Around two hundred people participated in the Media & Learning conference in Brussels from 14th to 15th November 2012. This was an excellent opportunity to exchange the best practices of using media in formal and informal education.
Among the participants were fourteen Croatian representatives from the two VET Graphics Schools from Zagreb and Rijeka and Telecentar from Zagreb. Participation in the conference was financed from IPA Project Media Literacy for the 21st century.
The conference was opened with a plenary session on the condition of education in a global world. Speakers have tried to answer the question whether new media will become a generator of changes in education and training. Especially resounded the provocative speech of Andrew Keen who warned of the negative consequences of uncritical use of social networks and open platform for online learning.
Finalists and winners of the MEDEA Awards for 2012 were presented during the first day of the conference. This now traditional award promotes excellence in production and pedagogical design of media for learning and teaching. The prize is awarded in several categories, and we hope soon to see candidates for the award from Telecentre-Europe, as an evidence of the successful development of the Telecentre Multimedia Academy.
The second day of the conference included the presentation of the Flipped classroom. The concept is based on video lectures that students are watching at home and use it as a kind of theoretical preparation of practical teaching in schools. In this way, the emphasis is put on quality preparation in order to enable more interactivity between teachers and students in a classroom.
The second day was also used to discuss possible collaboration with potential partners in European projects.Telecentar was invited to join the MEDEA Association, a newly founded international non-profit organization that will take over the organization of Media & Learning Conference, the MEDEA award prizes and will facilitate European partnerships and capacity building in the field of media and education.
An initial contact was established with Casa delle Culture, Italian organization that participated in the Europe 2111 project. It was agreed to explore the possibility of cooperation in the co-production of documentaries and video reports on the topic of European identity. Audio-visual productions in the Europe 2111 project were used as a pedagogical method of developing key competencies required for active involvement of young people in the modern society. The identical methodology was used in Telecentar's projects Perimeter and Multimedia School.
Going to Brussels was also used to visit Interface 3, the Belgian non-profit organization that has presented some of its educational programmes for women. A professional IT training at Interface takes a little longer than a year and culminates in a professional practice in Belgian companies. The evidence of their programme quality is seen in the extremely high percentage of 70% of participants getting a job after the successful completion of the education and training.
We hope to see some of the new colleagues at the final conference of the project Media Literacy for the 21st century in September 2013.
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