Report and Photos from the International Conference & Further Activities in Brazil, 2013

A series of activities took place in June 2013 at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP) in Brazil, with a focus on multiliteracy and multimodality research and the use of video-editing media for educational purposes.

Most importantly the International Symposium on 08/06/2013 “Global Perspectives on Learning and Development with Digit@l Media” explored the question how new media can lead to teaching-learning practices that provide students with a broader range of ways to collaborate in knowledge production at school than in traditional teaching. Taking the notion of “mediation” as a point of departure, international and Brazilian scholars discussed the links between cultural-historical and media theories (Vygotsky, Flusser). Furthermore, specific attention was given to multimodality theory that provides powerful tools to analyze the combination of various modes such as visual, spatial, auditory, postural, which are used to construct and share meaning in off- and online school interaction. MA and PhD students from various local research groups (media, linguistics, education) presented posters on curriculum development, intercultural understanding and multiliteracy. The symposium was open to the public and attracted a large number of secondary education teachers, school program coordinators, school directors as well as staff from the Secretary of Education of Sao Paulo municipality.

Further activities concerned research (school observation and focus-group discussions), invited talks (by J. Bezemer, M. Dafermakis and M. Kontopodis) as well as teaching, work on data analysis and ethics. A highlight here were the focus-group discussions with pupils and secondary education students (8-16 year old) from state and municipal schools who presented ideas on how new media can be used in order to make classes nicer and more interesting. During the discussion students were asked to reflect about what they think of digital media and their impact. As a further activity, pupils and students engaged in innovative new-media practices designed and organized by the international and local researchers for a whole afternoon. Photos from all these events and activities are presented below (Report by Maurício Canuto, Camila Santiago & Michalis Kontopodis)

For photos by Mauricio Canuto, Mauricio Massakazu Shimoura & Michalis Kontopodis visit: https://digitmed.wordpress.com/events-2/pucbrazil_2013/

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