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Press releases | Education 19.10.2010
With a view toward Europe: The media portal of the Siemens Stiftung has been awarded the Erasmus EuroMedia Seal of Approval
The media portal of the Siemens Stiftung, which provides educators with up to date, pedagogically sound teaching materials, has been recognized with the Erasmus EuroMedia Seal of Approval. This renowned honor is awarded by the European Society for Education and Communication (ESEC) for educational products that critically examine perspectives, problems, and challenges for European societies. Of the approximately 200 entries from 17 countries, 38 received the seal this year. The award ceremony took place on October 15, 2010, in Vienna.
The media portal of the Siemens Stiftung was designed from the beginning to allow content to be used in countries other than Germany. It was launched in German, but just a few months later, in May 2009, an English user interface was added, facilitating worldwide access to the teaching materials held in multiple languages. A user interface in Spanish is planned for the end of this year. In addition, the content meets cross-European education objectives. For example, the portal offers media files on climate, the environment, and resource scarcity, as well as social and societal aspects such as fair distribution and humanitarian aid. Since the media can be downloaded and used free of charge, educational institutions can benefit from them regardless of their financial situation.
“This was the first time that we applied for the EuroMedia Seal of Approval with the media portal. For us, receiving the seal is a confirmation of the path we have taken to offer educators in Europe and around the world high-quality, didactically sound digital teaching materials,” commented Maria Schumm-Tschauder, Project Director of the Siemens Stiftung, who accepted the award in Vienna.
Since 1995 the ESEC has awarded the EuroMedia Award in recognition of international media productions whose extraordinary quality contributes to fruitful discussion on the development of society and values in Europe. This includes media products in the area of education.
About the media portal
The media portal of the Siemens Stiftung was launched in May 2009. In August 2010, after just over one year, the portal already logged its 500,000th download of teaching materials. The media portal offers digital media to help its currently 5,700 registered users from 57 countries prepare and design lesson plans that engage students. The portal is easy to use and currently features some 2,200 up-to-date media on a wide variety of scientific, technical, social and cultural topics. These include individual media such as graphics, worksheets and audio files as well as thematically grouped media packages available for free download. All media are in German, with select media available in English and Spanish as well. The user interface is available in German and English.
The goal of the Siemens Stiftung is to help alleviate poverty and create better living conditions. To achieve this, the Siemens Stiftung promotes the improvement of basic services and the strengthening of social structures, supports education projects, and contributes to the development of arts and culture. The focal regions of the Siemens Stiftung are Africa, Latin America, and Europe. The Siemens Stiftung is headquartered in Munich, Germany. It was founded in September 2008 as a charitable foundation under civil law and endowed by Siemens AG with foundation capital of EUR 390 million, continuing the company’s over 160-year tradition of social commitment.