From Monday 16 until Friday 20 April 2018, ATiT (Audio-visual Technologies, Informatics and Telecommunications) organised a training seminar on the subject of the use of media in education. The workshop took place in the sunny city of Leuven, a bustling and lively university town in the Flemish part of Belgium. 32 teachers, trainers and other educational staff participated in the training programme that consisted of a few short lectures, hands on workshops, visits and excursions.
The highlight on Monday consisted of a guided tour through Leuven, combined with a first assignment: an individual image hunt in a historical town. On Tuesday, day 2, we spent a good bit of time on the subject of the narrative, on creating a slide show with animations, making a simple video with still images, telling your story with images. The morning ended with a photo competition, that awarded the best snap shots of the previous day’s image hunt. In the afternoon the programme continued with a short presentation on the importance of planning and preparing to use media and the creation and elaboration of a scenario. The participants formed teams that worked from then on enthusiastically on their assignments for the rest of the week. Wednesday started with again a short theoretical introduction on the technical and practical side of recording audio and video, on the hardware and the formats. But as soon as that session was finished, all participants went out to start their recording in and around Leuven, following the scenarios they created beforehand. On Thursday morning all teams reconvened for a short introduction in editing, and then started to finish the videos they had created. It was an intensive but enjoyable process, so intensive that many forgot the beautiful weather outside the training room.
On the last day the group visited the European Parliament and the Classroom of the Future, run by European Schoolnet.
The training week closed with a dinner in the centre of Leuven and an awards ceremony where Leuvense Handjes for all videos were handed out to all the winners. And the overall winner is... "Colours of Leuven" by Manisa Sosyal Bilimler Lisesi, Turkey.
It was a week with nice weather, a taste of the Leuven beer, hard work and fun learning new competences and skills, a week that will be remembered. The videos that were produced during the week will be posted on this web site when all permissions have been cleared.