media in education

Know IT All for Primary Schools

Know IT All for Primary Schools includes a vibrant new 3D SMART animation created by Childnet International (http://www.childnet.com), designed especially for both primary school staff and primary pupils. The resources are designed to help school staff to understand important e-safety issues and to offer strategies and information on how to support young pupils to get the most out of the Internet. Childnet’s SMART rules are illustrated by this exciting and engaging animation.

Two main animated characters Kara and Winston were created who, together with their friends learn about different technologies and their safe use. Through their travels the animated characters use the Internet, mobile phones, social networking pages and a games console and chat to negotiate and navigate their way through a series of realistic online situations. On their journey they are able to interact with a real life SMART crew and request help from young children (in live footage) who guide the cartoon characters in their quest, helping them to make informed and responsible online decisions along the way and helping the viewer to remind him/her that the challenges the characters face are not unique to the animation, but are applicable in the real world.
The animation is accompanied by an interactive training film that combines real footage with animated illustrations to help primary school teachers present the safety message.

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

Exploring the Nature: Five Stories

Exploring the Nature: Five Stories (Pieci stāsti par dabu), is a documentary film series that was created in 2009, by ELM MEDIA, Latvia (http://www.elmmedia.lv/lv/filmas/daba/pieci_stasti_par_dabu) with the help of the Latvian Fund for Nature, a non-governmental nature conservation and research organisation.
Educating Latvian youngsters on climate change and the impact humans have on the environment, this series is made up of 5 educational films on five different biotopes (floodplain meadows, inland waters, forests, marshlands and sea coast) and their management. Each film, also available online, is a road movie with 3 students travelling around Latvia and exploring nature by visiting protected areas and countryside farms and meeting experts from the Latvian Fund for Nature. By following these adventurous travel stories by their peers, teenagers are encouraged to associate with the environmental problems discussed in the films and to change their general attitude to one where all members of society are involved in preserving the environment by maintaining natural diversity and protecting natural habitats. Students learn about three main topics: the natural processes that are going on in these five main natural biotopes that cover almost the whole Latvian ecosystem, the different species that live in each biotope and what makes them different and they also learn about the importance of each species.

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

Kaatje

'Kaatje' is a hosting concept for the youngest viewers of KETNET (http://www.ketnet.be), the TV channel for children from Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT), the Flemish public broadcaster in Belgium. Kaatje is a little girl who lives in a snowglobe (with stars instead of snow) together with her friend Kamiel, a dinosaur and her doll 'Eendje' (little duck). The three of them play together and discover the world while Kaatje thinks she knows everything and is always right, although she also makes mistakes. And Kamiel just adores Kaatje; their adventures are programmed in between the other programmes, so they are hosting little children through their TV hour.

The adventures of Kaatje have no link with the content of the programmes, but what is very important in 'Kaatje' is creativity and interaction, stimulating little children to sing and dance along, ... Toddlers and pre-schoolers go through an exciting period of development and learn - both at home and in school - colours, how to draw, read and write, handicraft, ride a bike, climb, tie their laces, play with other kids, … The world of Kaatje (both on TV and online) stimulates a number of these skills through the various online games. Children for example practise hand-eye coordination (through Bumba's shaking game, Kaatje's balloon game and labyrinth game, learn colours, sounds, new words, figures, learn to make associations (which figure does not fit, find the difference and memory game), and Kaatje gives children the opportunity to discover new things and stimulates their imagination.

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

Neu in Berlin - Online Video Soap

The Online Video Soap "Neu in Berlin" was created by LinguaTV GmbH, Germany (http://www.linguatv.com/index.php?) to support students who wished to learn authentic German (DaF) with Online Videos. It is an edutainment format using online videos and games for learning German (as a foreign speaker). Based on a modular structure in a series of subtitled videos the two main characters, German-speaking Katja and Alexander accidently meet one another in Berlin and since Alexander is new to the city, Katje gives him a tour of Berlin. They interact in recognisable situations such as meeting & greeting people, asking for directions, ordering food & beverages, shopping and other daily activities.

The videos are supplemented by a series of lessons and games that help learners test their understanding and memory of newly-learned words, spoken and written texts. A few of the games are quizzes, crossword puzzles, … but on LinguaTV, the online-video learning content is also embedded in an online community or training platform. With a cross-platform point system, learners can see their overall progress and compare their experiences with other learners. They can also interact through integrated video chat and meet virtually or take a language course in the virtual classroom. The audio-visual content gives the learner interesting impressions from different countries, people and cultures whilst training listening comprehension at the same time.

A more detailed English description of the project is available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website at http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/online-video-soap-neu-in-berlin

Regards sur la Psychologie Sociale Expérimentale

Regards sur la psychologie sociale expérimentale or “Perspectives on experimental social psychology” is a series of 5 video clips each of which consists of a short film of an experiment and a presentation to explain the following topics: the fundamental attribution error, the failure to assist a person in danger, the effects of a commitment process, the effects of categorisation and the effects of social comparison. The series was created in 2007 by VIDEOSCOP Université Nancy 2, the audio-visual and multimedia research and production department of Université Nancy2, France (http://www.univ-nancy2.fr/VIDEOSCOP).

This project targets university students, and particularly those in the field of social psychology. Experiments are the basis of many fundamental concepts in the field of social psychology, and these have been conducted in strict test conditions so the majority of them are only available to social psychology students in texts on paper. This online collection contains five experiments that are reconstructed and recorded. These videos show in particular the methodology used and the subjects’ reactions, thus visualising the concepts to make them easier to understand and remember. Each of the five recorded experiments is linked to a theoretical part, explaining the experiment and creating links with the theoretical concepts that students need to know and learn.

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

Passport to the Internet - Student tutorial for Internet literacy

Passport to the Internet - the Student tutorial for Internet literacy (Grades 4-8) was created by the Media Awareness Network (http://www.media-awareness.ca) in Canada. It gives the opportunity for children to learn to do online activities in a secure environment. This e-learning tutorial is modular-based and these interactive modules are key to the Passport to the Internet approach: students learn by performing the actual tasks they do online - using a search engine, carrying on a conversation, creating a profile - as the interactive medium allows students to learn Internet literacy skills in authentic environments.

The modules include:
- MyFace, a social networking site that challenges students to create an engaging profile while protecting their privacy;
- Co-Co’s Choco Match: a simulated advergame that teaches the “tricks of the trade” that online advertisers use to reach young consumers;
- Study Space: a research assignment that teaches authentication skills through a mock search engine and by having students judge the reliability of three different websites;
- Web Café: a general introduction to safe and wise web surfing that shows students how to judge what is behind a link, e-mail, banner ad or search result before clicking on it;
- Instant Pigeon: an instant messaging programme in which students engage in four conversations, allowing them to make ethical choices about how to reply to their online “buddies” and how to deal with issues such as uploading photos and videos, stranger contact and cyber bullying.

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

The Big Myth

The Big Myth is an interactive, community-building learning website and CD-ROM, presenting a collection of 25 creation myths from around the world using Flash animation, storytelling, sound and music. It is available in English and Dutch and designed for group learning for ages 7-14. The myths themselves are the central focus of the site, but the entire environment is made up of six sections, including a Teachers Guide, Discussion Forum, Write Your Own Creation Myth area and Library, making it a fully-integrated educational website that fits in with religious studies or world cultural program of the common international curriculum, as well as within ancient history or even remedial English or Dutch language classes.

You can also find a description of the project in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/the-big-myth

Unseen Voices

Created by Sergio López Figueroa in partnership with Brent Council and delivered by Big Bang Lab, Unseen Voices is an interdisciplinary outreach project aiming to engage young people and the community through creative participatory practice using film archives, photographs and live original music. The project helps to create awareness of the importance of remembrance, commemoration, peacekeeping and human rights in today´s world. The main output is to connect historical and contemporary issues such as discrimination, racism and gang violence by looking at the past and creating a debate among students, teachers and the community.

In two-week workshops a group of music students learn the history of the second World War, the Holocaust and Kindertransport (youth refugees in 1939) by learning how to create a film entirely by re-using archive film footage and photography and editing digitised clips, learn where and how to research, copyright issues, make the storyboard and the film, compose the music with support of Music Leader and finally perform live at the Holocaust Memorial Day with the Unseen Voices film in Wembley Town Hall in January 2008.
At a second stage, an educational DVD was produced as a learning resource and distributed to 100 schools in the Borough including four mini documentaries of the whole process and further resources including web resources for the use of teachers and other schools.

You can also find a description of the project in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/unseen-voices.

Interesting Ways

The Interesting Ways to ... are online presentation, created by Tom Barrett, giving good classroom ideas and tips about the ways to use multimedia, devices and ICT tools for teaching.

Some examples are: 45 Interesting Ways to use your Pocket Video Camera in the Classroom (http://www.media-and-learning.eu/resource/45-interesting-ways-to-use-you...); 32 Interesting Ways to Use an i-Pod Touch in the Classroom (http://www.media-and-learning.eu/resource/32-interesting-ways-to-use-an-...); 62 Interesting Ways to Use an i-Pad in the Classroom (http://www.media-and-learning.eu/resource/62-interesting-ways-to-use-an-...).

NPTEL - National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning

The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning, NPTEL, is a joint project of a group of well-known technology education/research institutes in India, collectively known as the Indian Institutes of Technology. This project has placed online resources in HTML or PDF format as well as many video lessons, providing e-learning through online Video courses in Engineering, Science and humanities streams.
The project also has a channel on YouTube that can be accessed at www.youtube.com/user/nptelhrd.

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