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Momentum are adding a new event on Digital Skills to the Master Mind series

There is never a dull moment for the Momentum crew! We are just finished hosting  a great multiplier event on the potential of cultural heritage tourism for one of our Erasmus+ projects – ROOTS – and we are hard at work on  the last finishing touches for another event that will take place next week.  To be held in The Hive, in Carrick-on-Shannon, this is a free event that will take place from 15:00 to 17:00 on the 11th of April 2019 with lots of opportunity for networking over boxty pizza after the event.

This is a Master Mind event that will allow us to share our work on another Erasmus+ project – Digital Skills Accelerator.  Momentum are very fortunate to work with so many inspiring European experts and have designed our Master Mind Event Series to help introduce our region to some of the most innovative minds and digital training projects across Europe.

During this event, attendees will hear from European and local guest speakers as they share their expertise in relation to digital technologies in training and business advisory services going forward.

This event is designed to help training providers, educators and business support advisors looking for new and innovative training skills and opportunities, new graduates who want to gain digital skills applicable to the world of work and policy makers interested in European best practices with regard to digital skills learning.

Attendees of this event should expect insightful presentations from Canice Hamill(European E-learning Institute EUEI) who will talk about powerful tools and resources that deliver truly valuable learning experiences, Dr Julie-Ann Sime (Lancaster University) talking about how one can overcome challenges in the digital world, Prof Miguel Angel Sicilia (University de Alcala) who will do a deep dive into one of the trending topics of the moment – Blockchain. Also speaking at the event will be Dr Chryssa Themelis (Lancaster University), who will introduce the audience to Digital Wellbeing Educators. Finally, Laura Magan (momentum [educate+innovate]) will direct education providers interested to immerse themselves in a wealth of free training resources relating to digital skills  through the Erasmus+ Digital Skills Accelerator programme.

This is a free event for which tickets can be reserved online on Eventbrite.  

Momentum celebrates Safer Internet Day with an event focused on Healthy Social Media

Momentum [educate + innovate], together with Roscommon Learning Network and Roscommon Children and Young People’s Services Committee, will be hosting an event with the theme of Healthy Social Media and responsible online behaviours. This Erasmus + multiplier event is free and it will take place in the offices of Roscommon Leader Partnership, Golf Links Road, Roscommon on February 5th 2019.

Momentum [educate + innovate], together with Roscommon Learning Network and Roscommon Children and Young People’s Services Committee, will be hosting an event with the theme of Healthy Social Media and responsible online behaviours. This Erasmus + multiplier event is free and it will take place in the offices of Roscommon Leader Partnership, Golf Links Road, Roscommon on February 5th 2019.

If you are a teacher, youth worker, social worker, parent or a person working with and supporting young people in the field of education and in the community, this event is for you On the day you will hear from speakers with close connections to the subject of responsible behaviour on social networks. Our own Grace Roche will launch a mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, designed by Momentum,  to significantly improve the ability of young people to critically assess and engage with the digital and social media they are consuming and creating in a way that favours their empowerment and active citizenship.

Among the speakers, Denis Naughten, TD Roscommon and Galway Constituency and Luke Culhane, the teenager founder of #Createnohate stand out thanks to their personal experiences with social media and the audience will have a chance to gain powerful insights from their speeches.

For TD Denis Naughten, the connection between the digital world and mental health is one that he is concerned with particularly as a father of four young children. His main worry is that, as his children inevitably become digital citizens, they might be at risk to be bullied and harassed, thanks to the cover that anonymity and distance offer to individuals with less than positive intentions.   

Luke Culhane, a Limerick teenager, has personally experienced cyberbullying and decided to stand up against it by creating a video for  Safer Internet Day 2016. The video has surpassed 1 million views on YouTube and has led to Luke founding www.createnohate.ie. In 2016, Luke was named Limerick person of the year and also ‘L’enfant de l’année 2016’ (child of the year for 2016) by Mon Quotidien, a French daily newspaper for young people.

Also speaking at the event will be Martina Earley (CEO Roscommon LEADER Partnership),  Dolores McSharry (Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board and Roscommon Local Learning Network), Caroline Duignan (Roscommon CYPSC,  Roscommon Internet Safety Programme) and  project manager Grace Roche of Momentum educate + innovate).

The conference brings together the work of Healthy Social Media,  a  two year, pan European and cross-sectoral project working in Ireland, Spain, UK, Belgium and Slovenia and is funded through the Erasmus+ programme. The main focus of the project is addressing the potential negative impacts of online behaviours that can erode young people’s confidence, damage interpersonal relations, encourage the search for aesthetic perfection or over-sharing of personal information, along with the increased possibility of radicalization. All these possible threats pose serious risks to the development of positive, confident, active young citizens.

There are still a few places available, which you can book on Eventbrite, or by calling us on 071 9623500.  More information is available on the project website – www.healthysocialmedia.eu

On the day, lunch will be provided by The GROW Truck, whose tagline is The Comfort Wholefood Company. This is a young business based in Roscommon and they produce delicious and healthy plant-based recipes.

Adventure Tourism Ireland (AVIP) – Modules Ready for Industry Pilot Testing

Sligo Higher Institute of Technology, Monday 26th Nov, 6pm

Adventure Tourism Innovative Partnerships Project (AVIP)

HOT OFF THE PRESS FOR YOU!! AVIP has developed flexible modules that aim to enhance the capacity of Adventure Tourism businesses and students across Europe so they can adapt and meet the changing needs within the Adventure Tourism Industry.We asked you (businesses, education and students) what you needed last January and you told us. The content includes and addresses each business gap brought forward with supporting Business Case Studies and examples provided by Bulgaria, Scotland, Ireland, Estonia, and Denmark.

The Modules will be tested at the end of November to make sure we have got it right, changes will be made accordingly and they will be officially ready on the Adventure Tourism Innovative Partnerships website www.adventuretourism.eu early next year 2019. The dedicated website ensures the Modules are available and accessible to everyone who wishes to use them. This means you can download and use this resource at any time from the comfort of your own home or classroom.

BOOK by clicking on this link https://tinyurl.com/yaujnerw

Website: www.adventuretourism.eu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/adventuretourism.eu/

#adventuretourismeu #adventuretourismireland

ROOTS Recognising Cultural Heritage Opportunities for Tourism SMEs

Leitrim Tourism Marketing Masterclass

Supported by: LEO & Leitrim Tourism

What a jammed packed with the amazing Leitrim tourism providers, everything from Adventure Tourism, Accommodation, Self Catering, Language Schools and even new up and coming ventures. Its without doubt Leitrim’s tourism experience providers really do go over and beyond sprinkling those magic moments on tourist experiences. We all learned from each other and shared immense pride and motivation to make sure people know this is the ‘happiest place to live and visit in Ireland’.

Experience Development – Leitrim Style!

From Nuala McNulty lending her wellies to a guest and being thanked like she had just given her a pair of Louis Vuitton’s (had to look up that spelling) 😂 😂 (Tawnylust Lodge)

Visitors relaxing back looking up at the sky and doing a Yoga pose on a Stand Up Paddle Board…its not just a board its a Yoga Mat! (Leitrim Surf)

Key Learnings

Destination is King! Stunning Drone Footage Showcase of Lovely Leitrim (on Leitrim Observer today) stick this it on your website, cause Destination is King, change that tourist stopping off to a tourist not wanting to leave! That means everyone promote Leitrim as a Destination by working and partnering together.

Mobile Optimisation is Key! Google are filtering their search results based on websites that are optimised. If you want to be found get optimisied. Facebook and Instagram are not enough. They are like your moving promo advertising screen, your Website this is your shop, your social media should drive traffic to your website where conversions can happen

The visitor/tourist is King/Queen to the point we will deliver an unforgettable GUEST and Signature Experience. Its all about Customer Focused Marketing. It is not about your perception its always about the customers perception. They have the cash in their hand ready to give it to the best experience. If you have to get into the bed for a night and try it out for yourself, do it!!

Service Design is paramount especially being available and accessible and responsive 24/7 via Website & Facebook. All the various touch points your visitors embark on researching, booking, experiencing and post experience are vital. Make sure these touch points aren’t friction points. Get a trusted friend to go through booking with you and ask for honest feedback. If there are friction points, make a list and tick them off one by one.

Train your staff & provide them with the tools, information and experience they need. Start with a list of the Top 10 Things to Do in Leitrim. These are Leitrim’s Ambassadors. Give them the information they need so your visitors have the information they need to engage, stay, talk about you and return.

Take Home

It really is true what my Australian friends said when they came a few weeks ago. ‘When you leave Ireland you can’t help but be changed somehow, you can’t say goodbye but say to yourself and your new friends I can’t wait to come back’.

Thank you to the experience providers of Leitrim and Ireland – You Rock!!!

#leitrimtourism #leitrimhappiestplace

 


Presented by: Laura Magan, Tourism & European Projects Specialist, Momentum