Eyes on the Skies, by telling the history of the telescope in astronomy, aims to offer a compelling perspective on how human knowledge of space and our place in it has been completely revolutionised in the last 400 years. The Universe is a vast, complex, mind-boggling realm; showing science's step-wise visual foray into the final frontier will help make astronomy much more accessible and "real" to students of most ages.
MEDEA Finalist 2011
Twig is an online learning platform with short films and learning materials on science topics, created in 2011 by Twig in UK. Over 600 short high-quality films and multimedia teaching materials were created by Twig to help teachers enthuse and educate students aged 11-16 about science - Biology (including Health), Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science.
All films are available as part of a learning package with diagrams, quizzes, still images and explanatory text, and teachers can use the materials as stand-alone teaching materials or in different combinations.
The showcase video of Twig, including an interview with Anthony Bouchier
About the creation of Twig
Anthony Bouchier, CEO, Twig World Ltd elaborates on the background of Twig: “Research shows that after leaving primary school, students become increasingly disengaged with Science, at a formative age when they decide whether or not to continue the subject into higher education. Teachers struggle to find engaging visual content they can use for their teaching that has the quality that students are used to seeing in their free time outside school.
We wanted to instil these students with a sense of excitement about science so we chose film as the main media content because it brings science to life, appeals to a generation of students who are disenchanted with textbook learning and can appeal to both visual and auditory learners. Film is also a great leveler and is accessible by all users, helping those with learning difficulties to understand the basics and those extended learners to push themselves beyond the curriculum.
Rather than simply showing clips of old programmes, Twig films display the same production rigour of broadcast factual television, they are tailored to international curricula needs, made with some of the world’s best archives, and produced by renowned educators and award-winning filmmakers.
The Twig website focuses on students aged 11- 16 and their teachers, although we have seen the films being used effectively with students aged from 8 and above. The majority of teachers integrate the films into their existing lesson plans to enhance or introduce a topic, form the basis of an activity or learning session, or stimulate discussion and debate. Our films and materials can be used for teacher-led instruction and for student-led learning, with individual films or with groups of films, in stand-alone lessons or for whole courses of work.
The films will also be searchable by international curriculum points over the coming year 2011-2012 as the films are translated into various European languages.
Twig was launched in a beta-phase in January 2011 and to improve it, we have run both formal and informal evaluation with teachers, students and schools, including a study by the University of Glasgow to investigate the impact of Glow Science (a rebranding of Twig for the Glow learning network in Scotland), which was published in July 2011. ”
About Anthony Bouchier
Anthony Bouchier has a background in online and broadcast media and founded Twig in 2008. Anthony worked with the Mark McCormack organisation (IMG) for six years. He left IMG to start The Quintus Group in 1991 and, with his partner, developed operations in Asia and Europe, producing sport’s and children’s programming, which was then broadcast in more than 100 countries worldwide. Supplying the BBC, Fox, Sky Television, Warner Entertainment, Sony and ESPN among others, in 2001, Anthony and Quintus moved into the online business, creating Wisden Online (a cricket website partnered with the Getty family) before purchasing Cricinfo. In 2007, Quintus was sold to IMG and Cricinfo to the Disney Corporation (ESPN).
Anthony talked about Twig in further detail during a presentation at the Media & Learning Conference 2011 Brussels in November 2011. He also represented this finalist entry at the MEDEA Awards 2011 Ceremony where he received a MEDEA medal.