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Places still available on Educational Apps course in February

If you would like to take part in the week-long residential course ‘Creating (Simple) Educational Apps’ running from 10-14 February in Leuven, Belgium places are still available. This hands-on training course provides participants with the basics of creating simple apps for the classroom. There is no need for programming experience as the trainees will work with tools that keep the programming itself to a minimum. Participants will be introduced to the general value apps can have in enhancing learning opportunities for learners of every age, this includes the use of both existing apps and the creation and publication of user-generated apps. Contact Tânia Vargas via e-mail: tania.vargas@atit.be to secure your place.

Over 60 particpants from 16 different countries attended the REC:all Lecture Capture workshop 2013

The second edition of the REC:all Lecture Capture workshop was held on Wednesday 11 December as a pre-conference of the Media & Learning Conference 2013. The workshop was held in the state of the art AGORA Learning Centre of KU Leuven in Belgium, where the innovative Flexispace offered 61 participants from 16 different countries a space to listen, discuss, collaborate and network all in the same place.

Film English and Dans les murs de la Casbah win top prizes at MEDEA Awards 2013

For the second year running a French university has taken the top professional award at the MEDEA Awards with the announcement that Dans les murs de la Casbah... submitted by Université Rennes 2 is the winner of the MEDEA Professional Production Award. The overall prize for the MEDEA User-Generated Award went to Film English by UAB Idiomes, Spain. The winners were announced during the MEDEA Awards Ceremony which took place as part of the Media & Learning Conference in the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training headquarters in Brussels. This year the competition attracted a record breaking 342 entries from 37 countries. Find out more and take a look at the showreel will all finalists.

Special edition of the Media and Learning News available

The special edition of the Media and Learning News to celebrate the 4th Media and Learning Conference taking place on 12-13 December in Brussels is now available!

Highlights include articles about PLURAL+: A platform for youth media by Jordi Torrent, Report on media education in 4 countries by Remco Pijpers, EMEDUS maps out the future of media literacy in Europe by Juanfran Martinez, MEDEAnet Report on media literacy and media education in the curriculum plus plenty of other news, notifications and announcements related to the use of media in education and training. Read it now!

Scientix actively promoting collaboration amongst European Science projects

The Scientix team at European SchoolNet organised a gathering of people responsible for dissemination of European Science projects on 29 November in Brussels. The idea was to find ways in which to collaborate and to ensure the disssemination efforts of individual projects are as effective as possible.

ATiT was represented by Joasia van Kooten on behalf of the SAILS project on assessment in Inquiry based Science Education and by Janine Duchar on behalf of the Inspiring Science Education project which is running large-scale pilot activities in Europe aimed at enthusing and engaging students in science.

Ideas discussed included the organisation of joint activities, common strategies related to engaging teachers, data exchange and sharing and joint initiatives in addressing policy-makers. This event also provided an opportunity for Sally Reynolds from ATiT to give a presentation about the outputs and results of the Web2LLP project on the use of social media by European project managers.

Report highlights the crucial role of teachers in effective media-based learning and education for media literacy

The second annual report in the ‘Charting Media and Learning in Europe’ series is now available. This report describes the extent to which media-based learning and education for media literacy is incorporated into curriculum design for compulsory level education in Estonia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and the regions of Baden-Württemberg in Germany, Flanders in Belgium and Upper Austria. It also reports on organisations actively engaged in this process and on examples of good practice.

Overall the situation varies greatly from country to country and there is a variety of ways of integrating media-based learning and education for media literacy in the curriculum from an integrated approach across different subjects, to very specific subject related formulations. There is also a significant discrepancy between what is written in curricula and effective daily classroom practice. In other words, even if media literacy is integrated in the curriculum, it mostly still depends on the initiative/freedom/autonomy of the teacher whether or not it is implemented, and in what way. This has led the research team to conclude that the role played by teachers is crucial and to make a recommendation for more investment in relevant teacher training and support.

Movies and music top this year’s MEDEA Awards

The 9 finalists for the 2013 Annual MEDEA Awards have been announced and will feature in the programme of the Media & Learning Conference. They include excellent examples of user-generated and professionally produced educational media resources coming from 5 countries; Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. They cover all spectrums of learning including cultural awareness, language learning, citizenship, media literacy and science teaching. The overall winner will be announced during the MEDEA Awards Ceremony which takes place on Thursday 12 December at the Media & Learning Conference 2013 in Brussels. For more details check out the press release.

November issue of Media & Learning News Available Now

The November issue of Media & Learning News is online!

Highlights include feature articles about the future of education by Mauro Calise, about media literacy by Martina Chapman, speaker in the Media and Learning Conference 2013 and about lecture capture by Sylvia Moes, VU University, The Netherlands.

Check out these highlights and much more here

Live surgery transmission

On Friday 18 October, ATiT produced a live interactive video transmission between the H Hart Hospital in Leuven and the Martin's Klooster hotel, where a group of specialist knee surgeons gathered to follow a demonstration of the Rigidfix Curve, a new surgical device developed by DepuySynthes, a division of Johnson&Johnson. The live demonstrations by surgeons in the hospital were commented live for the remote audience who could interact with the surgeons during the operation. ATiT 5-man crew provided all audio-visual facilities and support for this successful presentation.

Autumn edition of the course on "Using Video to Support Teaching and Learning" attracted teachers from 7 different countries

The autumn edition of the course on “Using Video to Support Teaching and Learning” was organised by ATiT between 21-25 October. 9 teachers attended the course and they came from 7 different countries: Turkey, Poland, Romania, Italy, Reunion (France), Portugal and the Netherlands. This residential training course is aimed at trainers and teachers who would like to find out more about using video to support their teaching activities and covers the use of existing video as well as the creation of their own materials. Via practical exercises the participants learned how to write, shoot and edit their own short educational film. A presentation of the films they produced took place on 24 October followed by a small reception. The next course organised by ATiT will be held in February on “Creating (simple) Educational Apps” for more info about this course have a look here: http://www.atit.be/apps-course