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Europeana – eTwinning’s cultural friend!

“We are very happy to be a friend of eTwinning and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with this huge international teacher network to run successful projects with cultural content” – Milena Popova

Europeana Collections allow users to access a shared heritage with over 50 million digitised items including books, music, artworks, films and much more. Milena Popova, Business Development Manager of Europeana, gave eTwinning insightful information on how teachers, and students can benefit from the opportunities that Europeana offers to its users, and how eTwinners can run successful projects on cultural heritage by accessing the numerous collections provided by Europeana.

What is Europeana?

Europeana is Europe's digital platform for cultural heritage. It provides free, online access to over 50 million digital records coming from over 3,700 libraries, museums, archives and galleries across Europe.

You can find anything from digitised artworks, books, manuscripts, maps, to music sheets and film and newspapers. Europeana showcases content from 43 countries and in over 20 languages.

How can Europeana help eTwinners run successful projects on Cultural Heritage?

We are very happy to be a friend of eTwinning and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with this huge international teacher network and to help them, to help educators run successful projects with cultural content.

This is particularly relevant this year, being the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Throughout the year, we will organise various Webinars and Learning Events on eTwinning to introduce teachers to Europeana collections and to show how they can use these resources in their educational practices.

We will also support with content and promotion the eTwinning Spring Campaign, and the eTwinning Weeks later this year.

And finally, we will present at eTwinning Professional Development Workshops as well as at the Annual Conference in October this year.

How can teachers and students benefit from Europeana?

To help teachers in their search, we published an online guide to using Europeana in education, which is available for now in 3 languages: English, French and Spanish.

We invite you to take a look at our curated resources such as the thematic collections, the galleries or our virtual exhibitions. Or you can choose any of our ready-to-use and mostly free educational materials apps and tools which we develop together with partners.

To give some examples, these are the source collection and eLearning activities with Europeana content available on Historiana. This is the platform for history educators of EUROCLIO, that is the European Association of History Educators.

Another example is the educational game ‘Art Stories’, which introduces primary school children into visual arts using paintings from the Europeana collections.

And finally, this is the Europeana Transcribathon, an online collaboration tool developed by the German company Facts & Files, and Europeana which allows students to transcribe a historical document into modern languages.

How can Europeana improve educational practices?

Our content can be easily and for free integrated in various educational apps, games, platforms and in this way support innovation in today's schools.

On a more individual basis, we can help educators enrich the teaching practices regardless of the subject they usually teach. For example a history educator can use the images and letters from our first world war collection to animate their lessons. A STEM educator can point to our Leonardo da Vinci virtual exhibition. A language or literature teacher can use the personal stories from our migration collection as an inspiration for an essay competition. And all this will allow teachers to create more engaging learning experiences in their classrooms.

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