06 SES 06 A, Media Culture in Schools
The Survey commissioned in 2011 by the European Commission (Survey of Schools: ICT in Education, 2013) has shown some interesting tendencies of the new educational landscape, according to the priorities of the Digital Agenda for Europe and the EU2020 goals. The report describes the ways in which information and communication technologies affect the ways of teaching and learning in 31 European countries.
Many studies have demonstrated that the new digital technologies (together with other variables, for example the human factors) can radically change the school environment, offering to education systems new opportunities, but also introducing some criticalities. Education systems are expected to promote new ways of teaching, developing the knowledge and key competences needed by 21st century societies (European Commission, 2009).
The objective of this paper is to analyze critically, and from a sociological perspective, the Italian school context in comparison with the other European countries, identifying the conditions that promote or prevent the full integration of ICT in school, the cultivation of a digital media culture and the promotion of new media literacies (Livingstone, Bober & Helsper, 2005; Tirocchi, 2013).
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