Learning Media for Digital Citizenship

Media & Learning 2017   |   5 — 7 April 2017
Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Brussels

Media & Learning 2017 is all about inspiring, informing and sharing great ideas on what it means to be a digital citizen and how media fits into this process. Students nowadays are expected to play an active role online rather than simply being passive consumers of content, but what does it take to really instill them with the skills and competences to be effective, responsible and creative online? What’s the best way to ensure that students can be in the vanguard of taking back the Internet and using it as a tool for growth, harmony and positive development? How can our educational structures and players be part of such a development? These are the ideas we plan to explore in Brussels on 6—7 April in an agenda packed with learning and networking opportunities.

Call for contributions Picture gallery 2016

Last year's highlights

  • Media in classroom to enhance students learning

    Enrich your students learning experience by using media in your classroom. Join the Thursday afternoon session with Philippe Van Meerbeeck, from VRT, who will show “Actua in de klas” to demonstrate the pedagogically effective use of media and film in schools.

  • LEGO Master class on WeDo 2.0

    Join this master class given by LEGO Education, one of the sponsors of the M&L Conference 2016. Take part in our Thursday morning masterclass where WeDo 2.0 will be presented. WeDo is a renovated platform which provides students with a new and engaging way to meet science, thanks to this innovative learning experience: science exploration has never been so close.

  • The importance of video banks and archives throughout the years

    The Friday morning screening session is all about the role that video archives have in innovative education. Join Georg Eckes from German Film Institute who will present his “Germany Digitalised film from World War I: An untapped resource for European Classroom”

  • The educational purpose of documentaries in the classroom

    Take part in one of our screening sessions on Thursday afternoon about the use of documentaries in education. One of those featured, “My Jihad in the classroom” will show how documentary materials can be turned into tools for teachers in order to tackle radicalisation, which is one of the main topics of this year’s M&L Conference.

  • MOOCs supporting the professional development of teachers

    More and more media based approaches are being used to help teachers to improve their digital skills and MOOCs are one of the most popular. Join our Thursday morning session “The role of media in the continuing professional development of teachers” and take part in the discussion with Ben Hertz from EUN Academy who will be describing how teachers are improving their media skills and competence through the academy’s MOOCs.

  • Screenings of good practice

    Check out the rich array of video resources on show in the screening sessions including Tommy Bowes Body Check applied to English and Science lessons shown by Ciarán Kissane, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, documentaries shown by Shoshana Eilon, Film Platform, Israel and Historiana resources demonstrated by Steven Stegers of Euroclio

  • Public discussion on the role of schools in tackling radicalization

    While many teachers and schools administrators are keen to address radicalisation, they often feel ill-prepared and lack an effective strategy and approach. Can a more robust approach to media literacy help? Panellists in this public discussion will include media literacy experts Renee Hobbs from the University of Rhode Island, USA and Divina Frau-Meigs from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in France as well as politicians and radicalisation experts.

  • MEDEA Awards Press Release - And the winners are...

    This year the MEDEA Professional Production Award went to Multimedia Wismo produced by Nadasdy Film in Switzerland. The overall prize for the MEDEA User-Generated Award went to Labhair Linn! Cabhraigh Linn! - Speak with Us! Support Us! submitted by Edel Crosbie in Ireland. The winners were announced during the MEDEA Awards Ceremony which took place as part of the Media & Learning Conference in the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training Headquarters in Brussels on Thursday 10 March 2016.
    Find out the other MEDEA prize winners and read the full press release here.

  • How to put media literacy into practice ?

    It is often difficult to understand how media literacy can be effectively integrated in the classroom with students: MediaCoach is a programme that helps professionals to introduce media literacy in their works with young learners Join our panellists, Anne-Claire Orban from Media Animation (Belgium) and Sara Dejaeghere from Katholiek Onderwijs Hinterland Gistel (Belgium) in order to understand how Mediacoach works and how to build on the experience of Mediacoach in your region.

  • Different approaches to the use of media in Higher Education

    Video services can be used in various educational contexts and this Friday morning session will show how colleges and universities are taking advantages of video. Join James Pickering, from Leeds Institute of Medical Education, who will describe how his organisation is using video in his presentation entitled “Enhancing student education with the effective use of video”.

  • Film literacy in Europe

    Are you interested in the most recent film literacy initiatives in Europe? Join the Friday after lunch session with Mark Higham, from Film Literacy Europe, Léna Rouxel Institut français, France and Nienke Poelsma from CINEKID, The Netherlands

  • Digital tools and resources in SEN

    Katja Engelhardt from European Schoolnet (Belgium) will give a talk about the use of media and digital tools in special education needs. She will be joined by Aurélie Baranger from Autism Europe who will talk about working with new technologies to support autistic children and young people.

  • Talks and showcases of creative practices in the classroom

    This year’s agenda is jam-packed with great examples of how practitioners are using media to innovative their teaching. They include Jan Debognies from MAKS in Belgium showing the use of digital storytelling, Eleni Kouvari from the 2nd Experimental Highschool of Athens in Greece showing how she uses video production in language teaching and Frank Weissman from NHTV in the Netherlands showing how he is using media to enhance students’ research competences.

  • The drive to support media literacy and media education schemes at scale

    Join our Thursday afternoon plenary session to hear what it takes to move media literacy and media education centre-stage. Our speakers and panellists include Alison Preston from Ofcom in the UK, Nathalie Labourdette from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Margaret Boribon from the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA) and Katia Segers, Member of the Flemish Parliament and media literacy expert.

  • Coaching and supporting pre and in-service teachers through video

    Bug-In-Ear/Interactive Glasses coaching is a synchronous way of coaching for teachers struggling in the classroom. In her presentation, Kamakshi Rajagopal from the Open Universiteit in the Netherlands will talk about her research which allows a coach to select and send short feedback messages to the earpiece worn by the teacher just-in-time. Sessions in the teacher competence track will also highlight initiatives aimed at enhancing teachers’ skills like those led by Monika Frania from the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland & Vanessa Meersdom, VIVES University College in Belgium.

  • Enhancing teachers’ media skills

    On Thursday morning Evy Raes will give a talk about the use of media in the classroom to enhance pre-service and in-service teachers’ media skills. Hear about her experience and add your ideas and reflections to this discussion in which she will present her project “Photography in the classroom”


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