ICEM was founded in 1950 with the intent of promoting and developing educational media and its use in a variety of pedagogical fields. The preliminary name of the organisation was ICEF (“Film”) and as the founders foresaw the development of the field they altered the name to International Council for Educational Media - ICEM. Since the very beginning ICEM has strived to advance both pedagogy and technology - from the 16mm films of ago to the digital and interactive content of today.
Sixty years on and ICEM continues to fulfil its goals as a non-profit, non-governmental organisation which is highly active and renowned in the field of educational media and technology. Its individual and institutional members constitute a unique combination of technology experts, both public and independent commercial media producers, scientists in the field of media pedagogy, school administrators, and even ministries.
This distinctive blend of expertise both from theory and practice, plus its world-wide operation, provides all ICEM members with invaluable insights when it comes to decision making, recognising trends and fostering international cooperation and co-production. ICEM also maintains operational relations with UNESCO and other international organisations to ensure its members are globally informed and its objectives are continuously met worldwide. ICEM is currently active in over 30 countries.
Cooperation with the European Commission and various educational institutions operating at local, regional, and international levels, enables ICEM to efficiently utilise its vast pool of resources by participating in innovative projects in the educational media field. These projects help ensure that the ICEM expertise is not only continuously expanded but also applied effectively at hands-on levels where it is needed most.
The world of education may have experienced great changes in technology and pedagogy over the decades, but the primary goals of ICEM still apply today:
Members always tell me how much they enjoy the highly professional approach of our international community; networking all around the world; being part of the lastest technologies and developments in all fields of education; meeting special people at special places at ICEM meetings; and publishing in the ICEM journal, Educational Media International (EMI).
Our ICEM family is always happy. We held our 60th anniversary conference at Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey, on 6-8 Oct 2010. Prior to the conference, some of us met delegates at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. The smiling faces are the typical look of ICEM members - technology experts, public and independent commercial media producers, scientists in the field of media pedagogy. We all love the stimulating collaboration, wherever we meet.
ICEM is great. Being part of this international group and having the possibility of exchanging ideas and experiences with so many different people, coming from all points on the globe, gives me the impression of being a person who belongs to a big world, with plenty of interesting topics to discover about education and the latest technological trends that create innovation in learning. I love our multicultural family.
- ZÉ LOUREIRO-
ICT Competence Centre
University of Aveiro, Portugal