On December 4th the overall winner of the MEDEA Awards 2009 was announced during a well-attended reception in Berlin. The winner is Know IT All for Primary Schools entered by Childnet International (UK) which was represented at the awards by Lucinda Fell, Policy and Communications Manager. After accepting the bronze MEDEA statuette as well as hardware and software sponsored by Avid and Adobe, Lucinda commented that “equipping children to use the internet and mobile phones safely is crucial and this resource has been designed to share key messages and lessons in an exciting and engaging way at the time when children are at an early stage in using these powerful tools. Since we launched this resource in June 2009 there has been huge demand from primary schools in the UK for it. Both Childnet and the partners involved in this project are delighted with MEDEA’s recognition of its detailed pedagogical framework.”

The MEDEA Award for Creativity and Innovation 2009 was won by Daisy and Drago submitted by Terakki Foundation Schools (Turkey) represented by Özge Karaoğlu while Traditions Across Europe by Istituto Comprensivo Don Bosco (Italy), represented at the awards by Gina Mango, was given the MEDEA European Collaboration Award 2009. A MEDEA Special Jury Award was given to Eyes on the Skies submitted by European Southern Observatory (ESO) (Germany), represented by Lars Lindberg Christensen in recognition of what the judges described as “a superb example of the value high quality video imagery can bring to an educational production”. The other finalists for the awards were INgeBEELD by CANON CULTURAL UNIT (Belgium) represented by Dirk Terryn, Les TIC en Classe by VISION FUTURE (France) represented by Hélène Ormières and Odile Lausecker, Planet SciCast by NESTA (UK) represented by Jonathan Sanderson and Studiecoach by the Dutch Open University (The Netherlands) represented by Marion Stevens and Lisette Meijrink.

Highly Commended
Because of the high quality of entries submitted to the MEDEA Awards 2009, the MEDEA Organising Committee decided to introduce a ‘Highly Commended’ category to the MEDEA Awards in recognition of those entries that were very particularly appreciated by the jury. These entries will appear on the MEDEA web site among the showcases of the award winners and finalists. The 8 entries awarded the Highly Commended distinction are ASBCAST Mini Lectures by University of Aarhus (Denmark), Dialogue by IE Business School (Spain), I animate, I communicate and I integrate by Free primary schools Meulebeke (Belgium), Kaatje by VRT (Belgium), Online Video Soap “Neu in Berlin” by LinguaTV GmbH (Germany), Passport to the Internet by Media Awareness Network (Canada), Regards sur la psychologie sociale expérimentale by Vidéoscop – Université Nancy 2 (France) and The Green Energy by Educational RadioTV, MoE (Greece).

The closing date for receipt of entries for MEDEA 2010 is 31st July 2010.