Being Smart in Today's Digital Europe
In recent decades, our society has been experiencing a period of great social, cultural and technological changes. This project will mainly deal with many aspects related to today's digital media and how they shape the identity of young people, their culture, perceptions, lifestyle and consumption habits. In general, the aim of the project is to allow students to understand, interpret, critically assess and create forms of digital communication. Special attention is paid to successful digital communication, knowledge and competence.
The project is part of a determined and consistent work on the European profile of the participating schools. The main objective of the project will be to allow students to access, critically assess and create forms of digital communication (digital literacy). During the project, students will be sensitized to the complex influences and strategies of digital communication to which they are subjected and which have a huge impact on their culture, social interactions and psychological well-being. In addition, we will help students deconstruct the powerful and often misleading messages of digital communication, especially on social platforms like Instagram and Facebook. One of the main goals is to enable students to become knowledgeable ethical consumers of digital communication and active citizens who will take a stand on important global issues such as fair work and sustainability. To achieve the common goal, students will develop essential social and communication skills (ICT, foreign language, problem solving, effective communication, creativity and critical thinking).
Teachers will be tasked with helping students to visualize various solutions and turn ideas into action, as well as helping them to appreciate the value of education and lifelong learning. Therefore, strategies will be promoted that will improve internal collaboration, the inclusion of students from all backgrounds, increasing motivation and avoiding absenteeism and dropouts. Considering the remarkable importance of the project theme and the wide variety of interdisciplinary learning opportunities it offers, the entire student population and faculty of the four partner schools will be significantly and consistently involved in the various stages and activities of the project.
Several hundred participants actively participate in the collaborative project, from initial planning, realization to the final phase, where the results will be presented to schools, students' parents and the community at large. Self-assessment questionnaires and surveys on students' motivation, opinions, personal involvement and work progress are carried out at different stages of the project. To ensure that all project activity deadlines are met, a project calendar will be produced that will chronologically record all activities. The four learning activities will contribute to creating a more interactive and engaging environment and to developing student collaboration and accountability for the project's success. The activities will encourage participating students to introduce a more personalized and creative approach to the project topic "digital literacy", increase their problem solving skills and improve their confidence. The effects on partner schools and on students are multiple.
At institutional level, the European profile of schools will be improved in order to respond to current and future challenges in Europe. The ability to appreciate other cultures, practice tolerance and adaptability, as well as gain self-confidence are crucial aspects for having better employment opportunities in working life and combating emerging xenophobia. To measure the project's impact, feedback questionnaires and surveys will be conducted among students and some members of the target groups (teachers and students' families), which reflect the long-term effectiveness as well as the changes and successes in the daily life of the school, systematically. These impact indicators will provide important and objective information about the project's progress, the level of motivation and student performance, and about the change in perspectives, attitudes and behavior. Other examples of project impact indicators will be the consistency and quality of student research findings, presentations, and material produced and submitted; the shared visual material (videos, posters, photos, brochures, flyers ).
Berufskolleg des Kreises Olpe (Germany) - Coordinator
Liceul Matei Basarab Craiova (Romania)
Professional School of Salvaterra de Magos (Portugal)
Istituto di Istruzione Superiore Leonardo da Vinci – Fascetti (Italy)