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Digital storytelling is is rather new, but it has a huge potential in modern globalized and connected world. Several attempts have been made last years and also some of POLITICS partners have been involved in this and have experiences how to bring digital storytelling concept on transnational European level. 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. 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. 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.
The guide, which will be created during the project, also sets draft rules and help as to how to form teams and organise collaborative book writing in team-work environment. But all logistical and organizational aspects have to be discussed and solved among the team. And that is also a learning experience.
By the end of the learning process team the produces another version of the "Straight into Politics" book. The names of the authors are listed as co-authors and it will be published as e-book.