EMPOWER: media literacy and critical thinking

The 3rd EMPOWER partner meeting took place in Lisburn, UK. The representatives of the partner countries were hosted at the Lisburn Enterprise Centre. The meeting was devoted to analysis the current project activities as well as planning the future work. All participants were welcomed by the project leader Asa Kajsdotter and invited to present the results of the realized tasks.  

EMPOWER has been carefully structured to enable young people to critically assess social and digital media and interact more responsibly online. It will do so by increasing the capacity of educators, trainers and youth workers to deliver such education in an engaging and practical manner. The unique structure of the EMPOWER project provides a reliable means of introducing media literacy and digital citizen education for young people across Europe. Moreover, it demonstrates that there are many new and innovative ways to increase the social inclusion and civic engagement of young people, while also contributing to the overall European goal of social cohesion.

Good Practice Catalogue for Media Literacy and Critical Thinking

Among the task undertook the last months, the Good Practice Catalogue for Media Literacy and Critical Thinking in VET had been finished. The Good Practice Catalogue has been designed to promote peer learning by identifying and showcasing innovative, creative and participative approaches to developing media literacy and critical thinking in vocational education and training. These good practices showcase and recommend more effective ways of imparting complex ideas around media literacy for citizenship for students and young people.The Catalogue have split into 4 categories:

  • Digital Skills
  • Innovative Pedagogies
  • Media Literacy
  • Critical Thinking

Digital Citizenship Toolkit

Following this, Canice Hamill presented the next learning resource that was be developed  “the Digital Citizenship Toolkit“, which is already available here under the lince of Open Resources. The toolkit contains detailed learning objectives and expected levels of competencies, divided into 6 models:

  • Digital Footprint and Reputation
  • Self-Image and Identity
  • Online Privacy, Security and Safety
  • Digital Citizenship Literacy and Critical Thinking
  • Recognising Misinformation, Radicalisation and Fake news
  • Digital Drama Cyber-Bullying and Conflict Resolution

The curriculum will be geared towards students and young people particularly those who are risk of being marginalized or migrants.

Digital Pedagogical Course

The Digital Pedagogical Course was presented by CCL team. The Course includes an t assessment of the most promising digital e-learning resources for teachers and students. The course includes:

  • Module 1 – Introduction to Innovative teaching
  • Module 2 – The flipped classroom
  • Module 3 – Problem Based Learning
  • Module 4 – E-learning trends
  • Module 5 – Collaborative learning spaces & peer connections

All partners will review the materials and will translated  from English into Swedish, Spanish and Romanian languages.

Next step

Pilot testing sessions with 15 teacher and 60 students, who will be recruited in line with the participant profile outlined in the methodology

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