Module series “Media literacy based on human rights” (ML)
8-10 October 2008
Module A of this new module series took place at the European Centre for Modern Languages in Graz (Austria).
The main purpose of module A was to prepare and set off a process of collaborative work for the next 12-18 months focussing on the development of training materials for media literacy development based on human rights focussing on media literacy applied to social networks and new media environments such as web 2.0, blogs, mobile technology, online games, etc.
In other words, the participating 25 teacher trainers from the signatory states of the European Cultural Convention want to develop tangible answers to the following central question: “How to prepare teachers to be able to address these topics in their teaching practice and ensure that learners/ young people become responsible users AND producers of content in the new media environment”.
More specifically, this module series seeks to:
develop knowledge on the use of new media and on production of content in today’s media environment and, in light of young people’s practices today, to put these practices in perspective with the values of Human Rights
identify the competences young people need to develop to be responsible consumers and active producers in the new media context relating them to core concepts such as democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural understanding
elaborate and promote the appropriate strategies and methodologies to develop these competences and educate young people toward the appropriate and ethical use of today’s’ media tools
The work is coordinated and guided by team of facilitators consisting of the general rapporteur of the module series, Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard, and three expert teacher trainers in the area of media literacy: Patrick Verniers, Evelyne Bévort and Anne-Claire Orban.
It is expected that in the course of 2009 about 25 training units/ training resources for use in pre- and inservice teacher training which will be published on the Pestalozzi web pages and thus made available for a wider professional public.
The methodology based on interaction, peer-training and collaborative work adopted by the Pestalozzi modules has once again shown its potential to motivate education professionals to engage in a process of intensive work over a period of 12-18 months.
Report of the Think Tank on media literacy development, Divina Frau Meigs, 2007