Event report “Critical Thinking in the Age of Emoji’s” now available

How do you stimulate students to question their sources? Can news that is distributed via social media still be reliable or is it “fake news” by definition? And how can you use Call of Duty in the Classroom?

On 2 February EUROCLIO organized the professional development course “Critical Thinking in the Age of Emoji’s” in Hilversum, the Netherlands. In this event over 75 educators, students and other interested people gathered to dive into the question of what the role of history education in acquiring medial literacy competences amongst students.

Participants were invited to share their thoughts on this subject in a panel discussion, and participate in different workshops focused on what strategies can be used in the classroom increase media literacy, not only among students, but in educators as well.

The full report of the event is now available here.

Analysis of History on Offer on Television and Internet now Available

EUROCLIO Project Updates ,

How is history being represented on television and the internet across Europe? Because of the work of the partner organisations in the E-Story project, these questions are now partially answered. Over the last year, the project partners analysed representations of history on TV and the internet, and debates on history in social media in their respective countries. Each analysis gives an impression of the general offer of history on TV and the internet, of which history-related programs are broadcasted during a typical week of TV, which programs are broadcasted during historically significant days, of the social media discussions that happened during these days, and a more in-depth analysis of the most popular programs.

The analysis for each of the project countries (Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, The Netherlands and United Kingdom) can be downloaded freely from http://www.e-story.eu/observatory/

“Media and History” Project Starts in Piacenza, Italy

On 9 and 10 February 2016, an intermediate transnational meeting took place in Piacenza (Italy) for the “Media and History” project. In the project, specialists in history and media education from Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom work together to encourage history educators to use multimedia resources to help students become more media literate. The team, consisting of representatives of all the participating countries, has made important decisions on the next steps for the project. EUROCLIO was represented by Steven Stegers and Laura Steenbrink. In the upcoming months, we mainly focus our attention on the observatory and the digital learning environment. All team members will provide input for an analysis of how history is represented in television and on the web in the different project countries and, if possible, comparisons will be made.

More information is available on the website of the project and on the Facebook page of the project.

New partnership project “Media and History” kicks off in Bologna

The “Media and History” project, led by Istituto per la Storia e le Memorie del ‘900 Parri with EUROCLIO as partner, kicked off in Bologna during the first project meeting that took place from 24th – 26th November 2015. In this project specialists in history and media education from Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, The Netherlands and United Kingdom work together to encourage history educators to use multimedia resources to help students become more media literate. The project will result in a variety of tools designed for educator to teach about history and media, including a training package on media literacy and multimedia tools for the teaching of history (offering resources that educators can directly use to teach about media and history in a critical way. For more information about this project, please contact steven@euroclio.eu.