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Using archives in education

archive graphicAn archive stores knowledge so that it can be used and benefit of all. It is a place where people can go to gather firsthand facts, data, and evidence from sources such as letters, reports, notes, memos, photographs, and other primary resources.

The varied content and format of archives makes them a perfect learning resource for a wide range of subjects. Archives can be used in schools and colleges to teach a range of subjects including History, English, Drama, Geography and Science.

The main reason for using archives in education is they provide access to primary sources of information. Primary sources are the firsthand facts and information that people go to in order to understand a concept in detail.

Primary sources are a gateway to the past, a peek into the documented evidence of history. They help identify patterns that might otherwise be quite hard to discern on the basis of present events alone.

Primary sources offer a critical perspective to support students in interpreting how past events may have contributed to our current world. Having access to these primary sources is therefore quite essential, and this is where archiving comes in. It is a way of looking into the past to understand the fate of our future. experiential learning

Archives can therefore provide learners with original materials that can help them get a clearer hands-on experience in the subjects they are studying.

Where the archives offer first-hand accounts, these learning experiences will remain with the students for a long time, which they can use in real-life applications elsewhere. (See Edgar Dale’s Cone of Learning diagram.)

In addition, using primary sources makes sure that students are more accurate in their research, hypotheses, and conclusions. Archives offer them access to the records and relevant information they would need to complete their tasks with ease and convenience.

Do digital archive projects with students requires them  to develop their subject knowledge within a wider context, it helps them establish research skills and consider copyright implications. Archives encourage critical thinking by understanding perspective and bias, while analysing information sources and selecting relevant and appropriate content. Students will also acquire technical skills and increase their ability to effectively communicate their findings.

Find out more about archives and learning
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How to educate in art according to expressionist painter Mark Rothko

Have you ever wondered about the relevance of art in the education of young students? How could you contribute to an education that focuses on creativity, expressiveness and critical thinking to educate more empathetic and socially aware future citizens?art in school picture

Today’s post may not give you direct answers, but we hope it will be an inspiring tool to motivate you to make small but significant changes in your approach to teaching/training.

From Mark Rothko, a great admirer of the freshness with which children produce artistic expression, and his project “The Scribble Book”, we present five simple strategies to explore art education for secondary school students (equally valid for other educational levels).

1. Just like speaking or singing, art is an inherently human form of universal expression. The ideas, observations and emotions of young students can be transformed into moving and powerful works of art that communicate their views. Reflecting on a complex or topical issue and producing an artistic manifestation that reflects the student’s personal viewpoint can be a transformative vehicle for managing one’s emotions, developing creativity and lateral thinking.

2. Despite curricular limitations, art should not be expelled from the classroom, as limiting its creativity can also hinder the development of other skills such as communication or problem solving. As far as artistic expression is concerned, Rothko recommends providing flexibility, allowing for individualisation of work

3. To reinforce students’ self-confidence, it is possible to promote activities such as collaborative discussions or classroom exhibitions in which students have the opportunity to present and express their opinions or exhibit their work in front of their peers. Inspiring confidence in one’s own abilities will be essential to develop adults who are personally and professionally capable and actively engaged in their environment.

4. Do you want to introduce art into your classes as a learning tool? Then make sure to include references to all stages of Art History, so that students have access to a wide variety of artistic manifestations and styles. This will encourage their breadth of vision and boost their creativity.

5. “Work to cultivate creative thinkers, not professional artists”. Although the reference here to the future artist is obvious, this quote can be equally applicable to other fields (e.g. an engineer or a future teacher). In any case, the approach remains the same – cultivating critical thinking will help develop more self-aware, empathetic and collaborative learners and will result in better citizens in the long run.

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The environment Is in You

“If we are to preserve culture, we must continue to create it” – Johan Huizinga

And it is thanks to technology that we have the possibility to preserve culture, to keep it intact, to escape the wear and tear of time, but above all, we have the possibility to make it accessible to everyone; without limits.

But what is culture, if not everything around us? Indistinctly?
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And how can we preserve it if not by making new generations aware of what is happening, around us? Then the destruction, the fragility, the continuous struggle for survival of our planet is also culture. Climate change and all its dramatic consequences is culture.

This is what the participants of ‘The Environment Is in You’, a contest for students created and promoted by the Global Oneness Project platform, a digital archive of stories, sought to represent.

Indeed, the Global Oneness Project is a free multimedia platform for educators and students. It Is a multidisciplinary library of multimedia stories comprising award-winning films, photos and essays. The aim of the project is to use stories as a pedagogical tool and bring the world’s cultures alive in the classroom.

As explained on their website, the contest invited the students to take a photograph or create an original illustration that documents the fragility, hope, and future of our planet due to climate change.

Many students linked their pictures to the following statement by the writer and environmental activist Wendell Berry: “The environment is in you, it’s passing through you, you’re breathing it in and out, you and every other creature.”

Explore the finalists and winners and a full explanation of the initiative:

Domenica La Greca – Eagle Intuition – Portugal

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Digital Art contest for students

It’s time to launch the From Archive To Alive Digital Art contest for students!!!

FATA – From Archive to Alive is an ERASMUS+ project (No. 2021-1-FR01-Ka220-SCH-000031562).graphic audio-visual

FATA aims to motivate students to explore available audio-visual archives, compare traditional and digital art, learn about their civic engagement and social inclusiveness while raising awareness of environmental issues.

The competition is open to students of Erasmus Plus participating countries and those associated with the programme (list of countries).

The contest is for students aged between 12 and 18 years old; who can either participate individually or in a group with up to 4 other classmates.

Students should submit a piece of digital artwork on one (or more) thesecivic engagement image subjects:

– Civic Engagement 
– Inclusivity
– Environmental Awareness

Each entry must fulfil 3 main requirements:

– To be a work of digital art, therefore containing any type of digital elements (it can’t have a physical form);
– To be based on material found on one or more digital archive platforms;
– To address one or more of the topics of civic engagement, social inclusion and environmental awareness.

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Partner meeting in Marseille

eu screen logoThe project team met in Marseille on May 31st 2022 to work on the outcomes of From Archive To Alive. Specifically, Archive to Alive will produce an e-learning course for teachers that will show them how to design lessons and projects through the use of the digital audio-visual archives in order to make them more appealing.

The project uses EUscreen, which is a portal containing thousands of digital audio-visual items steaming from the biggest European audio-visual archives that provide an insight into the social, cultural, political and economic events that have shaped the 20th and 21st centuries, mainly form a European perspective. Teh content on the EUscreen platform content offers an important collection of resources that can be exploited in education and incorporated in school lessons and projects.

Find out more about EUScreen and education,

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EUscreen and education

The EUscreen portal provides access to clips and programmes from 25 broadcasters and audiovisual archives from 19 European countries. The collection consists of thousands of media items including videos, photographs, audio files, and documents, curated by archivists and researchers.  eu screen logo

With such a wealth of open access resources to use, EUscreen has been used in some schools and in higher education. You can explore educational perspectives EUscreen archives through a map or via the EUscreen blog or through articles on View journal.

The EUscreen network blog for teachers has been used to promote specific education projects the network is involved in and ways to use EUscreen services. An example of a project is Media Numeric, an Erasmus+ project that aims to educate a new generation of journalists and multimedia makers and gives them the tools to help create a European media ecosystem, that is user-driven, fair and balanced, economically sustainable and technologically advanced.

The Media Numeric project seeks to provide students and young professionals in media and communication studies the theoretical know-how and skills needed to embolden them to take on the opportunities of data-driven journalism and media production.

EUscreen has a call-to-action: for teachers and educators interested in innovative education activities.  They welcomes individuals and organisations within the educational sector to search and use the available content on the portal to create and implement high-quality education content and activities. You can find out more about EUscreen and education from the video below.

Audiovisual Archives for Education_EUscreen from EUscreen on Vimeo.