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Teachers and Trainers exploring the use of video in teaching and learning

Teachers and trainers from 7 different European countries are taking part in a training course this week in Leuven on the use of video to support learning. They include primary and secondary school teachers as well as adult educators and university staff and are working together in teams to produce short educational video clips as part of this highly interactive and practical workshop. Despite the sudden snow storm that descended over Leuven this week, they have already begun to make recordings and are looking forward to visiting the Future Classroom Lab in the European Schoolnet premises in Brussels. Find out more about these courses. 

Web2LLP course for European LLP project managers off to a good start

This week ATiT is organising a week-long course on Webstrategies and Social Media for LLP Projects in the framework of the Web2LLP project. 8 highly motivated LLP project managers from 6 European countries (Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Spain) are working together in groups to create dissemination strategies and action plans to improve the dissemination and reach of lifelong learning projects.

Beside domain experts and trainers from within the Web2LLP partnership, guest speakers include Bernard Van Isacker (PhoenixKM), Kamakshi Rajagopal (Open University, The Netherlands) and Valentina Garoia (European Schoolnet).

Those who missed this hands-on course can visit the project website for video tutorials, video showcases, 3 handbooks and resources. In April-May the partnership is also organising a free online course series of 5 webinars in English, French and Italian, contact us for further information.

Teachers and trainers from 12 countries working together to create their own educational apps

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. 

Information Architecture Students interview eLearning Experts and Practitioners

On this blog (partially in French) PhD students from the study programme INF-1_4 Masters in Information Architecture of the ENS in Lyon (France) interview a selection of researchers, experts and practitioners amongst who we find Preetha Ram, co-founder of Open Study; Mathieu d’Aquin, researcher at the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) of the Open University UK at Milton Keynes; Johan Palsson, responsible for e-learning with Volvo Penta in Sweden; Marcel Lebrun, Professor and Consultant in Education Technologies at Université de Louvain in Belgium; Shawn Young, teacher and PhD student who got his masters in Education entirely via e-learning; Mathy Vanbuel, consultant and educational media expert; Denis Bédard, Professor at the Faculty of Education Sherbrooke, and director of CEDIT; and finally Thomas Michael Power, Professor at the Faculty of Education Sciences of Université de Laval in Canada. This interesting mix of views and perspectives gives a broad view on technology for education. Mathy Vanbuel talks about usability and learning management systems.

Media Studies – New Media and New Literacies, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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 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.

21 teachers and trainers from 12 different countries to take part in Apps course

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.

Register now for MEDEAnet's Workshop on Mobile Learning on 15-16 March 2013 (Linz, Austria)

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.

Participate in 5-day video or apps training for teachers in Leuven, Belgium

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.


38 participants take part in live quiz webinar on IPR and copyright rules for educational media

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.

Publication of Media & Learning News' December 2012 Issue

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.