A week-long training course on using video to support lifelong learning being run by ATiT in February 2011 has proven so popular that two further courses on the same topic are being run in 2011. The first takes place from 4 to 9 July and the second from 24 to 29 October. All courses are being held in the renovated Institute for Ireland in Europe, in Leuven, Belgium. Funding to cover the full costs of participation including accommodation and flights is available through the Comenius/Grundtvig programme of the European Commission.
Full details about the July course are available from the European Commission database. The deadline for applications for funding for this course is likely to be in January 2011.
Full details about the October course are available from the European Commission database. The deadline for applications for funding for this course is likely to be in April 2011.
During a one week visit to the Philippines, Mathy Vanbuel assisted the Local Government Academy (LGA) of the Philippines in their process of evolution towards the implementation of learning, knowledge brokering/connection, knowledge exchange, and innovation technologies in their capacity building strategy. The visit consisted of a three day intensive training workshop on e-moderation, content conversion and videoconferencing, which took place at the LGA Training Centre in Los Banos. A visit to the LGA Resource Centre in Region 7 in Cebu concluded this week.
ATiT staff coordinated a two day workshop in the SIVECO offices in Bucharest, Romania on 15-16 July for project partners in the EduTubePlus consortium about the operation of the new EduTubePlus platform. This platform provides a hybrid, multilingual, video-based service for schools that integrates thousands of curriculum-related video-clips by major European educational TV & video providers, with tools enabling educators to enrich the library with user-generated clips.
This train the trainer workshop was aimed at the national coordinators of the project trials which will begin in 8 countries in September. Involving over 70 teachers, these trials will continue until January 2011 and will provide the partners with important feedback about the operation of the EduTubePlus platform in schools. More information available form the EduTubePlus website.
A group of teachers from the Italian School, Fondazione Maddalena di Canossa in Bergamo, took part in a two day workshop on the 'Creation and Adaptation of Video Resources for Use in the Classroom' on 1-2 July. This workshop was organised as part of the preparation work for the forthcoming pilot testing of the EduTubePlus platform which begins in September which will involve these Italian teachers as well as teachers in 8 other European countries.
This workshop was organised by Armando Persico and Iolanda Riseri from FMC. Despite the glorious sunshine, the teachers worked hard to create their first educational video clips on the topics of mathematics and organ music which will hopefully be the first of many made by them.
The workshop was given by Anneleen Cosemans and Helena Bijnens on behalf of ATiT.
A week-long course entitled ‘Using Video to Support Lifelong Learning’ is being organised in the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe in Belgium from 14 February 2011. This course will provide participants with the basics of video capture and editing as well as training on how to publish video materials online.
Aimed at enthusiastic newcomers, this course will also address issues to do with video as a learning tool and how best to use video at all levels of teaching and learning. One of the goals of the course will be for participants to create their own educational video resource during the week-long workshop.
Participants will stay in the centre of the historic city of Leuven in the recently renovated Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe which is where the course will take place.
Funding to cover the full costs of participation including accommodation and flights is available through the Comenius/Grundtvig programme of the European Commission, you can access the course details here. The deadline for application for this funding is 15/09/2010.
The EdReNe thematic network held their 4th strategic seminar on repositories of learning resources in Barcelona from 24-26 March. EdReNe brings together people responsible for European webbased repositories with content owners and other stakeholders within education. This seminar explored EdReNe’s overall themes: which repository strategies work, how do we engage users and producers, which are the relevant standards to ensure interoperability, and how do members address the complex handling of intellectual property rights.
It also provided an opportunity to launch the next stage of EdReNe's life as an independent network and about 80 people attended including many of the associated members of which ATiT is one. For more information about the interesting work EdReNe is doing including their recently published series of synthesis reports, visit the EdReNe website.
ENAIP (the Italian National Agency of Vocational Training) organised a week-long workshop in Brussels from 15 to 19 February on managing e-learning projects. Sally Reynolds was a tutor on this course and was responsible for sessions on developing e-learning proposals and e-learning methodologies, tools and services.
The idea behind this course was to provide participants with information on European policies related to e-learning, new methodologies in technology supported learning and good practices on proposal preparation. Particiants came from Italy, Poland and Turkey.
Held in London from 11-13 January right before the BETT show, the 2010 Forum attracted over 1000 leaders from 100 countries including 75 ministers of education. Opened by Prime Minister Gordon Browne, the very high level of political support this event received indicates the importance the United Kingdom places on exporting its know-how and expertise in the technology enhanced learning field.
The Forum provided an interesting mix of highly interactive and engaging sessions along with several thought-provoking key-note presentations including the excellent closing plenary presentation given by Charles Leadbeater. Another highlight was the highly engaging “Be Very Afraid” event organised by Stephen Heppell which provided an excellent showcase of what is possible in schools and universities with students showing and talking about the extraordinary things they are doing with new technologies in their learning.
ATiT staff took part in this prestigious event and were part of the team leading an innovation exchange session entitled "Critical Success Scheme for Step-Change in E-Learning". Materials from this session are available on the popular Re.ViCa Virtual Campus wiki.