mobilisation campaign will coincide with preparatory phase of the project during which IT frameworks will be developed and the exercises will be conceptualised. The Futures Thinking concept are converted into guidelines for teachers that are meant to develop critical problem solving skills, critical reflection and scientifically sound solutions within digital art. Teacher participants recruited at this stage will later act as mentors in guiding learners, facilitation of online collaboration through wikis, dissemination on social media, selection of an in situ project for implementation and planning and execution of local team effort.
Following the conceptualisation and recruitment phase, the second phase deploys several Pilots in the target regions. Each Pilots will be implemented in three Execution Phases (EPs):
- EP1: guiding students to identify a local environmental cause or concern they wish to address and develop their projects about.
- EP2: focuses on inter-school collaboration across the Outermost Regions at learner level. Students are encouraged to connect on social media using their personal or – if applicable – institutional accounts as well as directly on their allocated Team Wiki pages. Imagery and/or footage of their local natural environments to be restored and/or preserved are uploaded onto the Team Wikis in a ‘before/after fashion’. Edits are to be carried out in consultation with team members and supervising teachers reflecting individual creativity, group input and scientific soundness. Creativity shall be encouraged and valued while respecting the integrity of local ecosystems.
- EP3: guides students to collaborate on a local scale using know-how gained through international inter-school collaboration in EP2. It involves reorganizing students into local Action Teams and identifying one or more local environmental causes or concern of manageable magnitude and level of difficulty that students are interested in pursuing.
– Recruit participants
– Conceptualise and prepare platforms
EXECUTION PHASE 1
– Identify local environmental concerns
– Set up Team Wikis
EXECUTION PHASE 2
– Collect images of local environments
– Produce a before/after comparison
EXECUTION PHASE 3
– Local collaboration between students
– Identify and prepare measures to reach future visions