Our 2015 Winners

We’re celebrating a successful big finish to the second international competition “Media sure! But secure.” Altogether seven schools and educational institutions made it to the final round and jury selection. This November 18th, all seven were given a warm reception at the Summit for Kids in Bonn.

Our winners 2015

The Winners
The 2015 contest called for projects in two categories and many answered the call: “Safe media use” and “Learning with digital media.” This year a special prize was given in addition to a university project. The winners are:
Category: Safe media use
1st place: Audio guide for pictures in the Bonn Museum of Modern Art
Friedrich-Ebert-Gymnasium Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, 7th grade
The project entailed writing audio guide texts for visitors to the Bonn Museum of Modern Art and then recording them, with the aim of offering the museum goers information about what they see. Six weeks were spent visiting the museum and conducting research for the texts. The children then recorded their texts and digitally edited them. This was done using the software Audacity. The texts were complimented with self-produced and digitally edited photographs. The audio guide was then published on the school’s homepage with a link to the museum’s website and is now ready for a listen.
2nd place: Physicists around the world
Evangelische Schule Schönefeld Gymnasium, Brandenburg, 7th grade
With the help of Google Mashups, one can input event locations and times into Google Maps with a simple user interface. The girls’ physics class (they learn physics separately) created an interactive timeline featuring women’s history of physics. They researched the most prominent female physicists in history and pointed out what each of them contributed against the backdrop of what was going on historically. The finished product can be viewed as an animation. This teamwork on digital documents and gathering data was especially exciting and sparked plenty of interest in using the Internet this way. The product, an interactive map, was relatively easy to make and thus was a major motivator.
3rd place: Legends with Touch
Stadtbibliothek Dippoldiswalde, Saxony, ages 9–12
Children, some of whom come from difficult circumstances, got to learn and use digital media during a holiday course under the guidance of a media instructor. The basic element was regional legends with which the children first had to get familiar. A lot of emphasis was put on reading and reading aloud. The aim was to get to know the local legends and use them to make imagery, sound and video recordings. The children became actors playing the parts. They painted, read aloud and even did plain old storytelling. Each contribution was integrated into a film and presented. The project is set to be repeated next school year, possibly over a longer period and also with children from the various school types in Germany.
Category: Learning with digital media
1st place: Use of media in school: but always - secure - creative!
Gemeinschaftsschule Martin Luther King Saarlouis, from the 5th grade upwards
This school has already been using media in its educational work for several years. Media workshops are regularly held. In the second half of the 2014/2015 school year, the students followed the movements of refugees in Syria with media. They produced their own film “Homeland!?” about the Syrian refuges, working in cooperation with a youth facility. Alongside researching, the children worked with video and audio recording and montage, technology and digital cinematography. They interviewed Saarland’s Minister President Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as well as other politicians and people involved. They also had conversations with Syrian refugee children at their school. The school’s media scouts also got involved.
2nd place: Media competency days for all
Mons-Tabor-Gymnasium Montabaur, 6th grade
The media scouts media skills training is part of what’s called the Media Scouts Project. It takes place every school year in June or July. Target group are all the 6th grades Designed and carried out by trained media scouts (students from the 8th to the 12th grade). The media scouts carry out a survey of the 5th and 6th grade classes at the beginning of the school year to help them decide what topics to cover. The scope of the training is 6 hours of lessons and a parental evening. Alongside media competency training, the media scouts conduct other activities, like a privacy protection workshop or making a movie about bullying. The media skills training is an integral part of the school’s educational concept.
3rd place: A virtual schoolhouse on the learning platform Moodle
Adolf-Clarenbach-Schule, Heiligenhaus, NRW, 1st–4th grades.
Since the 2009/2010 school year, the school has been using an Internet-based learning platform called Moodle. The platform is used at all grade levels and for different subjects. From the 3rd grade onwards, the platform is used for various activities, like learning vocabulary, watching films on healthy nutrition, learning about image and copyrights, as well as creating the school newspaper. Content and interactive exercises from other Internet pages, like LearningApps, YouTube, etc., are often incorporated. Microphones, cameras and other accessories are also utilized with the learning platform. The students don’t just get to use the platform in class; it’s also available to them at home.
Special price: Open Portfolio Project for learning in a digitally networked age
Creativity Labs at Indiana University, USA, ages 9–13
Two-part workshops are the basis of this project that links creative crafting and digital technologies. The first part of each workshop is about a doing and documenting a creative project, like building a tablet holder from egg cartons. In the second part of the workshop they work more closely with the various documentation technologies and examine their applicability in a free Open Portfolio scenario. Automatic and constant documentation of the creative process, which on the one hand produces a huge stream of data, is contrasted with individual documentation, which perhaps interrupts the creative process on the other. The university project receives a special prize due to its structural distinction.
Summit for Kids 2015