In the context of unprecedented challenges and efforts of educational and information communities throughout Europe to tackle the current COVID-19 crisis, the IN-EDU project partners met virtually on April 8th and April 10th to evaluate, regroup and advance their media and information literacy activities targeting high-school students, teachers, parents and the community at large.
In all participating countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Italy and Slovenia – schools are closed and gathering of groups of people are not possible. Nevertheless, in the conditions of quarantine and distance e-learning media and information skills are vitally necessary. While students may be tech savvy, that doesn’t mean they are news savvy. Project partners decided to work intensively at present to outreach to parents who now spend more time at home with their children, to develop and disseminate more online resources for debunking misinformation, safe internet use and critical thinking.
INclusion Communities through Media Inclusion and Critical Thinking EDUcation (IN-EDU) project is co-financed by the EU Erasmus + Programme. Sofia Development Association is the Bulgarian partner in it. See more here: http://in-eduproject.eu/; https://www.facebook.com/INEDUproject/.
Under the title SCANDAL! “Students train students” on 4th of March 2020, students in 12th grade from 30th High-school “Bratya Miladinovi”, under the guidance of Mr. Tomislav Evtimov and in partnership with the club “Media and digital literacy” (under the leadership of Mrs. Iliana Borisova), conducted a training “Media literacy” for all of their students in high-school level. Earlier this month both teachers took part also in “Media literacy training for teachers”, organized by Sofia Development Association.
The main focus of the students’ training was “How to discern fake news”. Through this initiative, “Bratya Miladinova” school took part in the national campaign “Media Literacy Days”, enabling the youngsters to become “fake news hunters”. The high-school students took on the role of trainers and defined, explained, structured, allocated tasks, introduced rules and inspired the younger students in the classroom. Each class received a “Successful Hunters” certificate that commemorates today's shared emotion. The event was a natural continuation of the international project “IN-EDU”, co-financed by Erasmus + in which 30th High-school participated in 2019-2020.
The training course, organized by Sofia Development Association, was the opening event of Media Literacy Days in Bulgaria. The course took place on 5th of February in SofiaLab and provided 39 teachers with both theoretical knowledge and practical assignments.
The lecturers of the training were experts from the media, digital agencies and NGOs. The participants were trained how to discern and counteract fake news, online hate speech and online bullying. They were shown how to use the compulsory study content in order to develop students' media literacy and digital skills. Furthermore, the teachers got acquainted with various digital tools for content creation, which will help them present their subjects in an interesting and innovative way. The participants also learned through practice how to make podcasts, video and radio interviews and how to use platforms for publishing of media content. Overall, the teachers evaluated the training as very useful and they plan on putting the knowledge into practice in their everyday work with students.
All of the participants who completed the training successfully were certified and received various educational materials and resources. The training will be of use for the upcoming civic hackathon when students teams will compete and design campaign actions on media and information literacy.
The training program and the resource materials have been developed by an international team of experts within the framework of INclusion Communities through Media Inclusion and Critical Thinking EDUcation (IN-EDU) project, co-financed by the EU Erasmus + Programme.
Sofia Development Association organizes a training course for high-school teachers on Media and information literacy. The training will take place on 5th of February in SofiaLab (1, Serdika str, fl. 3rd) and it is a part of the programme of Media literacy week. Among the partners of Media Literacy Week are The Coalition for Development of Media Literacy of Bulgarian children, The Embassy of the United States in Bulgaria and The Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria.
The training program and the resource materials for the course were prepared by an international team of experts in the framework of INclusion Communities through Media Inclusion and Critical Thinking EDUcation (IN-EDU) project, co-financed by the EU Erasmus + Programme. The lecturers of the training will be experts from the media, digital agencies and NGOs. The participants will receive various resource materials both theoretical and practical – from written explanations for leading the training to links for digital instruments for content creation.
In order to participate in the training, it is necessary to make online registration in the period from 13 to 31 January 2020 at: http://bit.ly/36R8T6t.