Flying Start is a collaborative project between over 40 Schools or departments at the University of Leeds (UK) created in 2012. It consists of a website with student and staff videos, interactive activities as well as social media channels, where information to help new undergraduate students manage the challenging transition from school or college to university education is uploaded in stages. The aim of the resource is to help students gain a clear understanding of the importance of academic skills so they arrive at Leeds prepared for study.
Special Prize for European Collaboration in the creation of Educational Media
Supported by the European Commission through the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) for the MEDEA:EU project (2008-2011) and the MEDEA2020 project (2010-2012), this prize highlights the value of cross-border collaboration and aims to recognise the impact such collaboration can have in increasing understanding and enhancing the European dimension.
The special Prize for European Collaboration in the creation of Educational Media 2016 recognises excellent educational media productions and projects that come about as a result of European cross-border collaboration. This award recognises the impact such collaboration can have in increasing understanding and enhancing the European dimension. The European Collaboration Prize specifically recognises excellent examples of media in education resulting from the collaboration of institutions or organisations in 2 or more European countries. This includes European projects that are working with educational multimedia, for example eTwinning projects, but also all other projects that are using and producing educational multimedia across borders in Europe.
In 2012 the European Collaboration Award was awarded to Historiana - Your Portal to the Past made by EUROCLIO - European Association of History Educators, The Netherlands. Historiana is designed primarily for students (from age 14), and their educators (including trainee teachers) and is conceived as being a complementary educational resource for history, heritage and citizenship education in Europe and beyond.
In 2011 the eTwinning project ‘The European Chain Reaction’ was pronounced the Winner of the special Award for European Collaboration in the creation of Educational Media 2011. This science/art project and competition brought together 13 primary schools across Europe and challenged them to create, film and upload a "Rube-Goldberg/Robert Storm Petersen-like" chain reaction. All 13 participating schools received a SMART Classroom Suite sponsored by SMART and the coordinator, Dave Schrauwen, a teacher in the primary school Qworzó in Belgium received a MEDEA Medal.
In 2010, the entry Evolution of life won the European Collaboration in the creation of Educational Media 2010. This media-rich website was created jointly by LMU Munich in Germany and CNDP (Centre national de documentation pédagogique) in France, with further support from various European research institutions. The site offers original teaching materials about the evolution of life in multiple languages, and is a good example of how smooth collaboration across borders and institutions contributes to a richer media experience. Dr Yannick Mahé, who represented the winning entry, received a MEDEA medal and an Adobe eLearning Suite 2 Licence, sponsored by Adobe Systems.
In 2009, the entry Traditions Across Europe won the MEDEA European Collaboration Award 2009 for its contributions to an eTwinning project blog. The teachers who represented the winning school received a MEDEA medal and prizes including a MicroTrack II mobile digital recorder (sponsored by AVID), an Adobe Production Premium Creative Suite 4 Licence (sponsored by Adobe Systems) and a Berlin book prize.