Media Citizenship in Europe
Date du début: 1 sept. 2015,
Date de fin: 31 août 2017
The aims of the project are to examine the role of media and its impact on school life between these 4 partners and, in turn, these four EU cultures. Over the course of 24 months the project activities will provide students, aged 13-15, and teachers a platform to gain a deeper understanding of the role and impact of media in their EU community, of social media in school and education and also learn about social medias role in democracy.
How students interact with media has seen a drastic change with access to many different forms of media readily available for those with a smart phone and an internet connection. For many this can be seen as merely a convenience, however, from the point of view of education this is also representing a fundamental shift in the changes that our students and teachers are currently undergoing. No longer is the world of education and learning bound by school walls, books and teachers ability to teach. With this media and social media revolution combined with the catalyst of easy to use and readily available ICT, students and teachers have never before had so many means to achieve so much pedagogical potential.
The project aims to use modern ICT methods in a multinational atmosphere to examine the role of media in the lives of students and by dong so also provide teachers a new resource for teaching and new teaching skills. Therefore the project complements the aspects of being both competence and content based in its methods and objectives.
The primary result of the project will be to create a "Media Citizenship magazine" which will contain all the Tabarticles and JointTab Articles created over the course of the project. The project will be based on 4 key stages. 1- Media in context, 2- Media in my community, 3- Social media in education, 4- Social media in Democracy. We aim to have a minimum of 16 mobilities of students (aged 13-15) and 12 teachers per country over the course of the 24 months.
Students will create "TabCasts" (TC) in short video clips form using tablet computers which are related to the 4 key stages.
Each TC will be recorded by the students in which students will present their researched findings on the relevant key stage. This TC will therefore be an instrument for students to show what they have learned in an innovative way, promoting the use of ICT in the learning process, problem based learning techniques and engage students at risk of ESL using a more innovative method. By using modern ICT hardware such as the tablets, students will also be updating their basic and transversal skills and be able to fully utilise all the communication opportunities that it will provide.
A major element of the project will be the inclusion of a local media company (newspaper, TV etc) which will be part of the local schools project activities. This "Media Provider" will become a practical source of information for schools and also provide a tangible link for students when working on project activities. This will provide students the opportunity to connect their transversal skills that they have learned through the project with a 3rd party who will work in co-operation with project activities.
Each key stage will be researched, recorded and edited in partner schools culminating in TCs which will be presented during the exchange. The use of modern ICT methods forms a key element of the project ethos with the objective of interesting students in a natural way and increase attainment for those at risk of early school leaving.
Teachers will be encouraged to share their resources, teaching strategies and experiences with their new ICT tools among their colleagues both in their local school, the wider educational community through Professional Development workshops and through the use of the social media platforms (Google+ and eTwinning) that will be utilized throughout the project.
The transnational perspective is imperative as the results can be obtained from 4 different countries through the participating partners providing a true EU overview of the subject. Students will also be able to easily share info and communicate using ICT thus strengthening their EU connections.
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