21 teachers and trainers from all over Europe have converged on Leuven this week to discover how to create and use educational apps.This week-long hands-on training course is providing them with the basics of creating simple apps for the classroom and their goal is to conceive, plan and create a simple app for teaching purposes utilising the skills and knowledge they have gained by the end of the week. Course participants have a variety of experience but all share an enthusiasm for the task ahead. As well as finding out more about creating educational apps, they are also enjoying the experience of getting to know one another and to enjoy visiting the city of Leuven.
On Thursday 24th and Friday 25th January 2013 Mathy Vanbuel participated in the Forward Look Final Conference “Media Studies – New Media and New Literacies” organised by the European Science Foundation that took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The Forward Look on Media Studies – New Media and New Literacies was designed to address some of the societal challenges posed by the profound changes in media and communication technologies and cultures over the past two decades, namely by defining a common European research agenda for media studies and specifying the institutional frameworks that would promote the organisational cohesion of media research in Europe.
The Final Conference followed closely on the four thematic workshops in 2012 which were devoted to defining challenges in key areas of research in media studies (see www.esf.org/mediastudies). The Final Report of the activity that includes research and policy recommendations, was discussed during the conference which brought together a broad audience of key stakeholders: researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and others. The conclusions of the conference will feed into the final report that is expected to be widely disseminated among academic and policy audiences in April 2013.
Together with LearningTour in the Netherlands, ATiT is running a 5 day residential training course on Creating Educational Apps beginning on 4 February in the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe. 21 teachers and trainers will take part from Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Spain, Germany and Iceland. The main idea behind this hands-on training course is to provide participants with the basics of creating simple apps for the classroom. the next edition of this course will take place on 8-13 July.
On 15-16 March 2013 the MEDEAnet partner Edugroup will organise a 2-day workshop, in Linz, Austria which will introduce teachers to iPads and ways to use them in education. Participants will find out about the current state of research and can have a go at programming apps themselves. The course will be held in German and places are limited, so please register in advance.
Register now for one of our teacher training courses where you can learn how to create your own educational video (1-6 July) or your own educational app (8-13 July), and get to know other European teachers and trainers in the lovely university city of Louvain.
Funding to cover the full costs of participation including accommodation and flights is available through the Comenius/Grundtvig programme of the European Commission. The deadline to apply for a grant is 16 January 2013 so be sure to apply here as soon as possible.
In October 2012 ATiT won a prize for its video course at the GINCO AWARDS 2012 – Best Practice in ICT use.
On Thursday 13 December 2012 MEDEAnet organised a live, online quiz programme with 38 participants from 10 countries learning about the most important IPR and copyright rules you have to respect when you are developing your own media content for educational purposes. Quizmaster Mathy Vanbuel (ATiT, Belgium & MEDEA/Media & Learning Association) and main jury member Jeroen Verschakelen (ICRI - KULeuven) are still available to answer copyright-related questions in the Media & Learning Community of Practice until the end of this year.
Today ATiT published the last issue of this year of the monthly publication Media & Learning News. Highlights in this month's issue include a new publication on teachers’ use of social media networks, news that MEDEA Awards winners were announced in Brussels, and Media & Learning 2013 confirms its 2012 conference dates: 12-13 December!
Feature articles include 'Media literacy: key to coping in today’s media and communications environment' by Brian O'Neill, Dublin Institute of Technology; 'Estonian schools joined together to form a joint lecture capture network around Echo360' by Marko Puusaar, EITF; and 'The experiences of Zaffiria' by Alessandra Falconi, Centro Zaffiria.
Download the pdf now to read these articles and other interested news from the field of media-based learning and media literacy.
Last Friday 30 November 2012 ATiT published the November 2012 edition of the Virtual Schools and Colleges Newsletter with a variety of articles, events and reports related to the use of ICT in secondary and post-secondary education for 14-21 year olds in Europe and elsewhere.
This newsletter is created and published in the framework of the VISCED project which is carrying out a systematic review of virtual schools and colleges at international and national levels including a study into operational examples of fully virtual schools and colleges.
A series of 3 hour-long webinars will take place in December on the subject of work based learning and the experiences of the E-ViEW project team who have been developing and piloting a European Virtual Campus aimed at learners who want to enhance their management skills and competences within a European context. Each webinar lasts from 16:30 to 17:30 CET and they will take place on 5 December, 12 December and 19 December. Participation in these webinars is free but you need to register online to be sure of a place.