Enriching learning through media education and media literacy

Media & Learning 2016   |   10 — 11 March 2016   |   Flemish Ministry of Education, Brussels

Thanks to everyone who joined us for a very successful Media & Learning Conference in Brussels. This year the conference attracted 290 participants from 30 countries and the level of participant satisfaction, personal networking and audience involvement was at its highest since we launched the conference 6 years ago. We are working hard to finalise the conference report, to prepare presentations and session recordings and to complete the conference evaluation as quickly as possible, all of which you can expect to find here by early April.

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Conference news and highlights

  • The educational purpose of documentaries in the classroom

    Take part in one of our screening sessions on Thursday afternoon about the use of documentaries in education. One of those featured, “My Jihad in the classroom” will show how documentary materials can be turned into tools for teachers in order to tackle radicalisation, which is one of the main topics of this year’s M&L Conference.

  • Master classes on virtual reality, video in science teaching and lots more…

    Enhance your skills by taking part in one of the master classes on offer, like the one led by Vin Sumner from Clicks + Links, UK on Oculus Rift and other VR headsets. Mathy Vanbuel from ATiT & Philip Vermeylen from Rhombus in Belgium will be exploring the use of video in the science class and there will also be a master class on contributing to the MIL/PEER media literacy and media education platform by the Evens Foundation & the Modern Poland Foundation.

  • The drive to support media literacy and media education schemes at scale

    Join our Thursday afternoon plenary session to hear what it takes to move media literacy and media education centre-stage. Our speakers and panellists include Alison Preston from Ofcom in the UK, Nathalie Labourdette from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Margaret Boribon from the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA) and Katia Segers, Member of the Flemish Parliament and media literacy expert.

  • Digital tools and resources in SEN

    Katja Engelhardt from European Schoolnet (Belgium) will give a talk about the use of media and digital tools in special education needs. She will be joined by Aurélie Baranger from Autism Europe who will talk about working with new technologies to support autistic children and young people.

  • Enhancing teachers’ media skills

    On Thursday morning Evy Raes will give a talk about the use of media in the classroom to enhance pre-service and in-service teachers’ media skills. Hear about her experience and add your ideas and reflections to this discussion in which she will present her project “Photography in the classroom”

  • LEGO Master class on WeDo 2.0

    Join this master class given by LEGO Education, one of the sponsors of the M&L Conference 2016. Take part in our Thursday morning masterclass where WeDo 2.0 will be presented. WeDo is a renovated platform which provides students with a new and engaging way to meet science, thanks to this innovative learning experience: science exploration has never been so close.

  • Public discussion on the role of schools in tackling radicalization

    While many teachers and schools administrators are keen to address radicalisation, they often feel ill-prepared and lack an effective strategy and approach. Can a more robust approach to media literacy help? Panellists in this public discussion will include media literacy experts Renee Hobbs from the University of Rhode Island, USA and Divina Frau-Meigs from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in France as well as politicians and radicalisation experts.

  • How to put media literacy into practice ?

    It is often difficult to understand how media literacy can be effectively integrated in the classroom with students: MediaCoach is a programme that helps professionals to introduce media literacy in their works with young learners Join our panellists, Anne-Claire Orban from Media Animation (Belgium) and Sara Dejaeghere from Katholiek Onderwijs Hinterland Gistel (Belgium) in order to understand how Mediacoach works and how to build on the experience of Mediacoach in your region.

  • Media in classroom to enhance students learning

    Enrich your students learning experience by using media in your classroom. Join the Thursday afternoon session with Philippe Van Meerbeeck, from VRT, who will show “Actua in de klas” to demonstrate the pedagogically effective use of media and film in schools.

  • Talks and showcases of creative practices in the classroom

    This year’s agenda is jam-packed with great examples of how practitioners are using media to innovative their teaching. They include Jan Debognies from MAKS in Belgium showing the use of digital storytelling, Eleni Kouvari from the 2nd Experimental Highschool of Athens in Greece showing how she uses video production in language teaching and Frank Weissman from NHTV in the Netherlands showing how he is using media to enhance students’ research competences.

  • The importance of video banks and archives throughout the years

    The Friday morning screening session is all about the role that video archives have in innovative education. Join Georg Eckes from German Film Institute who will present his “Germany Digitalised film from World War I: An untapped resource for European Classroom”

  • Exploring video pedagogy in higher education

    Take part in discussions about the pedagogical value of different video applications in higher education with the input of experienced practitioners including Blair Stevenson from the Oulu University of Applied Sciences in Finland and Zac Woolfitt from Inholland University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands and see how well your institution is taking up the opportunities that video offers.

  • Different approaches to the use of media in Higher Education

    Video services can be used in various educational contexts and this Friday morning session will show how colleges and universities are taking advantages of video. Join James Pickering, from Leeds Institute of Medical Education, who will describe how his organisation is using video in his presentation entitled “Enhancing student education with the effective use of video”.

  • Discussion about the role of video in MOOCs

    Łukasz Kidziński from EPFL will discuss the role that videos play in MOOCs and their impact on online learning by presenting his “Research findings on the value of video interventions in MOOCs”. Take part in the discussion and join our other speakers Anna Hansch from HIIG (Germany), Frank Gielen from EIT (Belgium) and Jörn Loviscach from Bielefeld University (Germany).

  • Sign up for Wednesday’s pre-conference workshops (4)

    Come a day early to the conference and take part in one of the 3 pre-conference workshops planned for Wednesday 9 March. These include a full-day practitioner workshop on video in higher education featuring talks by Jörn Loviscach, Fachhochschule Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Germany and Jos Fransen, Inholland University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands with quick dive sessions on topics like quizzes, interactive tools, cutting, annotating, 4K and 3D.

  • Coaching and supporting pre and in-service teachers through video

    Bug-In-Ear/Interactive Glasses coaching is a synchronous way of coaching for teachers struggling in the classroom. In her presentation, Kamakshi Rajagopal from the Open Universiteit in the Netherlands will talk about her research which allows a coach to select and send short feedback messages to the earpiece worn by the teacher just-in-time. Sessions in the teacher competence track will also highlight initiatives aimed at enhancing teachers’ skills like those led by Monika Frania from the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland & Vanessa Meersdom, VIVES University College in Belgium.

  • MOOCs supporting the professional development of teachers

    More and more media based approaches are being used to help teachers to improve their digital skills and MOOCs are one of the most popular. Join our Thursday morning session “The role of media in the continuing professional development of teachers” and take part in the discussion with Ben Hertz from EUN Academy who will be describing how teachers are improving their media skills and competence through the academy’s MOOCs.

  • Film literacy in Europe

    Are you interested in the most recent film literacy initiatives in Europe? Join the Friday after lunch session with Mark Higham, from Film Literacy Europe, Léna Rouxel Institut français, France and Nienke Poelsma from CINEKID, The Netherlands

  • Screenings of good practice

    Check out the rich array of video resources on show in the screening sessions including Tommy Bowes Body Check applied to English and Science lessons shown by Ciarán Kissane, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, documentaries shown by Shoshana Eilon, Film Platform, Israel and Historiana resources demonstrated by Steven Stegers of Euroclio

  • MEDEA Awards Press Release - And the winners are...

    This year the MEDEA Professional Production Award went to Multimedia Wismo produced by Nadasdy Film in Switzerland. The overall prize for the MEDEA User-Generated Award went to Labhair Linn! Cabhraigh Linn! - Speak with Us! Support Us! submitted by Edel Crosbie in Ireland. The winners were announced during the MEDEA Awards Ceremony which took place as part of the Media & Learning Conference in the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training Headquarters in Brussels on Thursday 10 March 2016.
    Find out the other MEDEA prize winners and read the full press release here.

  • Vote online your favourite MEDEA!

    Have a look at the finalists of the MEDEA Awards 2016 and vote for the one you think should win the Audience Prize.
    To vote, just go to the Media & Learning website, watch the short overviews of the finalists' projects and vote online for the entry you prefer: the one which receives the most votes will be the winner of this prize.
    Anyone can vote, so spread the word and vote here: http://media-and-learning.eu/medea-awards-2016

    The deadline for MEDEA Awards voting online is 18.00 CET Thursday 10 March 2016

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