The Media & Learning Conference is an annual event aimed at policy makers and practitioners who want to find out more about how media can be used to enhance learning for people of every age. This year the conference will again take in the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training, Brussels.
We invite interested individuals, project teams, institutions and organisations to submit proposals to give presentations, demonstrations and workshops at this conference, the closing date for submissions is 31st May 2014. More information about the themes for this year will be available from the Media & Learning Conference website shortly.
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The LACE project brings together existing key European players in the field of learning analytics & Educational Data Mining (EDM) who are committed to build communities of practice and share emerging best practice. LACE will run for 30 months and is led by the Open University in the Netherlands and during its lifetime will organise a range of activities designed to actively and passively integrate communities that are conducting LA/EDM research, early practitioner adopters, and those who are building first-generation commercial or open-source software. ATiT is a partner in this project which had its kick-off meeting in Brussels on 22-24 January. Find out more and join this community.
We have just published the January issue of Media & Learning News!
Highlights include articles about Infrastructure for Lecture Capture on a national scale in Norway by Thorleif Hallén, about the Second annual MEDEAnet report by Sally Reynolds, information about the First AGM of the Media & Learning Association, an article about the Creative Europe Call programme, among many others.
Check out these highlights and much more here!
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.