On 22 November 2012 at 16h00 CET you can meet two award winners of the MEDEA Awards 2012 that were announced last Wednesday 14 November. During this one-hour webinar Petros Michailidis (Greece) and Catherine Loire (France) will briefly present their entry and describe how they have successfully used media to enhance the learning process in their specific circumstances. There are still places available and participation to this webinar is free but prior registration is required.
Petros Michailidis (5th Primary school of Alexandroupolis, Greece) will talk about the eTwinning project 'And the Oscar goes to ... ' for which he collaborated with Christelle Vouillot, Ecole Primaire de Rolampont in France and won the MEDEA Award for User-Generated Educational Media 2012. This collaborative project incorporates the way storytelling is used in movies in everyday teaching practice for subjects such as language learning, mathematics, social and science studies, art, English, ICT, as well as for learning attitudes like how to handle bullying. This project gives students the skills and competences to create their own videos on these subjects in collaboration with other countries. It gives learners an opportunity to learn to express themselves in other ways beside the traditional written and oral communication.
Catherine Loire (TICE, Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University, France) will present the entry 'Quand la colère fait tomber les masques' by Université Paris 1 (France), which won the MEDEA Award for Professionally Produced Educational Media 2012. This 35-minute movie with a gripping story of a social conflict between an employee and the new management of a family owned company while becoming a large multinational. The movie shows the events from different angles: human resource management, employees' rights, conflict management, business ethics and corporate law. And in that way it is an interesting case study for Master Students in these areas, a case study that is much more effective and involving than it ever could be on paper.
After each presentation, participants will be given an opportunity to exchange experiences and to ask questions during a moderated online live chat discussion.
This webinar is aimed at teachers and trainers as well as representatives from educational ministries and professional educational media producers interested in finding out more about innovative practices in media-enhanced education and training.
Participation in these webinars is free but prior registration is required via an online form since the maximum number of participants for each webinar is 50. The link will be sent to you after registration as well as close to the event. As seats are limited, come early if you want to be sure to have a spot!
The webinars will be recorded and published online in the Media & Learning Resources Database.
For more information on webinars, please read 'What is a webinar?'.
Going back to the past and recalling the specific atmosphere of those years, what were the challenges that you wanted to address through the eLearning programme?
The overall objective of the eLearning programme was to "support and develop further the effective use of ICT in European education and training systems", which should constitute a crucial factor of "their adaptation to the needs of the knowledge society in a lifelong learning context". Under this framework, the programme addressed essentially the contribution of ICT in lifelong learning through the promotion of digital literacy, in particular for those with poor or no access to the technologies, the promotion of virtual mobility in higher education, the support to a Europe wide school networking scheme, including the training of teachers, and the dissemination, promotion and transfer of good and innovative practices of ICT use in education and training.
As underlying dimensions we can mention the contribution of ICT to strengthen social cohesion, to enhance the European dimension in education and to support the development of innovative teaching methods.
What do you think was particularly successful about the programme?
Although the programme was in general quite successful and cost-effective, I would put a very special emphasis on eTwinning, which is still a major ongoing European initiative in the field of school networking, supporting the exchange of innovative teaching methods and contributing to students' virtual mobility and teachers' professional development.The programme also successfully enhanced the European dimension in education and promoted co-operation between stakeholders in e-learning, for example in the fields of quality and open resources.
What are the most important lessons learnt?
The design and successful implementation of eTwinning, including the effectiveness of its funding model, demonstrates the potential of ICT to support innovative learning experiences, which would not be possible otherwise. It also shows the importance of integrating ICT in a coherent pedagogical project addressing clear needs and with the allocation of appropriate content and technical resources.
What are in your view the main challenges for the future of ICT in learning?
In my opinion the main challenge now is the full integration of ICT in education and training, both as a learning aid and a subject, implying the rethinking of organisation, curricula, teacher training and school infrastructure.
A particular effort should also be put in ensuring access to all, which would contribute to create the conditions favourable to increase participation in lifelong learning.Access the DOSSIER: eLearning programme 2000 - 2006: The Legacy to learn more about the eLearning programme