The Green Energy
MEDEA 2009 Highly Commended
The Green Energy was created in 2008 by the Educational RadioTelevision of the Greek Ministry of Education. The Greek programme “Green Energy” is an educational documentary about renewable sources of energy and is available on TV, DVD and the Internet. It highlights the types of “green energy” that can substitute petroleum and petrolic byproducts in Mediterranean countries are demonstrated in an educational Centre of Renewable Sources of Energy. Pupils of secondary schools can view this documentary as part of their environment education, but teachers can of course use the video continuously in other lessons and throughout the year.
By viewing this documentary and discussing it in class, pupils can:
- get to know the types of green energy (solar energy, wind energy, geothermic energy and biomass)
- learn how they are utilized.
- realize the environmental, economical and social consequences in modern societies
- promote green energy as a shield to climate changes.
What the judges said of this entry:
“Seems to have a straightforward and achievable objective and it is clear that these shorter clips could be used in a classroom to help generate interest in the topic and could contribute towards good learning. The video shows professional quality of images and the it is a a good idea to use video in this way to show certain natural phenomenon.
It is a good idea to offer good multimedia material to secondary school students because they already will have a multimedia culture and that way you enhance the interest they will show in the subject and materials. It is possible to use in classrooms and at home as well.”
About the creation of The Green Energy
The Green Energy was created in 2008 by the Educational RadioTelevision of the Greek Ministry of Education, which created many different videoclips that are freely available from its web site. Yorgos Skeparnis, Teacher- Producer for the Educational RadioTelevision, Greek Ministry of Education elaborates on the media choice of these documentaries:
“As it is available on TV, DVD and the Internet we chose for this medium because of its many benefits: you can target large audiences, it offers flexibility in classroom use and satellite transmission. Possible setbacks were issues related to TV transmission but they were resolved by using other formats. Also, due to curriculum limitations, pupils of senior secondary schools have difficulty viewing this and the other clips that we created.”