Evaldas Rupkus, media and information literacy trainer and project manager at Media Development Department in Asia and Europe, Deutsche Welle Akademie, shared with participants new methods of learning, getting to know each other and of reflection, which can make lessons more dynamic and stimulate pupils’ participation.
At the beginning of the training, Olena Ponomarenko, DW Akademie, pointed out that the media literacy course is taught in only a few countries, therefore teachers have a big responsibility. “You have to grab pupils’ attention and show them how interesting and useful this course can be. I invited Evaldas Rupkus, who is one of the most demanded media literacy expert at DW, to show you a series of tools that can be used during these lessons. We hope you will get the necessary inspiration to teach this course in the most interactive way”, said Olena Ponomarenko.
Evaldas Rupkus emphasised the integration of non-formal education elements during the lessons, as well as the use of games and reflection on emotions. Teachers can find useful techniques in the handbook for youth workers, developed by Lithuanian specialists. The expert also recommended incorporating time for debriefing with students at the end of each lesson.
Galina Daschevici, a primary school teacher at the ‘Olimp’ High School in Singerei said that during the training she felt like being a part of an ‘orchestra’, where each participant was playing an instrument. “Now we just have to inspire pupils to also become part of this wonderful orchestra, acquiring knowledge and learning media literacy through innovative and interactive techniques. Only in this way, we, teachers, will have the satisfaction of reaching our mission,” said the teacher.
Svetlana Botez, a secondary school teacher at ‘Ginta Latina’ High School in Chisinau, was motivated to try a series of new working methods. “The methods presented will facilitate our work and we hope that pupils will notice these changes during Media Education classes’, said Svetlana Botez.
Olga Bors, a teacher at ‘Alexei Mateevici’ High School in Cricova, intended to use the VotAR tool this academic year in media literacy lessons, in order to test her 10th grade students’ knowledge. “I try to incorporate different methods and tools during these lessons and I cannot wait to test with my pupils what I’ve discovered today,” shared the teacher.
The trainings were organised under ‘Strengthening Freedom of Opinion in the Republic of Moldova’ project, implemented by IJC with the support of Deutsche Welle Akademie and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany.