This year, for the 11th time, Langas I ateiti coordinated All Digital Week activities in Lithuania. However, it was the first time we had to organize the initiative online only, and it was a great risk to miss the campaign due to Coronavirus restrictions. But we tried our best and together with partners achieved our goal to organize a campaign, which encouraged people to use the internet and discover how many different activities are offered online. A lot of publicity in mass media helped us to reach a similar number of participants as in previous years.
In today's environment of anxiety and information overload, we are witnessing the importance of digital skills both at work and in everyday life. This year we decided to focus more on developing Critical thinking skills, which has become extremely important in the current situation. Today, critical thinking is a key competence, which is as important as reading or writing, although this skill must be constantly updated and improved.
Critical thinking helps us to determine the truth or validity of information and even prevent cyber attacks. However, it is not easy to recognize them. That is why we started All Digital Week 2020 campaign with the test „do you think critically?“ and 12 Critical Thinking Tips online. The tools suggest to consider the information source, check the author, look for supporting sources, ask the experts and do not share the information until you are sure it is accurate. During the campaign, Lithuanian citizens were actively using the tools – over 1,300 participants.
Next to the above tools, we hosted an online discussion "I (do not) Think Critical “, during which well-known experts shared their opinion on the digital age challenges, gave advice on how to protect yourself and use media to your advantage.
Starting with the first All Digital Week 2020 campaign day, different activities like online seminars, video lessons and educational tools tests were offered on the following topics:
We received about 1,100 visitors each day on our website. The most popular topic was online banking (2,000 visitors), the most popular activities were video lessons, Critical Thinking Tips and test, and the most popular video lessons were about safer internet, digital creation, smartphones.
We are glad that during this difficult time 187 public libraries and their branches actively participated in promoting Langas I ateiti activities online involving 8,657 people in them. We are grateful to all the participants and partners who supported us in organizing the activities!
DEMO BANK VERSION
One of the exceptionally new educational tool, created by Langas I ateiti experts together with Association of Lithuanian banks, was DEMO BANK which allows to practice e .banking services without being a user. Our goal is to encourage non-users to see e. banking service from “inside”, practice it, see the advantages, measure its convenience, get confidence in using this e. service.
"Most of the services are moving online. Trust and security of data are the main things when using any online services. The DEMO BANK provides an opportunity to feel more confident and learn the basics to use it," says Mantas Zalatorius, President of the Association of Lithuanian banks.
DEMO Bank can be found on www.epilietis.eu. During All Digital Week it was used by 870 site visitors and received a lot of good evaluation. The tool will be used in the future and will offer more functions for e-banking service training.
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