Teaching with Europeana is an online educational blog for teachers sharing their classrooms’ experiences with innovative learning scenarios.
Formal education systems in Europe and internationally vary significantly. Moreover, extracurricular activities and “learning by project” are not the norm in many schools resulting in the teacher’s personal capacity to find, enhance and implement the curriculum. The aforementioned is mainly due to the lack of official channels for teacher training, resource sharing, acceptance of gamification and interdisciplinary teaching.
Teaching with Europeana offers an inclusive space where teachers can share learning scenarios they implemented with the experience and receive feedback from other educators. Notably, the site offers a catalogue of learning scenarios and stories of implementation. The activities structure encompasses Europeana resources and encourages gamification, hands-on learning, observation and critical thinking.
Some of our favourite activities, to give you an example, are:
“Thorugh playing, the students will learn aspects of the Spanish painter and his differences with other European painters.”
“Culture Cure is focused on:
a) showing how multicultural artists or traditions have portrayed different kind of traumas and healing through history (connectivity, cultural awareness, empathy);
b) connecting online and offline artifacts in an hybrid learning activity (edutainment, gamification);
c) providing new tools and skills to students; d) helping students connect with their emotions and thoughts while giving them tools to express them or understand them (storytelling, augmented reality, project method) in a hope to be a useful and creative way to empower both students and culture. “
“The teachers set up an individual meeting room for each group, then the groups were introduced with the following study questions and needed to search for answers:
- What were the typical features and characteristics of the art direction?
- What kind of subjects did the artists describe?
- What factors in society influenced art?
- What phenomena or thoughts of the time have influenced the art trend?
- How were people portrayed in art?
- How did the style differ from the art of the previous/next era?
- Who commissioned the art?
- Who were the sponsors and patrons?
- Where was the art placed?
- What are the examples of visual art, architecture, music, fashion?”
There are so many more activities we loved, but there is not enough space to add them.
Euroapeana is at the forefront of education, communication and cultural management. All their activities emphasise storytelling and innovation. We believe that cultural heritage’s nature is chiefly educational, as we visit museums and sites to learn, remember and connect with the past. Teaching with Europeana is a great tool to transmit cultural values as well as integrate art and culture into education at the museum, school, or homeschooling.
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