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Posted on Wednesday July 17, 2019

Updated on Monday November 6, 2023

A school year with Europeana

In June 2019, our editorial campaign A school year with Europeana put a spotlight on how the education community has been integrating digital culture into the classroom over the last academic year. We published four teachers’ interviews as well as two articles about our collaborative projects with European Schoolnet (EUN) and Euroclio.

Here, we recap the most important highlights.

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Child playing Birdie Memory at Fête de la Nature, Paris
circa 2018

44,000 students reached and more than 1,800 teachers involved

Thanks to our partnership with European Schoolnet, 1,800 teachers of primary and secondary education from 55 different countries have worked with Europeana Collections in the 2018-2019 academic year. They created more than 200 learning scenarios, covering many different curricula subjects, and shared over 50 stories of implementation. All this material is featured on the Teaching with Europeana blog, a new growing resource to encourage educators to share their experience in incorporating Europeana resources in their classroom.  

Some of the User Group teachers and Ambassadors during a meeting in EUN
European Schoolnet
June 2019

We also offered the Massive Online Open Course Europeana in your classroom: building 21st-century competencies with digital cultural heritage  in three languages: English  (rerun), Spanish and Portuguese. Together, they had more than 3,500 participants.

As a result of these activities, we have reached more than 44,000 students in  Europe and beyond.

How did this happen? Find out more about this collaboration.

Students implementing the 'Vintage VR' learning scenario
Ryszard Markowicz

Promoting multi perspective in history education with source collections

EUROCLIO and Europeana have been working together to give history educators access to sets of source material from Europeana Collections that are transnational and multiperspective. This year we have produced 12 new sources collections and its 12 respective learning activities, all published on the Historiana platform, providing educators with more ready-made thematic compilations on topics that are commonly taught across Europe.

Finding and matching these sources requires considerable effort. That is why we aim for the next academic year to join forces with the cultural heritage institutions. We will invite them to share their knowledge of history and of the items in their collections and contribute to the development of these materials for educators and students. Would  you like to find out how? Read Euroclio's article

Euroclio workshop in Gdansk

Lesson learnt from our teachers

Mechanics: page to a partwork on science, with pictures of various machines
J. Emslie
Wellcome Collection
United Kingdom

And they told us that:

  1. Teachers are keen to use digital cultural heritage but they need guidance 

  2. We can help teachers by creating source collections ready to use

  3. Having access to good quality content means we can create great resources and train teachers on how to use them

  4. Collaborating with other European teachers enriches other teachers’ professional perspective

  5. As soon teachers find out about Europeana, they recognise its relevance and want to use it

  6. Europeana Collections is easy to use - even not-so-digital teachers can be involved

  7. Cultural heritage can be applied to any subject, even maths

  8. The Teaching with Europeana blog is an ideal platform for teachers to discover new learning scenarios, share their experience and get feedback

  9. The possibilities for using cultural material in education are endless - the limit is your own imagination

  10. The Europeana in your classroom MOOC helps to understand copyright issues 

  11. The Europeana in your classroom MOOC helps teachers to be more confident in using digital culture 

  12. The greatest obstacle for teachers accessing digital cultural heritage is language

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