The special edition of the Media and Learning News to celebrate the 4th Media and Learning Conference taking place on 12-13 December in Brussels is now available!
Highlights include articles about PLURAL+: A platform for youth media by Jordi Torrent, Report on media education in 4 countries by Remco Pijpers, EMEDUS maps out the future of media literacy in Europe by Juanfran Martinez, MEDEAnet Report on media literacy and media education in the curriculum plus plenty of other news, notifications and announcements related to the use of media in education and training. Read it now!
The Scientix team at European SchoolNet organised a gathering of people responsible for dissemination of European Science projects on 29 November in Brussels. The idea was to find ways in which to collaborate and to ensure the disssemination efforts of individual projects are as effective as possible.
ATiT was represented by Joasia van Kooten on behalf of the SAILS project on assessment in Inquiry based Science Education and by Janine Duchar on behalf of the Inspiring Science Education project which is running large-scale pilot activities in Europe aimed at enthusing and engaging students in science.
Ideas discussed included the organisation of joint activities, common strategies related to engaging teachers, data exchange and sharing and joint initiatives in addressing policy-makers. This event also provided an opportunity for Sally Reynolds from ATiT to give a presentation about the outputs and results of the Web2LLP project on the use of social media by European project managers.
Report highlights the crucial role of teachers in effective media-based learning and education for media literacySubmitted Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 18:30
The second annual report in the ‘Charting Media and Learning in Europe’ series is now available. This report describes the extent to which media-based learning and education for media literacy is incorporated into curriculum design for compulsory level education in Estonia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and the regions of Baden-Württemberg in Germany, Flanders in Belgium and Upper Austria. It also reports on organisations actively engaged in this process and on examples of good practice.
Overall the situation varies greatly from country to country and there is a variety of ways of integrating media-based learning and education for media literacy in the curriculum from an integrated approach across different subjects, to very specific subject related formulations. There is also a significant discrepancy between what is written in curricula and effective daily classroom practice. In other words, even if media literacy is integrated in the curriculum, it mostly still depends on the initiative/freedom/autonomy of the teacher whether or not it is implemented, and in what way. This has led the research team to conclude that the role played by teachers is crucial and to make a recommendation for more investment in relevant teacher training and support.
The November issue of Media & Learning News is online!
Highlights include feature articles about the future of education by Mauro Calise, about media literacy by Martina Chapman, speaker in the Media and Learning Conference 2013 and about lecture capture by Sylvia Moes, VU University, The Netherlands.
Check out these highlights and much more here
The fourth SAILS (Strategies for Assessment of Inquiry in Science Education) project meeting was held on 17-18 October 2013 in Leuven, Belgium and hosted by ATiT. The main focus of this meeting was to hone in on the Inquiry and Assessment items that will be used as exemplary material during the teacher training workshops in each of the participating countries. While work on the creation of a framework for assessment continues, partners agreed that it is important to now create a set of assessment activities related to inquiry practices in Physics, Chemistry and Biology that can be used by pilot teachers who in turn will provide evidence of assessment back to the network.
The latest issue of the Media & Learning News includes an article by Mark Reid on a Europe-wide investigation into film education provision led by the British Film Institute, an article by Ina Silvia Gray from the University of Weimar in Germany describing how she uses student-made podcasts as an intrinsic part of her teaching and an article by Predrag Pale and Juraj Petrović from the University of Zagreb in Croatia describing LeCTo a highly innovative lecture capture tool that they have developed for students in Zagreb.
It also contains news about recent publications and developments including the controversial new documentary from Beeban Kidron called InRealLife, the EU's new initiative on opening up education and a wealth of other news, notifications and announcements related to the use of media in education and training.
The MEDEAnet project, in which ATiT is the managing partner, held a project meeting in sunny Sofia on 19-20 September. One of the main goals of the meeting was to work on this year’s report on “Charting Media and Learning in Europe” a follow-up of the first report produced in 2011. Whereas the first report mainly tried to map the general status of Media Literacy and Media Education in partner countries, the second report aims to go one step further, by making a first comparison between the extent to which Media Literacy and Media Education feature in the curricula of partner countries. During the meeting the team also discussed the planning of workshops and webinars in the coming academic year. With workshops like “Use of Documentary film in the Classroom” in Romania and “The impact of multimedia on reading” in Belgium and webinars on “eBook creation” in German and “Mobile Learning” in English, this academic year promises to bring a lot of interesting new network activities. After the project meeting a small reception was organised by the Bulgarian partner, ITPIO, which gave partners the opportunity to meet interesting people in the field of the education and the University world in Bulgaria. The next MEDEAnet project meeting is planned for April, in Athens, Greece. The next MEDEAnet webinar is planned for 10 October: “Media-supported language learning”.
The latest issue of the Media & Learning News includes an article about the Image Conference written by Kieran Donaghy from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, a review of trends in educational media based on an analysis of 5 Years of MEDEA Awards' entries by Eunika Rukmi, Università della Calabria, Italy, a description of how the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia in Spain is using lecture capture to support their courses and a summary of how secondary school students are developing their media and digital literacies based on a recent book by Reijo Kupiainen, University of Tampere, Finland.
The newsletter also provides information about useful resource materials for teachers and trainers, the latest news from the Media & Learning network and a wealth of other items including news about events and tools related to the use of media in teaching and learning. Read the full newsletter here.