Bla Bla Bla e-democracy e minori

With Bla Bla Bla e-democracy e minori, created in 2009 by the Italian primary school Direzione Didattica di Cassola, students of the 5th year learned how to create a digital cartoon and learned about the cinematographic and audiovisual language by using videos and cartoons in the Apple multimedia laboratory. They acquired multimedia producition skills on their own by working in the multimedia laboratory. This experience involves all subjects and it helps each student to develop his/her own abilities and to express themselves in different ways.

In the lessons, students also learn how to create a digital cartoon at home, how to use the Internet to study, how to do research, and how to enjoy themselves. The students can then use their media literacy in everyday life, when watching TV or going to the cinema and instead of being passive observers they become an active audience.
This project received an award (in the category “Up to 10 years old”) by the Global Junior Challenge, an international competition organised by the Fondazione Mondo Digitale to promote the innovative use of new technology for training, education, solidarity and international cooperation.

The video can be seen at
A more detailed description of the project is available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website:


Con Bla Bla Bla e-democracy e minori, creato nel 2009 dall'architetto italiano scuola elementare Direzione Didattica di Cassola, gli studenti del 5° anno hanno imparato a creare un cartone animato digitale e a conoscere il linguaggio cinematografico e audiovisivo, utilizzando video e cartoni animati nel laboratorio multimediale di Apple. Hanno acquisito abilità di produzione multimediale per conto proprio, lavorando nel laboratorio multimediale. Questa esperienza coinvolge tutti i soggetti e aiuta ogni studente a sviluppare le proprie capacità e di esprimersi in modi diversi.
Nelle lezioni, gli studenti imparano anche come creare un cartone animato digitale a casa, come utilizzare Internet per studiare, come fare ricerca, e come divertirsi. Gli studenti possono utilizzare le loro conoscenze sui mezzi di comunicazione nella vita di tutti i giorni, quando si guarda la TV o si va al cinema e invece di essere osservatori passivi diventano un pubblico attivo.
Questo progetto ha ricevuto un premio (nella categoria "Fino a 10 anni") da parte del Global Junior Challenge, un concorso internazionale organizzato dalla Fondazione Mondo Digitale per promuovere l'uso innovativo delle nuove tecnologie per la formazione, l'educazione, la solidarietà e la cooperazione internazionale.
Il video può essere visto a

Una descrizione più dettagliata del progetto è disponibile nella vetrina sul sito MEDEA Awards:

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 ( 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 - of the National Ministry of Education and Training ( 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?:
- The educational guide in PDF:
- Lycée Technique du Centre in Luxembourg:

BBC News School Report

BBC News School Report, started in 2006 by BBC News, gives 11-14 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience. Using lesson plans and materials from the BBC News School Report website, and with support from BBC staff, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters.
The online materials available to teachers and learners include the Huw Edwards Lesson Plans (Huw Edwards is the BBC’s News reporter): 6 lessons, correlating to the curricula in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with accompanying videos for teachers to use as they wish while running the project (also in Welsh). Materials are in a variety of formats to engage pupils - film, audio and text.

The project is continuously run and in March schools take part in an annual News Day (first organised in March 2007), when all involved schools simultaneously create video, audio and text-based news reports, and publish them on their school website, to which the BBC links. On the latest News Day on 11 March 2010, 719 schools across the UK took part in making the news simultaneously.

A more detailed description of the project is available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website:

Traditions across Europe

Traditions Across Europe is a project within the eTwinning community (, 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 ( and the usage of eTwinning twinspace (

There is the initiative's page on the eTwinning twinspace:
The articles made by this Italian school are listed here:
You can find a more detailed English description of the project in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website:


Traditions Across Europe è un progetto nell'ambito della comunità eTwinning (, 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 ( e l'utilizzo di TwinSpace eTwinning ( ...)
C'è la pagina dell'iniziativa su TwinSpace eTwinning:
Gli articoli realizzati da questa scuola italiana sono elencati qui:
Si può trovare una descrizione più dettagliata in inglese del progetto nello Showcase sul sito MEDEA Awards:

Water Project H2Ooooh!

Water Project H2Ooooh! is a TV-series of 3D cartoon animations that were created based on story boards developed by Italian schools. In 2010 this initiative was devised by Gruppo Alcuni in collaboration with the UNESCO Venice Office and Rai Fiction.
With “Water Project H2Ooooh!” 6,000 students ages 6 to 16 from 280 Italian schools were actively engaged to create a storyboard (or in other words a series of drawings representing the main scenes of a cartoon) on the theme of water and the issues related to its use, to its exploitation and to its limited supply. The schools took part in an educational course which included videos, books, etc which on the one hand allowed children to learn about the creation of animated cartoons and on the other hand it also encouraged a greater understanding of the situation related to water resources in our world today.
The project has been carried out during the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years and was aimed at all teachers open to participating in a creative activity on the theme of water and science with their Primary or early Secondary school classes. The result is a 3-D animated television series in English and Italian (Italian subtitles) with six Pet Pals as main characters focusing on the issue of water protection, which has been broadcast on the public national broadcaster Rai Due in May and June 2010.

You can also find the initiative's page on the UNESCO website ( and 26 English episodes on the UNESCO's YouTube Channel (
A more detailed English description of the project is available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website:


Progetto Acqua H2Ooooh! è una serie televisiva di cartoni animati in 3D creati sulla base di storyboard sviluppate da scuole italiane. Nel 2010 l'iniziativa è stata ideata dal Gruppo Alcuni in collaborazione con l'Ufficio UNESCO di Venezia e Rai Fiction.
Con "Progetto Acqua H2Ooooh!" 6.000 studenti dai 6 a 16, da 280 scuole italiane sono stati impegnati attivamente a creare uno storyboard (o in altre parole, una serie di disegni che rappresentano le scene principali di un cartone animato) sul tema dell'acqua e delle problematiche relative al suo utilizzo, alla sua sfruttamento e alla sua quantità limitata. Le scuole hanno partecipato ad un corso di formazione che comprendeva video, libri, ecc, che da un lato hanno permesso ai bambini di conoscere la creazione di cartoni animati e, dall'altro hanno anche incoraggiato una maggiore comprensione della situazione relativa alle risorse idriche nel nostro mondo di oggi.
Il progetto è stato realizzato durante 2008-2009 e gli anni scolastici 2009-2010 ed era diretto a tutti gli insegnanti disponibili a partecipare ad un'attività creativa sul tema dell'acqua e della scienza con le loro classi elementari e medie. Il risultato è una serie televisiva di cartoni animati 3-D in italiano e inglese (sottotitoli in italiano) con sei Amici Animali come protagonisti che mettono a fuoco il tema della protezione delle acque, che è stata trasmessa sull'emittente pubblica nazionale Rai Due nel maggio e giugno 2010.
È inoltre possibile trovare la pagina dell'iniziativa sul sito dell'UNESCO ( ...) e 26 episodi in inglese alla dell'UNESCO Canale YouTube ( # p / u).
Una descrizione più dettagliata in inglese del progetto è disponibile in Showcase sul sito MEDEA Awards:

War on Waste

Green Schools 'War on Waste' is a light-hearted short video about environment and recycling, created in 2010 by young pupils from primary school St Francis School, Priorswood, Dublin in collaboration with NearTV, Near Media Co-operative (Ireland). The pupils taking part in the video explain the importance of recycling and what type of waste can go into the different recycling bins used in Ireland. Because the Dublin City Council decided to put recycling bins into a local Travellers site for the first time (Travellers are an indigenous minority group in Ireland), pupils of the school that were also Travellers were involved in the making of this video to make them aware of the importance of these recycling bins.

The video was shown as part of lessons on the environment and recycling. As this was a community project with a particular emphasis on encouraging young people and their parents to recycle, a viewing was arranged in the school for everyone to watch the video. Near TV believes, that by creating a sense of occasion for the young people and their parents, they would see the importance in recycling and bring with them this new knowledge into their homes and daily life.

A more detailed description of the project is available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website:

I animate and I communicate (@ni & m@te) + I integrate (Make @ wiz)

These are 2 project websites created in 2008 by the Free primary schools Meulebeke in Belgium ( in relation to an eTwinning project.

For “I animate and I communicate” ( the twin @ni (a girl) and m@te (a boy) want to travel around the world and so they visit children’s classroom, school, city or country. Children from all over the world create animations to present their environment, culture and their way of life. They turn into @ni and m@te (two stick figures) and choose a view or scenery of the country or region where they live as the background of the animation.

For “I integrate” the project website is called “Make @ wiz” ( in which children dream about the future and try to build a better world step by step and 'stone by stone'. One team discovers a problem, makes a wish and the other team works out a solution. The children create animations showing their ideas and possible solutions to world problems after which they are shown on the website by the funny wizard 'Wizzy'. The topics range from protection of nature, environmental pollution, famine, children’s rights, racism, immigration to road safety.

Five Little Ducks

The video clip Five Little Ducks is a stop-motion animation which preschool students made in class. The target students are preschool students. As an exercise in counting the numbers backwards, the children learnt the nursery rhyme, 5 little ducks, so it was with great enthusiasm that they agreed to animate the ducks. The stop-motion animation was produced and entered in the MEDEA Awards 2008 by Miriam Schembri of the Fgura Primary School in Malta.

You can also find a description of the project in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website

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

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 (; 32 Interesting Ways to Use an i-Pod Touch in the Classroom (; 62 Interesting Ways to Use an i-Pad in the Classroom (

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