Cyber Café de Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert

A weekly discussion period with high school students about their use of technology


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Rue Anne Frank Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert
FR France
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About the project Edit

A “cyber café” is held once a week, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in the lobby of the Collège Anne Frank in Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert, France.

This activity opens dialogue with high school students about their use of technology. Every week there is a different theme, for example, online videos, online music, open source freeware, open source free licenses, etc., that includes websites or other resources to explore. We use three pedagogical resources to facilitate the sessions and encourage student participation:
-Survey or quizzes
-Press reviews
-Movies, short films, video animations and other online resources

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The frequency of this initiative is what makes it creative. All too often, prevention initiatives are on a one-time basis, isolated, and lack follow-up. The idea behind this project is to connect with high school students on a regular basis to discuss many different themes. None of the themes relate to deviant behaviour but all of our sessions present both the dangers of technology as well as examples of the value of digital tools and ICT.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The greatest social value of this project is the partnership created with various committed players to develop a consistent educational approach. This project has the support of the Ministère de l’Éducation Nationale, the Secteur Jeunes of the MJC and the Service Jeunesse de la Commune. This project is part of a shared education approach.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

This initiative can be used in any educational structure. To use the term, Café-Cyber, we kindly ask you to follow these guidelines (since we are currently researching the possibility of a Creative Commons license or another form of open-source licensing). The initiative must:
-Encourage youth to talk about their use of technology
-Not use an overabundance of computers (one is fine as this is not meant to be a technological approach)
-Use a combination of government and popular education (which guarantees a shared educational approach, in line with the Ministère de l’Education Nationale “socle commun de connaissances et de compétences” initiative.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

A desire to improve the current quality of prevention initiatives and to lengthen their timelines. The desire to develop young peoples’ ability to think critically about their use of technology. The renewal of the project in 2011-2012 since many students participated, but also because these same students have questions about technology, and because all the answers are not given to them through initiatives focused only on the dangers of technology.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

Certain modifications to the school community centre were required such as, installing an ethernet outlet, a bulletin board and a video projector. These installations are more a question of convenience since we also managed to operate without them. The key is to convince the necessary authorities of the importance of addressing the issues.. This will ensure access to facilitators for this initiative and to view technology monitoring.

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