Monkey Labs, a series of educational video games, was developed in 2009 by game studio Larian Studios and educational book publisher die Keure (Belgium). Monkey Labs I, the first in this series, is a 3D videogame in which students have to solve various mathematics challenges. Following an intriguing narrative, the student/player sees a seemingly abandoned research complex and it is up to the player to unveil the mysteries within, and save the monkeys and scientists that are locked up inside this place of surprises and plot-twists.
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 2014 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.
This prize is open to anyone participating in the MEDEA Awards 2014. In the submission form, participants can indicate that they submit their entry also for this special prize and their reason to enter for this specific prize. Prizes will include a MEDEA Medal as well as equipment and/or software, details to be announced later.
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.