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MEDEAnet Workshop ‘Multimedia Applications in School Education' on 3-4 April 2013 in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria


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This workshop included practical exercises whereby teachers created their own video resources for use in a flipped classroom. Other presentations included inputs from teachers about specific IT related initiatives in the region. These were a project about the use of 3D with autistic children, an experience with an audience respose system and the experiences of a teacher on the use of software for web development.
Participants also learned how to re-use existing video materials in different pedagogical contexts, and explore the various different types of existing video resources which can be used for teaching and learning as well as view samples and best practices, many of which have been finalists or winners in the MEDEA Awards scheme 2008 – 2012.

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MEDEAnet Workshop ‘Multimedia Applications in School Education' on 3-4 April 2013 in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

  1. 1. MEDEAnet workshop ‘Multimedia Applications in School Education' 3-4 April 2013 in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria ITPIO in association with the Regional Inspectorate of Education in Blagoevgrad
  2. 2. ATiT • Belgian company set up in 1999 • Primary interest in the best use of technology to support learning • Particular media interest in media • Over 500 different activities, projects or jobs of varying size
  3. 3. Training Consultancy Production Management ATiT
  4. 4. Training Use of technology to support learning Kenya: Producing and publishing media for online learning Iraq: Social media - journalists & public relations staff Educational video production courses Week long courses in 2011, 2012 and 2013 Courses in 2013 • Creating your own apps for teaching and learning • Use of social media for Lifelong Learning Project managers
  5. 5. Production Portal services to support network development and maintenance Voices against Corruption School Leadership portal Interactive devices for cultural and educational events Sportimonium Pigeon Video relay services in the medical field
  6. 6. Consultancy World Bank Global Distance Learning Network National governments and agencies Philippines Indonesia European Commission Framework R&D Lifelong Learning Programme
  7. 7. Management Event management Special events – e.g. kaleidoscope dissemination event Large conferences – Online Educa Berlin and eLearning Africa Media & Learning Conference European projects in the role of supporting: Dissemination, Pilot and/or Evaluation REC:all VISCED and ReViCa Web2LLP SAILS
  8. 8. Moving images in EDucation European Awards • Annual awards since 2008 • With animations, weblectures, documentaries, videoclips, games, ... • Free to enter – any production made in past 3 years • French, German, English, Italian, Spanish or Polish • Over 700 entries since 2008 • Visit website and media gallery
  9. 9. MEDEA Awards related activities Media & Learning monthly Newsletter Media & Learning Community of Practice Media & Learning annual conference in Brussels Media & Learning Resources database MEDEA2020 2011-2012 project MEDEA:EU 2008-2011 project 2 day workshops Week long training courses MEDEAnet 2012-2014 project Webinar series
  10. 10. MEDEA Association • International not-for-profit association to enhance innovation and creativity in teaching and learning across all levels of education and training in Europe • Board of 6 founding partners • CSP (President Eleonora Pantó) • ATiT (Secretary Mathy Vanbuel) • Aunege Association of French Universities (Treasurer Gerard Casanova) • IADT – Bernard Mullarkey • EITF – Ene Koitla • KU Leuven – Wim Van Petegem
  11. 11. MEDEA Association • Membership recruitment drive for organisational members starting Spring 2013 • Membership benefits: • Facilitation service – finding appropriate partners , and provision of advice on project set-up and management • Training and workshop service • Access to database of MEDEA entries • Annual conference benefits • Dissemination services, newsletter, webinar service, online community support
  12. 12. The MEDEAnet project and the MEDEA Awards
  13. 13. The MEDEAnet project 3-year (Jan 2012 – Dec 2014) network project funded under KA3 of the Lifelong Learning Programme Aiming to: • Exploit best practices of the MEDEA Awards • Extend its existing informal network • Support the MEDEA Association
  14. 14. MEDEAnet activities MEDEAnet promoting media-based learning to organisations and practitioners a 12-part series of public webinars knowledge building and sharing amongst practitioners workshops in 7 partner countries a large-scale dissemination and exploitation strategy Annual report Charting Media and Learning in Europe
  15. 15. Moving images in EDucation European Awards • Awards’ background • Previous awards winners • Judging Criteria • Activities related to the awards • MEDEAnet project
  16. 16. Only when video and audio are routine components of education and online learning, that we will have an educational environment that reflects the media-rich world in which our learners now live. Organisation and vision • Partners in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain, ... ” “
  17. 17. Who can participate & How? • Students, teachers, audiovisual departments, schools, training centres, professional producers,... from all educational levels • Animations, weblectures, documentaries, videoclips, games, ... • Free to enter • French, German, Polish, English, Italian or Spanish
  18. 18. Special PrizeSpecial PrizeSpecial PrizeMEDEA AwardMEDEA Award Finalists • Finalists take part in Media & Learning Conference and awards ceremony in Brussels • Prizes include awards, software or hardware • Interviews and published extracts of finalists in the online media gallery User-Generated Educational Media Professionally Produced Educational Media European Collaboration in the creation of Educational Media Educational Media Encouraging EU Citizenship MEDEA Jury Special Prize
  19. 19. Judging Criteria • Pedagogical quality • Media use and integration • Aesthetic quality • Usability • Technical quality • New jury members are always welcome!
  20. 20. First 2 years • 2008: 121 online entries from 25 countries • 2009: 254 online entries from 38 countries “Anti-Anti” Sint-Lievenscollege Ghent (Belgium) MEDEA Special Jury Award 2008 “Know IT All for Primary Schools” Childnet International (United Kingdom) Overall Award 2009
  21. 21. 2010 & 2011 • 2010: 140 online entries from 31 countries • 2011: 115 online entries from 28 countries “BBC News School Report” BBC (United Kingdom) Overall Award 2010 “INgeBEELD Media Wisdom Platform” CANON Cultural Unit (Belgium) Finalist 2011
  22. 22. 2012 213 online entries from 32 countries Quand la colère fait tomber les masques Université Paris 1 (France) Overall Award for professionally produced entry And the Oscar goes to…… 5th Primary School of Alexandroupolis (Greece) Overall Award for user-generated entry
  23. 23. Showcases and examples European Chain reaction – special award 2011 Weapons of Mass Destruction – finalist 2011 Planet SciCast – finalist 2009 Daisy and Drago – winner 2009 The Classroom – finalist 2010 Five Little Ducks – Highly Commended 2008 Changing lives – special awards 2011 Monkey Labs Games – winner 2011 Green schools War on Waste Highly Commended 2010
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  25. 25. Participate in the MEDEA Awards 2013! Deadline 30 September 2013 More information on or contact
  26. 26. Links • MEDEA Awards: • Media & Learning Conference: • Media & Learning Community & Resources database: • Media & Learning News: • MEDEAnet project:
  27. 27. Why Video for Education? • Video surpasses the written word • Seeing and hearing is better than reading or hearing and reading • Video stimulates emotionally • Information is conveyed more successfully by demonstrating • Video is a compact, concise media • Video is attractive (for GenerationX, Y, Z…)
  28. 28. Video Production Let’s make a complex process simple 1. A familiar, engaging and learnful subject 2. Prepare an outline or “script” 3. Carry out research, collect the essential information 4. Record the material (images, screens, sound, graphics…) 5. Edit the video 6. Publish the video
  29. 29. What do you need? • Subject • Time • to prepare • to record • Location
  30. 30. Subject Two main types • An event organised by others or somewhat out of your control over time and location • football game, theatre play, live lesson • a touristic video • a vox populi • An event under your control • demonstration, fiction, presentation, animation, interviews
  31. 31. Good preparation • Scenario (storyboard) or planning • Location scouting • Find/meet actors or experts, accessories ... • Rehearse and practise
  32. 32. Scenario/storyboard • See the film in your mind (role of video and of audio) • Put the film on paper • script, scenario, storyboard... • Why is it important? • Foresee: (4C) • control during the recording (and editing!) • content • continuity • cost • Execute the recording (but don’t forget to prepare it!)
  33. 33. What do you need? • Camera: • DV (or best affordable) / Video magazine • web cam? • Screen cam • Photocamera… • Tripod for video recording: safety first Possibly also • Additional microphone, headphones • Additional batteries • Lights
  34. 34. Good images • Enough light and good light • no dark, grainy images • Use tripod • jerky images make seasick and cost bandwidth • Choose camera position and angle carefully
  35. 35. Free Screen Recording Software • capture your screen for videos, add text boxes, arrows or rectangles to highlight spots, record audio together with the video • open source screen recorder software records all screen and audio activity on computer, creates AVI or SWF • Firefox add-on records screen frame by frame with voice and provides AVI output • screen recording with audio and video, AVI and FLV output, audio can be re- recorded, trim beginning and end, zoom video to mouse cursor with smart zooming and ability to draw free-style during recording • tutorial and presentation creation software, capture screenshots, add explanation boxes, buttons and title, records voice, creates highly compressed Flash movies
  36. 36. Video Editing Tips 1 • Always shoot with the editing in mind: • take different shots, close shots, wide shots, hold the camera steady, film enough footage, you can always cut out later what you don’t need. • Work organized: • if you are making a longer movie, prepare a storyboard up first. Name your clips in your video editing software. Use the same names as you use in your storyboard. If you don’t name your clips you will end up with a heap of files and you will lose a lot of time trying to find the footage that you are looking for. • First assemble: • Once you have your footage loaded into the editing software, start with creating a “rough cut”: put the main footage you want to use in chronological order in the time line.
  37. 37. Video Editing Tips 2 • Cut out the crap: • trim the beginning and endings of each clip and cut out all the unusable shots • Tell your story: • where can you add close ups? What shots can you add to enhance the effect? Try out different things and notice the impact, effect or feeling, the emotion that the video brings across • Take it easy: • Your shots last at least between 2 and 10 seconds. Vary shot lengths, some longer shots and then some shorter ones. Don’t go for the stroboscope effect, MTV or boredom. In about 5 seconds, the human brain has seen most details of a picture
  38. 38. Video Editing Tips 3 • Add some effects: • bring your audience into the movie, prettify your movie. Careful: try to “feel” what different effects do to your movie, don’t go crazy with flipping and twirling stuff, read the language of movies • Create intro, opening and closing titles: • have a proper beginning and ending, black at the end of a movie creates a dramatic effect. When a title follows black, the audience can relax. • Add music and sound effects: • test different kind of music tracks for your video and “feel” the difference. A good choice of music will enhance your video
  39. 39. First steps of a « story » • What do you want to tell? What is its purpose? • Define the learning outcome/objective • Start research and documentation • Get a lot of ideas & inspiration! • Start distilling the information • Make a first outline • Evaluate • Produce detailled script
  40. 40. • The place of video for learning in the learning context, integrating video in the learning process • Not all learning can always be done entirely in every video…
  41. 41. Remembering Actions: • recognizing, • listing, • describing, • identifying, • retrieving, • naming, • locating, • finding
  42. 42. Understanding Actions: • interpreting, • summarizing, • inferring, • paraphrasing, • classifying, • comparing, • explaining, • exemplifying
  43. 43. Applying Actions: • implementing, • carrying out, • using, • executing
  44. 44. Analyzing Actions: • comparing, • organizing, • deconstructing, • attributing, • outlining, • finding, • structuring, • integrating
  45. 45. Evaluating Actions: • checking, • hypothesizing, • critiquing, • experimenting, • judging, • testing, • detecting, • monitoring
  46. 46. Creating Actions: • designing, • constructing, • planning, • producing, • inventing, • devising, • making
  47. 47. Bloom’s Taxonomy
  48. 48. Ideas… • Biographical and Autobiographical videos e.g. Animoto • Common craft video (hand drawn, cut out) • Stop-motion videos (Jellycam) • Documentary • Flipped classroom (Khan style)
  49. 49. Flipping The Classroom • Flipped learning: students watch instructional videos for homework and use class time to practice what they’ve learned. • Presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint, Prezi, Keynote, Smart Notebook) • You can make high-quality educational videos for your students. Here are a few Video Rules.
  50. 50. 1. Keep it short • YouTube generation • Bite-sized pieces: just the quadratic formula, not anything else. One topic equals one video. • 3 minute rule?
  51. 51. 2. Animate your voice • Engage your students, use your voice to make videos exciting
  52. 52. 3. Create the video with another teacher • Powerful conversation instead of watching a talking head • Dialogue is helpful in comprehension of the material • Like radio show
  53. 53. 4. Add humor • Put a running joke in (but only for the first minute or so) • Humor brings interest to the video, which keeps the students interested
  54. 54. 5. Don’t waste your students’ time • Students are watching this in their own time. Keep to your topic.
  55. 55. 6. Add annotations • Think of your screen as a whiteboard: use annotation to add pen markups or similar
  56. 56. 7. Add callouts • A callout is a text box, a shape, or some other object that will appear for a while in the video and then disappear. • Bring attention to the key elements in a video • Show steps in a problem
  57. 57. 8. Guide the eye of the viewer • Zoom in to different portions of the screen: zoom in to the portion of the picture that is most important for comprehension, help the students focus
  58. 58. 9. Keep it copyright friendly • Video will likely be posted online, make sure that you follow appropriate copyright laws
  59. 59. Elaboration • Who, (protagonist, antagonist) • What, (plot) • When, • Where, (setting) • Why, • How
  60. 60. Simple Guidelines to Instruction 1. Gain attention Stimuli activate receptors
  61. 61. Simple Guidelines to Instruction 2. Inform learners of objectives Create level of expectation for learning
  62. 62. Simple Guidelines to Instruction 3. Stimulate recall of prior learning Retrieval and activation of short-term memory situation
  63. 63. Simple Guidelines to Instruction 4. Present the new content Selective perception of content
  64. 64. Simple Guidelines to Instruction 5. Provide "learning guidance" Induce storage in long-term memory 6. Practice Perform acquired knowledge 7. Provide feedback & Assess performance Retrieval and reinforcement of content as final evaluation 8. Enhance retention and transfer to next level Retrieval and generalisation of learned skill to new situation
  65. 65. Action!
  66. 66. Assessing the video project: post- production. • Did video demonstrate what you said it would in outline and script? • Did the audience (classmates) learn something from the final product? Did they learn what you wanted them to learn? • Was the final product engaging? • How does the audience evaluate the product? • Was it worth the trouble?