FROM DIGITAL NA(T)IVE TO DIGITAL NAVIGATOR
|These days we are not only teaching students at our school - we are teaching digital natives. The main source of information for our students is no longer only the textbooks in school and the teachers’ lectures. Outside school, printed media and traditional TV have none or marginal impact on most young people today. Having been confronted with the digital world since their earliest childhood, our students know how to use a computer and the Internet even better than most of their teachers.|
Nevertheless, it seems as if they are still quite naive when it comes to navigating this vast jungle of digital information and some surveys confirm this - in Norway, a survey (2017) showed that people between 15-25 had the lowest e-safety skills among all age groups. As a result, we are confronted with phenomena such as Internet addiction, students publishing private sometimes even intimate material online, cyberbullying or students whose lack of concentration results in deteriorating school grades and antisocial behaviour. Consequently, we have to establish rules concerning the usage of
mobile phones in class or train our students to filter information from the Internet sensibly in order to
Thus, our motivation for this project is to make both teachers and students understand how digital media work in order to make them understand how to deal with them in an appropriate, sensible way without harming oneself or others. We would also like them to work out how these digital tools can and will be used as positive assets which they could put into good use for their own purposes.
In short: we would like to help them on their way from being a digital na(t)ive to becoming a digital navigator and responsible user. In this context, it will be interesting to see how these issues mentioned above have an impact on students and teachers in different European countries and how those dealing with the impact of the digital world on their school systems. In the end, it is about learning from each other and helping each other to deal with the challenges of a digitalised world.
The objectives we would like to achieve are to make the participants aware of *how the media landscape has changed and the impact of participatory media the traces they are leaving online, both as consumers as well as producers
*how to avoid being manipulated by being able to identify fake news and learn about customized services and media algorithms
*how to filter information by means of verification and validation
*how digital media are used to empower people
*how they as active participants in digital media are citizens that can have a democratic influence on the society they live in.
*the dangers of overconsumption (addictions, …)
*how to check their own media consumption and use digital media in a responsible way and
*how digital media will impact the world of work, people and education today and in the future
The concrete results will be the development of guidelines on relevant aspects of this topic after each meeting. Those guidelines should become part of our school policies and will be disseminated among our students in the context of media-awareness projects which we would like to implement at our schools. Furthermore, we would like to develop material on media awareness issues which can be used by the teaching staff at each school in order to promote students’ understanding of the topic.
By working on these objectives we will, on the one hand, promote the acquisition of digital skills and competencies among students and teachers, with one of the key competencies being to use digital media for professional and private purposes in a responsible way. Furthermore, we are going to strengthen the profile of the teaching profession since we will try to explore ways of incorporating digital media into our classes as well as provide materials for our colleagues.
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|From Digital Na(t)ive to Digital Navigator - Erasmus+ project web-page 2018-2020|