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  1. 1. Media & Learning NewsMay 2012 Issue Newsletter published on 22 May 2012Media & Learning News environment. The survey which takes about 10 minutes to complete is being carried out by the TEL-Map project and is available here.Teachers learn how to re-use video materialMore than 20 teachers took part in aworkshop in Torino recently on the use and Featured Articlesre-use of video resources for teaching and MediaSIS – Teacher Training Course for Medialearning. This workshop was organised by Literacy in Romania CSP and was held in By Nicoleta Fotiade, ActiveWatch, Romania the large city centre school Istituto The Romanian organisation ActiveWatch has Amedeo Avogadro (IIS), one of the most recently launched important schools in the city when it comes to MediaSIS - a brandeducational media production. The workshop included sessions on new training courseEUscreen which provides archive footage from European television for teachers who are interested in integratingstations, on BBC News Schools Report and on several Italian schools media education activities in the classroom.projects. This course, a first in Romania, began in April andTwig Science films to be distributed by leading is made up of 18 hours face-to-face sessions combined with almost 30 hours of online sessionsSpanish language publisher Santillana Nicoleta Fotiade over a period of six weeks. Fifteen teachers in ten Twig, a MEDEA Awards finalist in 2011 which produces Romanian counties have been selected for the pilot course. They are short films for schools has announced a major distribution teaching various subjects in secondary education including high-school. deal with distinguished Spanish publisher Santillana to offer its award-winning educational content to institutions The course focuses on a critical approach to information media, imageacross Spain and Latin America. A co-branded Santillana-Twig website will construction and video production and issues related to Internet use –provide over 1,000 science films for Santillana´s schools in Spain, Peru, credibility online, copyright issues and private life concepts, openArgentina, Chile and Colombia. Santillana is the largest educational educational resources.content developer in Spain and Latin America, with leadership in the The idea of the course is to help teachers develop knowledge andschool textbook market. Read more from the Twig website. competences that will allow them approach media issues with their students, along with the various subjects taught. With this pilot course,Adobe in the Clouds ActiveWatch is continuing its campaign to adapt school activities toLast week, Adobe announced the new students’ everyday life dominated by the media in all its forms, and to giveversion 6 of its professional design them the possibility to develop critical thinking about media messagessoftware suite CS6 as well as a new cloud with the support of their teachers.service for syncing, sharing, and storing As has become clear within the debates that have taken place with coursefiles: the Creative Cloud. The new product participants, a complete and systematic integration of media education inwill be launched on the market within the schools is possible only with the support of decision makers in thenext month. Adobe claims increased speed and performance (also for education field responsible for media education policies. Teacher trainingPhotoshop that sees its first update in two years), an improved user is one important condition to ensure media education in schools.interface, additional and enhanced tools and more output possibilities However, in order to integrate media education activities teachers willfor new devices. In terms of video, CS6 is also another step from Flash need the institutional support of their schools as well as a flexibleto HTML5. Creative Cloud is not only a new online service for sharing curriculum to allow for the adaptation of content in a media-proneand publishing content created with CS6 but it is also a new pricing environment.scheme: a monthly fee instead of a full once-off license payment After the pilot course, ActiveWatch will work to obtain accreditation of the(discount prices for teachers and students). Creative Cloud is also a course from the National Council for Teachers’ Training and to involve thesolution for short usage periods, or for moving work between authorities to make the course available to a larger pool of teachers.different workstations or for tablet users. The trainers of this course are Nicoleta FotiadeSurvey on learning technology drivers and and Bogdan Manolea. Nicoleta studiedtrends Journalism and graduated with an MA in Communication at the University of Westminster You are invited to contribute to an important in London, United Kingdom. She has authored cross-European survey into how several tens of media research studies, co- technological development will have an authored two media education textbooks andimpact on learning in the coming years. The aim of this survey is to collect several other supporting materials for teachers.the views of learning professionals on which technology will have the most She is a founding member of ActiveWatch –impact on e-learning and what role learning technologies will play over the Media Monitoring Agency and Coordinator of the Bogdan Manoleanext 10 years to help staff perform at their best in a constantly changing Media Education Program since 2004. Bogdan is interested in issues related to information technology law and digital civil With the support of the Lifelong Learning Premium Partners Programme (LLP) of the European Union 1
  2. 2. Media & Learning NewsMay 2012 Issue Newsletter published on 22 May 2012rights. He has been writing about laws and Internet since 2001. He has a whole offers a multitude of uses in the classroom for the time-poor,authored more than a hundred presentations and articles on topics related idea-rich teacher.” Vaila, General Science Teacherto Law and Information Technology. He is Executive Director of the Case Study Three: Mixing things up in revisionAssociation for Technology and Internet (APTI) and is also an Editor of the “There were two weeks to go until mybiweekly EDRi-gram online newsletter on digital civil rights. year 11 chemistry GCSE class had theirActiveWatch is a human rights organisation based in Bucharest (Romania), examinations. Wednesday afternoon–which focuses on media and communication issues and is a partner in the the class were getting bored ofMEDEAnet project. revising chemical structures and bonding –“not another lesson ofBringing science to life with Twig practice papers and spider diagrams” By Jobina Hardy, Twig, UK they said. My answer – Twig Science –Twig Science, one of the finalists in the 2011 proved to be an excellent choice. MEDEA Awards, offers a wide As a revision resource this was brilliant! My students were immediately range of films and learning motivated and enthused by the short snappy, visually excellent clips that materials for science, brought a dull topic right up-to-date. The clips are short enough to cover mathematics, human geography each type of bonding including questions and discussion within an hour’sand history. We invited Jobina Hardy from Twig lesson. Whiteboards ensured that all the students participated. As ato describe how science teachers are using these bonus, there were further videos on diamond, graphite andresources in their teaching practice. buckminsterfullerene, another section of the syllabus that offers veryJobina: “Since its first awards recognition by the limited practical work. The students were motivated to go away andMEDEA Awards committee in 2011, the Twig Jobina Hardy review the video clips in their own time (can you believe it!) in preparationScience resource has established itself in the for their exams.” Jo, Chemistry Teachereducational sphere. This spring, having been assessed by a range of You can read more about Twig in the MEDEA Media Gallery.industry experts and educators, Twig Science won a BETT Award, anEducation Resources Award and a Learning on Screen Award for its high Getting the reasons right to use anything e andquality content, unique navigation and cross-curricular appeal. As the i in educationresource becomes more established in schools, it is becoming clear how By Pedro De Bruyckere, Belgiumthis innovative resource is being applied in teaching and learning. Thefollowing case studies provided by science teachers give a good overview The number of initiatives to use more electronicof how this is happening.” devices and social and other media in education is difficult to ignore. Almost every day new plansCase Study One: Using Twig for the bigger picture and new ideas pop up. With every new online“Instantly the first aspect that became apparent with Twig is the ‘big- tool, it is just a matter of time before articles arepicture’, which sets out clearly how each sub-topic is linked to not only the published on how to use the new tool in themain feature, but also to each other. On screen, Twig films are laid out in a classroom or how it will change educationvery clean, mind-map structure, showing the more curriculum-focused forever, again.films in the centre with contextual stories around the outside. I want to take a look at the reasons why youIn planning our lessons, staff members present a "big-picture" at the should implement computers, smartphones, Pedro De Bruyckerebeginning of each lesson. Not only can we now take a screen shot of the video, and all those tools. I would like to make aTwig mind-map and embed it into a PowerPoint presentation, but we can distinction between what I believe to be possible wrong thinking fromhyperlink each part directly to the Twig website, as and when it needs to possible right thinking. The first list will sound negative, but please do readbecome a part of our delivery.” Sue, Head of Science on, as I will end on several clearly positive notes.Case Study Two: Using more than the films One of the weakest arguments I have come across is the novelty aspect,“Twig doesn’t just provide films. In combination with the multiple-choice luckily not the most heard reason. Why is this weak as an argument?questions provided, pupils’ understanding can be quickly assessed, so it’s a Simply because novelty wears off. Quite often you can hear very positivegreat ‘Assessment for Learning’ opportunity. Of course, that’s not to stop reactions when something is implemented at the start, but its much moreyou from developing the questions further or even getting your pupils to important to look at the outcomes in the long term. Are they still so happydesign their own questions to be used as part of peer-assessment. about it?In addition, films are handily grouped Another argument more often heard and read is that because youngtogether within topics and partnered people use so much internet and technology in their daily lives, theywith comprehensive extension expect the same thing from their schools. In actual fact, there is somematerials, so if pupils want to ‘read’ research that really contradicts this, e.g. this report by the Canadianaround the subject they can do so by Higher Education Strategy Associates.picking different films in a topic or From my own research Ive learned that young people tend to dislike thereading the materials. The resource as fact that elements of their informal lives are being used for educational purposes. It doesnt mean they dont use Facebook for school, actually With the support of the Lifelong Learning Premium Partners Programme (LLP) of the European Union 2
  3. 3. Media & Learning NewsMay 2012 Issue Newsletter published on 22 May 2012they do. But there is a huge difference between having your teacher tell on from traditional media in the digital era,you to use it as opposed to just discussing school online with your class where “We, (are) the Media”. An importantmates. vehicle in this effort is the continually upgraded website of the organisation,A third flawed reason is the argument that using technology in the launched in 2009. High-quality videosclassroom is more effective. The comparison of different meta-researches relevant to class curricula are available forin “Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to streaming or on demand delivery, as digitalAchievement” published by John Hattie in 2009 again contradicts the archives.belief that instruction through technology is more effective. Since September 2010, EduTV has dynamically entered the digital era andBut is this a reason not to use everything e and i in education? No, not at connected with communities of young people. Recognising thatall! I believe there are several good reasons to use technology in knowledge is a process in constant evolution, it expects to be both part ofeducation. Our present world is dominated by technology. Schools need to and a catalyst in this process. The second generation of EduTV is aprepare their pupils for this world and society in the future, so ICT and multimedia platform connected to social networks which offers studentsmedia need to be a part of the curriculum and school context of every and teachers the environment and the tools to design and create theirpupil. Technology can also help to visualise content in a way that never has own multimedia projects. Taking an active role in connecting schoolbeen possible before. Augmented reality apps that can show the working communities and contributing to the development of audiovisual culture,powers on a bridge: how insightful can something become? it motivates and enables students to create User Generated Video/ContentAlso the flipped classroom idea can benefit a number of different topics or (UGC) reusing and remixing the available videos and newly documentedgoals. Videos in which teacher experts explain and the teacher coaches can digital content.be helpful for several topics. What is important in this case is for the In this context, EduTV2.0 has developed anpeople in the videos to be not only experts in the field, but also expert in open collaborative learning environment ofhow to translate their expertise to pupils. youth creation, supporting experimentation,Technology wont change education, its the way in which we use creativity, exchange and production of ideastechnology that can possibly alter how we educate. It can be painful to see which actively promotes schoolhow expensive digital boards are being used as traditional beamers. Bring- communities’ projects. Videos, games, blogs,your-own-device (BYOD) in the classroom can provide pupils with an Web2.0 applications are developed and submitted through video contestsopportunity to look up and construct knowledge, to experiment and to and social responsibility and awareness-raising campaigns in partnershipbroaden the classroom to a bigger world. But if they are merely a with schools, universities and other organisations. Students activelyreplacement for classical textbooks with some animations - then nothing participate as digital media storytellers, content curators, not consumerswill change! So, the good news for us teachers is that its up to us! but rather pro-sumers (producers and consumers), becoming active andPedro De Bruyckere is an educational specialist with vast experience in e- responsible citizens.learning and substantial experience in change management who is now EduTV2.0 as a part of the Socialspecialising in youth culture with an emphasis on popular music. Pedro is Media ecosystem curates andan increasingly well-known speaker in the Benelux and is building a aggregates educational and UGC inreputation as a myth-buster – challenging popular opinions about young YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Blog,people and their needs and expectations of technology in education. Pedro Scoop.it, Vimeo and Linked-In.will be one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Media & Learning Aimed at motivating, activating andConference. engaging students in collaborativeThe transition of Greek Educational projects and fostering an alternativeRadioTelevision in the digital era learning philosophy, EduTV2.0 has developed five projects in i-create during the 2011-12 school year. by Betty Tsakarestou, Ast Professor, Dept of Communication, Media and Culture, Panteion University and Sofia Papadimitriou, Digital and Social The contest “Al.Papadiamantis, N.Gatsos, Str.Tsirkas and Od.Elytis: 100 Media, Educational RadioTelevision, Ministry of Education, Lifelong years later” was dedicated to the re-discovery of four great Greek authors Learning and Religious Affairs, Greece through their writing. Students wrote their own stories supported by teachers from their schools and also cooperated with other schools. AThe development and penetration of new total of 190 schools participated and 90 videos, 27 blogs and 73 posterstechnologies in the contemporary social and were uploaded, enriching everyone’s knowledge with UGC. During thiseducational environment, where schools are not project, an active community was created with dialogue, sharing (crowdjust consuming content but also creating their sourcing) and rating, as well as polls happened around content (socialown, has inspired and motivated Greek filtering).Educational RadioTelevision (EduTV) to get out,meet the Digital Generation in its own space and The Contest “School Cooking-Mediterranean Diet” was created due to thebecome part of its community. inclusion of the Mediterranean Diet in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage of Humanity list which focussed on the changes in traditional diet, as well asThe vision of EduTV is to empower students as the position of Greece in Europe regarding childhood obesity. It is a placecreators, researchers and global citizens Betty Tsakarestou of reference, dialogue, creativity and knowledge about nutrition and itsreconnecting with a young audience and moving With the support of the Lifelong Learning Premium Partners Programme (LLP) of the European Union 3
  4. 4. Media & Learning NewsMay 2012 Issue Newsletter published on 22 May 2012relationship in health, environment, history, culture and economy. 376 teaching, performed on the backing track of very famous songs.schools participated from Greece, Cyprus and Greek Schools in Europe.  Joannis-Sajnovics and the transit of Venus is a travel journal onThe Interactive Game “A Letter-A Story” is an innovative web-based Facebook about Joannis-learning environment aiming to teach preschool and primary school pupils Sajnovics travels in the 18ththe Greek alphabet and language through entertainment, play and active century to observe the Transit ofparticipation. It reinforces preschool learning skills which lead to Venus which is very relevant asprogressive written literacy in the first grade. Piloting the game in 12 the planet passes in front of theschools has reported excellent results and positive responses from pupils, sun again in 2012. This resource also links to a Vimeo channel withteachers and parents. videos about this year’s transit.Score against Violence. Its a Game, not war is the slogan of a socialresponsibility campaign against violence which works across different MEDEA Newsmedia. This micro-site includes an animated cartoon series with five spots Media & Learning Conference updateand an interactive animated cartoon with “hot areas”, hyperlinked to newpages with rich and vivid digital content; videos, photos, presentations in Planning for the Media & Learning ConferencePrezi and Slideshare format, all of which provide valuable information is continuing apace, don’t forget to submitaimed at raising awareness on the topic of violence. Students participating your ideas for the conference programme by 1in the campaign created their own slogans in radio spots, podcasts, video- June. Highlights of the 2012 conference programme include discussionsanimations and posters using figures from the animated cartoon series. and demonstrations on the value 3D and other visual techniques can bring to the teaching of science, dedicated sessions on building creativity intoThe science communication video contest School-Lab was co-organised by the curriculum, best practice in lecture capture and re-use in universitiesthe British Council and i-create through the programme “New Generation and reports on the status of media literacy in different Europeanin action” of the European Commission. The contest helped students countries.better understand some of the exciting challenges faced by scientists andresearchers, as well as gain self-confidence and presentation skills to MEDEA2020 and MEDEAnet project newsbetter get across their ideas. A group of talented young scientists, Part of the work of the European Commissionspecialists in science communication (mentors), motivated and supported supported MEDEA2020 and MEDEAnet projectsstudents are developing their skills and their project, familiarising is to ensure the on-going sustainability of thethemselves at the same time with the research process. MEDEA Awards and associated activitiesFind out more here. including this newsletter. This has led to a recently taken decision by partners to launch a new MEDEA/Media & Learning AssociationResources of the Month open to all as a European not-for-profit  Pixton is a website that enables association established under Belgian law. This association will be set up in users to create comics controlling autumn and will be launched at the Media & Learning Conference. every aspect in an intuitive click- Membership will be open to everyone interested in the value and impact and-drag motion; it also offers media can have in teaching and learning. products for schools, like a visual writing tool for all subjects and personalised and private environments, aligned with the curriculum. Related Awards Schemes & Events  Utubersidad is a Spanish project PLURAL+ 2012 Youth Video Festival which collects on the website The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (available also in English) more (UNAOC) and the International Organization than 10,000 educational YouTube for Migration (IOM) are organising a video festival where young people are videos, divided into school and invited to submit original and creative videos focusing on the themes of university subjects. migration, diversity and social inclusion. This festival, called PLURAL+  The Communication Space is a invites young people up to 25 years old to submit short videos in English, multidimensional online network French or Arabic by the deadline of 1 July, 2012. A prestigious for the media and international jury will select three winners in each age categories (9-12, communication studies’ 13-17, 18-25). All the winners will be invited to New York, all travel academic communities, created expenses paid, to present their work at PLURAL + 2012 Awards Ceremony for students and researchers to network and share research, at the Paley Center for Media in December 2012. resources and debates. Contact information  History for Music Lovers on For more information, to submit content or to unsubscribe from this Youtube, is a YouTube channel newsletter, please contact: Nikki Cortoos, Media & Learning News Editorial with a collection of music videos Team, news@media-and-learning.eu. Website: http://news.media-and- of songs that are about topics learning.eu related to history and literature With the support of the Lifelong Learning Premium Partners Programme (LLP) of the European Union 4

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