Europeana DSI-2 pilot: Embedding Europe’s digital cultural heritage in Education Summary of pilot activities


04/10/2017

Europeana Education is an initiative to embed Europe's digital cultural heritage in education. Its digitized collection of cultural heritage - from 43 countries and searchable in 23 languages - can provide multiple perspectives on historical, political, economic, cultural, and human developments across Europe and beyond. As part of the Europeana DSI-2 project, European Schoolnet carried out a validation pilot involving 20 teachers (one primary and one secondary teacher per country) from ten different European countries (Czech Republic, Greece, Portugal, Austria, Ireland, Estonia, Italy, Finland, France and Hungary).

The goal of the pilot was to learn how to mainstream the use of Europeana collections amongst educators and to provide policy makers and teachers with insights on ‘HOW' Europeana resources can support innovative pedagogical practice. The project evaluation is based on feedback from teachers of the two pilot phases, obtained via two online surveys. From November 2016 to June 2017, the 20 pilot teachers developed and tested pedagogical scenarios and learning activities that incorporate Europeana content. During two workshops in the Future Classroom Lab in Brussels, teachers learned how to search the Europeana platform. Two pilot phases followed each training, during which teachers developed their pedagogical scenario and learning activities further in their own classrooms, and engaged their colleagues and school staff in using Europeana material. The scenarios and learning activities have been made available under Creative Commons licenses and have been integrated in the Future Classroom Lab Directory of professional development resources for teachers.

"I used the Europeana Exhibition Project to connect students' prior knowledge, life experience and personal life with our learning goal (for example interviews with family members, friends)."

- Pilot teacher from Hungary

Teachers wishing to incorporate Europeana in their lessons can read the guide to using Europeana in education, which presents tips on how to find the best content for the classroom and information on copyright and crediting. Teachers can also browse other resources before searching the platform for what they need. There are also numerous websites and applications that present Europeana content in an educational and creative way.

See here an online brochure presenting the results of the pilot!

The Europeana DSI-2 project is followed by Europeana DSI-3, which started on 1st September 2018 and will finalize in August 2018. The DSI-3 project is looking for 18 teachers from 6 European countries to form a Developer Group in order to produce datasets, pedagogical scenarios and learning activities using the Europeana Collections, as well as open sources and professional development materials for teachers. The selected teachers from Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain (3 teachers per country, two in secondary and one in primary education) must cover a range of disciplines and curriculum topics between October 2017 to June 2018.

If you wish to apply, download the full description of tasks, benefits and information on how to apply here. The deadline for applications is 6th October 2017.