The first line-up of keynote speakers for this year’s Media & Learning Conference taking place on 12-13 December has been announced.
The list includes Film Director Baroness Beeban Kidron who has spent the last 30 years working in feature film, television drama and documentary film and and is co-founder of the education charity FILMCLUB, the largest cultural programme in UK schools, with over 7,000 film clubs engaging over 220,000 children and young people each week.
She will be joined by Prof. Renee Hobbs who is an internationally recognised authority on digital and media literacy education. Renee is Professor and Founding Director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island, USA. As the Founder of the Media Education Lab she develops programs that advance media literacy education through scholarship and community service.
Dr. Sian Bayne is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, whose research is focused on the many ways in which the digital changes and challenges education, with a focus on distance education, higher education, MOOCs and museum learning.
The fourth keynote that was announced is Aidan Chambers, well known British author of children's and young-adult novels who has launched his own app TABLET TALES, with which he is beginning to explore the effect on his own work of writing for the iPad.
This conference now in its fourth year is organised by the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training and ATiT and is held in the Ministry Headquarters in Brussels. The main theme for the conference is Media Education and Literacy: Equipping Learners for Open, Creative Learning Futures. This theme is at the heart of what will be a unique conference programme exploring the role of creativity and innovation in education and training against the backdrop of dramatic change in how, where and what learners learn.
Registration for the Media & Learning Conference is now open and the deadline for submission of ideas for the conference is 1 June 2013.You can find out more from the conference website.
The SAILS partners gathered for a 2 day general meeting for the third time, on 16-17 May in London. The meeting was hosted by the partners from King’s College, who were also the organisers of a teacher education workshop the Wednesday before. At this workshop experienced teachers in the field of inquiry science teaching were invited to discuss and try out some assessment methodologies together with some of the SAILS partners. During the next two project meeting days the time was well used to discuss different assessment methodologies that could be used in classrooms aiming to set a first framework for an overall assessment strategy for inquiry based science education.
In the next period SAILS partners will carry out further research on assessment frameworks and instruments that could be used for IBSE skills. From September onwards all countries will initiate a new series of workshops with their teachers, trying out together with them the newly developed assessment methodologies. Furthermore online national and European Communities of Practice have been set up on the project website and all practitioners (teachers, educators, researchers) and everybody else interested are invited to join these online communities to discuss and share content about inquiry based science and the assessment strategies they find useful.
ATiT are partners in this project with responsibility for dissemination. Information about SAILS is available from the project website.
ATiT met with its 7 MEDEAnet partners in Bucharest on 23-24 April for an appraisal and planning meeting. Hosted by the Romanian partner, the NGO ActiveWatch, this meeting focused on supporting the developing the Media & Learning network, how to facilitate the steady growth of the network and plans for the coming 6 months. Partners’ workshop and webinar plans and the preparation of the 2012 report on the status of media education and media literacy in partners’ countries occupied much of the discussion along with discussions about the launch of the new Media & Learning Association.
The online social media course aimed at Lifelong Learning Project managers and staff being run by ATiT as a partner in the Web2LLP project is now fully operational. The first two weekly sessions of this 5 week course have been delivered to up to 30 participants and responses have been really positive so far. This course serves as a pilot for the full version of the course which will be run in Italian in June and in French and English in September. To find out more including how you can register, visit the Web2LLP online training site.
If you would like to Join us in Brussels on 11-13 December 2013 for the Media & Learning Conference to meet fellow practitioners and policy makers who are interested in media-supported learning you are invited to apply for a grant under the Comenius, Grundtvig or Erasmus funding programmes of the European Commission to attend this conference before the deadline of 30 April 2013.
The full cost of participation in this 3-day residential course is € 873.50, this covers the costs of accommodation, conference registration and materials, as well as travel. Funding to cover the full cost of participation is available to non-Belgian residents within the European Union, and is available through the European Commission programmes Comenius (for staff in school education) and Grundtvig programme (for staff in adult education).
ATiT is organising two teacher courses in October 2013 on the topic of creating educational videos or apps. These 5-day courses will take place in the lovely University city of Leuven in Belgium and are open to European teachers and trainers. For more information see the course pages:
- ‘Creating (simple) Educational Apps’ on 7-12 October 2013
- ‘Using videos to support lifelong learning’ on 21 - 26 October 2013
Apply for funding before 30 April 2013!
Teachers, trainers and staff working in schools or higher education and residing in the EU (with the exception of Belgian participants) can apply for funding to cover the full participation costs including travel and accommodation, which is available through the Comenius/Grundtvig programme of the European Commission.
Yesterday ATiT published the April Issue of Media & Learning News, which covers news about the Global Forum for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GFPMIL), the VideoMuseums project and Art hopping supported by the Roland Film Collection and ICOM.
Feature articles include 'Collaborative game making: the magical touch' by Jeffrey Earp (ITD-CNR), 'Do-it-yourself video lectures at KU Leuven (2)' by Roman Verraest (KU Leuven) and 'Heads up for Video Editing in the Cloud - part 4' by Mathy Vanbuel, ATiT.
Furthermore, this month's issue also announces the interesting conference themes for the Media & Learning Conference 2013, plus plenty of other news, notifications and announcements related to the use of media in education and training. Read it here now.
More than 50 teachers from primary through to senior schools coming from the municipality of Blagoevgrad in Bulgaria are taking part in a 2 day workshop organised by MEDEAnet partner ITPIO in association with the Regional Inspectorate of Education on 3-4 April.
This workshop being led by Mathy Vanbuel from ATiT in Belgium includes practical exercises whereby teachers created their own video resources for use in a flipped classroom. Other presentations included inputs from teachers about specific IT related initiatives in the region. These were a project about the use of 3D with autistic children, an experience with an audience respose system and the experiences of a teacher on the use of software for web development.
This is the first workshop to be organised in Bulgaria in the context of the MEDEAnet project. Information about other workshops and webinars being organised is available on the project website: www.medeanet.eu.
Web2LLP project partners have launched a series of free online training courses about the use of web strategies and social media tools aimed at anyone involved in European projects supported under the Lifelong Learning Programme.
These courses are made up of 5 modules each lasting 2 hours which will be delivered via webinar sessions taking place at different times in April and May. There will be three such courses, one in French (starting on 19 April), one in Italian (starting on 23 April) and one in English (starting on 30 April). To find out more and to register for one of these courses please visit the online course information. The number of people who can be accommodated is limited so early registration is encouraged.
The project web site now contains a wealth of resources on the topic of social media including video tutorials, showcases, downloadable versions of the 3 handbooks, video tutorials as well as showcases of good-practice LLP projects with interviews, along with links to other useful materials and resources.
Materials available from the fifth MEDEAnet webinar, on videos for teaching and flipping the classroomSubmitted Monday, March 25, 2013 - 13:50
On 21 March 2013 ATiT organised a one hour webinar in the framework of the MEDEAnet project. The webinar entitled Videos for Teaching had a special focus on the recent trend 'Flipping the Classroom', which attracted 40 participants from 15 countries. The invited speakers were Olaf de Groot (De Verdieping, Stichting Kennisnet, the Netherlands) and Bram Faems (Jonatan Academie and KlasCement, Belgium), who also answered questions from the online audience in an open discussion. A recording and the presentations are now available online.