MeLiTa Final Mobility Event in Izola, Slovenia
For one final time during this project, partners from Slovenia, Estonia, Poland, and The Netherlands come together to collaborate on the best way to fight fake news in classrooms using online and offline tools.
MeLitA (Teaching Media Literacy Analytics) is an Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project jointly implemented by debate organisations from Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, and Slovenia. All of us are focused on supporting debate-based learning to ensure more students have access to its many benefits - developing critical thinking, argumentation, and presentation skills, learning to work effectively in teams and research independently, and thinking and learning about the most pressing issues of today.
Our work made us notice that many methods integral to debate-based learning can be used to build media and information literacy skills. Unlike the most common approaches to media literacy today, which tend to focus on learning to recognize reliable news sources from those deemed unreliable, a debate-based approach necessitates active critical engagement with any information source, regardless of whether a text was published by The Guardian or Drudge Report.
This is what MeLitA is about - developing open-source materials, such as ready-to-use lesson plans and exercises, teachers and other educators can use to help their students (and themselves!) build media and information literacy skills.
The event is a blended mobility event, which means it will be preceded and followed by virtual activities for participants to get to know each other, engage more deeply with project materials, and provide us with in-depth feedback to help us produce results that can be used by teachers and students in Estonia, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia and beyond.
If you are interested to learn more about MeLiTa, please mail us.