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The June issue of the Media & Learning News is out!

Highlights include featured articles about the Media and Information Literacy conference in Paris by Sally Reynolds, an article by Daniel de Luca about Devox4Kids – organising sessions where children can develop computer games, program robots and have an introduction to electronics, and an article by Rauna Rahja: “Coding skills not enough in an information society”.

Amongst other news, read about the Winner of the iPro survey draw in Belgium, tips for using media to engage and teach and News about ELIADEMY – a free platform for teacher and educators for creating free video content for students.

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Inspiring Science Education – opportunities for schools to pilot

ATiT is one of the consortium partners in the Inspiring Science Education project, whose aim is to provide digital resources and opportunities for teachers to help them make science education more attractive and relevant to students’ lives. ATiT’s role is to support the dissemination of the project throughout Europe and to run pilot activities in Flanders. Through the Inspiring Science Education website and portal and the activities organised by the partners, teachers can help students make their own scientific discoveries, witness and understand natural and scientific phenomena and access the latest, interactive tools and digital resources from within their classrooms.

As a project team we are aiming for large-scale take-up of these opportunities amongst European science teachers. Pilot activities will take place in 5,000 primary and secondary schools in 15 European countries. During these pilots, teachers will be accessing interactive simulations, educational games and eScience applications and integrating them with extra-curricular activities, such as field trips to science centres and discovery parks, and virtual visits to research centres.

The Inspiring Science Project partners are working to create innovative Learning Scenario Demonstrators for use in the classroom. You can find some examples in the Showcase section
These and many more ready to use lessons for inquiry-based teaching and learning will soon be available on the Inspiring Science Education portal.

To find out how to be an Inspiring Science Education Pilot School in 3 easy steps, click here Participate.

Successful First Media Literacy Forum Takes Place in Paris

The Media and Learning Association and ATiT were represented at the Media and Information Literacy Forum which took place on 27-28 May in the Parisian headquarters of UNESCO. Involving about 300 people from all over the world, this forum served to highlight just how much interest there is in the topic of media and information literacy (MIL), and perhaps more importantly, just how wide-ranging this interest is. This forum jointly organized by UNESCO and the EMEDUS project represented the final event of EMEDUS which is a European Commission supported project investigating media literacy in Europe. It made for a fitting end to this project and was very successful in bringing together such a rich diversity of speakers and stakeholders to review the work of the project and consider its recommendations.Read more about the forum.

Winner of the iPro survey draw receives his prize!

On Thursday May 22, the winner of the iPro Survey draw in Belgium, Casimir De Kimpe, received his prize - an iPad. Casimir is an editor who works at the Austrian television broadcaster. The prize was delivered by Sally Reynolds, from ATiT.
The iPro project is a project which is all about matching the needs of the interactive media and arts design business and higher and further education institutions for Media and Arts Design Studies.
iPro began in October and is in the process of analysing the answers given in the project survey in order to investigate the potential for a closer collaboration between HEIs and VET providers in 8 European countries focused on detection of possible skills and competences mismatches between education and the professional world. The partners plan to put in place a pilot mechanism to address this mismatch by designing and piloting a curriculum design framework for use in this specific sector.
For more information about the project please click here

The May issue of the Media & Learning News is out!

The May issue of the Media & Learning News is now available. Highlights in this month's newsletter include several news items as well as three featured articles: Most young people go online for fun - but they want to learn more... by Alicia McGivern; Students’ documentaristic glances through the VideoMuseums programme by Maria Leonida and Creative Classrooms: Insights from Imaginative and Innovative Teaching in Ireland, North and South (CCIT) by Céline Healy.
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Teachers Workshop on Strengthening STEM Competencies in the Classroom

As part of our work in supporting the roll-out of the Inspiring Science Education project for Flemish schools, ATiT is co-organising a workshop with Rhombus who supply Vernier products to Flemish schools on Wednesday 14 May from 14.00 to 17.00 in the Rhombus training centre in Antwerp. Part of this workshop will focus specifically on the use of video in the science teaching classroom and will feature the Video Physics app from Vernier which supports physics teachers by providing an easy to use method to perform on-the-go analysis of interesting motions like measuring the velocity of a child’s swing, a roller-coaster, or a car. This interactive Inspiring Science Education workshop will provide an opportunity to find out about the latest Vernier applications and how you can access them through participating in the Inspiring Science project. This workshop will be in Dutch, find out more including how to register for free here.

We're calling all educational media producers to participate in the MEDEA Awards 2014!

The call for entries to the MEDEA Awards 2014 has been announced. The aim of this annual competition is to encourage innovation and good practice in the use of media (audio, video, graphics and animation) in education. The awards also recognise and promote excellence in the production and pedagogical design of media-rich learning resources. Last year the awards received over 340 high-quality submissions, of which 6 winners were selected and presented in the MEDEA Awards ceremony that took place during the Media & Learning Conference. The deadline to submit your entry is 30 September 2014. Entries can be submitted in English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish, professional as well as user-generated projects can be submitted. To learn how you can submit your production check the MEDEA Awards website or read more details in the press release.

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Meet EMMA - a brand new multilingual MOOC Platform for Europe

On Monday 14 April 2014, 12 leading universities and companies in 8 European countries announced the launch of the new EMMA project which will provide access to MOOCs in different languages and supported by automatic transcription. The first EMMA MOOCs will go live in September 2014 and are provided by universities in Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the UK on subjects as diverse as Business Management, Social Innovation and Cultural Heritage, Climate Change and Searching on the Internet. Announcing the launch of EMMA today, the project coordinator Rosanna De Rosa said “EMMA provides an exciting opportunity for both students and MOOC providers in Europe to benefit from a simple user-friendly platform that provides unique multilingual access to MOOCs – we are looking forward to rolling out this service in the coming 6 months”.

Latest issue of Media & Learning News now available

The April issue of the Media & Learning News is now available.
Highlights include an article on Using Primetime Fiction to Teach Politics in the Classroom: TV series The West Wing and Borgen as Media Resources by Maria Cervera, an article on the Eurovision Academy Master Class on Digital Media Literacy by Nathalie Labourdette, an article on Building Media Literacy Skills via Hands-On Production Experience by Julia Griffey, news articles about the fist keynotes for Media & Learning conference 2014, the Media & Learning Association webinars and plenty of other news, notifications and announcements related to the use of media in education and training.

Knowledge Exchange Workshop at the Indonesian BNPB, National Agency for Disaster Management

From 24th till 28th of March 24 Mathy Vanbuel visited the Indonesian National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) (BNPB (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana - http://www.bnpb.go.id) to work with them on the development of capacity in the area of disaster management. As part of a team from the World Bank, he delivered a workshop in the university of Indonesia on GDLN and the use of videoconferencing for distance training. Together with Steffen Janus (WB) and Nicolas Meyer (WB) he provided a well attended workshop titled "The art of Knowledge Capturing" at the University of Gadjah Mada (http://www.ugm.ac.id/en/) in Yogyakarta. More than 40 participants, students of the University's MTPBA Program as well as staff and cadres from the national BNBP and local BPBDs joined the workshop to explore ways in which their experiences and expertise could be captured in order to be shared and exchanged with others. This workshop may be provided to other organisations in the future.