Research outcomes of the DETECT project about Critical Digital Literacies

We are pleased to announce that we have published two new reports as part of the Erasmus+ DETECT project.

The first report presents a new Critical Digital Literacies framework for educators. This new framework aims to capture the various dimensions and sub-dimensions of critical digital literacies which are vital for educators and students living, teaching and learning in a digital world.

Read the full report here.

The second DETECT report presents the empirical findings from a mixed methods study that was conducted during the first year of the project in primary and secondary schools in England, Italy, Spain and Finland. In particular, it reports on teachers’ perceptions, experiences and needs in relation to critical digital literacies and the full report can be found here.

Furthermore, the DETECT project outputs were disseminated by the project partners at the BERA 2021 and the EARLI 2021 conferences.

Now in its third year the project focus is on developing a MOOC to aid educators in understanding practical engagement with Critical Digital Literacies in Primary, Secondary and Further Education contexts coupled with producing a Toolkit resource to aid practitioners.

Online communication and collaboration skills

These teaching and learning activities are aimed for Year 3 students in a UK primary school (students aged 7-8). The aim are the following: i) supporting students with developing their online communication and collaboration skills, ii) raising their awareness regarding the appropriate netiquette they need to adopt, iii) supporting their understanding about the issues surrounding the creation of their digital identity and profile.

This includes navigating, communicating and collaborating across various digital contexts such as formal virtual learning platforms (e.g. Google classroom) as well as informal digital worlds (e.g. gaming platforms, social media (?) etc). There are [7] different lesson plans and various resources that will be used over [7] consecutive weeks as part of the Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE).

Real VS Virtual

The aim of the activity is to investigate with the students potentials and risks of  using digital resources. In particular the focus will be on the risk of being unable to separate real from virtual life. It will be divided into two phases:

In the first phase teachers will lead the students to understand the core problem of distinguishing real life aspects from virtual life aspects, but also the motivations that can bring a person to hide themself into a virtual reality. At the same time teachers will try to highlight the potentials of digital resources for improving real life aspects to get to the awareness that virtual doesn’t override each person’s personality but can improve it.   At the end of the activity each students will create his own ideal virtual representation (Avatar)

The second phase will engage the students into a Debate between Virtual and Real fans based on the evidence found out in the first phase.

Exploring Critical Digital Literacy Dimensions: DATA LITERACY

The term “data” is becoming probably a sort of buzzword. What do we mean with “data”? How do you feel about the word “data”? And why should we need to be “data literate”?

Data Literacy has received great attention over the last few years in relation to school practices and has been identified as one of the dimensions of the DETECT Critical Digital LIteracies framework.

Although the issue of Data Protection is usually addressed by relevant policies at institutional level (mainly in relation to GDPR compliance) less attention has been paid to raising educators as well as students’ awareness regarding the various aspects and sub-dimensions of data literacy. Within the DETECT project the aim is to develop educators’ understandings of the multifacet issue of data literacy and also support them with enhancing their students’ practices in relation to data protection.