The third Action meeting in Cyrpus, 17th – 18th March, was a great success. 96 delegates from 36 countries attended what was a busy schedule. The three keynote speakers, Professor Cathy Burnett, Dr Julia Gillen and Professor Heather Lotherington provided fascinating overviews of their research on children’s digital literacy practices in early years settings and schools.
Stephane Chaudron from the EU Commission Joint Research Council gave an update on a project she is leading across 18 countries on young child children’s digital literacy. The report from the pilot project with 7 countries has now been published as an electronic book, available here.
Ioanna Palaiologou, representing the Digital Childhoods Special Interest Group of the European Early Childhood Research Association, presented the outcomes of a project she undertook on under 5’s use of technologies in the home.
There were two fascinating accounts of policy in relation to young children’s digital literacy in Finland and Denmark, presented by Saara Salomaa from the National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI)of Finland and Anne Meth Thorhauge from the Danish Media Council for Children and Young People.
All of these presentations generated much interest and discussion and are availbale vis the links below.
On the second day of the Action, the Working Groups spent all day working on various projects, and the outcomes from these will be available in due course. The Management Committee would like to thank Dr Stavroula Kontovourki from the University of Cyprus for her excellent organisation of the meeting.
We now look forward to the next meeting, 7-8th November in Prague. On 8th November, the Action will be involved in the ECREA 2016 pre-conference – Research of Children, Youth and Media. We welcome you all to the conference – abstracts should be submitted by 30th April 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org and details can be found here.
Presentations from the meeting can be found here:
Cathy Burnett 21st Literacies
Julia Gillen NP3
Heather Lotherington Literacy Aquisition
Saara Salommaa Multiliteracy, ICT and Media Education