Side projects

In Europe the approach to media literacy still seems to be school-based. 
And distrustful of less formal learning methods such as the flipped classroom.

Our side projects use media training to question the creation, appropriation and use of the technological medium.
By Smart Videos

Why media literacy matters

…and when Europe will stop fooling around?
Of course, it cannot be said that there is no attention to media literacy in Brussels and Europe today. 

After all, the European Commission itself reminds us that we are talking about “our capacity to access, have a critical understanding of, and interact with the media.” 

That this has a clear political value is demonstrated by the fact that, according to the Commission, media literacy “enables citizens of all ages to navigate the modern news environment and take informed decisions.” [source]

This is no small thing, given today’s consensus on the threats that cyber bullying and digital divide represent in terms of social inclusion. 

Not to mention the risk that fake news and similar phenomena project on the basic exercise of democratic rights and duties. 
Yet the Commission’s recipe seems to be the same as almost all other hot topics on the European scene:
– an expert group,
– the European Media Literacy Week,
– the European Media Literacy Awards.

One cannot address the issue of critical thinking, at the time of internet connections, with such institutional dullness.
Nor do we believe, after all, that it is up to the European institutions to take charge of it. 

On the contrary, school is life and innovation in teaching is the result of an active contribution from civil society.

Below, we are pleased to show a series of concrete actions, linked to education and social inclusion.
The hope is that other actors, public or private, will join forces with us so that we can build together the school of the future.
Project trailer
Duration: 1:59 sec

Once upon a time in Anderlecht

Media literacy & social inclusion

Find out how we can teach video-making and promote social inclusion in the capital of Europe.

This was the mission of “Once upon a time in Anderlecht”, financed by the Roi Baudoin Foundation (Alain De Pauw funds) and sponsored by MEPs Angelika Mlinar and Hilde Vautmans.

The project was born in 2014, in the streets of Curegem (Anderlecht), one of the most marginalised neighbourhoods in the municipality of Brussels.

Even before the attack on Charlie Hebdo reinforced the stigmatisation of young people in Europe’s banlieues, it was clear a right to self-representation in the media was key for social emancipation.

Video-making seemed to us the natural tool.

The project gained a 2017 Visit Brussels Awards selection – best public initiative.

The Partisan

Mobile video documentary

A man climbs a mountain.

He films the beauty around him with his smartphone and reflects on his relationship with nature, history and technology.
In the evening, before going to sleep, he edits those images, using only his mobile phone.
The next day he starts again.

He does the same for 6 days.
Then he comes down from the mountain.
He does the same the year after (2017).
The next year also (2018).

The first year tastes like hell.
The second looks like purgatory.
The third year turns into heaven.

Like a new Dante Alighieri, in three years he makes a “divine” documentary of 90 minutes, divided into 3 chapters, 6 episodes for each chapter, 5 minutes for each episode.  
TP 03 (trailer)
Duration: 0:59 sec
#WorldChildrensDay challenge (Hilde Vautmans – MEP)
Duration: 1:00 min

The School of the Future

Digital skills & tech-education

What if it were possible to teach digital technologies and programming with the help of small videos made by the students themselves?

This is the school we have in mind.
And on the occasion of Cyber Security Month in 2017, Smart Videos has promoted this initiative, hoping to make a breakthrough between public and private actors at European level.

We have not succeeded in building the school of the future.
Not yet.
But we remain convinced that the integration of digital skills with innovative methodologies, such as the flipped classroom, can foster a greater understanding of media and technology.

And, through them, a greater understanding of the society in which we live.

So far so good

Vlogging

Travel the world and share it.
With the sole help of your own energies and your smartphone.

Departure in December 2017 from Italy, direction Uruguay.
Go from the beach of Cabo Polonio to Sao Paulo for New Year’s Eve.
A few days later take a flight from Brazil to Ethiopia and take a look at the Erta Ale volcano from the top.And when you leave Addis Ababa, make a quick stop in Istanbul, before returning to Brussels.

In between, almost 45,000 kilometres.
Every day make a one-minute video, for a total of 30 videos in 30 days of travel.

Every day, post the video on the web to reassure people at home: no worries mom, so far so good.
So far so good (full)
Duration: 31 x 1:00 min

We want to change Europe,
one smart video at a time.

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