ATiT staff coordinated a two day workshop in the SIVECO offices in Bucharest, Romania on 15-16 July for project partners in the EduTubePlus consortium about the operation of the new EduTubePlus platform. This platform provides a hybrid, multilingual, video-based service for schools that integrates thousands of curriculum-related video-clips by major European educational TV & video providers, with tools enabling educators to enrich the library with user-generated clips.
This train the trainer workshop was aimed at the national coordinators of the project trials which will begin in 8 countries in September. Involving over 70 teachers, these trials will continue until January 2011 and will provide the partners with important feedback about the operation of the EduTubePlus platform in schools. More information available form the EduTubePlus website.
Mathy Vanbuel gave a presentation about the pedagogical framework and the approach to teacher coaching being undertaken by the EduTubePlus partners at the recent BaKaFORUM held 30 Jan – 1 Feb in Karlsruhe.
This annual event brings together educational broadcasters and others interested in educational and societal TV and Media and provided a good opportunity to find out more about what educational broadcasters around the world are up to.
The forum was made up of a mix of screenings and workshops and included many excellent examples of educational video material as well as documentaries on a several highly emotive topics like the racist attacks on migrant communities in South Africa in 2008 and people trafficking in the Ukraine.
After a year of hard work, the EduTubePlus partners met for their first annual meeting in Rome on the 15/16 October to review progress and plan for the coming months. This meeting took place in the historical Sala 1 - the first radio studio used by RAI. It was a fitting location given the importance placed on educational content by RAI from the early days of the station during the reconstruction following World War II which continues to this day.
The first version of the EduTubePlus platform is almost ready and video content is being segmented and prepared for incluson. At the same time pedagogical scenarios utilising video material from the library are being prepared. Planning for the first user trials is now underway and will involve schools in Greece, Hungary, Italy, Finland, Belgium and the UK.
The new EduTubePlus web site is now online and provides the latest news about progress in the development of the EduTubePlus multi-lingual curriculum-related video-based e-service for European schools which will be launched in 2010. This content-driven site also provides information about the use of video in education generally and visitors are welcome to submit news about developments, initiatives and events related to the use of video in schools.
The site also shows examples of the types of video clips that will be available in the new EduTubePlus service and was developed by ATiT for the EduTubePlus consortium.
Teachers and others taking part in the first EduTubePlus teachers workshop which was held in Budapest on 17/18 September spent two days discussing and experimenting with various types of video resources in the classroom.
This included discussing the educational value and use of ready-made video clips like those which will form the bedrock of the EduTubePlus multi-lingual curriculum-related video-based e-service for European schools. This service will be launched in 2010.
They also recorded their own clips as part of a hands-on experience in creating user-generated video which allowed them to familiarise themselves with the basics of story-boarding, capturing, editing and publishing of video-based educational resources.
The first 2 day training course for teachers in the EduTubePlus project will take place on 17/18 September in the International School of Budapest supported by project partners SZÁMALK Education and Information Technology Ltd. and ATiT. This hands-on workshop is aimed at teachers and others interested in the use of video for teaching purposes and will cover the creation and adaptation of video resources for use in the classroom
Staff from University of Hull and ATiT met in Hull last Thursday to work on the pedagogical framework which will be used in the EduTubePlus project. This framework will build on the work of both partners and will match in part the selection criteria used to categorise video clips describing the different activities video can support in the classroom.The framework will be used both as a way to make available examples of good use of video in the classroom as well as a way for teachers to create their own learning scenarios using video resources.
UNED hosted the recent EduTubePlus partner meeting in Madrid on 9-10 March where task leaders met to discuss progress in creating EduTubePLus, a new service that will provide curriculum-related digital video materials for European schools. ATiT launched the first version of their online content resource full of materials to help teachers and pupils create and adapt their own resources for inclusion in EduTubePlus. This resource will be made available to teachers taking part in the EduTubePlus trials from September onwards.