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Teaching Information Literacy in the age of Digital Media

Knowledge and Learning

Digital media is a powerful influencer of social change as a tool for communications and a channel for the wide dissemination of information and knowledge. The rise of digital media has added new complexity to the relationship between schools and media.

This event explored the important role of education in fostering the skills needed to critically examine the digital stories and information that we consume daily.  It also explored the question of how media sources, social media corporations, and educational institutions can collaborate more effectively to ensure that information literacy is central to education – towards the creation of more just, open societies built on accurate information.

Speakers of the Day

Moderated by Phil Noble, Founder of World Class Scholars and Politics Online from UK, this session featured Niamh Spelman, GM, Microsoft Solutions, Michail Bletsas a Greek research scientist and the Director of Computing at the MIT Media Lab, Mikaela Jade, CEO and Founder of Indigital as well as Derek Murray Wyatt, former British politician who has served as Member of Parliament (MP) in the U.K. The event was organised as a Panel Discussion between experts in education, media, and digital literacy. 

Phil Noble

American entrepreneur and technology speaker

Mikaela Jade

Founder and CEO of tech company Indigital

Michael Bletsas

Director of Computing at the MIT Media Lab

Niamh Spelman

General Manager of the Solutions Sales Unit at Microsoft

Derek Wyatt

British politician and former Member of Parliament

As a Dignified Storytelling Event at Expo 2020 Dubai “Teaching Information Literacy in the Age of Digital Media” aimed to build awareness and understanding about development themes and the role of storytelling as a tool to communicate information and induce change. It also raised interest and allowed for consideration of how individuals and organisations can help drive positive social change towards achievement of the SDGs.

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