Enriching learning through media education and media literacy

Media & Learning 2016   |   10 — 11 March 2016   |   Flemish Ministry of Education, Brussels

The Media & Learning 2016 Conference is aimed at practitioners, researchers and policy makers who want to contribute to the development of digital and media skills in education and find new and effective ways to embed media into the learning process. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Conference news and highlights

  • Mind over Media - analysing propaganda

    The Media Education Lab in the US has launched a really useful resource for teachers and others interested in exploring propaganda with students. This freely available site provides activities for students to learn how to recognise propaganda and how to develop a responsible attitude to it in their daily lives. Students are invited to rate examples of propaganda, understand better how and why propaganda is used and upload their own examples.

  • Platform for Exchanging Media & Information Literacy Resource

    The MIL/PEER Media & Information Literacy Platform for Exchanging Educational Resources is a joint effort by the Evens Foundation and the Modern Poland Foundation. MIL/PEER is a tool to prepare, translate and publish educational resources which also allows organisations to collaboratively work on joint projects. The goal of this platform is to increase the number and quality of media literacy projects in Europe by encouraging international cooperation among media literacy organisations and supporting them in applying for European funds. Before they started to work on MIL/PEER, its founders consulted a number of European media literacy NGOs. They identified three areas where support is most needed: fundraising, international cooperation and tools for sharing educational materials. MIL/PEER provides an answer to all of them.

  • The role of media in the continuing professional development of teachers

    Diana Bannister MBE is Development Director for the Learning Technologies Unit in the University of Wolverhampton, UK and is involved in many of the leading European projects that explore the role of ICT to support creativity in the classroom. Diana will focus her keynote presentation at this year’s conference on the central role of teachers and on how media-supported tools and approaches can play an important role in building effective communities of practice for teachers that nurture creativity and enhance relevant skills and competences.

  • Making Media Matter for STEM Education

    This year there will be a pre-conference workshop on the theme of using media to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) teaching on 9 March 2016 as well as a conference track with presentations and discussions on the theme of Making Media Matter for Science Education. Linked to this event, the MEDEA Awards also includes a special prize to recognise excellence in the use of media to support STEM teaching which is open to everyone involved in the teaching of STEM subjects including teachers, content producers and trainers. The closing date for entries is 30 November 2015. Both the workshop and the prize are supported by the Inspiring Science Education project .

  • European Newspaper industry keen to promote media literacy

    The European Newspaper Publishers Association (ENPA) which represents newspapers all over Europe believes strongly in the role of newspapers and news media to drive media literacy. In its publication “What’s your News?" it showcases some of the imaginative and diverse media literacy projects that already exist involving newspapers and news media around Europe. These showcases come from 18 countries in Europe and are all based on contributions from ENPA’s national associations and publishing houses.

  • Cyber-bullying continues to be a problem for European schools

    The EU-funded ENABLE project (European Network Against Bullying in Learning and Leisure Environments) aims to combat bullying and contribute to the wellbeing of young people through their social and emotional development. ENABLE is the first pan-European collaboration between public agencies and businesses to combat bullying and has recently published a comprehensive study on the prevalence of bullying in European schools. Janice Richardson from European Schoolnet which is leading ENABLE will be speaking at Media & learning 2016 about her work in this as well as other related initiatives.

  • European history crossroads as pathways to intercultural and media education (EHISTO)

    EHISTO is concerned with the mediation of history in popular media and the question of social and political responsibility of journalists and other mediators of history, especially teachers, in the field of commercial presentation of history. The project responds to the increasing significance of a commercialised mediation of history within the public historical culture and reflects the fact that these representations, which do not always meet the EU standards for history education, can have a lasting impact on the young generation’s understanding of history. The project addresses itself to popular interpretations of history from the participating countries and reflects their similarities and differences in European cultures of remembrance. Therefore, this approach not only trains media-critical competences but furthermore enables a multi-perspective and comparative access to history. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. Partners from six European nations took part in the project.

  • Exploring the relationship between media and Culture

    Prof Barend van Heusden is a well-known researcher and thought leader in the fields of culture and cognition, arts and cognition and culture education and provides expert input to state agencies in several countries on the role of culture in education. Barend will be exploring the relationship between media and education during his keynote presentation at this year’s Media & Learning Conference.

  • Case study videos tell a tale of Revolution in Special Needs Education (SEN)

    SENnet (Special Educational Needs Network) is a project supported by the European Commission funding which aims not only at giving students with special needs the possibility to attend classes, but also to help them in establishing real communication. Short videos produced by this network shows examples of how, with the help of the newest technology innovations, teachers are able to understand students’ needs during class and, as a consequence, improve the quality of their school lives, as they become more and more independent. Eye trackers, augmentative and alternative communication, sensory learning for deaf children, they are just some of the examples shown in school settings in different European schools, from Portugal to Estonia, where children with special needs are able to be finally part of the class.

  • Choosing successful social media policies in Belgian schools

    Management boards in many schools struggle with social media policies. It can be difficult to strike a balance between approaches that capitalise on the possibilities of social media while avoiding any of the downsides. Kristof D'hanens from Mediaraven in Belgium is working with schools to create policies on how to use social media with parents, teachers and pupils and on how digital media can be integrated in lessons. He will be sharing his experience as well as strategies and roadmaps towards a better integration of social media at school, as part of his contribution to Media & Learning 2016.

  • European project REVEAL helps users understand social media better

    Social media have changed the way we communicate and interact. Social media channels contain an ever increasing amount of information and nowadays almost everything and everyone can be found in or via social media. But how reliable is the information maintained online? The European project REVEAL is all about providing the tools to help you learn how to tell fact from fiction in social media.

  • Helping children cope with online violence and war

    Kennisnet in the Netherlands have produced a guide specifically aimed at helping children cope with online violence and war according as more and more violent images and materials make their way onto social media. Remco Pijpers from Kennisnet will be speaking at Media & Learning 2016 about how this guide in being used in Dutch schools.
    Find the guide here


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