Open call for the MEDEA awards 2010

The MEDEA Awards team have re-launched the MEDEA website for this year’s competition with a closing date of 31 July. This site includes a media gallery with best-practice showcases including interviews with the 2009 award winners, finalists and participants in the Highly Commended category.

The MEDEA team has also launched a MEDEA YouTube Channel which contains excerpts from 2009 winners and interviews with the representatives of Know IT All for Primary Schools, Daisy and Drago, Traditions across Europe, Eyes on the Skies, Planet SciCast, INgeBEELD and Neu in Berlin. Members of the EUscreen consortium took part in former editions of the MEDEA awards as jury members.

Growing interest in educational repositories

By Sally Reynolds

The amount of interest in educational repositories is on the rise and practically every European country now offers some form of repository for teachers and others to use. One very active group of people who are exploring this topic are members of the EdReNe thematic network which was funded under the eContentPlus programme, like EUscreen. EdReNe brings together people responsible for European web-based repositories with content owners and other stakeholders within education and its members include practically all the large-scale repositories run by agencies like Becta (UK), Kennisnet (The Netherlands), EduLearn (Portugal) and Skolverket (Sweden) for European ministries of education. EdReNe recently held their 4th strategic seminar on repositories of learning resources in Barcelona where they launched a discussion about 4 key areas of their work which sparked off a number of interesting discussions provoked in part by the reports produced by EdReNe on these topics which are: identifying repository strategies which work, identifying the best ways to engage users and producers, standardisation and Rights Issues. More information, including these reports are available from the EdReNe website.

Presentation of EUscreen during International Conference in Rouen

Johan Oomen will give a presentation about EUscreen, together with a number of other projects from the Netherlands Insitute for Sound and Vision on the International Conference, organised by the University of Rouen on January 15. The conference focuses on culture and identity issues in English-speaking, web-connected communities of learning. Slides of the presentation will be available soon.

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