The partners of the DETECT project successfully held their first Learning, Teaching and Training Activity (LTTA 1) online in November 2020, due to the ongoing pandemic crisis. Initially the event was going to be held at the University of Helsinki and would have brought together researchers, teachers and teacher educators from Finland, Italy, Spain and the UK. Although this was not possible to organise face-to-face, a three-day virtual event took place and participants were able to work together in national and transnational teams. The event aimed to raise educators’ awareness and provide training in relation to critical digital literacies. The different activities enabled participants to develop an in-depth understanding of the different dimensions of critical digital literacies and their role in supporting teaching, learning and professional development.
Day 1: 19 November
The first day of the workshop focused on introducing the Critical Digital Literacies (CDL) framework that has been developed as part of Intellectual Output 1 as well as present some preliminary results from the SELFIE survey and the focus group interviews with teachers in Finland, Italy, Spain and the UK. Examples and good practices of supporting CDL from each school in the four countries were shared and participants engaged in collaborative discussion regarding other dimensions of the CDL framework.
Screenshot 2: Arja Kangasharju from Lintumetsä School presenting their project on ‘Learning in online literature discussions’
Day 2: 19 November
The second day of LTTA 1 focused on presenting experimental activities carried out within the project as part of planning for the MOOC (IO2). The first session focused on Virolai’s methodology “Aprenentatge-Servei” (Learning for Service) where the students of secondary education prepare resources and activities to support students in primary education. This activity embeddeds a critical digital literacy approach for both primary and secondary education.
Screenshot 2: Carol de Britos presenting Escola Virolai’s project on ‘Learning in online literature discussions’
The subsequent sessions explored Designing for Learning methodologies and looked at experimental activities promoting the CDL framework. Participants worked collaboratively to reflect on how their own professional knowledge can support other teachers’ learning and also explored how a design thinking scheme can support the development of CDL at their school.
Screenshot 3: Juliana Raffaghelli from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya presenting on ‘Designing for Learning: activities promoting a CDL’
Day 3: 20 November
Day three of the LTTA 1 focused on exploring CDL resources that are currently in use by participating schools while participants also worked collaboratively towards further development of educational scenarios for the Toolkit (IO3).
Screenshot 4: Isobel Evans from Old Ford Primary presenting their educational scenario example
Screenshot 5: Osvaldo Di Cuffa from Istituto Sassetti Peruzzi presenting their educational scenario
The last day offered participants further opportunities to exchange ideas on possible educational scenarios in relation to CLD and get inspired by others. All input from three days was collected and will be used for further developing the MOOC and Toolkit as means of supporting educators with developing their Critical Digital Literacies.
All in all, this three-day virtual event enabled participants to be introduced to new theoretical and methodological frameworks, work collaboratively, brainstorm ideas and exchange good practices. We are hoping we will be able to organise LTTA 2 in Florence in spring 2020 so watch this space and follow our Twitter account if you are interested in further updates about our project.