Twitter Releases Teaching and Learning With Twitter Handbook

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Educators can equip younger generations with media literacy skills

Twitter marked the start of UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2019 with its release of new handbook Teaching and Learning With Twitter.

Public policy manager for Europe Ronan Costello said in a blog post that the handbook is aimed at helping educators equip younger generations with media literacy skills, enabling them to ask the right questions about content they engage with online and to critically analyze news and information they engage with on Twitter and elsewhere.

Teaching and Learning With Twitter also includes best practices on media literacy from UNESCO and a reading list curated by the organization’s program specialists to help guide educators through current teaching literature on the topic.

And it contains tips for educators and parents who want to use the social network as a learning tool in the classroom or at home.

The handbook will be available in nine languages—Arabic, English, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish—with more to be added.

Outgoing Twitter vice president of public policy, government and corporate philanthropy Colin Crowell said in the blog post, “At Twitter, we are hopeful that this handbook will have a tangible, beneficial impact on students across the world by helping educators impart critical information and skills to younger generations about how to navigate an increasingly complicated media environment. We deeply treasure our global partnership with UNESCO on media and information literacy, and this project strongly benefits from UNESCO’s expertise in this area. We look forward to continued discussion and collaboration with UNESCO on how media and information literacy can be a defense—particularly in our young people—against disinformation and political propaganda around the world.”

UNESCO assistant director-general Moez Chakchouk added, “Polarized information is driving a rise in hate and discrimination and is often amplified by inauthentic and malicious activity, while disinformation is compromising democracy and development. Promoting media and information literacy learning through social media platforms, such as this Twitter and UNESCO collaboration, could be far-reaching if systematically implemented and sustained. This is only the start of Twitter and UNESCO working together. We can expand our cooperation to give more impetus to promoting media and information literate citizenry in online spaces.”

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