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MIL Education

Media and Information Literacy

Description and main aims

Draft proposed program

MIL stands for Media and Information Literacy and it’s not a new concept for teachers who are already dealing for some years with the more general topic known as Media Education. Being media literate nowadays is a responsibility for all people of the world especially after the global pandemic of COVID19 and the explosion of social media in our lives. 

Our course is inspired by an Erasmus Plus Project approved to a network of schools which comprehend a local school of Soverato with which we cooperate and led by a Romanian school which has been our partners in many Erasmus projects. We matured experience and knowledge on MIL and Media Education also thanks to several training realised with teachers of many countries. 

The main point of reference referring to MIL literature is UNESCO which developed materials and guidelines but we continue researching and deepening this topic which is always very actual and emergent. 

Historical milestones of our research are: Grünwald Declaration (1982), the Alexandria Declaration (2005) and the UNESCO Paris Agenda (2007) and the last curriculum for teachers proposed by the same UNESCO of 2011. 

MIL is even more important for teachers to prevent worrying phenomena like as discrimination, cyberbullying and bullying, students isolation and depression, fake news circulation and media confusion, in etreme cases, suicides. 

At school in general, not being media and information literate brings a lack of quality of teaching and learning and disconnection with the real life reality. 

Knowledge is created and disseminated in all forms and formats. Media and information increase every day and it becomes so abundant that it can be found anywhere, anytime especially in the booming era of data and information explosion. Becoming media and information literate individuals will test our patience on how we deal with information and misinformation. It includes a certain level of respect towards those who need and request it. Respect for information needs means we allow each and everyone to express their ideas, opinions, and expressions fully without any judgment or prejudice. MIL teaches us to use information and media content in an ethical, efficient, and effective manner. 

Media and Information Literacy (MIL) is a “combination of knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices required to access, analyse, evaluate, use, produce, and communicate information and knowledge in creative, legal and ethical ways that respect human rights” (Moscow Declaration on Media and Information Literacy, 2012).   

 

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines it as the "set of competencies to search, critically evaluate, use and contribute information and media content wisely; knowledge of one’s rights online; understanding how to combat online hate speech and cyberbullying; understanding of the ethical issues surrounding the access and use of information; and engage with media and ICTs to promote equality, free expression, intercultural/interreligious dialogue, peace, etc." (UNESCO, 2016).         

 

Our course explores the official literature on the topic and helps participants to understand and have a clear and common understanding of what is possible to do at school, as single or groups of teachers or experts involved in the education of students as future EU citizens. 

The course will give to participants several examples of tools and practices developed by other schools and colleagues in order to start a personal and professional pathway and introduce a formal new school curriculum. In case it exists already, the course helps to improve and update teachers and school leaders competences. 

 

Target group

Teachers can be any kind of teacher working in a public or private school or educational institutions. Participants are usually school leaders, including school directors or the persons in charge of school management and coordination. 

Like with all our programs, the present one is flexible and adaptable to special requests, depending on the subject taught or on the starting level of the participant. 

Furthermore, in line with the JUMP Academy method, our courses are based on a strategic balance between formal and non-formal education, indoor and outdoor education and the team takes care of a very important aspect of international mobility which is the intercultural learning which we develop with short excursions and facilitating the interaction with local partners, especially schools of the territory. 

 

We always try to connect our learners to local teachers and students to cooperate in developing innovation and networking for future projects. If possible, inside the program, a morning is spent inside a local school, visiting, observing, and cooperating in the realization of one or more lessons. The proposed program JUMP works, in European dimension and with an international spirit, at the local level and, according to the period of the training along the year and the weather, it is possible to change some sessions and add visits and meetings, in cooperation with our network of partners including schools involved in European projects). 

Program

Sunday: arrival of participants, welcome by the B&B , social dinner, free time and relax.

Monday: 09:00 - 12:00  first briefing by organizers, presentation of the team, logistics of the local context, program overview and changes, moving to the city center. Outdoor team building game “The Mission Impossible in Soverato by JUMP''. Getting to know the Cultural Heritage of Calabria region. 

12:00 - 13:00 Sharing expectations, experiences and learning needs. Presenting briefly the schools and specific characteristics of the schools. Participants explain shortly their Erasmus K1 projects. The trainer presents the course's main topics, sessions and goals. 

13:00 - 14:30 lunch break

14:30 - 17:30 lesson. Module 1: Understanding different terms and definitions. The history of MIL and its milestones

Tuesday: 09:30 - 13:00 lesson. Module 2: MIL literature and MIL literacy development

13:00 - 14:30 lunch break

14:30 - 17:30 lesson. Module 3: Nowadays MIL and connections with other methods and priorities for schools

13:00 - 14:30 lunch break

14:30 - 17:30 lesson. Module 4: The European dimension of MIL: actual policies and strategies

Thursday: 09:30 - 13:00 lesson. Module 5: MIL practices and methods 

13:00 - 14:30 lunch break

14:30 - 17:30 lesson. Module 6: More practices and different pathways 

Friday: 09:30 - 13:00 lesson. Module 7: Design my own learning and teaching pathway. 

13:00 - 14:30 lunch break

14:30 - 17:30 Outdoor excursion to an old village on the coast in Calabria.

Saturday: 09:30 - 12:00 lesson. Closing the course: Evaluation and delivery of certificates, checking the Learning Mobility Agreements and administrative receipts. In the afternoon of Saturday afternoon, or free time or proposed  ​Intercultural activities or an excursion "Discovering Calabrian old towns and traditions". Final social dinner among participants. 

Certification and number of days

JUMP certifies or 36 hours for 6 days course (6*6) or more if needed adding extra hours per day. Or 30 hours for a 5 days course (6*5). 

The course can be also extended to a 2 weeks course with the options 10 days or 12 days course if asked and agreed, depending on the project of the sending organization. 

10 days are excluded the weekend (5+5), 12 days are from Monday to Saturday morning (6+6). 

At the end of the training, JUMP delivers a formal certificate of attendance and the team is at disposal to fill the Europass certification document according to the EU model template and other needed documents for reporting of the sending institution. 

 

Costs

The cost is fully covered by the Erasmus grant. Write to info@associazionejump.it to ask for information on costs and the services provided to plan your mobility project in Soverato with JUMP. 

PLAN YOUR SESSION

JUMP organises a training every month of the year excluded in the Christmas period.

If you're a writing a KA1 project, please, plan the most suitable period for you and your team starting from the 1st of July every year and then, when you will know if your project is approved, we will write each other and we will confirm dates and sessions planning together. If you prefer to write and you need a formal confirmation, please write to associazionejump@gmail.com