Boomering – Breaking fake news by self-critical mind

An innovative project, mixing differents fields of education players interventions, BOOMERING-project is carried by five partners, designed by family and social associations with the support of two universities, various associated organizations and seasoned experts experienced in fake-news, right-of-way phenomena and the development of appropriate digital tools.

The partnership involves

Its ambition is to provide for Educator with interactive and collaborative digital tools designed to fight the growing attraction of teenagers aged 10 to 19, and sometimes their elders, to conspiracy or obscurantist theories (e.g. scientific, historical, religious or political) conveyed by the Internet and social networks.

In addition to strengthening critical thinking, Boomering-project also intends to support the Educator in developing the spirit of self-criticism as intellectual self-defence, using appropriate training tools such as MOOC and BLENDED LEARNING.

Such learning can only be based on concrete experiences, which are meant for all and share common values, and which are part of the socio-cultural heritage of the European Union. This learning must be corroborated by an elaborated and shared ethic, based on innovative tools allowing a media education, integrating the new digital information environments which differ according to the socio-demographic characteristics of the public. These tools adapt to this diversity and develop better information literacy on the Net.

Achieving these objectives presupposes that the project partners forge lasting links between all the stakeholders in Education (from university research and innovation to formal and non-formal education structures), and Society (civil society including NGOs and groups of parents in schools; political and economic actors; local authorities, etc.). The tools we propose aims, therefore, to be efficient, reliable and fun, but also favour an experiential approach by being attractive enough to involve parents (or educators) and teenagers and make them want to use them. They must also be visible and well referenced to appear in a good place on the net and on social networks.

TALOS, a conversational digital robot, opens up a primary dialogue (front desk) between young people and adults at any time. It can retrieve (non-private) data and offer personalised information adapted to each person.

PAREIDOLOIA promotes an experiential approach, knowing that the truth perceived by one is not necessarily the truth perceived by the other, depending on the angle of view chosen.

The interest in developing a statistical, census and cartographic referencing tool, MAPPING of the different info themes, in order to study their evolution in real-time and overtime. As an information and educational tool for educators, this collection of usable data will be available to European researchers and experts.

The project is supported by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Union.

Find out more on Boomering website.