SAILS outcomes presented at media literacy and critical thinking event

IPA had the opportunity to present the research outcomes that were the basis of the resources developed in the SAILS project in a conference organised by Vytautas Magnus University in Vilnius. The international audience received the presentation well and invited us to transform the information into a journal article for their Social Education Journal.

According to the invitation, media and Information literacy may be considered one of the essential 21st-century skills. Teaching media and information literacy provides teachers and students with literacy skills such as information literacy and technology literacy that will help them understand and analyze media. It also cultivates such learning skills as critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, and communication.

The aim of this conference was to discuss the role of information, coding and decoding of media messages, emotional and intellectual impact that media make on personality and society. During the conference the lecturers and participants will try to answer the questions on how to create media thoughtfully and conscientiously. In order to solve this task, it is wise to turn to media and information literacy education, which provides us with the tools and skills needed to be confident and competent media consumers. Media and information literacy highlights such relevant messages as the effect of propaganda, information ecology, enables people to engage in a global media environment.

The conference was sponsored by the National Security and Defence Committee of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and the US State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour (DRL). The conference is attended by international experts from the International Research and Exchange Council (IREX), representatives of DRL, Lithuanian state and other governmental institutions, teachers of Vytautas the Great University and partner universities.

The journal article will be shared in the ParentHelp Library once it is published.

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