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The Use of Media in Educational Institutions

The Use of Media in Educational Institutions

The German Section, School of Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics, welcomes you to attend a seminar by Dr Kathrin Mertes, Institute of Education, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz, Germany in Week 2. Dr Mertes is visiting the University of Limerick under the auspices of the Erasmus Mobility Programme and is being hosted by Dr Joachim Fischer.


The Use of Media in Educational Institutions

Dr Kathrin Mertes, Institute of Education, University of Mainz


 Date:  Friday, 5 February 2016

 Time:  10.00 – 11.50 am*

 Venue:  D1049, Main Building


Growing up in the 21st century makes it almost impossible to avoid media. Using tablets, smartphones as well as the Internet and social media provides the user with almost endless possibilities, but also raises new challenges for user, parents, and teachers alike. There is huge demand for media literacy, and educational institutions seem the perfect place to meet this demand. During our lecture, we will focus on problems and possibilities when using media in schools and kindergartens and discuss German and Irish standards and experiences.


Bio: Dr. Kathrin Mertes is a research associate within the working group for media education in the Institute of Education at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Her field of research is Children and Media, and her PhD thesis explored children’s perception of different genres of educational TV programmes and what they can learn from these. Kathrin Mertes is currently involved in a research project evaluating the use of tablets in kindergarten.


* Dr Mertes will be speaking for about 40 minutes, allowing those of you who have another class at 11 to leave before the seminar opens out into a broader discussion. The slot is intended for LP6004 Language Pedagogy for Professional Masters in Education (Languages) Year 2, but there will be a number of spare seats available if you would like to attend.