Increasing interest in climate change
How do you get students more interested in learning about climate change? Portuguese teachers are using video, pictures and social media when teaching this important topic.
“We are living in the digital age, so if we don't give students what they are good at, we can forget about their involvement. If we want pupils to learn about and act on climate change we have to motivate them,” says Carla Machado, a teacher from the Vieira de Araújo School Group, in Vieira do Minho in Portugal. She is one of many primary and secondary school teachers in Portugal who are now learning how to use digital media when teaching climate change.
José Bastos, a teacher from the Cister School Group, in Alcobaça, agrees:
“The use of video resources, pictures and social networks in teaching climate change is a more effective and interactive way of learning. Today's students are by default digital natives. The use of digital media increases their interest in learning. When a student sees a video on climate change it creates greater interest than if the same content is on paper.”
The University of Oporto in Portugal has created a open online course which allows teachers to learn more about how to teach climate change using digital media in the classroom. The course was opened this September, is free and can be used by anyone anywhere. The aim of the course is to provide teachers with new tools to more effectively communicate the changes that are happening to the climate and its causes, impacts and possible solutions in a language familiar to the students.
The course is a part the project Clima@EduMedia funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants. The University of Iceland is a partner in the project. They contribute among other things with experience from Iceland in engaging young people to be interested in environmental knowledge.
As part of the Clima@EduMedia project, around 540 secondary school students from 30 schools have also already produced media content on climate change. The project will also launch a national competition for the best climate change adaptation and mitigation ideas developed by students.
Clim@EduMedia - Climate Change: Learning through student media
Faculty of Arts of the University of Oporto
Type of Institution:
University, college or other teaching institution, research institute or think-tank
Clima@EduMedia it’s a project that seeks innovative approaches for teaching and learning content related to climate change, specifically in the areas of mitigation and adaptation. The Project will address public education on climate change at school level, focusing on training of teachers, production of educational materials and a competition for climate change measures at the school level.Through the network of school newspapers, television channels and radio, the project develops a transdisciplinary strategy of learning through media. By creating communicative materials (a video, a radio program, infographics or a press kit), students will be able to learn, think about solutions for adaptation and mitigation for their schools and cities, communicate and share their ideas on climate change to everyone.The project encompasses several activities:training on the use of media, educational materials, workshops and labs for collaborative content production, online platform for experience sharing and a final contest for schools to present their best ideas for mitigation and adaptation of climate change.