The ATiT team are busy this week running workshops in Dublin on the use of video to support science teaching. This includes a one day dedicated pre-conference workshop on creating video clips illustrating assessment techniques in Inquiry Based Science Education which was held on Monday 23 June for partners in the SAILS project. Then on Tuesday and Wednesday further workshops on the use of video generally in science teaching are being given by Mathy Vanbuel as part of the SMEC/SAILS conference bringing together almost 200 teachers and teacher educators from all over Europe. This conference was opened on Tuesday 24 June by Sean Sherlock, Irish Ministrer of State at the Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation.
As part of our work in supporting the roll-out of the Inspiring Science Education project for Flemish schools, ATiT is co-organising a workshop with Rhombus who supply Vernier products to Flemish schools on Wednesday 14 May from 14.00 to 17.00 in the Rhombus training centre in Antwerp. Part of this workshop will focus specifically on the use of video in the science teaching classroom and will feature the Video Physics app from Vernier which supports physics teachers by providing an easy to use method to perform on-the-go analysis of interesting motions like measuring the velocity of a child’s swing, a roller-coaster, or a car. This interactive Inspiring Science Education workshop will provide an opportunity to find out about the latest Vernier applications and how you can access them through participating in the Inspiring Science project. This workshop will be in Dutch, find out more including how to register for free here.
From 24th till 28th of March 24 Mathy Vanbuel visited the Indonesian National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) (BNPB (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana - http://www.bnpb.go.id) to work with them on the development of capacity in the area of disaster management. As part of a team from the World Bank, he delivered a workshop in the university of Indonesia on GDLN and the use of videoconferencing for distance training. Together with Steffen Janus (WB) and Nicolas Meyer (WB) he provided a well attended workshop titled "The art of Knowledge Capturing" at the University of Gadjah Mada (http://www.ugm.ac.id/en/) in Yogyakarta. More than 40 participants, students of the University's MTPBA Program as well as staff and cadres from the national BNBP and local BPBDs joined the workshop to explore ways in which their experiences and expertise could be captured in order to be shared and exchanged with others. This workshop may be provided to other organisations in the future.
ATiT has just announced its new course offer for 2014-2015 under the new Erasmus+ Programme.
The offer consists of three different types of courses:
Aimed at enthusiastic educators who would like to create and use educational materials, these courses organised by ATiT combine theoretical and practical elements and will raise awareness as to the value media, apps and video can bring to teaching and learning.
From 10 till 14 February 2014 ATiT together with Serge De Beer from LearningTour organised a third week-long hands-on training course to provide teachers and education staff and specialists the basics of creating simple apps for use in the classroom. 14 participants from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden were introduced to the general value apps can have in enhancing learning opportunities for learners of every age. Working in teams, participants then proceeded to conceive, plan and create a simple app for teaching purposes utilising the skills and knowledge they gained throughout the course. At the end of the week the group works were shown to all participants and a few invited guests. The participants enjoyed their stay in Leuven, but also worked really hard and the results were impressive.
ATiT will be providing this course as well as other course opportunities in the future, see also the course offer for example the Media and Learning Association website. If you are interested in following or organising a course with us, contact us.
This new European Commission supported network will use the principles of applied game design not just to create useful and meaningful games but also to design the context (such as the classroom or curriculum) in which games can be most effectively implemented and used.
Each year, JamToday will provide opportunities to collaborate at local, regional, national and European levels by establishing a series of game jams around different themes namely improving ICT skills, adopting healthier lifestyles and supporting the learning of maths.
ATiT is involved in this project in support of the training and networking aspects. Find out more.
If you would like to take part in the week-long residential course ‘Creating (Simple) Educational Apps’ running from 10-14 February in Leuven, Belgium places are still available. This hands-on training course provides participants with the basics of creating simple apps for the classroom. There is no need for programming experience as the trainees will work with tools that keep the programming itself to a minimum. Participants will be introduced to the general value apps can have in enhancing learning opportunities for learners of every age, this includes the use of both existing apps and the creation and publication of user-generated apps. Contact Tânia Vargas via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place.
The second edition of the REC:all Lecture Capture workshop was held on Wednesday 11 December as a pre-conference of the Media & Learning Conference 2013. The workshop was held in the state of the art AGORA Learning Centre of KU Leuven in Belgium, where the innovative Flexispace offered 61 participants from 16 different countries a space to listen, discuss, collaborate and network all in the same place.