media in education

NANOYOU

Nanoyou is a source of materials and resources on the topic of Nanoscience, the study of phenomena and manipulation of materials at the nanoscale, where properties differ significantly from those at a larger scale. The nanoscale ranges from 100 nanometres down to the atomic level, where a nanometre is a millionth part of a
millimetre. This European Commission supported project provides a variety of videos and other multimedia like power-point presentations, posters, picture galleries and art projects related to nanoscience and NT that can be
used in education.

AACE - Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education

The Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), founded in 1981, is an international, not-for-profit, educational organization with the mission of advancing Information Technology in Education and E-Learning research, development, learning, and its practical application.
AACE runs several related international conferences including the Global Learn, ED-MEDIA and SITE, and hold a Digital Library with e-books and publications.

Schools World

Through engaging videos, practical resources and an active online community, SchoolsWorld supports the professional development of anyone working in school, enabling them to widen their skills, develop their practice, and connect with others in the field. It provides instant access to up to date professional development videos and resources, practical tips and lesson ideas.

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Art & Design, Business Studies, Citizenship, Cross-curriculum, Design & Technology, Engineering, English, Geography, History, ICT, Maths, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Physical Education, PSHE, Religious Education, Science, Vocational 14-19

Promethean Planet

Promethean's aim is to unlock the potential of human achievement in education and training at all ages around the world creating, developing, supplying and supporting leading edge, interactive learning technology.
Promethean Planet is a large teacher online community of unparalleled peer and technical support as well as a warehouse of premium and free resources - including interactive lessons, games, educator forums, and training courses. Resources are organized by subject (Math, Science, History, Language Arts, Vocational Skills...) and age range. There are also a lot of tips and best practice.

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Math, Science, History, Language Arts, Vocational Skills, STEM, Social Studies, Humanities, English, Arts & Drama

The Classroom

The Classroom is a short animation produced in 2010 by GCSE Mandarin students (Year 11) at St Chad’s Catholic & Church of England High School, Runcorn, as part of the formal education programme “Projector Community Languages” of Cornerhouse, centre for contemporary visual art and film and educational charity in the UK. With this production, Cornerhouse aimed to enable young people to learn Mandarin in a fun, interactive and engaging way, increase their understanding of Mandarin and Chinese culture through the use of film and practical creative workshops, and to encourage teachers to deliver more creative language sessions at school.
The students attended a GCSE Mandarin study session of the film Wo de fu qin mu qin / The Road Home directed by Zhang Yimou and learned more about the film director and the context of contemporary Chinese cinema. After watching the subtitled film and exploring its topics such as daily routine, personal relationships, village life, customs and traditions and the Cultural Revolution, they created The Classroom with a professional filmmaker and language tutor. They re-created their favourite scenes from the film by creating plasticine characters, film sets, and using their Mandarin language skills to bring their film to life. This film be used as learning tool both in the classroom and at home.

Using film as a vehicle for creativity, they had access to state of the art equipment and professional staff, where learning took place in an informal and open environment. The young people who attended the Mandarin study session and who then created this film said that as a result of watching the film they had a better understanding of other people’s culture and languages, that they would like to see more sub-titled film and were more interested in learning languages since watching the film.
Cornerhouse decided to introduce a creative strand to Projector to enable young people to develop their own creative responses to the films they see because it encourages greater practical involvement, and increased critical thinking about the characters and language. Working with professional filmmakers, young people also have the opportunity to learn about practical and creative processes they may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. This creative element to Projector proved to be a great success and as a result Cornerhouse is currently developing a teacher’s toolkit to enable teachers to deliver their own creative sessions in the classroom, which will be added to their online student-created films and study materials (all freely available). Created by young people, they are engaging resources for other young people learning languages.

A more detailed English description of the project is available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website: http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/the-classroom

Animate, Play and Learn English with Bubble and Pebble

“Animate, Play and Learn English with Bubble and Pebble” was created in 2010 by Kindergarten students of the Terakki Foundation Schools in Turkey (http://www.terakki.org.tr). The children were given the chance to create their own learning/teaching materials, combining their English, IT and Animation skills, and toshare the result with children from all over the world.
They drew and coloured the two main characters, the boy Bubble and the girl Pebble, the game backgrounds and objects. As the children have been learning how to animate pictures in their animation lessons, they animated the pictures of the digital games, putting together the drawings as frames of a stop-motion animation. The children recorded their voices in English, thus practising their pronunciation in English.

Their IT teacher then put the recordings and the animations together to design the digital games, which help players reinforce the topics the children have learned in English class: colours, numbers, shapes, clothes and fruit. Not only did the children improve their artistry skills and foreign language skills but they also learned how to bring life into the characters they drew. They also learned that a computer can be used for play as well as for learning English, while they also improved their basic computer skills such as using the mouse and keyboard.
Playing their own games, the pupils can practice their English skills further and are more motivated in English class. Although created for kindergarten students, these games can be used in lower primary classes as well, according to the curriculum and the level of the students. This material will be further improved and will be used in English classes in the following years as well as in different lessons and classes. The teachers of the Terakki Foundation Schools plan to create more games on different topics which will be dubbed in Turkish, French and German.

A more detailed description of the project is available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website: http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/animate-play-and-learn-english-with...

Theorem of Fire

Theorem of Fire (Teoreem Tulest), created in 2009 by NAFTA Films (Estonia - http://www.nafta.ee), is a scientific and educational documentary about fire safety. The film shows dangerous situations related to various fire accidents with commentaries from appropriate specialists. The production of the film "Theorem of fire" has been financed and ordered by the Estonian Rescue Board in 2009 with the goal of raising public awareness about fire safety, to reduce fire casualties, fire accidents and to increase the use of smoke detectors in people’s houses.

Theorem of fire explains the development of a fire with different visual effects, scales and comments. It also describes how a smoke detector works using special effects and close-ups. The film has been produced so that parts of it can be used and questions answered with the help of a specialist or a teacher. The film recommends the right behaviour in case of a fire and explains how an emergency call centre works as well as the fire department.
The film is suitable for adults as well as youngsters starting from the age of 10. It has been used within the emergency prevention field in the Estonian Rescue Board since 2009 as part of different educational programmes for children and youngsters as well as adults, has been shown on TV on different occasions and has also been sent to all secondary schools in Estonia.

A more detailed description of the project is available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website: http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/theorem-of-fire

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Evolution of life

Evolution of life is a website created in 2009 by LMU Munich in Germany (http://www.en.uni-muenchen.de/index.html) and CNDP (Centre national de documentation pédagogique - http://www2.cndp.fr/accueil/accueil.htm) in France, offering original teaching materials about the evolution of life. Evolutionary concepts and evolutionary biology as a modern and relevant science are explained and shown through animation movies (the origin of life as seen by the water molecule Piccolina), documentaries (the effect of human actions on the evolution of animals) and simulations (the states of water, the movement of tectonic plates, ...). These teaching resources are meant for biology teachers but they are available in 3 languages (English, French and German) and can be accessed by everyone who wishes to learn more about evolution.

These resources should help teachers to design an attractive course about evolutionary concepts and stimulate students to become active learners by introducing the topic for example by a movie and then starting a discussion or going deeper using an interactive animation. Using the movies and simulations, students should understand the principles of evolution of life: that all living beings have a common origin and that evolution is the result of changes (mutations in genetic material) submitted to natural selection. Over long periods of time this perpetual search for equilibrium in the living world within its environment leads to biodiversity.
They also use the simulations to let students learn autonomously and carry out virtual experiments, in combination with resources from the new section "Teach", to which quizzes, print-outs and supplementary information for teachers will be added at the end of 2010.

A more detailed description of the project is available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website: http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/evolution-of-life

Et si c'était toi?

'Et si c'était toi?' (And if it was you?) is a 4-minute film produced in 2008 by 17 to 18-year old students of the secondary school Lycée Technique du Centre in Luxembourg (http://www.ltc.lu). With the generous time and effort of students of class 3IF1 and their French teacher, this film was made largely outside of school hours, in the framework of the project 'School without violence' (Lycée Sans Violence).

This short film is about two teenage girls who fall victim to different forms of violence. The film confronts us with bullying and domestic violence and how the two girls are struggling to cope with it and its consequences such as isolation, depression and suicidal thoughts, and how they both try to find a way to get away from it.
An educational guide was produced to accompany the film, in a collaboration between the Lycée Technique du Centre and the Centre de psychogie et d'orientation scolaires (COPS - http://www.cpos.public.lu) of the National Ministry of Education and Training (http://www.men.public.lu). The guide discusses the topics of bullying and suicide and addresses both the warning signals and suggested attitudes friends and teachers can take towards a victim. Guidelines are also included, to facilitate an interactive session in the classroom or in an informal setting with a group of teenagers. The educational guide and movie were distributed together in the secondary schools of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and are used continuously.

- The Ministry's COPS web page on Et si c'était toi?: http://www.cpos.public.lu/actualites/2010/05/ESCT/index.html
- The educational guide in PDF: http://www.cpos.public.lu/actualites/2010/05/ESCT/dossier_ped_ESCT.pdf
- Lycée Technique du Centre in Luxembourg: http://www.ltc.lu

Traditions across Europe

Traditions Across Europe is a project within the eTwinning community (http://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/index.htm), which is an EU programme that enables and encourages European schools to collaborate using ICT. Traditions Across Europe is based on an information exchange amongst 22 European schools about particular aspects, activities and traditions of the school's own country, a blog was set up by the schools to support this exchange. There, the 10 to 11 year old pupils of the Istituto Comprensivo "Don Bosco"- Francavilla in Sinni" (PZ) in Italy shared what they experienced and made at school as they learned about their own origins, history and traditions. Through the project's blog, and with the help of their two teachers Gina Antonietta Mango and Carmelo Mario Martino, the Italian pupils could communicate and exchange materials about their countries' traditions.

The children were engaged in the search and discovery of local traditions: songs, typical recipes, festivities, games and particular activities (wine-making, cider-making, olive oil extraction). It was a whole experience for the pupils, as they were confronted with the materials the other schools published on the blog and as they got to know more about the local, national and European culture. The most innovative and creative elements of the project were the confrontations that occured with foreign pupils and teachers, the analysis of authentic materials such as traditional objects, instruments, places, photographs, texts… and of course the usage of ICT to search and communicate, the realization and the usage of the Blog (http://traditionsacrosseurope.wordpress.com) and the usage of eTwinning twinspace (http://twinspace.etwinning.net/launcher.cfm?lang=en&ca=traditionsacrosse...).

There is the initiative's page on the eTwinning twinspace: http://my.twinspace.etwinning.net/traditionsacrosseurope.
The articles made by this Italian school are listed here:
http://traditionsacrosseurope.wordpress.com/author/mariomartino/
http://traditionsacrosseurope.wordpress.com/author/ginama/
You can find a more detailed English description of the project in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website: http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/traditions-across-europe

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Traditions Across Europe è un progetto nell'ambito della comunità eTwinning (http://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/index.htm), un programma comunitario che consente e incoraggia le scuole europee a collaborare con le TIC. Traditions Across Europe è basato sullo scambio di informazioni tra 22 scuole europee su aspetti specifici, attività e tradizioni del Paese della scuola, un blog è stato istituito dalle scuole a supporto di tale scambio. Lì, gli alunni di 10-11 anni di età dell'Istituto Comprensivo "Don Bosco" - Francavilla in Sinni "(PZ) in Italia hanno condiviso ciò che hanno sperimentato e fatto a scuola mentre imparavano a conoscere le proprie origini, la storia e le tradizioni. Attraverso il blog del progetto e con l'aiuto dei loro due insegnanti Gina Antonietta Mango e Carmelo Mario Martino, gli studenti italiani hanno potuto comunicare e scambiare materiali sulle tradizioni dei loro paesi.
I bambini sono stati impegnati nella ricerca e scoperta delle tradizioni locali: canzoni, ricette tipiche, feste, giochi e attività particolari (vinificazione, sidro, estrazione di olio d'oliva). È stata un'esperienza completa per gli alunni, dato che si sono confrontati con i materiali delle altre scuole pubblicati sul blog e dato che hanno avuto modo di conoscere meglio la cultura locale, nazionale ed europea. Gli elementi più innovativi e creativi del progetto sono stati gli scontri che si sono verificati con alunni e docenti stranieri, l'analisi di materiali autentici, come oggetti della tradizione, strumenti, luoghi, fotografie, testi ... e, naturalmente, l'uso delle TIC per cercare e comunicare, la realizzazione e l'utilizzo del Blog (http://traditionsacrosseurope.wordpress.com) e l'utilizzo di TwinSpace eTwinning (http://twinspace.etwinning.net/launcher.cfm?lang=en&ca=traditionsacrosse ...)
C'è la pagina dell'iniziativa su TwinSpace eTwinning: http://my.twinspace.etwinning.net/traditionsacrosseurope
Gli articoli realizzati da questa scuola italiana sono elencati qui:
http://traditionsacrosseurope.wordpress.com/author/mariomartino/
http://traditionsacrosseurope.wordpress.com/author/ginama/
Si può trovare una descrizione più dettagliata in inglese del progetto nello Showcase sul sito MEDEA Awards: http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/traditions-across-europe

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