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Highlights include an article by Susanne Friz about the media portal for schools produced by the Institut für Film und Bild in Wissenschaft und Unterricht (FWU), an article by Russell Stannard about his video capture experience with students and free online tools, and an article by Jack Koumi about the possibilities of “audiovision” teachers training of Nomadic children in Nigeria. Read also news about the final MEDEAnet report, the announcements of the Kaltura Connect conference and many more.

The Evens Foundation and Kaltura are now officially members of the Media & Learning Association, which brings the current membership up to 22.

The Evens Foundation initiates and supports sustainable projects and awards biennial prizes that contribute to the progress and strengthening of Europe based on cultural and social diversity.

The Media and Learning Association was represented at the Media and Information Literacy Forum which took place on 27-28 May in the Parisian headquarters of UNESCO. Involving about 300 people from all over the world, this forum served to highlight just how much interest there is in the topic of media and information literacy (MIL), and perhaps more importantly, just how wide-ranging this interest is. This forum jointly organized by UNESCO and the EMEDUS project represented the final event of EMEDUS which is a European Commission supported project investigating media literacy in Europe.

Hosting video services on the cloud is increasingly popular amongst educational institutions all over the world, take part in our June webinar when we will be joined by a number of different vendors who will present their solutions and answer your questions about security, QoS, total cost of operation, deployment issues and the various parameters you need to consider when choosing for a cloud based solution for your video resources and services.

On 20 May at 18:00 CET a webinar will be organised by the Association of Academic E-learning, based in Poland and member of the Media & Learning Association. The subject of this webinar will be "Learning Designer" - an application elaborated by prof. Diana Laurillard from the Institute of Education, University of London and her team.

The European Media Literacy Study (EMEDUS) has released six new reports describing the situation of Media Education in Europe. These country profiles present a general overview of the existing Media Education Policies and Action Lines in Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Denmark.These reports describe main policies, relevant agencies or departments working on the field and media education in the school curriculum.

The First European Media Literacy Forum will be held on May 27 and 28, 2014 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. This conference is funded by the European Commission and UNESCO, and co-organized by the EMEDUS  Project and the Gabinete de Comunicación y Educación (UAB).
The call for entries to the MEDEA Awards 2014 was announced today. The aim of this annual competition is to encourage innovation and good practice in the use of media (audio, video, graphics and animation) in education. The awards also recognise and promote excellence in the production and pedagogical design of media-rich learning resources.

Organisers of the annual Media & Learning Conference held this year on 20-21 November in Brussels are happy to announce the names of their first 2 confirmed plenary speakers. The first is Lord David Puttnam, renowned independent producer of award-winning films, Chancellor of the Open University and champion of the creative arts in education. He will be joined by Stephen Howell, Academic Engagement Manager from Microsoft who is a passionate defender of teaching programming to pupils from an early age.