The sixth DigiLitEY project meeting was held at the Tallink Hotel Riga, Latvia on 21st and 22nd June 2018 and was well attended with over 70 people joining us for the 2 day meeting.  We started   with a meeting of the steering committee who met to discuss plans for the final year of the action.

After the steering committee meeting we had the first panel session of the event.   This session was chaired by Fiona Scott and the panel (Ilene Berson, Michael Berson, Skúlína Hlíf Kjartansdóttir and Karen Murcia) discussed creative coding in early childhood education. The video from this session is available HERE.

Stephane Chaudron from JRC then gave a fascinating and engaging keynote on Young children’s digital skills developed in home context and DigComp 2.0.

The management committee meeting took place after lunch on day 1 and this was followed by a full group session led by Rosie Flewitt (working group 5).  The final session on day 1 was a panel Addressing the ‘Technology is Addictive’ Discourse.  This session was chaired by Brian O’Neill who facilitated an interesting discussion on this issue with panellists, David Kleeman, Sonia Livingstone and Elizabeth Milovidov.

Day 2 of the meeting kicked off with working group meetings.  The working groups met and discussed ongoing projects and plans for the final year of the action and for the final conference.  These were very productive sessions and working group chairs will be overseeing the agreed actions over the coming months and making plans for the final conference sessions.   Colleagues working on the Parents’ Public Campaign also met during the working group session to discuss next steps for the campaign.

After lunch Janet Richardson chaired the third panel session of the meeting.  Janet and panellists Elizabeth Milovidov, Brian O’Neill and Vitor Tome discussed digital citizenship in Europe during this session.  This video from this session is available HERE.

The final session of the 2 day meeting was a panel on Makerspaces in the Early Years (MakEY).  This session was chaired by Jackie Marsh and participants from the Makey project (Skúlína Hlíf Kjartansdóttir, Jackie Marsh and Anca Velicu) presented different aspects of the project and meeting participants had the opportunity to get creative and explore some of the resources used by the Makey project.

We had a very busy and productive 2 days with a lot of agreed actions for the final year of the action.    The seventh and final DigiLitEY project meeting will take place in Manchester on 7th and 8th March 2019.  The conference ‘Reconceptualising Early Childhood Literacies: An International Conference’ is inviting submission of proposals for a paper presentation or symposia. The call for proposals closes on 1st November 2018.

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