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How to use video creatively

20 minute video that was prepared by Nick Newman (CareersBox, UK) and presented during Polish workshop on webinars, 28-29 July 2011. It was organised by Management Observatory Foundation (Poland) in the context of MEDEA2020 project. In this video Nick Newman presents the importance and value of video and media in general in presenting ideas and in training people.

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Kindersite project

The Kindersite has 1,000s of links to games, songs and stories (not necessarily educationally focused) for young children and it is designed for kinder, child-care, preschool, kindergartens, elementary, primary schools and Special needs plus homeschool, libraries and the home.
The website offers early learners, with the aid of care-givers, a tool to find and use contents in the form of games, songs and stories.
Through a graphical interface it is possible for the child, alone or with assistance, to select contents. The content that is found to be most engaging or requested by a child can be added to a personal list, via an updateable 'My page' mechanism. It will also be possible for caregivers to build a 'my page' for a child with recommendations or required games.

Lightworks - Open Source Non LInear Editor

Lightworks is an open source (and for the time being free) video editing software package, available as a public beta since end of 2010. Will become a commercially supported product from November 2011 onwards, with special pricing for education, as well as a free version. Lightworks is not the only free and/or open source non linear editor (see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_free_and_open_source_software_packa...) but it certainly is a complete and professional package, and looking at the list of films and TV programmes that have been edited, a well esteemed product amongst the professionals. The user interface requires a somewhat steeper learning curve than the commonly known NLEs such as Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro, which makes Lightworks less appealing to the amateur that only occasionally wants to edit a bit of video. For professionals it is a great software package, certainly when complemented with the dedicated keyboard or hardware control panel.
Hardware specification requirements are not lightweight.

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Editing
Trimming
Effects
Tools
Colour Correction
Audio
Application
Film
Media Management
3rd Party Support
I/O Support

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Compatibility / Operating System: Windows XP SP2 (32 bit) Windows Vista (32 bit) Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit) * Support for Linux and OSX is scheduled for late 2011 CPU: Intel / AMD Graphics: NVIDIA / ATI • PC computer with Intel Core Duo, Intel Xeon, or AMD processor. • Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 Professional (32 bit or 64 bit). • 2 GB of RAM; EditShare recommends 3 GB or more. • Display with 1024 x 768 resolution or higher; EditShare recommends 1440 x 900 or higher. • PCI Express graphics card; EditShare recommends NVIDIA or ATI. • IEEE 1394 interface (FireWire) of 800 Mb per second if you plan to use a FireWire digital device (deck or camera). • 256-MB graphics subsystem with support for DirectX 9. • Universal serial bus (USB) power for the console. If a laptop does not support adequate power, you need to use a powered hub. • 100 MB of disk space required to install Lightworks.

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UK's National STEM Centre's e-library of teaching and learning resources

This repository for teachers includes many useful resources and collections on STEM topics (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) including videos. It is the UK's largest collection of STEM teaching and learning resources, and you can filter the results on subject, age range, publication year and publisher.

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- Science
- Biology
- Chemistry
- Physics
- Earth science
- How science works
- Technology
- Control systems
- Electronics
- Food technology
- Product design
- Resistant materials
- Textiles
- Design skills
- Engineering
- Mathematics
- Careers
- Cross curricular

Teachers Media

Teachers Media is a global provider of online professional development services for the education sector. On Teachers Media users can search and navigate the Teachers TV archive, stream all the 3500 Teachers TV videos at the highest quality, access and download documents and other resources linked to the videos.

The approach is based on developing reflective practitioners and encouraging professional development that is collaborative and focused upon real school practice. This approach is vital to sustainable improvement in teaching and learning.

The Teachers TV archive will always remain free to stream, however they will be charging for some services in the future, helping to cover operational costs. At present, Teachers TV videos are only AVAILABLE TO USERS IN THE UK.

Ashcombe MFL resources - language video-based exercises

On the Ashcombe School website there is a resources section where some interactive video-based exercises are available in four different modern languages (French, German, Spanish, Italian). The website is also optimized for i-phone (http://www.ashcombeprojects.co.uk/2009Aber_abstract.html).

Cineclub - the young filmmakers network

Cineclub was launched in 2004 aiming to create a network of young filmmakers in the UK who create, watch and share films with each other. Cineclub's membership programme provides training and resources for teachers to set up film projects during curriculum time or as an out of school hours activity and the chance to share work publically at cinema venues across the year. As a sustainable and cost-effective model, more teachers are trained each year so the medium of film can broaden within the school curriculum. Cineclub aims to be as inclusive to as many schools as possible so their Gold membership model is just £395 for annual membership which includes training for 2 teachers and cinema screenings of the students work.

Cyberbullying on digizen.org

Childnet International (http://www.childnet-int.org), winner of the MEDEA2009 overall award with its outstanding entry ‘Know IT all for Primary Schools” (http://www.media-and-learning.eu/resource/know-it-all-for-primary-schools), has also created a film about cyberbullying, entitled Let’s Fight It Together. It is a DVD for pupils, which highlights the seriousness of cyberbullying and how everyone has the ability to prevent it from occurring or responding to it if it does occur. For teachers there are also a freely available online Teachers' guide and a Cyberbullying lesson plan
(both PDF downloads). You can watch this resources entirely online and/or order a copy via the cyberbullying website.

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The Classroom

The Classroom is a short animation produced in 2010 by GCSE Mandarin students (Year 11) at St Chad’s Catholic & Church of England High School, Runcorn, as part of the formal education programme “Projector Community Languages” of Cornerhouse, centre for contemporary visual art and film and educational charity in the UK. With this production, Cornerhouse aimed to enable young people to learn Mandarin in a fun, interactive and engaging way, increase their understanding of Mandarin and Chinese culture through the use of film and practical creative workshops, and to encourage teachers to deliver more creative language sessions at school.
The students attended a GCSE Mandarin study session of the film Wo de fu qin mu qin / The Road Home directed by Zhang Yimou and learned more about the film director and the context of contemporary Chinese cinema. After watching the subtitled film and exploring its topics such as daily routine, personal relationships, village life, customs and traditions and the Cultural Revolution, they created The Classroom with a professional filmmaker and language tutor. They re-created their favourite scenes from the film by creating plasticine characters, film sets, and using their Mandarin language skills to bring their film to life. This film be used as learning tool both in the classroom and at home.

Using film as a vehicle for creativity, they had access to state of the art equipment and professional staff, where learning took place in an informal and open environment. The young people who attended the Mandarin study session and who then created this film said that as a result of watching the film they had a better understanding of other people’s culture and languages, that they would like to see more sub-titled film and were more interested in learning languages since watching the film.
Cornerhouse decided to introduce a creative strand to Projector to enable young people to develop their own creative responses to the films they see because it encourages greater practical involvement, and increased critical thinking about the characters and language. Working with professional filmmakers, young people also have the opportunity to learn about practical and creative processes they may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. This creative element to Projector proved to be a great success and as a result Cornerhouse is currently developing a teacher’s toolkit to enable teachers to deliver their own creative sessions in the classroom, which will be added to their online student-created films and study materials (all freely available). Created by young people, they are engaging resources for other young people learning languages.

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

Level 7

Level 7, created in 2010 by Careersbox (UK - http://www.careersbox.co.uk), is a modular job application and interview techniques film programme. Aimed at students who are preparing for the world of work, who are often confronted with a disconnect in what is expected by the commercial world and what resources are available to the education world, this project is meant to better prepare and inform young people around the expectations of an employer whilst supporting teachers with an engaging technology based platform to help them do their job more effectively.

This program is designed to offer real employer feedback to help guide young people (aged 14-17) into the world of work. They, as well as information, advice and guidance professionals across all UK schools can use the resources. Due to its delivery method (online, as well as embedded in to schools’ Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs), on DVD), Level 7 has been used in a number of contexts but its primary use has been in careers guidance, citizenship and work readiness classes and it can be used in the classroom, at home or with parents or other key influencers.
The pay-off for the employer audience is better prepared applicants who can make the most of their opportunity to join an organisation and Level 7 can help young people raise their confidence levels when seeking employment.

A more detailed description of the project is available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website: http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/level-7

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