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Politics is a collaborative European project, funded by Lifelong Learning Programme that focuses on improving active participation of citizens to politics in countries across Europe. Through the use Web 2.0 technologies, the POLITICS project will enable school students, VET trainees and adult learners, especially immigrants undertaking 'citizenship' programmes, to develop a better understanding of how modern society functions and at the same time develop skills in problem solving, communication and language learning and writing skills. POLITICS is a digital storytelling project.
The POLITICS project is built around an e-book “Straight into Politics”. Learners will be invited to form (transnational) teams online and develop a digital and humorous story based on the scenario of a politically active young person who is convinced they can change the world for the better and organizes a election campaign. The original story provides the seed-corn material and catalyst for the development of the participants' digital stories (please find introduction to the story below). Participants will develop their election platform and discuss how to present their ideas to the electorate. They have to get acquainted with role of parliament, government and other state structures. Different teams work simultaneously and edit or rewrite same story. Politics is not just “filling in the blanks” in the story, it is about modifying the story itself, changing examples and illustrations and developing new material with ICT tools provided by the project. By the end of the Politics project, learners will be the co-authors of the book. The examples and materials being used by the project are taken from everyday life. However the materials are presented in a humorous and creative way, making the project more attractive to users.