Sonia Livingstone and the use of digital technologies
Sonia Livingstone, professor of Social Psychology and Head of the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science, gave a talk in the context of #EdChange 2021 on the use of digital technologies in education.
In this clip she mentions the network EU Kids Online and their report from 2020 about the use of the Internet at schools.
In July 2021, the use of mobile devices in classrooms was banned in Great Britain. Livingstone contrasts this decision with the European Commission for Education’s perspective which highlights the relevance of including technology in the classroom and in education.
The full talk can be seen here.
Covid 19: re-thinking learning and teaching
During the “Educate with a sense” interview cicle, co organized by Esbrina Investigation Group of the Universitat de Barcelona and Faro Digital, we talked to Ines Dussel, an Argentinian teacher, PhD in Education and main investigator in Cinvestav (Department of Educational Investigations in Mexico).
From this conversation comes a series of concepts and reflections to think about theeducational transformation of the past years.
EduCAC: classroom and home resources
EduCAC is a space with the will to provide, mainly to schools, but also families, learning resources for a critical and responsible use of communication media.
The Consell de l´Audivisual de Catalunya (CAC) together with the Education Department of Catalunya Generalitat presents this curriculum in communication education created with the goal of promoting media education in both formal and informal learning environments.
You can access educational material, learning resources on communication media, audiovisual language and teacher aimed programs, contents and proposals for the families by clicking here.
How to verify real news in a few steps? A Guide with essential advice
Misinformation affects all of us but not everyone has the abilities and knowledge to check the fake news that pop up on digital platforms.
The Guide to Media Literacy in Digital Verification is a short, practical and visual document containing a decalogue to quickly understand by yourself how to contrast digital content and put a stop to misinformation.
Published in 2021 and made by the Digital Future Society (Mobile World Capital) and Learn to Check, the guide includes infographics that show the process needed to verify information, photographs, videos and social media accounts.
The decalogue also has tools and advice on how to act when presented with fake news, how to help others and how to inform yourself in a critical way.
This document is free and available both in print and its digital versión, both aimed at all audiences.
Cognitive biases, why do we swallow the misinformation bait?
In the current digital society, students can access large amounts of information. At any time and only one click away. However, not all information they are exposed to is truthful or reliable.
From this diagnosis comes the challenge and need to power critical thinking at school, so young people can analize, reflect and filter the contents they use, reducing their vulnerability to external manipulation and powering one of the most important cognitive abilities for personal and professional development.
When we talk about information and lack of information consumption and spreading, it is important to deepen the recognition and analysis in biases, understand their fundamentals so that students can learn to identify, classify and analyze content and, at the same time, become aware of their own.
Whether in consumption or diffusion of misinformation, we have a key role, voluntarily or involuntarily, as social network and internet users. As digital citizens with platforms we go from being consumers to prosumers.
When reading, searching or consuming content, cognitive biases are operating on our perception: a way of viewing the world with which we filter all the information that we face and affects all people in different aspects of life.
In this sense, when working with misinformation it is important to go deep into different types of biases that have an influence in our ties with the information we consume and spread.
Biases have a major role when it comes to understanding the complex aspects of the misinformation issues, since they make up for different obstacles to access information in a reflexive and critical way.
Misinformation production is enriched by these biases that act deeply in polarized societies that are constantly looking to confirm their beliefs and previous values.
Truthful information and news or contents that uncover misinformation campaigns have a lower reach effect than false, manipulated, twisted or outdated content, since its less attractive for not operating in line with bias
Due to all this, it is key to develop critical consumption and abilities and spread responsibility, not only when talking about misinformation but also to form a digital citizenship that is more committed with their historic time.
Below you will find some links that may come useful to work on this subject in the classroom: