Address: Karaoli and Dimitriou Street 70, Korydallos, 18122

Country: Greece


Project: Digital Resistance

Working language during the project:

English, Greek
 

Themes of the Council of Europe campaign “FREE to SPEAK, SAFE to LEARN - Democratic Schools for All” covered:

Making children's and students' voices heard

 Addressing controversial issues

 Dealing with propaganda, misinformation and fake news
 

Competences from the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (CDC) addressed and where / how they were integrated:

Knowledge and critical understanding of the world: politics, law, human rights, culture, cultures, religions, history, media, economies, environment, sustainability

Co-operation skills

Valuing democracy, justice, fairness, equality and the rule of law
 

Target group age range:

15 - 19
 

Level of education:

 Upper secondary education


Short description of the project:

Aims/objectives

 The project is called “Digital Resistance” and focuses on the necessity of teaching students how to protect themselves against digital “dangers”, especially fake news and misinformation and also how to create a responsible digital identity.

This program’s goal was to create a handbook for the teachers so as to apply new teaching strategies based on enquiry-based learning techniques and problem orientated tasks to enhance their students’ critical thinking skills and make them responsible digital citizens. Epal Korydallou contributed to the digital handbook for teachers by writing Chapter 4 entitled ‘Creation of a Digital Output’, aiming at providing both teachers and students with some basic guidelines on creating a variety of digital outputs after their work on deconstructing fake news using online fact checking tools in the classroom. Also, Epal Korydallou, on the basis of the teaching models provided in the handbook, created a teacher’s dossier with digital examples for deconstructing specific fake news on current affairs and lessons plans in Greek as a framework for the teacher’s training sessions that were conducted before the implementation of the project in the associated schools.

Students working in teams created several outputs varying from more classical forms such as powerpoint presentations, posters, leaflets, comics and videos, to more original ones such as small workshop campaigns on spreading out news to the school community, a graffiti in the schoolyard and a theatrical Karagiozis shadow puppet show, all inspired by their work on fake news and misinformation issues.

Last but not least, Epal Korydallou created a website (www.digi-res.eu) that hosted the activities and the collective work of all partners in the project, and an Instagram account #nofake.gr so as to initiate students to share their work with their peers in other EU countries where the project was implemented.

Aim: Supporting media and information literacy against "fake news" connected to indoctrination and discrimination

Objectives:

  • Promoting digital citizenship
  • Bringing the topic of «fake news» in classrooms
  • Sharing perspectives on «fake news»

 

Expected results/outcomes

  • Constructing a project website
  • Dissemination events / visibility objects to teachers, students and stakeholders
  • Teachers’ training using the learning methodology developed in the Digital Handbook providing with a Teacher Dossier/additional material / lesson plans
  • Dissemination of the handbook translated into the mother tongue to schools
     

Changes

  • Responsible use of social media
  • Develop critical thinking and digital skills
  • Strengthen democratic culture
  • Become a responsible digital citizen
     

Challenges you faced

  • Students’ resistance to adopt new attitudes towards digital identity
  • The topic of fake news was not incorporated into the curriculum, so the implementation time was limited and often the students involved had to spend extra-curricular time in school.
     

Time-frame of the project: 2018-2019
 

Council of Europe materials on citizenship and human rights education used while preparing or implementing your practice:

Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture

Managing controversy

 Teaching controversial issues - training pack