We are excited to announce a Media Literacy Tech Camp for educators interested in incorporating technology and media literacy skills into their teaching practice. This TechCamp is organized by DIG-ED, the United States Embassy in North Macedonia, and the U.S. Department of State’s TechCamp team from DC for Macedonian teachers from all subject areas in primary education. The Media Literacy TechCamp will take place from August 16-19, 2023, at the Faculty for Tourism and Hospitality in Ohrid.
The TechCamp will focus on training teachers from all over the country in media literacy and cybersecurity skills to counter mis- and disinformation in schools, improve social cohesion among different ethnicities and support youth development. During the TechCamp 40 teachers will be trained in media literacy education, and cyber security to create the open educational resources in local language.
TechCamp is a public diplomacy program hosted in the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State. TechCamps are a hands-on, participant-driven workshop that connect private sector technology experts with key populations — journalists, non-governmental organizations, civil society advocates, and more — to explore and apply innovative tech solutions to global issues. TechCamps are focused on results, with participants identifying real-world challenges and working in partnership with trainers to apply technology solutions to these challenges. Each TechCamp also includes ongoing impact-oriented programs and efforts to help participants implement their projects post-workshop and stay connected and engaged with each other and trainers/subject-matter experts.
During this intensive 3.5-day program, participants will:
- Learn about the latest trends and best practices in media literacy education
- Explore innovative technology tools and strategies for teaching media literacy
- Develop practical skills for designing and implementing media literacy lessons and projects
- Collaborate with other educators and trainers/experts to create media literacy resources and curriculum
- Attend small group training sessions led by media literacy and/or technology experts and professionals
- Engage in hands-on learning activities
- Participate in a final showcase event to share their projects and ideas