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Webinar on integrating media education schemes and approaches in the classroom

The next webinar in the MEDEAnet series, 'The Case for Media Education in the Classroom', takes place on 18 October at 16.00 CET and features media education expert Nicoleta Fotiade from ActiveWatch in Bucharest. Nicoleta will be introducing various media education schemes and critical thinking methods that can help students become more critical in their use of information media. Nicoleta will be joined by Marianna Vivitsou, a teacher from Greece who will discuss the examples provided based on her own media education. Participation is for free but prior registration is required.

Second partner meeting for Web2LLP

ATiT staff met with its Web2LLP partners at the second project meeting which took place last week on 4-5 October 2012 in the warm and culture-rich city of Florence, Italy. With this project we aim to improve web strategies and maximise the social media presence of lifelong learning projects.

During the meeting the partners discussed the results of the user needs analysis of LLP project managers' use of social media in their web strategies.120 responses are being analysed which are being used to inform both the online and face-to-face training which will take place in the first part of 2013 and which ATiT is organising. In the coming months, the partners will be finalising and publishing interviews with project managers showcasing good practice in the use of social media for dissemination and valorisation purposes as well as preparing 2 handbooks on establishing efficient web strategies and integrating social media.

ATiT wins prize at the GINCO Awards 2012 - Best Practice in ICT Use

ATiT was runner-up at this year’s GINCO AWARDS 2012 with the course “Using video to support lifelong learning” in the category: “Best Practice in ICT use”. This hands-on course has been organised three times a year since 2011, and aims to teach teachers and trainers how to use and create their own educational video from scratch. The GINCO Award Ceremony took place on 28 September in Hasselt during the international conference “Quality Course Provision for Grundtvig". There were three award categories:  “Innovative use of ICT in all aspects of course delivery”, which was won by the TACCLE IST course, a course where participants create their own e-learning content. The award in the category of “Excellence in validating outcomes for participants”, went to the course “The Glottodrama Method” which aims to provide language teachers with more creative tools with the help of theatre. The last category: “Quality of course content and pedagogy” was won by ‘UNEC - Stars under the cobblestones’, a course to improve multi-cultural skills for teachers and trainers.
ATiT’s next video course for teachers & trainers will be organised in March 2013 in Leuven. More information can be found on http://www.atit.be/video-course.

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ATiT wins prize at the GINCO AWARDS 2012 – Best Practice in ICT use

ATiT was runner-up at this year’s GINCO AWARDS 2012 with the course “Using video to support lifelong learning” in the category: “Best Practice in ICT use”. This hands-on course has been organised three times a year since 2011, and aims to teach teachers and trainers how to use and create their own educational video from scratch. The GINCO Award Ceremony took place on 28 September in Hasselt during the international conference “Quality Course Provision for Grundtvig".

There were three award categories:  “Innovative use of ICT in all aspects of course delivery”, which was won by the TACCLE IST course, a course where participants create their own e-learning content. The award in the category of “Excellence in validating outcomes for participants”, went to the course “The Glottodrama Method” which aims to provide language teachers with more creative tools with the help of theatre. The last category: “Quality of course content and pedagogy” was won by ‘UNEC - Stars under the cobblestones’, a course to improve multi-cultural skills for teachers and trainers. ATiT’s next video course for teachers & trainers will be organised in March 2013 in Leuven.

Judging the MEDEA Awards 2012 well on the way

The MEDEA Awards 2012: 212 entries from 31 countries, and 95 judges from 29 countries… this is a nice snapshot of the media and learning community. Judges are ploughing through the entries. Looking at games and apps, but also at traditional media such as DVDs or online videos. Are there trends already to be seen? Hard to say when we have not been able to see all entries yet, but in one way it seems that there is somewhat less pure linear content, but that process and context is coming more and more to the front stage. Quality is certainly at least on a par with what we have seen last year, and remarkable is the creative power of many end users who generate their own media materials. One more week of judging to go, and then nominations will be announced. The Awards will be handed out during the Media and Learning Conference at the Ministry of Education in Brussels on 14th of November.

MEDEA: Media & Learning Association launched in Leuven on 25th of September 2012

On Tuesday 25th of September 2012, the MEDEA: Media & Learning Association was formally launched at the office of Public Notary Guillaume Roberti de Winghe in Leuven.
Until the first annual general meeting of all members in December 2013 Eleonora Pantó (CSP, Italy), Gerard Casanova (Aunege, France) and Mathy Vanbuel (ATiT, Belgium) will act as President, treasurer and secretary, with Ene Koitla (EITF, Estonia), Bernard Mullarkey (IADT, Ireland) and Wim Van Petegem (DOeL K.U.Leuven, Belgium) acting as additional board members.
The MEDEA: Media & Learning Association has the statute of an iVZW and its main aims are to promote and stimulate the use of media as a way to enhance innovation and creativity in teaching and learning across all levels of education and training in Europe. In order to achieve this objective, the Association will amongst other things continue to organise the MEDEA awards and international conferences and workshops. The MEDEA: Media & Learning Association will also provide online support services including workshops and newsletters and will encourage participation of its members in national and international projects. Membership to the association will be open to all individuals and organisations that are interested in taking these objectives forward. More information on how to become a member can be obtained from the secretariat@medea-awards.com

MEDEAnet and MEDEA2020 partners meet in Leuven

Partners of two projects, MEDEAnet (funded by the EC under Key Activity 3) and MEDEA2020 (funded under Key Activity 4), met at a jointly held meeting in Leuven on 24-25 September 2012. There are plenty of connections between both projects through their support and activities related to the MEDEA Awards and the annual Media & Learning Conference. Both sets of partners also organise  training in the field of media-based learning, which meant that there was plenty to talk about. This was particularly relevant given the  launch of the MEDEA: Media & Learning Association.

Partners gave reports on the current status of workpackages, such as the number of MEDEA Awards entries, conference registrations, the status of workshops and webinars and other work including the status of the annual report on media literacy and education being undertaken in MEDEAnet.

Thanks to this meeting, partners will be able to work more effectively together to ensure the future of the valuable activities organised in both projects, and opportunities for future collaborations were discussed to sustain the established network.

 

September issue of Media & Learning News available now

Highlights in the September issue of Media & Learning News include the MEDEA Awards deadline on 17 September, and feature articles on Active learning supported by "flipping the classroom" and EUscreen's newly announced tool: the virtual exhibition builder.

In this issue you will also read about the 2012 edition of the NMC Horizon Project Report, discover tips to develop an educational media workshop to fit every need and of course plenty of other news, notifications and announcements related to the use of media in education and training.

This issue is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Polish.

Only till 17 September to enter the MEDEA Awards!

The countdown to the deadline for the MEDEA Awards, the 17th September 2012, has begun! As ATiT is managing the MEDEA Secretariat, we have the scoop on some excellent examples of media-based teaching and learning and are keen to see even more. Help us find the best in Europe and further afield by inviting people in your network to submit their educational media to the MEDEA Awards via the website before 17 September.

There is an award for user-generated educational media and one for professionally produced educational media, as well as special prizes for entries encouraging active ageing and intergenerational learning, or entries resulting from European collaboration. Entry to this competition is free, all finalists will be invited to take part in the awards ceremony taking place during the Media & Learning Conference 2012, where the final winners will be announced.

Tests of Television Archive carried out with European teachers

The EUscreen video archive will be officially launched on 13-14 September 2012 at the final EUscreen conference in Budapest, Hungary. The EUscreen project, which started in 2009, has gone through a long development and evaluation process in order to produce an online repository for storing audio-visual television archives.

To support the evaluation process, ATiT has been conducting for more than 3 months in-depth evaluations of the EUscreen site involving teachers and education experts resulting in feedback that is useful for the improvement of the web portal. Over 100 teachers and educational activists across Europe have been invited to look into the usefulness of this portal for the educational process in school.

Positive feedback received from the respondents states that the resources in this website are very worthwhile to help them in building learning scenarios or lesson plans. Educators feel that they are encouraged and enabled to view and explore valuable resources for the creation of teaching and learning material. Another important asset of the EUscreen Portal is the virtual exhibition builder, in which teachers and students can create an exhibition to showcase videos as learning objects.