Surfing in the uncharted waters of digital media
How much do we really know about
- what is digital literacy in the era of "big data"?
- how do we deal with digital manipulation and conspiracy theories?
- which are the new terms of storytelling in digital media?
- what should we know to keep control of our digital footprint?
The partner school teams from Czech Republic, Greece and Turkey joined the 2nd transnational meeting of the WISA Erasmus+ KA2 project traveled to Romania and was assigned to work on these hot topics. Each team consisted of10 students and 2 teachers.
The meeting took place from 4th-to 12th.May 2019 and Bucharest was the first stop. There, within a 24hour stay, the group enjoyed a sip of the Romanian culture. They visited the National Museum of Contemporary Art and had a guided tour in the Romanian Athenaeum, a beautiful art deco building which is the main concert hall. We learned about the famous Romanian witter Ionesco, heard impressive details about the monumental Parliament, we had the chance to walk through the enchanting Cișmigiu Park and watched the impressive “water and sound” multimedia event at Piata Unirii. What a start!
1st day of activities
The official opening of the workshops started at Colegioul “Spiru Haret” Dobrogean school. The headmaster, teachers and students introduced us in the international meeting and the trainers as well.
The first session took place at the Hotel Delta conference room.
“Digital Literacy In The Age Of Big Data”, was the interactive workshop powered by rubrika.ro Trainers : Ovidiu Mihalcea and Andreea Gavrilă
“Building your digital brand - through the power of storytelling” , an interactive workshop powered by rubrika.ro
Trainers : Ovidiu Mihalcea and Andreea Gavrilă
What does your social profile say about you? / Use social media to your advantage. If you don’t talk about yourself, others will / If you choose the job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life /Your personal brand = being you + being awesome / Work so hard until you no longer have to introduce yourself / Creative types: learn how to distinguish them / Make. Work. Play.
Later, the group had a guided tour at the Avramide villa, a building of the 19th century beautifully restored as an indicative example of the bourgeois class of that period. For the Greek group it was more than interesting to learn the biography of the Greek merchant, honourable member of the Hellenic diaspora.
It was a day devoted to the river civilizations of eastern Romania: we started with a visit to the exceptional Tulcea aquarium and river museum. Later, a Danube Delta daily trip brought us close to the wildlife of this amazing river. Partner schools delegations spend the day on board and had enough time to talk, eat traditional fish dishes, dance and have fun as well as prepare some videos. A great experience!
"Be careful with the illusion of knowledge"
It was Andrei Sapera, who powered the morning session entitled “Pushing Pseudoscience over the Edge of the World”. Students learned and discussed about science and pseudoscience, fact checking, how to work smarter-not harder and many more through Kahoot quizzes, group work and a dynamic argumentation. All these took place at the beautiful Hotel Insula by the lake. With lots of inspiration and positive energy!
Picks that drew students’ attendance are:
SpaceX, Science vs Pseudoscience/ Ideas that simply cannot be tested and Fake news in science / Misinformation vs disinformation / The illusion of knowledge / Fact vs Fiction :a blurry line in the age of internet / Unlimited information at your fingertips /You can never stop learning! The role of emotional intelligence / Pick your sources wisely/ Embrace change! Head up in the sky - Feet on the ground/ Don’t be afraid to speak your mind! Work smarter, not harder! Enjoy your youth!
In the morning session, Cristina Lupu, executive director, CJI, gave a lecture about:
Filter Bubble, Ads, Social Media Terms & Conditions. Everybody kept notes and asked many many questions.
A cultural trip to Costanta and news fishing. At the Black Sea harbour with a history of centuries, we all enjoyed the guided tour that the Czech group had prepared. Later, in small groups students walked around seeking what news might a stranger find when visiting a new town.