FAke or FAct Workshop

Workshop of Karīna and Indars

 

The workshop/presentation we did took place on the 17th of october In Latvia. We presented the things we learned in the project, talking about how fake news originated and the impact it has had on our society. We also talked about how widespread fake news is currently, who spreads them and for what purpose. In the end we discussed how to actually distinguish fake news from real ones and showed the CRAAP test.

 

 

Fact or FAke Interview

Interview of Vlad from Romania 

  • Can you give us your opinion about the project “Fake or Fact”? What is the most important thing you have learned during the training?

I am very glad to have had the chance to participate in this project.

 To begin with, the opportunity to learn more about misinformation and fake news is really something unique, as unfortunately, formal education usually does not properly cover this topic. The workshops and activities were quite enjoyable; Looking back, I have learned so much without even noticing!

Secondly, I am grateful I learned so much about fake news and combating them,but also about Spain, about all the other countries that participated, about speaking and communicating in English and so on.

Additionally, I feel I really improved myself as an individual, through travelling and socializing with the other participants.

  • In your opinion, how can young people deal with propaganda, misinformation and fake news?

I believe that the best way to fight against fake news is to first learn how to identify them. After identifying them becomes a habit to the reader, the next step would be to raise awareness about the status quo and impact of misinformation.

Raising awareness can be done by projects such as this Erasmus+, but I feel that all countries should step in and add this topic to the education curriculum.

  • How do you plan to share and use your knowledge in your local community?

The first thing I will probably do, would be to debunk as much fake news I hear from friends and family as possible, providing them with the truth (where possible).

After they notice that a huge amount of the information they have on various topics is many times false, I will provide them with the tips , tools and advice that I have learned in the project, in order to help them develop the habit I was mentioning earlier (to identify misinformation).

The last step would be to ask them to do the same thing to others.

 

FAke or Fact Interview

Interview of Ilva from Latvia 

  • Can you give us your opinion about the project “FAke or FAct“? What is the most important thing you have learned during the training?

This was my first Erasmus+ project so i don’t have anything to compare it to but I think it was really fun and definitely worth it, I’m lucky that this was my first experience. All the workshops were interesting and I learned something new every time. Although I already had some knowledge about the term “fake news”, now the first thing that comes in mind isn’t Donald Trump but all the different variations of it and how easy is it to spread false information. After this training, I have more knowledge how to spot fake news and have a proper action plan how to verify if the sources, researches etc. are real.

  • In your opinion, how can young people deal with propaganda, misinformation and fake news? Do you have your own tips?

I don’t trust everything I see on the internet, everyone at a young age should learn this and not forget that. When I look for information about certain topic, I look for a reputable source and not first thing I find. I fact check all the things I have found out, one source isn’t enough. Pupils should learn about media literacy in schools, in few countries young people already have that chance, but in some – curriculum is outdated. Not enough grown ups know how to properly deal with propaganda, misinformation and fake news, so they aren’t equipt to teach their kids how to be safe on the internet.

  • How do you plan to share and use your knowledge in your local community?

I have already started telling my family, friends and acquaintances about my experience in this project and what I have learned and will continue doing that. I’m also planning on suggesting the director of Children and Youth center in my hometown that we could held training for children about media literacy, and I could be one of speakers and lead some workshops as in this project.

 

FAke or FAct workshop

Workshop by Alexander from Slovakia 

 

“The workshop which I organized took place on 23.10.2021 in Astorka- Learning and Accomodation Center of Janacek Academy of Performing Arts in Brno, Czech Republic. As I am also part of ESN Brno (Erasmus Student Network Brno) participants of this workshop were international students studying in Brno. We talked about what is fake news, how to distinguish them and how to spread awareness about this topic. The workshop was a great chance for promoting the training course “FAke or FAct” in which I recently took part as well as for promoting the Erasmus Plus programme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop info Rebeka

The following workshop was done in Rebeka´s school in Trnava, Slovakia. Some of her schoolmates were really interested in the topic as Rebeka shared with them new information that she had learnt on our Erasmus+ training course “FAke or FAct”. They also talked about their own experience with fake news and according to Rebeka, It was a really amazing event where her schoolmates could learn something new”

 

FAke or FAct interview

Interview of Katarina from Slovakia 

  • Can you give us your opinion about the project “FAke or FAct“? What is the most important thing

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    you have learned during the training?

I perceive this project very positively. The topic of the project was very suitable for the present time. The organization of the project was at an excellent level as well as participants were also interested in the project topic and willing to share more about it. 

The project Fake or Fact taught me to distinguish fake news from reality. Distinguish the right website from the fake one. Nowadays, it is crucial to find websites with correct news and information because I personally do not want to spread fake news. Another essential thing is to follow the correct social networks profiles because there can be much fake news on social networks, so we should pay attention to what is on the media. 

 

  • In your opinion, how can young people deal with propaganda, misinformation and fake news ? Do you have your own tips ? 

Young people often visit the social networks where most misinformation and propaganda is found. I think it would help us young people to spend time differently than on social media. Because the more time we spend in the online environment, the more we spread fake news and unverified information. I also think that we young people should support sites where they do not spread misinformation or pages where the information is verified. By sharing this site with our friends, we will reduce the spread of disinformation sites.

 

  • How do you plan to share and use your knowledge in your local community ?

I do not have an exact plan or procedure for sharing the information I learned on the project. However, I will always try to share accurate information and not spread disinformation between my family and friends. I will also try not to promote fake sites that try to anger people with their content, so before sharing I will always double check information written there to other accurate sites. Nowadays, “Covid” situation makes it very difficult to find sites that do not spread misinformation but during the project, we learnt different ways to find and check sites, and I would like to share this advice and methods with my family and friends.

 

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Interview of Jiri from Slovakia

  • Can you give us your opinion about the project “FAke or FAct “? What is the most important thing you have learned during the training?

Personally, I enjoyed this Training Course so much; it even exceeded my expectations. I loved the theme and the structure of the whole course. Organizers found a perfect balance between teambuilding and outdoor and educational activities, so we were never bored. Even during presentations, they always included some group creative activities to make them more interactive and exciting. I learned how to distinguish fake news from official and verified information. Firstly, we have learned about the history of fake news, the most common fake news, and how to spot them. Later on, we have learned about sources who are spreading this fake news, and we did one activity focused on fake news in our home countries. We finished the course with how to battle fake news and how to check our facts correctly. My favorite activity was the Deep Fake videos. They played us fascinating videos (including Ted Talk from one of the software creators that can generate deep fake videos). Then we discussed Deep Fake videos. Honestly, I found it quite scary how nowadays technologies can “make “someone say something that seems wholly legit but, in reality, is artificially produced video. I am glad I was part of this project as Fake News is one of the main problems of the 21st century, and I am so happy European Union is putting effort through projects like these to battle this issue.

 

  •  In your opinion, how can young people deal with propaganda, misinformation, and fake news? Do you have your tips?

We should talk about it more in schools beginning from elementary/middle school because this is the time of life where we are the most influenced by our surroundings. For example, the first time we talked about fake news in the educational environment was in university. As not everyone goes to university, I recommend giving kids lectures about fake news from a younger age. As young people can get very quickly influenced (I can see it by myself on some of my friends) I think it is also important we talk to them as peers and try to educate them in this matter so later they can find out on their own what is true and what is just rumor or fake news. Companies that own social media (as Facebook) should regulate their content more than they do nowadays. I also think politicians should implement more strict laws regulating information in online space. Nowadays, people can say almost anything without being prosecuted, spreading fake news with no fear.

 

  • How do you plan to share and use your knowledge in your local community?

As I am part of the organization Erasmus Student Network Masaryk University (ESN Muni Brno) at my university, I plan to implement all knowledge I gathered with international students at my university. As my organization works solely with international students studying at Masaryk university or local volunteers, my workshop would be for them. I am also part of the “Zvol si info- Mozkem proti Fake news “(Choose your information- With brain against fake news) project that students from the Faculty of Social Studies developed and which aim is to teach the younger generation about fake news. I will use all my new knowledge, and with my peers, we will revise our learning materials. I will see if we missed out on something and add something (for example, I know now we didn’t mention deep fake videos, so I will make an effort to get it included in the new updated version of our study materials).

 

FAke or FAct workshop

Workshop by Ovidiu from Romania

“The online workshop which I organized was held Tuesday 19th October with my fellow club members from the Toastmasters Organisation. It was the quickest solution to gather 12 interested participants of various age groups, occupations and genders. 

I found it quite challenging to squeeze almost one week of training into a one-hour seminar, so I focused the main purpose of the meeting on bringing awareness about the fake news issue in general and sparking some curiosity on how to gain practical knowledge to become media-literate. The feedback was positive as well as I also gave the presentation files to those who were more interested in the topic and would like to share more information about how to fight against fake news between other people from their community. 

In the future, I am open to continuing with another workshop on this topic”

 

 

FAke or FAct

Our project named “FAke or Fact” which took place between 4-12 of October, in Torremolinos (Spain), the aim was to prepare youth workers with the necessary knowledge and skills to tackle fake news and reduce their negative effects on young people.

In this idea, our participants could contact politicians in order to alert and give proposition to fight fake news. Here, you could see some of them.