All 12 partners in the EMMA partnership are having a busy summer as they prepare for the launch of the first 10 MOOCs in Autumn. These MOOCs will be provided in a multilingual setting with translation and transcription services available for certain elements of each MOOC. The course offer is quite varied and ranges for courses aimed at trainers and teachers like the technology-enhanced learning MOOC from the University of Leicester and the e-Learning MOOC form the Dutch OU to courses with a broader target like the course on Climate Change offered by Universidad Aberta in Portrugal. Keep up to date with EMMA via our website and social media channels.
The consortium of the European Commission supported project MEDEAnet (2012-2014) in which ATiT is the coordinator tries to get to the bottom of this question and investigates the situation in the MEDEAnet countries (Estonia, Greece, Bulgaria and Romania) or regions (Baden-Württemberg, Flanders, Upper Austria). The results of this investigation are published in a series of annual reports about “Charting Media and Learning in Europe”. This series aims to provide a general description of how media education and media literacy are dealt with in 7 different European regions and countries.The last of the annual 3 part MEDEAnet series has just been published.
Highlights include an article by Susanne Friz about the media portal for schools produced by the Institut für Film und Bild in Wissenschaft und Unterricht (FWU), an article by Russell Stannard about his video capture experience with students and free online tools, and an article by Jack Koumi about the possibilities of “audiovision” teachers training of Nomadic children in Nigeria. Read also news about the final MEDEAnet report, the announcements of the Kaltura Connect conference and many more.
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Highlights include featured articles about the Media and Information Literacy conference in Paris by Sally Reynolds, an article by Daniel de Luca about Devox4Kids – organising sessions where children can develop computer games, program robots and have an introduction to electronics, and an article by Rauna Rahja: “Coding skills not enough in an information society”.
Amongst other news, read about the Winner of the iPro survey draw in Belgium, tips for using media to engage and teach and News about ELIADEMY – a free platform for teacher and educators for creating free video content for students.
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ATiT is one of the consortium partners in the Inspiring Science Education project, whose aim is to provide digital resources and opportunities for teachers to help them make science education more attractive and relevant to students’ lives. ATiT’s role is to support the dissemination of the project throughout Europe and to run pilot activities in Flanders. Through the Inspiring Science Education website and portal and the activities organised by the partners, teachers can help students make their own scientific discoveries, witness and understand natural and scientific phenomena and access the latest, interactive tools and digital resources from within their classrooms.
As a project team we are aiming for large-scale take-up of these opportunities amongst European science teachers. Pilot activities will take place in 5,000 primary and secondary schools in 15 European countries. During these pilots, teachers will be accessing interactive simulations, educational games and eScience applications and integrating them with extra-curricular activities, such as field trips to science centres and discovery parks, and virtual visits to research centres.
The Inspiring Science Project partners are working to create innovative Learning Scenario Demonstrators for use in the classroom. You can find some examples in the Showcase section
These and many more ready to use lessons for inquiry-based teaching and learning will soon be available on the Inspiring Science Education portal.
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The Media and Learning Association and ATiT were represented at the Media and Information Literacy Forum which took place on 27-28 May in the Parisian headquarters of UNESCO. Involving about 300 people from all over the world, this forum served to highlight just how much interest there is in the topic of media and information literacy (MIL), and perhaps more importantly, just how wide-ranging this interest is. This forum jointly organized by UNESCO and the EMEDUS project represented the final event of EMEDUS which is a European Commission supported project investigating media literacy in Europe. It made for a fitting end to this project and was very successful in bringing together such a rich diversity of speakers and stakeholders to review the work of the project and consider its recommendations.Read more about the forum.
On Thursday May 22, the winner of the iPro Survey draw in Belgium, Casimir De Kimpe, received his prize - an iPad. Casimir is an editor who works at the Austrian television broadcaster. The prize was delivered by Sally Reynolds, from ATiT.
The iPro project is a project which is all about matching the needs of the interactive media and arts design business and higher and further education institutions for Media and Arts Design Studies.
iPro began in October and is in the process of analysing the answers given in the project survey in order to investigate the potential for a closer collaboration between HEIs and VET providers in 8 European countries focused on detection of possible skills and competences mismatches between education and the professional world. The partners plan to put in place a pilot mechanism to address this mismatch by designing and piloting a curriculum design framework for use in this specific sector.
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The May issue of the Media & Learning News is now available. Highlights in this month's newsletter include several news items as well as three featured articles: Most young people go online for fun - but they want to learn more... by Alicia McGivern; Students’ documentaristic glances through the VideoMuseums programme by Maria Leonida and Creative Classrooms: Insights from Imaginative and Innovative Teaching in Ireland, North and South (CCIT) by Céline Healy.
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