The newly launched Media & Learning Association was presented at the DIVERSE conference in Osnabrueck today. This conference organised together with the Opencast Matterhorn conference attracted almost 100 people involved in University video services. Sally Reynolds presented the new association supported by the MEDEAnet project and explained the various services offered by the association to institutional members. Her presentation, entitled "Building a community of practice in the best use of media to support learning" is available on online.
Sally Reynolds from ATiT gave a presentation about the Web2LLP project on Saturday 15 June during the annual EDEN conference held this year in Oslo. Her presentation entitled “Steering a Safe Route through the Social Media Minefield” is available on the Web2LLP SlideShare account.
In this presentation she focused on the findings of the project team in relation to social media usage amongst Lifelong Learning Projects supported by the European Commission and highlighted several good practices. She went on to describe the work being done by the project team to support LLP projects in their use of social media and finished with several recommendations emerging from this experience.
Find out more about this project here and sign up for the next course delivered online about the use of social media to support Lifelong Learning Projects.
ATiT organised the MEDEAnet sixth webinar on 6 June 2013, which focussed on Creative Commons (CC) licences. As CC licences define how content shared with others can be used freely (if the terms of CC licensing are respected), it offers teachers and trainers a lot of opportunities when developing their own teaching materials and media. We invited Billy Meinke from the Creative Commons headquarters in the USA who gave the 35 participants from 16 different countries first-hand insight into the different CC licences.
On 6 June 2013 MEDEAnet will organise a one hour webinar where teachers and trainers can learn more about the application of different Creative Commons licenses and find out what you have to respect when you produce your own media. Billy Meinke (Creative Commons, USA) will give insights into what it means to use licensed materials or develop licensed materials. Register for free here.
ATiT is managing the MEDEAnet project, which aims to promote media-based learning to organisations and practitioners through local training and networking events, online resources and knowledge sharing.
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.