Should parents or nursery school teachers use an iPad as a pacifier to ease a toddler into school or a playgroup?
How do schools integrate technology, social media and other forms of engagement in their curricula?
Media Unlimited director Magda Abu-Fadil answered those and other questions at a workshop on Media and Information Literacy (MIL) for schoolteachers at Lebanon’s International College Ain Aar campus.
She drew on UNESCO’s MIL Curriculum for Teachers that combines two distinct areas – media literacy and information literacy – under one umbrella.
Abu-Fadil underscored the importance of digital literacy and deconstructed it during the workshop in May 2014 using case studies and videos to illustrate the point.
She reviewed key competencies needed for MIL such as knowledge and understanding of media and information for democratic discourses and social participation, evaluation of media texts and information sources, and, production and use of media and information.
The training also centered on how to engage with students in a multimedia environment and across various platforms.
Abu-Fadil demonstrated how social media tools such as Twitter have become an integral part of the teaching and learning process.
The discussion also touched on accessing information in an effective and affective way, the importance of critical thinking, and methods of evaluating media-related information.