EducaSINC

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EducaSINC offers teachers educational activities and resources related to journalistic information in science and technology with the aim of contributing to the improvement of students' scientific knowledge, media literacy and their ability to critically analyse scientific information.

EducaSINC is a project developed by the public news agency SINC and the Education Unit of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT).

On one hand, educational resources are offered related to journalistic materials produced by SINC as support to teachers to address different topics of the school curriculum. On the other hand, SINC editors give media literacy workshops in schools about how the media works and how to identify reliable information, knowledge that research has shown useful in combating misinformation.

Basic information

Country: Spain

Coordinator: Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología https://www.fecyt.es/es

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Programme: National

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Target groups: education authorities, primary school students, secondary school students, teachers

Topic: Aeronautics, Astronautics, Astronomy, Agriculture, Applied sciences, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Computer science, Chemistry, Earth science, Ecology, Electronics, Energy, Engineering, Environmental sciences, Fisheries science, Food science, Forestry science, Gender in STEM, Genetics, Geography, Geology, Geophysics, Information technology, Materials science, Maths, Medical sciences, Meteorology, Microtechnology, Nanotechnology, Nuclear technology, Oceanography, Optics, Pharmacology, Physics, Physiology, Software engineering, Technology, Veterinary medicine, Zoology, Education, Other

Start year: 2017

Url: https://www.fecyt.es/es/educasinc

Contact person: Cintia Refojo, cintia.refojo@fecyt.es

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All the resources are linked to the school curriculum and include questions or activities that:

  • allow initial evaluation of the alternative conceptions of the students,
  • allow students to apply what they have learned,
  • allow students to learn about science-society relations and
  • allow students to reflect on science as a process in construction, ethics in research, and the diversity of profiles of the scientific community.

Resources are continually developed on current affairs. They are produced by teachers and experts in the development of teaching materials and are related to the areas of STEM, social sciences, ethical issues or the history of science.

The project also offers workshops by science journalists about how the media works and how to identify reliable information. In the practical workshop, students discover the clues that alert us that something may be a hoax, learn the steps to verify information, assess the risks of sharing information that is not verified, wonder what interests motivate some people to spread hoaxes, reflect on what types of sources are more reliable and why, and learn which strategy is the best the next time they receive suspicious content and what they can do.

 

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