Critical digital and media literacy
Digital skills and competences are today increasingly seen as a significant part of basic skills. There are a number of initiatives that aim at conceptualising and defining digital skills and competences. In many cases, however, and especially at policy level, critical thinking and reflection on digital content do not receive the attention that would be necessary to safely guide European citizens through current challenges.
In 2017 the UNESCO Broadband Commission published a report entitled Digital Skills for Life and Work. The report puts forward a set of interconnected skills that make up digital competence, a continuum from basic functional skills to specialist know-how, including critical information literacy, a concept that entails the ability to critically assess information, its purposes and the methods by which it is organised and spread.
In the forthcoming discussion we invite our participants to share their experiences and good practices answering the following questions:
- To what extent is the use of critical information and media literacy present in the current provision of digital skills in your country?
- To what extent are policy makers and other basic skills stakeholders aware of the need to develop critical media literacy among adults with low levels of qualifications?
- What do you think the most important challenges when teaching critical information and media literacy?
- How would you describe the most important factots that constitute a functional level of media literacy?
- Can you describe any initiatives in your professional network that address critical information or media literacy in the realm of digital skills and competence development?
The discussion will be moderated by Graciela Sbertoli, Secretary General of the EBSN and will start 28 August (Wednesday) 12:00 CET and will be concluded 29 August (Thursday) 17:00 CET.
The Capacity Building Series of EBSN provides free open educational resources (OERs) and massive online courses (MOOCs) through EPALE, to help the implementation of the European Commission recommendations on Upskilling pathways in EU Member States. EPALE is funded by the Erasmus+ programme, as part the European Commission’s ongoing commitment to improving the quality of adult learning provision in Europe. The project is implemented with the support of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).
Critical information or media literacy
In Latvia for teachers, children and their parents education, we have very good resource Drošs internets https://drossinternets.lv/ where you can access different materials about importance of media literacy and how to look at information.
Latvian Safer Internet Centre's main tasks are to educate, inform and raise awareness in society about the safer use of internet and provide the opportunity to report breaches on the Internet to hotline and provide a professional consultations of psychologists via helpline. Project is co-financed by the European Union.
Actually, besides this resource, there's plenty of other resources, both in Latvian and English. It's for us to evaluate with resource to use in which occasion and how to filter trustful information.
Sessions for adult learners
Digital learning material to foster critical thinking
Hello again from Albania
Media Literacy and Critical Thinkig project
Welcome, Chiara! And thanks a lot...
Thank you Graciela!Sorry fo
Let's stay in touch, Chiara!
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Teaching critical and media literacy
Welcome, Aline, Françoise and Gabriela!
How to Spot Real and Fake News
Hello from Latvia!
Welcome, Daina, and thanks a lot for your input!
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Training and information campaigns
Excellent information! Thanks!
Hello from Albania
Thank you so much for your contribution, Donald!
Hi, Macedonian colleague!
Thank you, Snezana!
I really agree learners today are more engaged when digital literacy is used in class. As educators we need to create the right learning environment where learners can engage in collaborative and autonomous learning where technology is a catalyst to engage them in further learning opportunities.
This is the sort of resources we need!
Very interesting resources,
Hello from Portugal
Ana Isa, you get top marks! :-)
In Austria some stakeholders
Mani sauc Ingrīda Muraškovska
English translation via Google Translate
My name is Ingrida Murashovsky. I am a regional education expert in Latvia. I have good news. The Erasmus + project "The spirit of entrepreneurial activity for families" was approved for our region. Together with our partners from Lithuania and Macedonia, we intend to identify examples of good practice for fostering the entrepreneurial spirit of families through adult education. I am convinced that critical thinking is one component of the entrepreneurial spirit. Therefore, I would like to thank you for this discussion and for ideas on how to develop critical thinking. They will help us in the project by discussing ways to promote entrepreneurship. People have different professional backgrounds and interests. But everyone is united in their desire to increase family well-being. In my opinion, critical thinking would be highly sought after if presented in this context. The best practices we collect will definitely be posted on the EPALE platform. Good luck to all of us!
Dossier - Critical Media Literacy and Adult Education [DE]
German - English
Christine, this is GREAT!
Dossier - Critical Media Literacy and Adult Education
for all of you who were interested in the dossier, we have had it translated into English as well. The English document is uploaded on EPALE so feel free to download it and browse for interesting Content: Although most of it is in German, some content in English is also provided:
Example of problem with children critical thinking
The modern information environment is aimed at the formation of clip thinking and is filled with a lot of destructive content. Of particular concern is the fact that through digitalization and social networks, children are actively involved in this space, while not providing them with the necessary knowledge and skills for a safe stay there.
A simple example. Children go to pick mushrooms once a year, but at the same time in school textbooks there is information about which mushrooms are edible and which ones can be poisoned. And children go online almost every day, but no one teaches them how to navigate there - how to distinguish harmful information from useful information.
In these conditions, teaching critical thinking and media literacy to the younger generations becomes a matter of particular importance.