Analyzing Propaganda: Mind over Media

As citizens of a global media landscape, the ability to recognize and resist propaganda is important. In helping build people’s critical thinking and communication skills, Mind over Media seeks to promote dialogue and discussion about what constitutes contemporary propaganda and how it may have positive, benign or negative impact on individuals and society. The project respects the power of digital crowdsourcing, active interpretation, and reflection as a means to cultivate robust yet respectful dialogue about the wide variety of forms of contemporary propaganda that surrounds us in our cultural environment.

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eTwinning Webinar for German Teachers: “MEET – Intercultural Learning and Media Education for Equity and Tolerance”

Around 30 teachers from all over Germany joined the webinar “MEET – Intercultural Learning and Media Education for Equity and Tolerance” which was organized by the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD)/ Pedagogical Exchange Service and What does digital civil courage mean to you? With this question the two media educators Mario Di Carlo and Katja Mayer from started the webinar and encouraged the participants to share their thoughts among each other.

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#nohatespeech – Hate is no Opinion

The No Hate Speech Movement is a youth campaign led by the Council of Europe Youth Department seeking to mobilise young people to combat hate speech and promote human rights online. Launched in 2013, it was rolled out at the national and local levels through national campaigns in 45 countries. The movement will remain active beyond 2017 through the work of various national campaigns, online activists and partners.

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MEET at the 12th International Conference “Keeping Children and Young people safe online”

On 18th and 19th September 2018 the 12th International Conference “Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online” took place in Warsaw. During the two days about 40 speakers from all over Europe presented programs, methods and up-to-date studies related to the safety of children and young people on the internet and engaged in debates and discussions. This year’s key topics were: Balancing online and offline life, Internet pornography and Sexting, Cyberbullying, hate-speech, Data-protection and privacy.

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School without racism – school with courage

“School without racism” is a project for all school members. It offers children, adolescents and educators the opportunity to actively shape the climate at their school by consciously addressing any form of discrimination, bullying and violence. “School without Racism – School with Courage” is the largest school network in Germany. It has over 2,500 schools attended by around 1.5 million students (as of September 2017). Continue reading “School without racism – school with courage”

Media Education to Address Culture of Fear – MEET event in Ljubljana

Presentation of MEET project results was organized by the Peace Institute and the National Education Institute Slovenia in Ljubljana, on the 20th of August 2018.

Mojca Pajnik from the Peace Institute introduced MEET project highlighting its educational challenges to culture of fear and exclusion. She discussed pedagogical novelties offered by MEET to stimulate students to learn about intercultural relations and use of new media to counteract discrimination. Field work in public schools in Germany, Italy and Slovenia was presented where MEET project partners, together with teachers tested learning scenarios as media education tools.

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Current EU project on online hate speech: SELMA

Hate speech on the Internet is an increasing, societal problem. According to a recent study, nearly 80% of Internet users have ever seen hate speech or hate comments on the Internet, while younger Internet users (14-24 years) even see it as 96% (Source: Landesanstalt für Medien NRW, 2018). To complement existing initiatives to regulate, monitor or report on online hate speech, the EU’s SELMA project (Social and Emotional Learning for Mutual Awareness) takes a pro-active approach: the two-year project aims to tackle online hate speech by promoting mutual understanding, tolerance and respect.

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Theory and practice of new media literacies in the school

How does our way of reading and expressing ourselves in the digital age change? What skills are needed for a critical understanding of digital content? How to prepare future citizens to use the new media alphabets? The textbook, published in July 2018, was edited by Prof. Maria Ranieri and contains contributions from Isabella Bruni, Stefania Carioli, Francesco Fabbro, Andrea Nardi, Liana Peria, Juliana Elisa Raffaghelli, Maria Ranieri and Alessia Rosa

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IAME Summer School 2018

The first Summer of the International Association for Media Education (IAME) took place in the Italian city of Lucca from the 1st to the 3rd of July 2018. On Sunday 1st July the members of IAME gathered in a general assembly in order to discuss a strategy to raise the visibility of media education among relevant stakeholders in Europe, as well as to create further occasions to share and exchange good educational practices within and beyond the members of the association.

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