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Do you know how to use your smartphone in youth care? Mobile Learning & Professional Development in Youth Care

Her are two situations you or your colleagues may know…

  1. Think of yourself as working in a youth center. A lot of your young visitors are also “friends” of your Youth Centre on facebook. Hence you are able to read their posts and comments, see their photos and what they are up to. While commuting to work you’re checking facebook and you’re reading that one of your visitors has been involved in a fight last night, in which his opponent lost two teeth. What can you do with this information?
  2. You’re working in residential youth care with young girls. The girls want to show the results of the “beauty & wellness weekend” you did with them in a video on youtube or facebook to their friends. They took pictures and videos of the event with their smartphones without telling you. What do you know about the legal implications, the practical realisation or about the educational benefits of digital storytelling to build up confidence and self-esteem?

Do you really feel confident in these situations? New technologies like smartphones or social media are challenging youth care. On Mobile Social Work there are a lot of postings discussing this issue. Now Mobile Social Work is taking the next step building a European Partnership to work on Mobile Learning and Professional Development in Youth Care. The idea is to bridge the digital divide between youth care workers and their young clients by building digital and mobile literacy using mobile learning as a mean for professional development and transferring the experience into practical work with young clients.

If you want to participate you will find a broader description of the project here.


4 comments on “Do you know how to use your smartphone in youth care? Mobile Learning & Professional Development in Youth Care

  1. Angel O'Fire
    September 17, 2012

    if anything I find social media is a brilliant tool, often I see posts of clients, thing’s that are going on in thier worlds that shed more light on the current situation, the light that they choose not to bring up or discuss for whatever reason, however it does have it’s down side, when you have your own social network outside of work, and your clients begin to add 1 + 1 together finding you out there on the world wide web attempting to add you sending you friend requests as you find yourself leaving your face book open to only friends now as opposed to its once public default setting, however in saying this, people begin to relaise that your more than just their councilor or youth adviser, you too are also human with things going on outside your office, and outside of their case files, which brings back that human element to your professional life.
    There is a time and a place for the joining of the digital bridge separating our worlds, however as technology evolves I assume the way in which each of us works with clients will do the same, at least I would hope that we evolve by using more than just the text book straight black and white that we are taught, forgetting that in everything within life there is always grey, it is in this grey area we find the answers we seek, and often at times it is in this grey area that we see things are disguised in the digital world.
    Just my thoughts,

  2. dillipmohanty
    September 24, 2012

    Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and really like learning more on this matter. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more details? It is extremely helpful for me.

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    • Lutz Siemer
      September 24, 2012


      I will update ist in the next weeks as the development is going on. Please drop by and feel free to share ideas.

      Best, Lutz

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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