Nobel Peace Prize events change the way pupils study and work
days in December 2002 pupils from Amot secondary school covered with text,
pictures and streaming video events in connection with all the arrangements when
former President of The United States, Jimmy Carter, received the Nobel Peace
Prize. The pupils met Carter and world known artists like Santana and Willy
Nelson. They wrote about these meetings and published articles on Internet with
many photographs and streaming video from the events. For weeks before the
departure from our small society Rena, 180 km from Oslo, the pupils had to study
the Carters political career and the work for peace this still very active,
remarkable man (78) is doing.
Jimmy Carter - a remarkable man!
For 5 years pupils from Amot secondary schools have had the editorial
responsibility for the nationally based net based paper Youth Paper
(Ungdomsavisa) in December. The responsibility for the paper has different
Norwegian school for one month. December month is in Europe connected with
Christmas, but in Norway the month is also in Norwegian mass media, connected
with the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Oslo. Off course, mass media reporters from
other countries are also coming to Oslo in hundreds. In addition to the
Ceremony, many important political meetings take place and world known artists
are singing and playing at the Noble concert broadcasted over television to
countries all over the world.
In this setting students from Amot secondary school are working
Like real journalists the students have been accredited by the
Affairs. The students take
part at the press conference with the winner of the prize, the Noble prize
ceremony, press conference with world known artists and political meetings.
Shortly one may say that the students come close to leading politicians and
world known artists. And as the pictures and video show – these politicians and
artists take the students serious. They answer questions and are willing to be
Accredited: To of our students.
The project is integrated into the Norwegian curriculum and we
hope that our coverage of the Nobel Prize arrangements at this web site can be
a little contribution for peace, international cooperation and
understanding of the importance of the Nobel Prize among school pupils and
gives new and unique possibilities in the 21 century
We will try to show that students and teachers now live in a world which gives
them unique new possibilities. Internet has changed the world and the schools.
New technology is transforming the schools and has in many cases necessitated
rethinking of traditional pedagogical practices. The technological development
and Internet have given schools in Europe the possibility to develop new
teaching practices in order to engage, motivate and inspire young students.
The pupils take the train to Oslo and are living at a hotel. They begin
immediately to work when they come to the capital Oslo. This seems of course
simple, but before the arrangements very much work has been done. Over years the
school has established partnership and contacts with the press department of The
members of the Nobel committee, the Nobel
well-known Norwegian politicians and others. We have got help from private
persons, parents, public organizations and private firms. Establishing
private/public partnership has been very important for the project.
In the project the pupils work in a real world setting just like a modern net
based paper. The articles must be delivered with strict consideration to dead
line, photos must be made ready and video edited and saved in the right
streaming format. Teachers must give feedback to students and action must be
taken whenever new situations meet pupils. Suddenly they met Jimmy Carter with
family at the main street, Karl
Johan, in Oslo for example. Actions had to be taken immediately. In a way, this
is a new way of learning, giving students the possibility to publish articles on
Internet which could have been made by professionals, but are made of school
Jimmy Carter and his wife walks the main street
of Oslo, Karl Johan.
Especially digital video gives
them the potential to make a significant contribution to our culture in
documenting important political events but also everyday life. Through broadband
and digital video students will also be in a uniquely powerful position -
creating, receiving and editing digital video live on the net. Through this
schools can also build up important media libraries. And may be this is just the
beginning. Will digital video transform the nature of education and our schools?
our practise – streaming video
It’s our intention with this web site to empathise use of multimedia, pictures
and streaming video. The school has high speed Internet access through the
Norwegian University Net (Uninett) and fibre connection into the school. We have
our own Internet web server and the streaming video is published from this
server. We have chosen to publish in:
The streaming videos are published in 3
qualities and the highest quality is 550 kbps.
In the future when high speed Internet access is more
common and speed higher, we want to publish streaming video with higher
speed than 550 kbps. One day we hope we can have full screen video, even in
high definition. The main html pages for this site are meant for laptops and
In addition we have a PDA version. In this version the pictures
are smaller and the streaming video is meant for the small screens and published
in PDA format. The videos are only in Windows media format. We have chosen also
to have a PDA version because the school have a project with
pedagogical use of
PDA’s and we want to find out more about publishing for small screens.