|Sumár projektu:||The world of media and news are in constant change, and the rapid changes we have seen the last years, are challenging, but also demand action and participation. What impact does this have on us, and what is it like to grow up with this new world of media? And how do the younger generations navigate in this complicated landscape?
Our students in Europe are receiving and sending a lot of information via digital means. It is getting more and more important for them to understand how to use this information wisely. First, they need to realize which kind of information they can trust, how people use the media to publish “alternative truths”, how dangerous that can be and how easy it is to influence people that way. On the other hand, they need to be careful with giving out information about themselves. Another competence they have to achieve is to do research properly by knowing where to find trustworthy information and how to use it. Therefore they have to gain knowledge about how the world of the media works today.
The aim of the project is to discover how young people use media. We want to study how they become aware of what is happening around them, which types of media they use and employ and their interest in news. We will then look into the importance of news, and learn to distinguish between real and fake news.
Additionally, we want to discover how the world of media differs in the students’ home countries. Who owns the main TV stations and newspapers, do journalists and citizens have freedom of speech and does everyone have free and easy access to media?
As a follow-up, students will discuss how they can influence the democratic process through the use of media. They will compare one specific news item or current event and see how it’s covered in each country and different news platforms.
Finally, our students will make their own news platform. They will have to collaborate and discuss how their news will reach other young people. They have to agree on the news platform and the importance of the topic to influence others.
Six schools will participate in this project, from Portugal, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Norway.
All these schools are lower secondary schools which are digitally well equipped, and thus use the internet a lot for everyday education and school life. By having such a diverse group, we will cover Europe east, west, north and central. There will be five pupils and two teachers traveling at the transnational meetings, but a lot more pupils and teachers will be involved locally and between meetings.
We will teach the pupils to behave properly online, to respect rules and regulations, and to protect themselves. They will learn from local specialists, and they will compare the different countries. They will learn to use media wisely, to discover how traditional media and publishing houses work, by visiting and talking to journalists, in order to understand what an important job they do. Additionally, our pupils will learn about new means of media, and how to use them to influence democratic processes.
The pupils will visit four countries, and work together, make comparisons and surveys, they will make logs and blogs and use whatever media they find suitable for the messages they want to publish. They will also learn about real news and fake news, and look at the challenges the fake news have for our understanding of society and democracy. They will learn to be good guests and hosts, learn to work together with people they have never met before, and they will have fun and make new friends. They will learn to work in a foreign language, and they will come home with a broader understanding of the possibilities that being part of the EU offers. The teachers will also get a broader understanding of the common European network by working together and watching other teachers' methods for interacting with pupils. Hopefully, they will continue working in an international project and feel the thrill of participating in something bigger than themselves and their own school community.
By carrying out this project we will make our pupils aware of the current picture of the media. They need to have good guidelines for behaving properly and carefully on the internet, and to learn about the possibilities and dangers. They will learn about the responsibility the media houses have providing us with news, as opposed to the news you find randomly on the internet, especially those spread through social media platforms.
We will produce a guidebook for good internet behavior to be published on each school's web site as well as a guideline for how to distinguish between real and fake news. We will make a blog for the whole project, and the pupils will learn methods for finding trustworthy information. The knowledge gained here should benefit all classes at the participating schools, and they will bring their knowledge to be spread to their new classes at upper secondary schools.