The Learning, Teaching and Training Activity aims to raise educators’ awareness and provide training in relation to critical digital literacies over the course of three days. The different activities will enable 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. During the event, participants from Finland, Italy, Spain and the UK will work collaboratively online in transnational teams.
The work in the DETECT project has progressed during the spring in spite of the challenging situation. One of the main aims in the project is to develop a framework defining central elements of Critical Digital Literacy for schools to take into account in teaching, learning and professional development activities. A draft framework was created based on a literacy review.
One part of the framework development is the task for researchers to organize focus group interviews with teachers of the participating schools where teachers discuss their practices related to CDL and give comments to the draft framework. Because of COVID19, it was not possible to meet f2f; therefore we organized teachers’ focus group meetings online using Zoom. Two group discussions with altogether seven teachers were organized in Finland in May 2020. In the figure, you can see a screenshot from a Finnish focus group session where the draft framework about CDL is displayed and discussed with the participants.
Although the topics discussed in the focus groups covered broadly the usage of digital technologies in schools, the online teaching period that the teachers were experiencing because of COVID19, had an effect of the comments and concerns raised up in the discussions. Many challenges and possibilities of digital participation had become familiar for the teachers: how to promote the sense of community, how to follow each students’ progress, how to encourage students’ to participate in online sessions, etc. The participants also remarked that it was great to discuss with colleagues to share experiences and pedagogical idea, because there is not usually time for that in daily schoolwork. One interesting observation of the group interviews from the researchers’ viewpoint was that it was very easy to organize the group meeting online, because all participants had good skills to attend the online meetings!
More results about the focus group interviews will be published when the researchers of the project have had time to analyse them in detail.
Minna Lakkala – Technology in Education Research Group, University of Helsinki
Between Monday 3rd and Friday 6th March, the project DETECT made an important step on the way to build a critical perspective for the digital literacies needed to live in the contemporary society.
Edul@b group (UoC) encountered a group of teachers from the Virolai School. Led by Carol de Britos -Primary School- and José Luis Touron -Secondary School-, eight teachers took part in a conversation expanding the meanings of what is being critical when coming to use the several available technologies nowadays.