Wednesday, August 22, 2012

MEDEA 2012: Submitt your entries

MEDEA Awards 2012

MEDEA Awards 2012 announced its call of entries some months ago. Countdown to MEDEA Awards deadline September 17.

As you know since 2009 I am writing about MEDEA Awards. It's a pleasure to divulge such an interesting project that encourages innovation and good practices in the use of media in Education.

As an educator, I know how important it is to be encouraged as I was in 2004 from Global Junior Challenge.

"Entries are arriving at the MEDEA Awards Secretariat from practitioners and educational media producers from Europe and further afield and we are looking forward to a receiving a lot more before the 17 September deadline."

MEDEA Awards secretariat

"In recent years there has been remarkable interest in the creation and use of digital video and audio in Education, boosted by the increasing impact of multimedia and video based websites and applications on the internet and mobile devices."

Of course this interest began in 1999-2000, when the first 'screen-generation' arrived at school. Innovative educators understood the meaning of changing academic practices. And mobile devices really pushed up for pedagogical applications.

Now video, audio are routine components of an open education (in and out school)  based on educational environments that recognize andreflect the media-rich world in which our learners now live. El Rap de la educación 2.0 is conclusive, don't you think?

The MEDEA Awards are inviting all participants, learners and educators to submit entries now

Participation guidelines:
Entries need to be submitted via the online submission form and sent to arrive at the MEDEA Secretariat via post, e-mail or fax before the closing date: 17 September 2012 (midnight). 

In order to participate, you need to log in with your MEDEA account. If you do not have an account yet, you may create a new account. If you have forgotten your password, please request a new password a n

All finalists will be notified in the beginning of November and will be invited to take part in the awards ceremony taking place during the Media & Learning Conference 2012, where the final winners will be announced.

Some important informations:

There are five MEDEA Awards 2012:
  • This award honours the best entry submitted by teachers, students, learners, parents, professors, individual or organisational representatives in primary education, secondary education, higher education, adult education, vocational education and/or training.

  • This award will be awarded to the best professional educational media produced by a professional company or semi-professional production unit such as a broadcaster, professional multimedia producer or publisher, professional web design company, audiovisual or media department in larger institutions or organisations such as universities, government departments, companies, multinational institutions and organisations, (...)

  • This prize recognises excellent educational media productions and projects that come about as a result of European cross-border collaboration and recognises the impact such collaboration can have in increasing understanding and enhancing the European dimension.

  • This prize will be dedicated to an entry or production that clearly uses (multi)media to encourage active ageing and solidarity between generations. All educational media productions, no matter in what format, be it website, video, game or interactive presentation, that illustrate, document or promote the active ageing and solidarity between generations.

  • The judges may, at their discretion, present a special award to an approach or production in recognition of exceptional innovation in pedagogic or technical design.

Before submitting a multimedia project or production, MEDEA Awards secretariat strongly recommend that you read the Judging Criteria to understand what the judges are specifically looking for and the criteria they will use when judging your submission, as well as the Terms & Conditions of submission, where you will find the rules for participation in the MEDEA Awards. Read also the important Copyright Information page.


With regard to the pedagogical quality, the judges value the comprehensiveness of the resources and the close integration with the curricular activities. 

In addition, the fact that teachers are present with a variety of multimedia-based activities is highly appreciate. 

The suitability of the resources for use in special needs education is considered really important. 


All finalists will be notified in the beginning of November and will be invited to take part in the awards ceremony taking place during the Media & Learning Conference 2012, November 14-15, Brussels, where the final winners will be announced.

We invite participants to submit entries nowYou can also take a look at our video of last year’s awards ceremony.

Convinced? Not yet? Take a look at the video of last year's awards ceremony. 

Now, you are convinced!  So accept the invitation and submitt entries now



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Saturday, August 18, 2012

World Humanitarian Day in school

“This year’s World Humanitarian Day presents an historic opportunity to bring together one billion people from around the world to advance a powerful and proactive idea: People Helping People. That is the best way to honour the many fallen aid workers we mourn today, and to celebrate the efforts of others who carry on their noble mission by rushing assistance to those who are suffering.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Next Sunday, 19 August, is World Humanitarian Day. World Humanitarian Day is a global day to celebrate humanity and the spirit of people helping people.

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"Natural disasters, conflicts and other emergencies threaten the lives and health of millions of people every year. In the middle of such crises, thousands of dedicated humanitarian workers strive to care for those who have been affected and support local authorities to deliver assistance. On World Humanitarian Day, WHO and other international bodies are highlighting the roles performed by humanitarian workers, and remembering aid workers who have been killed or injured while performing their vital roles."

World Humanitarian Day is the time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, which killed 22 UN staff. Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq. 

Europe has a long and proud tradition of humanitarian service and is the birthplace of many of the world’s largest and most efficient relief organisations.
Throughout the years, EU Member States have engaged actively and donated generously to support the victims of numerous humanitarian emergencies.

Every day, humanitarian aid workers help millions of people around the world, regardless of who they are and where they are. World Humanitarian Day is a global celebration of people helping people.

This year’s campaign I Was Here is about making your mark by doing something good, somewhere, for someone else.

"Humanitarian Day" has recruited Beyonce Knowles to be its face and she released a video of her song "I Was Here", filmed in the UN general assembly, to mark the day. 


Humanitarianism it’s human beings at their cooperative, collaborative best and it happens all over the place, everyday, through informal activities that are built naturally into healthy communities and relationships.

Level: All leels (educators must adapt "World Humanitarian Day" to the level they are teaching).

Curriculum: Civics as a cross-curricula ; Other.

Humanitarianism can be teach at school. Young people begin to understand some values as :
  • Community: Build a pro-active, socially-minded global family through respect, support and inclusion.
  • Positivity: Cultivate change with foresight, optimism and encouragement.
  • Integrity: Believe in the sincerity, honesty and power of words and actions.
  • Empowerment: Create opportunities for all within the community to learn, grow and challenge.  Provide tools and knowledge to foster skills and maximize potential.
  • Responsibility: Manage resources efficiently to ensure sustainable social impact.
To show support for World Humanitarian Day, the students might be invited to do one of these ten good deeds:

Students might understand that we don't have to be a UN staffer or aid worker to take part of World Humanitarian Day. 
In addition pledging support through social media networks, Facebook or Twitter (school account), I Was Here encourages students and educators to commit to do one good deed for someone in need this Sunday.

"It's high time we rise together. Do one thing for another human being. Nothing is too small. It begins with each of us."

Beyoncé, World Humanitarian Day PSA


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Monday, August 13, 2012

El Rap de la educación 2.0 - una inspiración

Credits: Fundación Telefonica

¿Cómo debería ser la Educación en el Sigo XXI? Un grupo de jóvenes responden a la pregunta a ritmo de rap, con música de 'El Langui' y 'Keru Dj'.

Description of the video (Spanish language):

"Un grupo de jóvenes ha puesto voz y ritmo en forma de rap a las reflexiones que el mundo educativo iberoamericano realiza durante estos meses en el VII Encuentro Internacional de Educación 2012-13 promovido por Fundación Telefónica. Los jóvenes, representantes de los alumnos del sistema educativo actual, ponen de manifiesto en su rap el compromiso que esperan por parte de los docentes para adaptarse a la nueva realidad tecnológica, a los requisitos profesionales que se van a encontrar cuando culminen su formación. Se preguntan: "¿Para qué mundo me educo?". El rap de la 'Educación 2.0' aborda los retos de la educación en el siglo XXI: que contiene valores, emociones, un colegio inteligente, "que abra nuestra mente", que una a la gente, en el cada cuál puede aprender con un ritmo diferente, que permita crear, pensar, las aulas son la base de este viaje y es el centro de dos generaciones y un encuentro que buscan las fronteras del conocimiento."

I can understand and speak Spanish quite well, but I don't dare to write in Spanish. However I could not miss the opportunity to share with you this 'Rap of education'. Fabulous isn't it!

After the fantastic and funny video about 'Rapping elements' on my post Rap in Chemistry curriculum! - another rap also created by students.

So, as you see, students are very creative! 

Credits: Jacqui Murray

Web 2.0 is about revolutionary new ways of teaching, learning, creating, collaborating, editing and sharing user-generated content online. It's also about ease of use. 

Great number of teachers embrace technology and social media. Others hide. Many ignore. So what does the average teacher do if they’re somewhere in the middle?
There are more of these ‘Web 2.0′ tools than we can keep up with, but when you integrate tech in your curriculum ‘keeping up’ is part of your job.
Of course we can not miss out on a great opportunity to teach and learn (you heard the 'Rap students') about some Web 2.0 tools that are currently being used in the classroom by teachers around the world. 

A good advice! You must be sure of your ideas and the manipulation of the tools you choose to introduce in your lessons.

Educators and students can master many of the tools in minutes. Technology has never been easier or more accessible to all.

Here some few useful social media and tools that I have shared with you    presenting some ideas to involve your students in school curricula. Later, we will be back to 'Rap in education'.

Great way to share posters and images you’ve made with friends, colleagues and schools

The micro blogging service that many teachers a using. I love it and I shared with you some ideas to use it in your lessons. For example Its about Twitter and Poetry (April 2011).

View anywhere in the world anytime. A fantastisc tool to use in the classroom. 
Education: some ideas about London 2012 (July 2012) was written thinking on educators that were preparing their lessons and I used Google Earth as a digital resource for students. 

Social learning environment and one of the best ways to teach with tech.

The social network that some teachers are using in school. I love it. Facebook au collège? Pourquoi pas? (June 2011, French language) is about using Facebook in education (students up-to 13). 


Make beautiful videos from images in a snap. You can search for some posts where I presented videos as an interesting activity for students.

A good interactive tool for school curricula. Now that Olympic Games are still in the air, The Olympic Museum is a splendid resource. You remember that I wrote about Google Art when it appeared: The Google Art Project? (February 2011).

Search the entire world, street by street. Arcade Fire funny and pedagogical (October 2010) was a superb idea using Google Maps in Geography and Music curricula. Students just loved the project.

Free wikis for educators. They’re simple to use and easy to set up. Very helpful. Students can write a wiki about any subject of the curriculum. or
Build and share a blog with students, classes, or colleagues. My students and I prefered, it is simple with large options. They have two thematic blogs about Environment: Torrinhas Verdes and Torrinhas Exploradores Polares.


Every social network can play a pivotal role in education, and there are so many! This is a very short list. 

Make your own choices after the evaluation of students profile and, of course, the level you teach.

And what's about Rap?

In a cross-curricula - Languages, IT, Music - propose your students to create different rap songs! 

Rap! They really like it! Let them discuss themes or subjects that they would like to have in school curricula.

Students can plan with the teachers how they would like to introduce these subjects (in and around curriculum) and then in groups, develop rap songs. 

Organize a contest and let the students vote the most interesting subject and creative rap.

Some final conclusions:

This activity can be developed in Elementary education and Secondary Education. 

It's up to the educators motivate the students. Never forget it!

You will be delighted how students are amazing when they are free to show their creativity in the classroom.

Don't underestimate your students capacities, even the reluctant ones - sometimes these students show in this kind of free activity, the skills you never knew they have - to learn some difficult subjects in school curricula. 

In the 21th century web 2.0 was the way for rethinking school time and captivating the new generations.

Hoping that "El Rap de la educación" video might be a good motivation to promote the use of web 2.0 among the last reluctant educators.


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El Rap de la Educación 2.0 es una producción de Yllana para Fundación Telefónica. Productores musicales: El Langui y Keru Dj.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Schools : The Intl Day of the World's Indigenous People

International Day of the World's Indigenous People

The International Day of the World's Indigenous People, is celebrated each year on 9 August. It marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of the World's Indigenous People is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.

The focus of this year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is "Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices".  

From community radio and television to feature films and documentaries, from video art and newspapers to the internet and social media, indigenous peoples are using these powerful tools to challenge mainstream narratives, bring human rights violations to international attention and forge global solidarity.  They are also developing their own media to reflect indigenous values and fight against myths and misconceptions. 

"The media are a key to unlock the visions of indigenous peoples of sustainable development. We must harness this power for sustainable development for all." 

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
Message 2012

Moreover the theme highlights how the use of media by indigenous peoples, in its traditional and new media forms, enables them to promote their cultures and languages, to transmit their knowledge, and to represent their own views that often may differ from mainstream analyses.

"Indigenous peoples live in all regions of the world and own, occupy or use some 22% of global land area. Numbering at least 370-500 million, indigenous peoples represent the greater part of the world’s cultural diversity, and have created and speak the major share of the world’s almost 7000 languages. Many indigenous peoples continue to be confronted with marginalization, extreme poverty and other human rights violations. Through partnerships with indigenous peoples, UNESCO seeks to support them in addressing the multiple challenges they face, while acknowledging their significant role in sustaining the diversity of the world’s cultural and biological landscape."

The power of the media in shaping the lives of individuals and communities is widely acknowledged. Communication and media are the keys to raising awareness, sharing knowledge and supporting a broader debate on indigenous knowledge, culture.

"New information and communication technologies play a significant role in enhancing the access to, and quality of education, science and culture. Their applications transform the way we share, preserve and transmit knowledge and languages. 

UNESCO has much to contribute in this respect through its multidisciplinary mandate in education, culture, communication, social and natural sciences which is completely unique on the international stage. However, the rapid development of ICTs has also contributed to creating new divides, and UNESCO is committed to building inclusive knowledge societies for a sustainable future."

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A Heiltsuk girl holding one of the paddles of the "Glwa", the Heiltsuk canoe, during the official opening of the Qatuwas Festival, an international gathering of maritime indigenous nations of the Pacific Rim.


At a time when debate has opened on the contours of a new global sustainability agenda, the voices of indigenous peoples must be heard. Their rights, cultures and the knowledge systems must be taken into account." 

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
Message 2012

Human rights, cultural and linguistic diversity, the role of the media are such a good subjects to discuss in school curricula.

One of the clear things that we see among a lot of students is the desire to connect with other students and that's something that technologies, media can cleary facilitate.

Students and educators from different nations are encouraged to participate in observing the day to spread the UN’s message and UNESCO message on indigenous peoples. 

Activities may include educational forums and classroom activities to gain an appreciation and a better understanding of indigenous peoples, their cultural and linguistic diversity

An interesting motivation to discuss in school curricula human rights, cultural and linguistic diversity, the role of the media to interact with people of all over the world.

Activities may include:

  • Messages from your students for indigenous young people and educators via UN, UNESCO or UFCW Canada websites (links on the references);
  • Performances about indigenous artists and culture;
  • Panel discussions on cultural and linguistic diversity, gender equality;
  • Videos watching on research for cultural and linguistic diversity:
  • Role of women as navigators in indigenous people. 

Let us use the media – indigenous and non-indigenous – to create bridges and establish a truly intercultural world, where diversity is celebrated; a world where different cultures not only coexist but value each other for their contributions and potential.

Students and educators are an important part of socety to built bridges on a true dialogue. They are spontaneous, curious and love to learn about different cultures.

Satawalese navigator Mau Piailug talks about the story of the first navigators. 

Thousands of years ago, when most European sailors were still hugging the coast, the island peoples of the Pacific held the knowledge and skills to explore the great ocean paths around and beyond their homes. Women were the first navigators, and Pulap was the first navigator island...

UNESCO launched a new wbsite today, August 12, Indigenous People where you can research for images, videos, information, and interaction.

"Indigenous peoples face also the sharpest edges of change – from poverty and 

social injustice, from discrimination  and marginalisation. This cannot stand. To 

succeed, sustainable development must be inclusive. All voices must not only be heard but listened to."

Irina Bokova, Director-General
Message 2012


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References for educators:

International Day of the World's Indigenous People

Indigenous People and UNESCO


International Day of the World's Indigenous People 2012 | UFCW Canada

Message of Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

UN | Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues