The Global-Digital Literacy Opposing Big Errors project or GLOBE is a continuation of the Erasmus+ project The World Is Bigger Than What You See On The Screen which was aimed at developing critical thinking and awareness of misinformation among students and teachers.    
 

Using digital tools to obtain genuine information 

 
The main goal of the project is to create tools for students, so that they can develop their media literacy, and become citizens capable of critical thinking, recognizing disinformation and fake news. 
 

The pandemic exacerbated the harmful effects of disinformation 

 
With the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the harmful effects of disinformation spread across the planet almost as fast as the pandemic itself. This project aims to raise student awareness of the dangers of exposure to disinformation through various activities designed to improve their critical thinking skills. 
 
Lack of digital competencies made online teaching difficult across Europe during the pandemic 
During the pandemic, teachers and students were forced to switch to online instruction due to the government-imposed lockdown in many partner countries (Spain, Turkey, Italy, Lithuania and Serbia). Many struggled to adapt to this situation, because the majority never used these tools before. 
The main problem for teachers was planning online lessons, creating an interactive environment, and monitoring student progress. We believe that the main cause behind this problem is the lack of digital competencies, so the activities within this project are designed to address this issue and help teachers develop their digital skills. 
 
In addition to high schools, gymnasiums and lycees from Spain, Italy, Turkey and Lithuania, and ITHS (Information Technology High School), LINKgroup also participates in the consortium as a partner that contributed to the use of digital tools and digital online presentations. 
 

Project goals: 

 
  • Developing digital capacities of students and teachers, 
  • Designing and creating original digital teaching materials, 
  • Using digital tools in online lessons,
  • Designing effective online lessons, 
  • Assessing and monitoring student progress using digital tools,
  • Support to social inclusion,
  • Support to gender equality,
  • Improving online instruction and digital pedagogy. 
 
 

Why is media literacy important? 

 
According to the European Commission: “Media literacy and our capacity to have a critical understanding of and interact responsibly with media have never been as important as in today’s world.We consider this an extremely important issue for our students. The increase in the amount of disinformation and fake news in recent years, especially during the pandemic has forced us to consider the need for improved media and digital literacy of our citizens. Digital resilience helps individuals recognize the risks they face when they communicate, research or work online. This is particularly important when it comes to teenagers who are often at risk of falling into the trap of disinformation and fake news.”   
 
The Internet and social media have become the main means of communication in developed countries, so mastering their language and the art of their use is crucial for quality social interaction in job seeking. 
We believe that schools must provide child protection strategies in order to recognize peer violence and abuse that can occur online. Strategies are related to some other policies, such as  child protection, student conduct (including fight against bullying), as well as employee code of conduct. 
 
In addition to high schools, gymnasiums and lycees from Spain, Italy, Turkey and Lithuania, and ITHS (Information Technology High School), LINKgroup also participates in the consortium as a partner that contributed to the use of digital tools and digital online presentations. 
 
During the project, we will create a toolkit and a teacher handbook as resources for fact-checking, academic research and media literacy. 
 
  • GLOBE Toolkit for the development of media literacy and fight against disinformation and fake news 
  • Handbook and GLOBE educational platform for educating teachers on how to implement measures aimed at developing media literacy and fighting against disinformation and fake news.