BBC News School Report
BBC News School Report, started in 2006 by BBC News, gives 11-14 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience. Using lesson plans and materials from the BBC News School Report website, and with support from BBC staff, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters.
The online materials available to teachers and learners include the Huw Edwards Lesson Plans (Huw Edwards is the BBC’s News reporter): 6 lessons, correlating to the curricula in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with accompanying videos for teachers to use as they wish while running the project (also in Welsh). Materials are in a variety of formats to engage pupils - film, audio and text.
The project is continuously run and in March schools take part in an annual News Day (first organised in March 2007), when all involved schools simultaneously create video, audio and text-based news reports, and publish them on their school website, to which the BBC links. On the latest News Day on 11 March 2010, 719 schools across the UK took part in making the news simultaneously.
A more detailed description of the project is available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website: http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/bbc-news-school-report
Know IT All for Primary Schools
Know IT All for Primary Schools includes a vibrant new 3D SMART animation created by Childnet International (http://www.childnet.com), designed especially for both primary school staff and primary pupils. The resources are designed to help school staff to understand important e-safety issues and to offer strategies and information on how to support young pupils to get the most out of the Internet. Childnet’s SMART rules are illustrated by this exciting and engaging animation.
Two main animated characters Kara and Winston were created who, together with their friends learn about different technologies and their safe use. Through their travels the animated characters use the Internet, mobile phones, social networking pages and a games console and chat to negotiate and navigate their way through a series of realistic online situations. On their journey they are able to interact with a real life SMART crew and request help from young children (in live footage) who guide the cartoon characters in their quest, helping them to make informed and responsible online decisions along the way and helping the viewer to remind him/her that the challenges the characters face are not unique to the animation, but are applicable in the real world.
The animation is accompanied by an interactive training film that combines real footage with animated illustrations to help primary school teachers present the safety message.
A more detailed description of the project is also available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website: http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/know-it-all
Water in Ethiopia
These three multimedia activities were developed in 2009 as part of a distance learning module of the Open University (OU - http://www.open.ac.uk) in the UK. The module, ‘Environment: journeys through a changing world’ takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching environment and sustainability to new undergraduate students of all ages. Approximately 2000 students have completed the module since it started. It will be presented for several years to come and is available throughout Europe.
The module is divided into six blocks of study that take students on a journey to six different locations around the world. Focusing on Ethiopia, these three self-contained DVD-based activities are an integral part of Block 3 of the module. Students use printed books as their primary learning source and are referred to the DVD as required. The three activities use a blend of video and other resources to teach specific aspects of water use and water resources management. By incorporating questions, they encourage students to explore the learning resources and extract key points of information.
The video components of the activities, modified for viewing without the supporting text and other resources, can be downloaded free from iTunesU: http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/water-in-ethiopia-for-ipod/id380226151#...
A more detailed description of the project is available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website: http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/water-in-ethiopia-three-activities-...
Patient Safety - Mildred's Story
This film, based on real life experiences, created by Jon Shears video producer at the University of Leicester (http://www2.le.ac.uk), follows elderly patient Mildred from suffering a stroke, through a number of experiences in hospital to a final life-threatening incident. This fictional story is aimed primarily at student doctors to explore and discuss patient safety issues and to provide tools for dealing with problems.
A more detailed description of the project is also available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website: http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/patient-safety-mildreds-story
The main element of Pronunciation Tips is a series of 44 free videos from BBC Learning English showing the sounds of English. These videos encourage the user to not only practice the sounds of English but also to learn and use the phonetic symbols that represent them.
You can also find a more detailed description of the project in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/pronunciation-tips
Created by Sergio López Figueroa in partnership with Brent Council and delivered by Big Bang Lab, Unseen Voices is an interdisciplinary outreach project aiming to engage young people and the community through creative participatory practice using film archives, photographs and live original music. The project helps to create awareness of the importance of remembrance, commemoration, peacekeeping and human rights in today´s world. The main output is to connect historical and contemporary issues such as discrimination, racism and gang violence by looking at the past and creating a debate among students, teachers and the community.
In two-week workshops a group of music students learn the history of the second World War, the Holocaust and Kindertransport (youth refugees in 1939) by learning how to create a film entirely by re-using archive film footage and photography and editing digitised clips, learn where and how to research, copyright issues, make the storyboard and the film, compose the music with support of Music Leader and finally perform live at the Holocaust Memorial Day with the Unseen Voices film in Wembley Town Hall in January 2008.
At a second stage, an educational DVD was produced as a learning resource and distributed to 100 schools in the Borough including four mini documentaries of the whole process and further resources including web resources for the use of teachers and other schools.
You can also find a description of the project in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/unseen-voices.
Moviestorm was founded in 2003 by Cambridge entrepreneurs Matt Kelland and Dave Lloyd. They began researching into emerging forms of media, and in particular, innovative ways in which game technology could be applied to non-game environments and media. Moviestorm offers an affordable suite of software tools easy to use, that combine to form a full-featured movie-making environment for a broad range of people who have the need for an inexpensive, fast and simple means of making high quality animated movies.
The manual for schools to learn to use Moviestorm is available in the following resource: http://www.media-and-learning.eu/resource/making-movies-with-moviestorm-...
Film Awards and Prizes - University of Leicester
This web page is a list of some interesting educational films produced by Jon Shears and Carl Vivian who both work in Multimedia Services in IT Services of the University of Leicester. Their expertise in creating educational films and teaching materials, and for designing and teaching film production modules has been internationally recognised: here you can find some of the winner films.
Multimedia Training Videos
Multimedia Training Videos is a series of free and open educational resources for learning a variety of multimedia and ICT tools. It was created by members of the MSc in Multimedia of the University of Westminster.
The project is a joint collaboration between Joint Information Systems Committee-JISC, Higher Edcuation Academy and University of Westminster Education Initiative Centre. You can read more about the OER project at the following site: Open Educational Resources Site http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/elearning/oer.aspx.
LUTube - University of Leeds channel
LUTube is a service from the Leeds University that allows staff and students to share and watch online videos. On the website you can find a lot of different educational and informative kind of videos.