This is a project whose objective is to collaboratively develop a set of educational tools allowing reflection on the sustainability of the digital world and its impacts. Various books and articles call for this to be called the "hidden face of digital technology". For us, it is a question of building tools to facilitate the discovery of these issues; to show what is hidden behind the ergonomic screen, behind the tool and its functions. In this project we will try to open a back door to see the back of the set, the hidden face of digital. We will look both at the promises and the advantages of these technologies to move towards a true ecological transition, as well as its risks, its limits and its negative consequences under the prism of the environment (water, air, soil and subsoil ...) and of globalized society (human costs of manufacturing and recycling our devices, for example).
3 types of production will be created in French, Italian and English:
- European guide to raising awareness of digital environmental (and social) issues and practical recommendations (intended for teachers, trainers, educators, local technicians, school managers, the general public, etc.)
- Educational game on digital uses and "eco-uses" (intended for secondary school audiences). In the long term, these tools will be made available to a wide public and will go beyond the framework of the college (other school levels, but also to all those interested in rethinking through tools of reflection its digital uses).
- Training kits for a flexible duration of a few hours to full days (intended for schools, teachers and adults in general)
The Ligue de l'Enseignement de la Loire (France), the social cooperative Mille e un Notte (Italy), and the Ligue de l'Enseignement de Belgique are three associations working in the sectors of formal and informal education and solidarity for all and throughout life.
Our 3 associations joined forces in this project because we share the idea that it is necessary to train about the environmental impact of digital technology. Omnipresent, considered essential, digital technology is everywhere and is developing. Its place in the educational world is growing every day and it is in our opinion absolutely necessary to develop a broad awareness so that it can come to question our practices and if necessary transform them so that everyone develops a conscious, informed and reflective use of this tool.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views of the author and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.