Monday, November 03, 2008

Evens Prize for Intercultural Education 2009: Media Education

From our colleagues in Antwerp: Check out the Evens Prize for Intercultural Education 2009: Media Education: "With this sixth edition of the Evens prize for Intercultural Education to be awarded in 2009, the Evens Foundation seeks to highlight the importance of MEDIA EDUCATION and to support the development of new sustainable proposals in this field in Europe targeting children."

Proposals should be submitted before the January 15th 2009. There is an overall prize money of 50.000 Euro available.

Click here for more information.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Simple animations with Moviemaker and still images

Stop animation seems to become a more and more popular feature and there is a wide range of special software available. However it is very straight forward to make your own basic animations with software such as moviemaker.
Just create a series of low resolution still images (something like 1024/768 or 800/600) and import them to Moviemaker. You need to set the duration for the still images in the "Tools- Options - Advanced" menu to 0,125 seconds to make sure that you don't need to change the length of each image. Then just import you images and add titles and sound.
You find an example below from our last teacher trainnig course, done in 40 minutes all together:

Monday, September 29, 2008

MEDEA Award 2008

Check out the MEDEA Awards 2008 from our colleagues from ATiT in Belgium: "The aim of the MEDEA Awards is to encourage innovation and good practice in the use of media in education. It will also recognise and promote excellence in the production and pedagogical design of media-rich learning resources." Win a prize including a free trip to Berlin to the Online Educa or hardware.

More infos here.

Friday, September 19, 2008

New videos from the join in theme "friendship"

You find a selection of videos from Orsaskolan, Sweden about the theme of "friendship" here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Retrospective: Berlin Open Media Conference

You find the documentation about the conference on the conference blog here.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Berlin Media Meeting Programme ready

More information about the conference is online now - check out the link here.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Olympic Theme: media activity for the coming Games

.. in case you are still looking for a first activity after the summer holidays and would like to prepare something in the coming weeks: check out our sport theme on the MEAC web, it links very well with the upcoming Olympic Games 2008: overall questions about olympic stars, analysing newspaper images and producing short video clips.

Here is the link to the material.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Golden Beggar Festival in Kosice, SK

A short postscript about the Golden Beggar Festival 2008 - an interview with Eva Dekanovska, the coordinator behind the whole festival:

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Berlin Media Meeting in September: Registration open

The planning of the Berlin Open Media and Intercultural Dialogue Conference is moving forward and the registration is now open. The meeting will be held at the European House right next to Brandenburg Gate and will take place on the 12th and 13th September 2008.

More information can be found on the web. Contributions are welcome, please enroll in our email group to become part of the planning team.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Online voting open: EU competition "Cultures on my street"

More than 2000 images have been submitted. You can take part in the online voting process. Click here to see the current favourites and the information about the online voting.

Alternative views: Metropolis TV

A very interesting online video / television initiative from the Netherlands. Metropolis TV offers weekly themes with contributions across the globe. Each theme has contributions from a different mix of countries.

Check it out here.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Euro 2004: Football and Media Education

A bit late but hopefully still of interest: a retrospective of the 2004 course about the theme of football and media education. Stardom or boredom?
Short videos from teachers for teachers and hopefully some ideas for you to start your own football video work. One example here:

Or go to the playlist with all five videos.

Youtube and High Quality Videos

Since quite a few have asked me about this: Yes, Youtube has now a high quality modus for the video playback. If you upload your video in a good enough quality (at least the specs below) you should have the option to watch the material on higher quality (obviously only if you have a faster internet connection). The difference is quite visible.

Youtube recommends this:
  • MPEG4 (Divx, Xvid) format
  • MP3 audio
  • Video resolution: 480x360 or higher
  • Frame Rate: 24fps or higher

Friday, May 30, 2008

Still places for the next EU course: language and media

We have still a few places of the next EU teacher training course:
Language Learning and Video Production

The course takes places in October 2008. The deadline for application is the end of June.

Please check out the details here.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Golden Beggar Meeting

If you are interested in local television, check out this event in Košice, Slovakia in June 2008:

Golden Beggar

Friday, May 23, 2008

Using a green screen in school

Some ideas from the educators from Satelliten Skolan about the use of a bluebox (or rather greenbox) technique for school projects.

Chromakey with Windows Movie Maker

A simple tweak to extend Moviemaker with a very simple bluebox effect. Find out here how to do it:

Looking behind "Genant"

A short interview with the educators behind the exceptional "Genant" video programme of the Satelliten Skolan in Malmö (

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

StrangerFestival online

An interesting video contribution to the EU year of intercultural dialogue:

Monday, April 28, 2008

Soundsnap - Free Sounds and Loops

.. something very useful - a free sound library with sound clips and loops - ideal for editing within education.

Check it out here.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Photo competition: Cultures on my street

Check out the competition from the EU Commission related to the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Moviemaker Tutorials

Since so many have asked about moviemaker. There are lots of free tutorials out in the net.

Find two links here:
Atomic Learning: Video based tutorial with lots of information
windowsmoviemaker: lots of sophisticated extra support for all kinds of issues

Friday, January 25, 2008

Budget Canon video cameras with microphone input

Although the very useful microphone input on budget cameras has generally disappeared some of the new Canon budget models have a socket included again. This is good news, an external microphone is essential for interviews and other recordings where the sound is important.

Also read our media education and production guide to find out more about video cameras.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Videospin - first experiences

Some first experiences with this freeware: The general interface is very much based on the Pinnacle studio software and easy to use. Videospin has got quite a few limitations:
- there is no device control, so therefore no chance to import video footage from a mini-DV camera
- the video codecs are limited and you need to pay 15 Euro to upgrade for the mpeg 2 and 4 codec (something you would need to import from DVD / memory card / harddisc videocameras and to export to youtube and similiar video portals).
You can still use it to edit still images, avi files. You can put easily subtitles on and overlay it with sound but without all codecs it is too limited. So free but not really free!

Check it out yourself and mail us your experience.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Free Videoediting software from Pinnacle

VideoSpin - a free digital video editing package from Pinnacle is available to download for free. The projects are apparently compatible with Pinnacle studio.
Comments and experience welcome.


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