Discussion Groups: How do we deal with Disinformation in the Classroom?

Hosted by EuroClio Ambassadors

The webinar series will close with an interactive session where participants will be asked to think of a situation where they have come across a student spreading disinformation to pupils and how they dealt with it. Participants will share their experiences and learn new techniques and methods to combat the spread of fake news and information.

In this session, we will:

  • discuss teachers’ experiences of students sharing disinformation in the classroom, including where the students had gathered the information and how the teacher has faced the situation.
  • troubleshoot together approaches to similar cases.
  • network, share our own experiences, and build new synergies.
  • discuss what could be the next steps for EuroClio in an effort to promote critical thinking skills that help facing Fake News and Propaganda.

Upcoming Events

  1. Using Historiana to teach history from different angles

    February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. EuroClio 28th Annual Conference – What is History for?

    April 28 @ 9:00 am - May 1 @ 3:00 pm

Participation Fees

Participation to this webinar is free of charge.

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees. If you would like to support us, please consider becoming an individual member!

Active workshop on How does Propaganda Work

Hosted by Helen Snelson, EuroClio

This workshop is inspired by the Historiana learning activity “How does propaganda work?” At the end of this activity, students will be able to define the term propaganda and identify different techniques that are deployed to make propaganda work. They will consider how the intended audience for a piece of propaganda shapes how it is produced and presented. They will categorise and analyse some sources which are propaganda from World War I. They will then identify for themselves some examples of modern propaganda and compare them to the definitions and the propaganda from 1914-18 to assess the similarities and differences between the historic and the contemporary. They will produce a short ‘how to?’ guide to present to younger students to demonstrate their learning.

 

About Helen Snelson

Helen Snelson is a EuroClio ambassador and the Curriculum Area Leader for the Secondary History Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course. She is a member of the Historiana Teaching and Learning Team. Helen Snelson is an experienced education trainer and secondary school teacher. Helen Snelson has worked for many years on the development of history education projects. She taught for 20 years in a variety of 11-18 secondary schools, and she is a Chartered History Teacher.

 

You can check out the activity on Historiana at this link:  https://historiana.eu/learning-activity/how-does-propaganda-work

Upcoming Events

  1. Using Historiana to teach history from different angles

    February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. EuroClio 28th Annual Conference – What is History for?

    April 28 @ 9:00 am - May 1 @ 3:00 pm

Participation Fees

Participation to this webinar is free of charge.

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees. If you would like to support us, please consider becoming an individual member!

Active workshop on the use of media to manipulate readers

Hosted by Laurence Bragard, House of European History

In this workshop, we will discuss the definition of ‘Fake’. Laurence Bragard will provide riveting examples of falsification throughout history, from antiquity to the present era. We will underline the specific historical circumstances of each fake entity in several case studies, including the development of knowledge and modern science, the rise of consumerism and the advent of mass media and social media. We will discover how forgers have proven to be experts with their fingers on the pulse of their times, responding with pinpoint precision to the needs and expectations of their age. You will also be invited to play a Forgery Quiz hosted by the famous forger, Han Van Meegeren, Explore, Practise & Reflect on disinformation and Snap Judgement.

Learning outcomes of the workshop:

  • Raise awareness about how facts, techniques and emotions can be blended in different media;
  • Prepare learners for an active role in society by increasing their competence when using media;
  • Increase insight into how different media may be biased and how we are influenced by this;
  • Develop critical thinking skills

  

About Laurence Bragard

Laurence Bragard develops, co-ordinates and delivers the formal learning offers of the House of European History. She has worked with school, youth and family audiences in museum and gallery settings for over 16 years. She has extensive experience of Object-Based Learning, and has played a key role in developing the educational collections of the House of European History. Laurence has taught onsite and online teachers’ workshops for eTwinning, EuroClio and various history fairs for teachers.

Upcoming Events

  1. Using Historiana to teach history from different angles

    February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. EuroClio 28th Annual Conference – What is History for?

    April 28 @ 9:00 am - May 1 @ 3:00 pm

Participation Fees

Participation to this webinar series is free of charge

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees. If you would like to support us, please consider becoming an individual member!

Fake & Real: a webinar series on Propaganda and Fake News

In 2017, BBC launched a special series on the grand challenges we face in the 21st Century. In this series, a panel of experts was asked to indicate what they believed were the biggest obstacles faced or to be faced by modern societies. Many of them mentioned “the breakdown of trusted sources of information” as one of the most urgent challenges. They argued that, while the need to figure out which source of information is reliable has been a constant throughout history, what magnifies the size of this challenge today is the sheer amount of available information, as well as how people have access it. To this we should add the fact that, as Kevin Kelly (co-founder of Wired magazine and tech author) said to BBC in the 2017 series: “Truth is no longer dictated by authorities, but is networked by peers. For every fact there is a counter fact. All those counter facts and facts look identical online, which is confusing to most people.” And even when mistakes are spotted, “corrections do not spread very well” (Paul Resnick, University of Michigan).

This can be said for a variety of topics, including history, current affairs, or sensitive and controversial issues. Today, it is no longer only a matter of who is ‘right’ and who is ‘wrong’. It is first and foremost a matter of what is ‘fake’ and what is ‘real’.

Luckily, there are many resources and methodologies out there that can help us develop lesson plans that foster media literacy and critical thinking. During this webinar series, we will present some that we and the members of our community have tried, discussing with you their positive aspects, as well as potential pitfalls.

The Design of this Webinar Series

The webinar series will begin with a keynote lecture dedicated to defining fake news, propaganda, the relationship between the two. During the keynote, we will also discuss what is the impact of fake news on students, and how we as educators can equip them with the tools necessary to navigate and evaluate the information they are exposed to.

The keynote will help us set the tone for the remaining sessions, and will be followed by two active workshops. In the first workshop, we will discuss how media content can be purposefully developed to manipulate the reader, and how we can help students spot manipulation and become resilient to it. In the second workshop, we will focus on how to help students deconstruct (historical) examples of propaganda, how it works, and what is its effect on society.

The webinar series will conclude with interactive discussion groups, during which participants will have the possibility to discuss their own approaches to propaganda and fake news in the classroom. The fourth session will include also an official, festive, closing in the form of an educational game.

What will we learn?

During the webinar series, we will:

• Engage in a dialogue about Fake-News, Propaganda, and their impact on (history) education.
• Obtain a historical perspective to the notion of ‘Fake’ in Europe.
• Share educational initiatives and equip teachers with ready-to-use material and methodologies which contribute in teaching media literacy and promoting students’ critical thinking.
• Discuss how to equip students with tools to help them navigate the stream of information they are constantly exposed to, become more resilient to the effects of propaganda, and grow into active citizens in the democratic space.
• Exchange innovative tools, methods, and professional knowledge with other educators in Europe and beyond.
• Introduce history and citizenship educators to the educational material developed by the House of European History, which is also available on Historiana.eu

 

Upcoming Events

  1. Using Historiana to teach history from different angles

    February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. EuroClio 28th Annual Conference – What is History for?

    April 28 @ 9:00 am - May 1 @ 3:00 pm

Participation Fees

Participation to this webinar series is free of charge

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

Key-note lecture on “Defining Propaganda and Fake News”

Hosted by Dylan Wray, Shikaya

We will add a description of the session soon!

 

 About Dylan Wray

Dylan Wray is the co-founder and executive director of Shikaya, a non-profit civil society organization that acknowledges the increasing role of teachers in building up South Africa’s democracy. Shikaya supports teachers and school leaders to educate and teach young pupils to become responsible, active citizens who think critically and engage socially in their country’s democratic processes. Dylan Wray is the co-author of an online blog  A School Where I Belong – Creating Transformed and Inclusive South African Schools (www.aschoolwhereibelong.com), on an online platform dedicated to the transformation and belonging in schools. Dylan Wray is a former History teacher. He wrote and created numerous educational resources and textbooks to help young people to grapple with ethical and moral decision-making.

Upcoming Events

  1. Using Historiana to teach history from different angles

    February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. EuroClio 28th Annual Conference – What is History for?

    April 28 @ 9:00 am - May 1 @ 3:00 pm

Participation Fees

Participation to this webinar is free of charge.

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees. If you would like to support us, please consider becoming an individual member!