Telecom Italia: “Navigare Insieme” (Surfing Together), the national project that familiarises the over 60’s with the internet and social networking returns to turin

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The four courses of digital culture taught by young high school students will start on 14 February.

Navigare Insieme”, the project launched nationwide by Telecom Italia to promote the use of new communication technologies among the over 60’s returns to Turin from Thursday 14 February.

The 2013 edition is renewed and its content  enriched in the state schools and digital gyms, in which web surfing is free of charge and people can try out digital equipment, helped by specialised voluntary personnel.

The young high school students will accompany the grandparents to discover the secrets of the internet using a simple language and a series of multimedia interactions that provide a first approach to the new digital media for people of all ages. The students therefore become teachers to talk about the internet, social networks and all the opportunities on the Net, a true intergenerational exchange.

Turin will host four courses, of three lessons each, in the three schools that signed up to the project: Istituto Tecnico per Geometri Guarino Guarini (Via Salerno, 60), with the first course starting on 14 February from 4.00 p.m. to 6 p.m., Scuola Media Colombo (Piazzetta Jona, 5) starting on 4 April, and Scuola Media Fermi (Piazza Giacomini, 24), starting on 9 May.

It is possible to sign up to the course by emailing navigareinsieme@telecomitalia.it or calling the toll free number 800563669.

 As in the previous edition, “Navigare insieme” will be offered:

Ø  in state schools, with basic courses taught by young volunteers: for example, people can learn how to open an e-mail account, how to chat with friends, how to book a holiday or dialogue with government offices, thanks to the internet;

Ø  in the digital gyms established in 16 cities, with advanced level courses on four new topics: blogging, evolved social networks, online start-ups and entrepreneurship, internet and social life;

Innovations introduced in 2013 include:

Ø  an e-learning pathway – distance learning – using a combination of web-star, bloggers and people linked to the internet world, with contents that can be accessed in streaming/on demand on the www.navigareinsieme.org website. 

Ø  “collective viewings” in the digital gyms – with the over-60’s always supervised by volunteers -  of everything made available online on the website, including the sit-com  “Siamo Nonni Smart” (We’re Smart grandparents) made exclusively by the Holden school in Turin: ten episodes in which the relationship between the different generations develops on one hand the appreciation of the new digital tools by the old people, and on the other the affectionate complicity with the  grandchildren on all the issues of the daily life of two of today’s young adolescents.

Navigare Insieme”, made in collaboration with Informatici Senza Frontiere, Auser, Alatel, Lega Coop, Confartigianato and Confagricoltura pensioners’ branch, involves 16 Italian cities: besides Turin, the project involves Naples, Milan, Cosenza, Palermo, Genova, Trento, Trieste, Venice, Parma, Florence, Rome, Bari, Cagliari, Ancona and L’Aquila.

As well as the website, the project is present on Facebook with a page full of materials and activities for keeping constantly up-to-date, and appreciating all the possible interactions of “Navigare Insieme” also with the other social networks involved, such as Twitter and Youtube.

Turin, 11 February 2013