ATiT participated in the International Media & Information Literacy Research Development Workshop that took place from Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th of January 2015 at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria. This two-day workshop gathered a group of leading scholars and policy makers in media and information literacy (MIL) to set an agenda and strategy for media literacy research that is global in scope and mapped to policy issues across the European Union and beyond. The workshop will focus on the sharing of perspectives and priorities for international research collaboration in the field of media and information literacy education.
EPOS or 'Europese Programma's voor Onderwijs, Opleiding en Samenwerking' is the Flemish National Agency that is in charge of the European education and training programs. The “Grensverleggers” event that took place on 16 January 2015 in the Flemish Parliament in Brussels is the annual key moment where the Flemish education and training community reflects on the achievements of the past year with regard to internationalisation in the domain. This year the emphasis was on the aspects “dissemination and exploitation of project results”. During their keynote address, Sally Reynolds and Mathy Vanbuel reflected on the experience that ATiT has gathered in this domain over the last 15 years, referring to projects ranging from Schoolsat over MEDEAnet to Web2LLP and iPro. In the afternoon, Sally and Mathy collaborated with a small group of practitioners in a workshop to exchange further experiences and tips and advice. Flemish Minister of Education Hilde Crevits, who again focused on the importance and value of working across borders also in education, closed the meeting.
MEDEAnet and Canon Cultuurcel from the Flemish Ministry of Education organised on 26th of November a Workshop on Use of audiovisual archive material in the class room, specially aimed at teachers special needs elementary education. This well attended workshop was introduced by Dirk Terryn from Canon Cultuurcel. Dalida Van Dessel (Beeld en Geluid Nederland) kicked off the meeting talking about the use of media in the class room, giving practical tips and tricks for the use of audiovisual resources in the teaching practice based on the experience built up in Beeld en Geluid. Leen De Bruyn from the Vlaams Instituut voor Archivering VIAA then introduced Testbeeld, the Flemish audiovisual archive material in the class room. During a hands on session, all participants got an opportunity to work with Testbeeld en provide feedback, ideas and comments about this new platform. More info about the platform presented to day on Testbeeld www.testbeeld.viaa.be, Beeld en Geluid www.beeldengeluid.nl/leer and Werkvormenplanner www.werkvormenplanner.nl which was launched today.
We have just finished implementing a major update of the Online Scoring Platform (OSP) for +he Academy. The OSP offers a mechanism to record training results for gynaecological endoscopists, to hold reporting and certification sessions in accredited centra and to issue accompanying certificates and diplomas. It was officially launched at the 23rd annual congress of the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (ESGE).
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.