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Europeana in Education: Re-use our digital cultural heritage for the eLearning Awards

Europeana and European Schoolnet are pleased to invite teachers to build learning resources based on Europe’s digital heritage, as part of this year’s eLearning Awards (http://elearningawards.eun.org).

Europeana.eu is Europe’s online museum, library and archive. It brings together digitised content from Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage organisations, and makes that content accessible to Europe’s citizens and to the wider world. All the countries of the European Union are submitting digital material from museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections, most of which is available for free.

The subject range is vast, and includes art and photography, music and composers, medieval and Renaissance Europe, biodiversity, maps, politics, football, war and peace. A search on Mozart, for instance, reveals pictures of him and his family members, letters to his wife and parents, the birth and death certificates of his children, together with his music scores, videos and recordings of famous musicians playing his music, including Daniel Barenboim giving an impromptu concert at the fall of the Berlin Wall.

We invite teachers to make creative use of the content accessible via www.Europeana.eu
as a teaching resource. This could include the use of the material in a lesson plan, the development of a virtual exhibition on a curriculum topic or its use in teaching technology such as the development of a blog, digital lesson plan, Facebook site or even a mobile application.

The site allows multilingual access, so you can work in your own language, but sources are in their native languages. You can register and save your searches or copy and paste them into your creation. We can provide HTML for embedding items in a blog or Facebook. What you submit is entirely up to you. Entries will be judged on the basis of innovation, potential for use in collaborative work and didactic quality, among other criteria (full list available at: http://elearningawards.eun.org/ww/en/pub/elearningawards/rules.htm)

Winning entries will be included in the ThoughtLab of Europeana and maybe developed in a future release or in partnership with European Schoolnet, and also made available for the whole of Europe via the Learning Resource Exchange.

To register for the eLearning Awards, and submit your entry, visit:
http://elearningawards.eun.org.
The deadline is 28 September 2010.

 




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