The MEDEAnet project, in which ATiT is the managing partner, held a project meeting in sunny Sofia on 19-20 September. One of the main goals of the meeting was to work on this year’s report on “Charting Media and Learning in Europe” a follow-up of the first report produced in 2011. Whereas the first report mainly tried to map the general status of Media Literacy and Media Education in partner countries, the second report aims to go one step further, by making a first comparison between the extent to which Media Literacy and Media Education feature in the curricula of partner countries. During the meeting the team also discussed the planning of workshops and webinars in the coming academic year. With workshops like “Use of Documentary film in the Classroom” in Romania and “The impact of multimedia on reading” in Belgium and webinars on “eBook creation” in German and “Mobile Learning” in English, this academic year promises to bring a lot of interesting new network activities. After the project meeting a small reception was organised by the Bulgarian partner, ITPIO, which gave partners the opportunity to meet interesting people in the field of the education and the University world in Bulgaria. The next MEDEAnet project meeting is planned for April, in Athens, Greece. The next MEDEAnet webinar is planned for 10 October: “Media-supported language learning”.
The latest issue of the Media & Learning News includes an article about the Image Conference written by Kieran Donaghy from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, a review of trends in educational media based on an analysis of 5 Years of MEDEA Awards' entries by Eunika Rukmi, Università della Calabria, Italy, a description of how the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia in Spain is using lecture capture to support their courses and a summary of how secondary school students are developing their media and digital literacies based on a recent book by Reijo Kupiainen, University of Tampere, Finland.
The newsletter also provides information about useful resource materials for teachers and trainers, the latest news from the Media & Learning network and a wealth of other items including news about events and tools related to the use of media in teaching and learning. Read the full newsletter here.
A final conference entitled Media literacy for the 21st century will be held in Opatija. Croatia on 14-15 September 2013, This event is the final event in the one year IPA Project Media Literacy for the 21st century which involves two VET Graphics Schools from Zagreb and Rijeka and the Telecentar from Zagreb. This 2 day workshop will provide an overview of media literacy initiatives in Croatia as well as the general status of ICT use in supporting learning. It will report also on the concrete outcomes of the project. A presentation about the MEDEAnet network will be given by Sally Reynolds from ATiT and about EUscreenXL by Mathy Vanbue from ATiT. More information about the project is available here.
The EUscreenXL Consortium met from 4 till 6 September 2013 at the KDEPAM in Mykonos, for a workshop focused on content ingestion of audiovisual archives in Europeana and in the EUscreen portals. This workshop organised by Natioanl Technological University of Athens, also provided opportunities to co-design new applications and tools to deploy and exploit the EUscreen content for education or other uses. ATiT will be responsible for evaluation of the EUscreen pilots in the following months. Pilots are planned in the domains of creative reuse, research and public use of audiovisual archives.
The organisers of the Media & Learning Conference have launched the programme for this year’s conference on 12-13 December. With inputs from media producers, educational policy advisers, innovation experts and inspiring practitioners this event is a ‘must-attend’ for anyone interested in harnessing the power of media to create learning opportunities that meet the needs of today’s learners. Check out the most recent press release for a list of highlights. The programme is available here and you can register here.
Final countdown begins: with just 5 weeks left to the closing entry deadline on 30 September, a call is going out to educational media producers all over Europe to submit their entries to this year’s MEDEA Awards. Entry to this competition is free and professional and non-professional producers are invited to enter all types of innovative educational media to Europe’s premier educational media competition.
A 10 hour course on the use of social media to support LLP managers and partners beginning in September is now open for registrations. This course is made up of 5 one hour webinars and a series of tasks and activities carried out by participants in their own time. Drawing on the expertise of the Web2LLP project partners, this course will also feature inputs from colleagues with experience in the use of social media to support LLP projects. The course in English will begin on Wednesday 4 September at 15.00 CET, and in French on Friday 6 September at 10.00 CET. Register for the English course here and for the French course here .
Here in ATiT we welcomed a new colleague today, she is Tânia Vargas from Portugal who will be taking over the running of the MEDEA Awards and the Media & Learning Conference Secretariats from Nikki Cortoos who is leaving us after 6 years.
Tânia will also be involved in several European project activities and in managing the planning and delivery of courses run by ATiT on video to support teaching and learning and the creation of educational apps. We are all looking forward to working with Tânia.
Planning is going well for a full day international workshop on Lecture Capture to take place on Wednesday 11 December in KU Leuven Belgium. This workshop takes place right before the Media & Learning Conference and is the final REC:all project event.
This workshop will bring together educators, administrators and suppliers to exchange useful ideas on the future of lecture capture. It builds on the success of the 2012 Lecture Capture workshop organised in Leuven which brought together almost 60 participants from 14 countries.
The day will start with a series of showcases highlighting case studies on the topic of up-scaling and large-scale integration of lecture capture in higher education. After lunch break participants can take part in a series of World Café discussions intended to refine the final guides produced by the REC:all project. These discussions will be followed by Expert sessions on three specific topics: Copyright, Storage and Translation.
For all updated info about the workshop programme and information about registration – check this page.
The August edition of the Media & Learning Newsletter is now available for download.
Highlights in this month's newsletter include an article on encouraging teenagers to read by Jan T'Sas and his colleagues at the University of Antwerp, a report on creating effective multimedia courses for older people based on the MEDEA Awards prize winner "All that Jazz" and presented by Raúl Jiménez and his colleagues at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain and a description of how the University of Lorraine is flipping classrooms for first year medical students given by Gérard Casanova.
The newsletter also includes up-to-date news about developments in the media and film literacy sector, notices about innovative media education projects and initiatives, tips about useful apps and resources that you can use and notifications about events and competitions including the MEDEA Awards. Don't miss it!