IN – EDU Civic Hackathons winning teams of high school students from Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and Slovenia designed and implemented awareness raising media and information literacy campaigns in January – May 2021.
Below you may find useful resources on topics such as fake news, hate speech, digital marketing, digital fingerprint, information disorder, fishing, cookies, freedom of expression, social media, digital identity, protection of personal data and privacy, etc., in Bulgarian, Croatian, Italian and Slovenian language.
Students MIL campaigns in Bulgaria
Over 500 000 students, teachers and parents developed their critical thinking thanks to the campaigns of the 7 winning school teams from the IN EDU Sofia Civic Hackathon on media and information literacy for high school students in Bulgaria. The campaigns of the winners cover topics such as fake news, hate speech, digital marketing, digital fingerprint, information disorder, fishing, cookies, freedom of expression, social media, digital identity, protection of personal data and privacy. The school teams managed to involve influencers and public figure and gain a huge outreach. All of these topics, which sound so complicated were presented simply through intriguing podcasts and video interviews, catchy social media posts, interesting blogs, posters and last but not least useful manual on media and information literacy. You may see detailed information below.
*All of the materials are available in Bulgarian.
MEDIAcated – the first Bulgarian podcast on media literacy
MEDIAcated from High School of Mathematics and Science "Prof. Emanuil Ivanov" won the first prize. They partnered with 7 official media websites, created 6 professional podcasts with well-known public figures and convinced more than 600 000 young people in their audience that no matter what we do for a living it is critically important to be media literate.
And 7 more platforms where you could listen the podcasts. See the full list here.
OUR VOICE – A campaign led both online and offline
Our Voice from High School 30 „Bratya Miladinovi“ won second prize at the In EDU Sofia Civic Hackathon. They created a campaign with practical educational content focused on the development of critical thinking. They covered in-depth the topics about fishing, cookies and fake news by creating and disseminating posters, conducting research, taking interviews with parents and schoolmates. Their content is disseminated through several channels and engages three target groups – students, teachers and parents.
School website: http://30su-bg.com
MediaFilter – filter to be informed
MediaFilter is a project of the students from Language school Academic Lyudmil Stoyanov, who won the third prize. Their main aim is to create the first Google extension, which identifies the fake news in Bulgarian. Along with the development of this tool, they led many online and offline educational sessions with students, parents and teachers on the topic of media literacy. They have also produced posters and flyers and they continue to work on finalizing the Google tool.
The senses speak
“The senses speak” is a campaign made by students from The National Gymnasium of Natural Sciences and Mathematics "Academician Lyubomir Chakalov", who won the third prize. Through their campaign they oppose the symbolic violence on the Internet, to which we are all victims in one way or another. They shared the knowledge that in addition to direct physical violence, there is also a symbolic one, which is no less traumatic and embarrassing. Their campaigns consist mainly of visual materials and thoughtful messages in the form of social media posts on the topic of freedom of expression.
Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.
Messengers – Be safe, efficient and literate!
The Messengers and their blog with advice on media literacy reached and engaged more than 700 000 people. Video interviews, manual, visual content publications – all of them interesting and full of useful information helped people from all ages to learn more about free media, power of speech, social media and the consequences from overusing it, digital identity, and the laws of media literacy in general. The Messengers are from National High School in Finance and Business and they won the award of the audience.
K.U.I.S.B.I - To be cyber confident, informed, secure and safe on the internet.
K.U.I.S.B.I are the team that won 5th prize at the amount of BGN 750. Their campaign covered the topics fake news, digital file and personal data. They created educational videos with their special robot, social media posts and lessons in person on these topics in person with students from 1st to 12th grade and their parents. They have organized also a competition for students on media literacy, which is about to be held.
Ambassadors of tolerance
The ambassadors of tolerance are from 37 High School Rayna Knyaginya. They won the additional jury award and created a campaign which attracted the whole school in their audience. They not only engaged their classmates but also created a long-term useful materials such as virtual school of media literacy, a manual for tolerance and a video with messages for being tolerant.
Students MIL campaigns in Italy
The Civic Hackathons in Italy involved 14 schools from across the country, with the participation of 20 teams for a total of 98 students. The teams competed in 4 challenges – 5 teams per challenge – by designing a campaign on the topics of:
Challenge 1 – Contrasting Hate Speech
Challenge 2 – Contrasting Fake News
Challenge 3 – Privacy online
Challenge 4 – Body positivity
A jury assessed and assigned points to each campaign, electing a winning team per challenge. The winning teams received a prize to invest in their campaigns and actuate them. Here are the results!
The winning teams had the chance to be hosted in the Radio Podcast Blister – Stato di Paura, broadcasted by the Italian radio Rai Radio.
#HatePotion & #HateBan – Capiteam 1
Capiteam 1, of ITET Capitini of Perugia, designed a double campaign: online and offline. The online campaign on Instagram created a community of young high school students to share stories of online hate, and support people and actions who fight online hate. The offline campaigned created a board game for a raising awareness on hate speech, and for abandoning hate words.
Cave Babalum – DigiCampus
The DigiCampus team, from Campus Leonardo da Vinci of Umbertide, implemented their campaign online, through social media and by creating a website on Wordpress, and offline, by organizing peer to peer learning activities with their classmates.
Web Heroes – I Galileiani
The Galileiani team, of Liceo Galilei of Perugia, designed a campaign on protecting Privacy online, and created a manifesto starting from 4 key words: AWARENESS, PROTECTION, SECURITY and FREEDOM, adopting the slogan Stay cool, stay safe. The campaign was addressed at middle and high school students and teachers, and gadgets like pins, stickers, t-shirts and stationary toolkits have been created and distributed to the schools.
#(fe)male – The Hackagirls
The Hackagirls, from Liceo Properzio of Assisi, designed a campaign aimed at raising awareness on the issues of body shaming and sexist attitudes on the media, that was developed on Instagram and Facebook, through specific designs, IGTV and stories. The team collaborated with local graphic designer Sasha Todini and videomaker Stefano Domenichetti Carlini. The group also promoted their campaign on two local newspapers - Tutt’oggi and il Corriere dell’Umbria – thanks to the support of journalist Flavia Pagliochini.
Student MIL Campaigns in Croatia
Students in Croatia developed their media and information literacy campaigns on the topics of recognizing fake news in general, as well as fake news that involve the topic of immigrants and prejudiced attitudes towards them. Their media campaigns were mostly disseminated through social media channels, as well as their own web pages. Furthermore, students engaged in research work, as well as creating workshops and presenting them to their fellow students. All the materials are available in Croatian.
Na Granici Istine – Stereotypes and Prejudices Related to Immigrants
First place went to the Vocational School Vice Vlatkovića Zadar's team under the name Strukovnjaci. They chose to rise awareness about fake news on the topic of immigration and its consequences. Their target group was their fellow high school students. The campaign is called Na granici istine or in English – On the Border of Truth, a very clever play on words. They also conducted research among adolescents about their attitudes towards immigrants, as well as interviewing immigrant families. Their content is disseminated through social media platforms and their own website.
Research Results: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mWIVMtVmBmFjQlBFdI3_ohJvwo9kMP4igHZVpYTVOdA/edit?usp=sharing
'We will lose our jobs'
The team presented most common prejudice against immigrants and provided fact checked information on this topic. One of the topics they dealt with is the most common prejudice 'Immigrants will take all of our jobs'.
NeTalk - The Light in Truth
Second place went to Economic and Administrative School Osijek’s team under the name NeTalk. Their campaign aimed to rise awareness and educate the general public and their fellow students on how to recognize fake news. In addition, the NeTalk team presented their work to their fellow students, they were presented with their Instagram profile, a website and a poster where they could study everything about fake news in more detail. The team continues to campaign and plans to further develop their idea.
Fact Detective - Office for Turning In, Detecting and Investigating Fake News in Public Spaces
Finally, the third place went to the School of Economics Vukovar’s team, under the name EŠV. Their campaign is also aimed at recognizing and combating fake news in public spaces. Their media campaign is called Fact Detective- office for turning in, detecting and investigating fake news in public spaces. The campaign has its' own, specific visual identity. Fake news were presented as real people (villains) who have committed a certain crime. The team continues to develop their campaign, they plan to make brochures and a podcast.
Another villain was presented – Coco Clickbait. She is a journalist that writes clikbait, sensationalistic articles. You can find advice on how to deal with clickbait on their IG page.
Student MIL campaigns in Slovenia
The civic hackathon in Slovenia shed light on the topic of cyberbullying and fake news. 8 teams from 4 high and 4 elementary schools, all together 40 pupils / students participated from across the country.
With the help of renowned experts who mentored the participating teams, the young people were given a deeper look at the topics discussed.
Participation in the hackathon brought benefits not only to students, but also the schools. The first three winning teams in each challenge, all together 6 schools won rich prizes, which are intended for the implementation of a promotional campaign on the topic of the chosen challenge - fake news or online violence.
We are very proud to announce Slovenian winning campaigns and share them with you.
FAKE LAKE - a team that detects fake news and stops it
First place went to the elementary school Janka Padežnika team under the name FAKE LAKE. They choose to raise awareness about fake news. Their target group was students and teachers. They prepared a short film on the topic of fake news. The video was shown on school screens, so it was visible to all students and teachers of the school.
Web site: https://fakelake.wixsite.com/fakelake
They prepared a poster, printed it in 50 copies and hung it on the school premises. 448 young people got acquainted with the content of the poster: how to recognize fake news, what to do and what not in case of detection of fake news.
PREGLEDANO – Stop Fake News
Second place in the category of fake news won elementary school Šmihel team. They created a campaign with practical educational content by creating and dissemination posters, brochure, implemented live workshops for schoolmates with tips how to identify and stop spreading fake news, published article on the local on-line portal, conducted research among their fellows on knowing and recognizing fake news online and publish the results of the survey questionnaire.
Fake news is not new, its increasing appearance and rapid spread on the Internet, especially on social networks, is a big and serious problem, both for individuals and society – more in the article published on the local on-line portal.
Poster with tips for identifying and raisning awareness about fake news published on schools web page, hung on the school premises and explained in more detail in live workshops with schoomates.
LAZNIVCI - Recognize fake news and spread the truth!
A team from the Brežice School Education Center, called Liars, designed a campaign aimed at raising awareness on the causes and consequences of fake news in the media. The team collaborated with a professional journalist and attended training at a media house. The group promoted its campaign on Instagram, on local newspaper and through on-line workshops with schoolmates.
Olgičarji - don’t close your eyes, stop online harassment
Team from Olga Meglič elementary school won first place in the category of cyberbullying. They made on-line campaign on Instagram and Tik Tok to share stories on online harassment. The off-line camapign implemented peer to peer learning activities about the culture of good behavior online. Their campaign is also aimed at raising awareness and educating the general public about cyberbullying through promotion in newspapers and radio.
Second place went to Secondary vocational school Slovenska Bistrica team. Their campaign aimed to rise awareness and educate the general public and their School mater on how to recognize online heist. In addition, team presented their work through Instagram profile, school website and poster where everything about online heist is explained in more detail. General public was attracted by the graffiti on the outside wall of the school with an invitation to follow the profile on Instagram.
BEE EVERY BODY – BEING AN OBSERVER
Finally, the third place went to the Murska Sobota II elementary school team, under the name Apiary. Their campaign is aimed at recognizing and combating cyberbullying - how to act if you find yourself in the role of an observer as a witness to cyberbullying. Their media campaign is called Bee every body. The team promoted their activities through national television and thus achieved great media coverage.