Activities

Explore our media education activities in the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and Poland. Our primary target groups are teachers and journalists, but we also reach out to young people, parents and the general public. 

The AFP team, led by Jocelyne Zablit, prepared a set of video tutorials explaining the basic fact-checking techniques. You can find out, for example, how to use advanced search on the web or Twitter, how to search for images or videos, or how geolocation works. The videos are available in English (below), Czech, Slovak and Polish. AFP also created two online guides and two quizzes, which test the ability to evaluate information. 

Watch video tutorials on fact-checking techniques
Advanced web search
Advanced Twitter Search
Using Metadata
Geolocation
Reverse Image Search
Reverse Video Search
How good are you at verifying information? Test yourself!

 

The AFP team created two quizzes testing the skills gained by watching the video tutorials (see above). They consist of several news items that require further verification. After you apply some of the fact-checking techniques introduced in the tutorials, you will get feedback and concrete examples of best practice solutions.

Interested in more educational materials from AFP? Here are the online guides

The Czech team from Palacký University in Olomouc, led by Kamil Kopecký, is organising six lectures for current or future teachers and journalists from October 2022 to March 2023. The lectures aim to increase the participants’ media literacy and provide inspiration on how to strengthen the media literacy of others. 

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Dominik Voráč
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Kamil Kopecký
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René Szotkowski

The interactive lectures focus on topics related to the critical perception of information online. Other issues addressed include:

  • information disorders and cognitive distortions,
  • the basics of fact-checking and debunking,
  • the limits of freedom of expression, 
  • the issue of the so-called apolitical nature of schools. 

The lecturers use concrete examples to explain the topics and provide guidance for  media education activities at school. Participants are actively involved through means such as voting via Slido.

If you are a media education teacher or simply curious about the topics, you can read more about the first lecture here. If this information is not enough for you, you can watch the entire lecture on YouTube below (this is a lecture in Czech from November 30, 2022).

If you would like to attend the lecture in person or online, you can find more information about the content of the lectures, their dates and registration here.

The Czech media literacy team is also writing a handbook for teachers with tips for media-based educational activities. The volume will be published in Czech by Palacký University Press. The manual will soon be available for download here in PDF format (for now, you can see a preview of the title page below).

To better understand the Czech team’s approach to media literacy education, you can read a brochure in English introduced at the CEDMO annual conference in September 2022. You can download it here.

The Slovak team from the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, led by Norbert Vrabec and Viera Kačinová, is primarily working on media education activities for Slovak audiences.

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Norbert Vrabec
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Viera Kačinová

Participate in the competition for teachers and inspire others

The competition titled “Online Misinformation – a Challenge for School Education – Examples of Good Practice in Teaching  Media Education in Primary and Secondary Schools” was launched in May 2022 and  will last until the end of February 2023. The goal is to find examples of good practice and use them to create a methodological manual. 

And what is the price for the participating teachers?

  • Three winners will be granted a financial reward  of 500, 400 and 300 EUR, respectively.
  • All participants will gain access to courses for teachers and primary school pupils (more information about the courses is available below).
  • All participants will receive a methodological manual for teachers.

If you are interested in the competition, get more information here. The results of the competition will be announced on the website of  IMEC – International Media Literacy Centre of the Faculty of Mass Media Communication, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava.

Join media education course for teachers 

The teacher course will focus on  online disinformation and it is planned for spring  2023. Would you like to learn more or register? Do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

Offer your students a course about fake news and critical thinking

From May to September 2023, the Slovak team will run two online education courses for selected groups of primary and secondary school students on the topic of fake news and critical thinking. Do you want to learn more or offer  this course to your students? Do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

See an overview of media education projects with focus on disinformation in Slovakia

The Slovak team is collecting information about educational projects focusing on online disinformation. The goal is to prepare an overview of all relevant projects for teachers The projects will also be analyzed in an upcoming report. 

The team has already produced a research report on research focused on media education projects related to disinformation in the Slovak environment. The paper entitled “Media literacy models in the field of disinformation to support citizenship in the application of Slovak educational projects and online platforms” was presented at an International Congress Alfamed in Peru and is available here (page 1109, in Spanish).

The Czech and Slovak teams will  collaborate on producing a comparative study analyzing educational projects focusing on disinformation. The results will be published here.

Strengthen your media literacy by playing a game

A team from the Kempelen Institute of Intelligent Technologies led by Jakub Šimko is developing  an educational digital game called “Factology Checker”. Players will have the opportunity to learn to analyze and evaluate certain types of media messages. At the end of the project, the game will be freely available  (in English) and shared here.

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Jakub Šimko

The Polish team from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, led by Karina Stasiuk-Krajewska, Katarzyna Bąkowicz and Tomasz Wołodźko, is preparing several media education events as well as practical tools. 

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Karina Stasiuk-Krajewská
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Katarzyna Bąkowiczová

Are you a teacher who wants to learn more about disinformation? Join our webinars

There will be three webinars on disinformation for teachers. During the webinars, the Polish team will explores what causes vulnerability to disinformation and presents examples of disinformation narratives and fake news. The participants are introduced to initiatives and tools that can help them identify disinformation (fact-checking portals, simple technological tools, etc.). The lecturers discuss  specific ideas on how to talk to young people about disinformation. All three webinars are in Polish.

The first one took place on November 28 2022 and you can read more information about it here. You can also contact us at [email protected] You can also watch the recording of the first webinar below (in Polish).

Are you a teacher who wants to participate in the webinar? The next webinar will be organized in March 2023. Information about it will appear on the CEDMO and SWPS University websites.

All webinars will be live-streamed on the Polish version of the CEDMO website and through the SWPS University’s YouTube channel. We will share instructions on how to join in good time before the webinar, and registered participants will be notified separately. All three webinars will be recorded as well so you can watch them afterwards, even if you cannot attend.

Do you work in the media? We have a special event planned for journalists and fact-checkers 

The event will take place at the beginning of 2024. The registration has yet to be opened (but once it is, we will let you know here). The first part of the event will consist of lectures and round tables on disinformation, the second part will be dedicated to practical workshops for journalists. We aim to bring together journalists across various media organizations and fact-checkers to find new ways of collaborating in the fight against disinformation. The lectures and roundtable discussions will be recorded and published here. 

Contexts of (dis)information – discover a Polish podcast and video campaign about disinformation 

This campaign includes ten podcasts and ten short films created for adult audiences. You can look forward to conversations with leading Polish figures about disinformation and its contexts. The guests will include writers, political scientists, philosophers, historians or lawyers. 

These will be some of the questions discussed: 

  • Which tools can be used to fight disinformation in a systematic way? 
  • How can technology free us from disinformation? 
  • What can we do to prevent being manipulated? 
  • Are we even interested in the truth? 
  • Why is disinformation so popular in our cultural milieu? 
  • Does disinformation affect social gaps? Does it lead to exclusion?

Recording of the first podcasts and videos – Katarzyna Bąkowicz conducts an interview with Maciej Okraszewski.

Watch our videos or listen to our podcasts here!

  1. Interview with prof. Adam Leszczyński

The quality of information depends on many factors, including the history of a given country and nation. Managing this area of our social life affects how we will understand information, whether we will learn to recognize disinformation and deal with it. We will learn how we move in the world of information and what it means from an interview with Professor Adam Leszczyński.

Listen to the podcast version through Spotify.

Short films about disinformation with influencers – see the Polish campaign for the young

The Polish team will create three short films for young audiences in cooperation with influencers. The goal is to show fake news as an important problem and help young people gain competence in using online tools for verifying information. The films are set to come out in  October 2023, December 2023 and February 2024, respectively. We will also share them here. 

Are you a Polish parent? We have an online guide for you on how to work with the topic of disinformation in parental mediation

The handbook will help parents educate their children about the issue of disinformation. It will help parents to get teenagers interested and explain to them what makes disinformation a significant social problem.  The authors will provide  answers to relevant questions that may arise as well as information on verification tools. Once completed, you will be able to download it here.

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