LCMC Media Lab is a creative space in which parents, guardians, instructors and teens are exposed to media technology through digital literacy training that spurs imagination, critical thinking and love for God.
The Media Lab offers two projects:
- Digital Media Literacy (DML) for Parents, Guardians and Instructors
- Online Learning in Spirituality and Critical Thinking
Digital Media Literacy (DML) for Parents, Guardians and Instructors
LCMC Digital Media Literacy (DML) is organized into two:
- Imparting Skills and knowledge on digital trends
- Formal training on the critical consumption of media content
LCMC’s Digital Media Literacy (DML) provides both online and offline knowledge on spirituality sources, credibility, relevance, and usability on the part of consumers including teens.
Moreover, the Digital Media Literacy (DML) program supports learning institutions to identify appropriate content online, deconstruct the texts and subtexts of such content in line with spiritual formation and value-based learning.
LCMC provides technical knowledge on Digital Media Literacy (DML) at three levels as outlined below:
Basic law and argumentation on children’s rights, obligations, and responsibilities are paramount. The value systems of children and youth content producers are not necessarily similar to Christian values. The production values in programs is often a rigorous process, premeditated and packaged with specific outcomes in mind.
LCMC will engage experienced experts in specific thematic areas of select popular online films and videos to give input. This way, the Centre will offer high-quality service to parents and instructors on complexities in postmodern arguments that tend to overshadow faith. Meanings in film and video productions are never meant to be obvious as they are presented in edutainment formats. In this era when citizens who may not know the professional ethos of production are producers, children can be exposed to misinformation and disinformation.
Teaching about faith is not as straight forward as they sound in catechism. The younger generation is inquisitive and yet available online secular content could confuse young people as they consume online content. If a teen asks ‘google’ the question, does God exist? Unless there is proper guidance from parents and instructors, the online responses can be very confusing.
LCMC engages theologians for thematic areas on select popular films and videos that could mislead online faith audiences, particularly children. This will complement the philosophy level (argumentation) so that the faith of the child is grounded on proper reasoning.
Mostly features in media literacy programs. Helps parents and instructors recognize deeper meanings in media productions particularly those meant for teen’s consumption. There are many sites and many programs for children online some of which could be harmful . LCMC filters them out and providesinformation on usable spiritual content for children.
Online Learning in Spirituality and Critical Thinking
The digital learning program is pegged on Ignatian pedagogy of learning whereby teens (the Igniters) learn better presentation and argumentative skills, and basic knowledge on both theological and philosophical thinking while using a combination of multiple media formats. Our goal is to form teens into responsible citizens.
- Create interactive stories that can be shared with other teens.
- Action training for teens to produce alternative content for themselves and others.
- Basic digital and computational thinking in teens based on the Ignatian pedagogy of learning.