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Wed, May 5th, 2021

On the 22 of May 2021, eTwinning Ireland will host their first National Conference on the theme of Media Literacy and Disinformation. This online conference is for teachers and other professionals in the education sector.

Dr Eileen Culloty will start the morning with her keynote address. She is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Future Media and Journalism at DCU. She leads research on countering disinformation in the current times we live in.

This will be followed by a short launch of our eTwinning evaluation. In 2020, Ivana Darcy carried out this research which has just been published. 

We will host a panel discussion on Media Literacy of Disinformation with a mix of young people, teachers and individuals working in the media sector who will speak about their insights and experience on this topic. Martina Chapman of Media Literacy Ireland will moderate the discussion.

At the end of the session, we will be offering workshops on varied topics under the overarching theme of Media Literacy and Disinformation.


Workshop 1 – Facilitated by CyberSafeKids

But it said so on the internet!

This workshop is designed for primary teachers. It will look at different types of mis- and disinformation online, strategies for spotting them, and explore different practical classroom activities for teachers to develop critical thinking and media literacy with their pupils.


Workshop 2 – Facilitated by Webwise

Connected: Addressing false information and promoting media literacy in the Post-Primary Classroom 

This workshop is designed for post-primary teachers. Webwise; the Irish Internet Safety Awareness initiative of the Department of Education will explore the topics of false information and big data through their recently launched Junior Cycle resource; Connected. Teachers will gain an understanding of how news and information is created and shared online, the challenges and problems of false information. The workshop will also explore emerging issues including deep fakes, identify strategies to recognise false information and explore resources to address the topic with students.


Workshop 3  – Facilitated by NewsBrands Ireland  

Navigating the News

This workshop will be facilitated by NewsBrands Ireland, the representative body for all national newspapers, print and online. Their remit is to promote the vital contribution made by their members’ trusted journalism to society and democracy. The workshop will address the theme of News Literacy through the work of NewsBrand’s Press Pass initiative for post-primary schools. The free Press Pass programme aims to empower students to be smart, active, consumers of news and information.

With the full support of the Department of Education, Press Pass seeks to improve news literacy and critical thinking skills while helping students to develop a deeper understanding of news media and how it communicates about the world around them. Press Pass gives students the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the media, how it works and who to trust by learning to do journalism themselves. If a student knows how good journalism is made, then they are better equipped to interrogate the information that bombards them daily.

You can register for the eTwinning National Conference 2021 here 

Please note that the session will be recorded but only for the purposes of a highlight reel, breakout rooms will not be recorded.