DIMELI4AC partners met in Hannover on July 11-12 to wrap up the results of their first nine months of collaboration. After conducting extensive research on the state of digital media literacy in four countries, it was time to evaluate the work done so far and plan the next few steps ahead.
DIMELI4AC is an Erasmus+ KA2 project which aims to promote the development of digital media literacy and critical thinking skills among students aged 10 to 15 with the support of their parents, teachers and schools.
Over the last six months, DIMELI4AC partners have been busy analysing the level of knowledge and perception of the concept of digital media literacy in their countries, with a specific focus on Cyprus, Germany and Greece. After conducting an initial document and policy analysis, they developed three targeted surveys for students, parents and teachers in order to assess their (real and perceived) level of digital media literacy and investigate how the topic is addressed at school and at home.
The results of the first two stages were subsequently presented to experts and stakeholders in four countries during four focus groups, which allowed partners to gather additional feedback and precious insights. Finally, the wealth of information collected until then was compiled into a Comparative Report which offers an overview of the most interesting results in a comparative perspective and puts forward a few interim recommendations.
The information collected so far represents the basis upon which the next project results will be developed: a Competence Framework, which will guide teachers in setting goals and assessing students’ acquisition of digital media-related skills, and comprehensive teaching and learning material for students, parents and teachers.
The meeting in Hannover was an important occasion to discuss the next steps in the development of the Competence Framework, which entailed exploring the answer to questions such as:
- What are the fundamental digital and media-related skills of a responsible digital citizen?
- How to address fundamental online safety issues in a manner appropriate to a small but diversified target group such as 10 to 15-year-old students?
- How to align our material to existing European frameworks in order to streamline our efforts and increase our impact?
Partners will keep these questions in mind and will dedicate the next few months to the development of a comprehensive and easily implementable plan to support schools, teachers and parents in guiding students to become responsible digital citizens.