The project „Media education: From passive consumers to active creators“ focuses on finding the best ways of implementing and teaching media education at secondary schools of six European countries. It aims at creating materials and teaching plans for hands-on approach of teaching media education in different forms: as an individual subject, after-school activity or/and cross-curricular theme. The joint search for and creation of "transnational" teaching materials which may be used in any European country is another justification of this partnership.
The project starts with the student-centered survey about the usage and understanding of different types of media and the teacher-centered survey regarding their perception of media education at schools, its necessity and ways of teaching. The surveys will provide needed foundations for the form and content of teaching materials which will be designed jointly by the teachers of the schools involved in the project. Subsequently, these materials and teaching plans will be tested during three short-time learning activities for our students. The learners will learn to use simple media production technologies and techniques while creating media outputs in the form of videos, newspapers, websites and counter advertisements on three main subjects: gender stereotypes, health and lifestyle and global issues. They will compare and share their different views and usages of media resources from their country´s point of view which will bring yet another dimension to this national cooperative media education. The after-teaching evaluation by the teachers and the students and follow-up resulting changes will ensure that the teaching plans are ready-to-go materials with correct timing, aims and content relevant to young people of modern Europe. To support the project´s longevity and sustainability, the website European Media education lab will be established which will contain all materials, ideas and links to useful tools for hands-on teaching of media education. We have the intention and aspiration to make this website a main resource of information on media education not only in our countries but others, as well.
Stredná priemyselná škola, Svidník
Krakowskie Szkoly Artystyczne s.c. Joanna Gawel, Jerzy Gawel