Jobs… From The Dusty Pages of History to Modern Times (LS-TR-288)

What do students know about the first child labour practices? How did women start to take place in business life? How did technological improvements change the ways and techniques used in the industry? What were the most popular jobs in the past? Which ones are not performed as they were in the past anymore?

Creating Awareness about the Industrial Work Heritage and Using Europeana

This learning scenario aims to create awareness about the changes happening in some professions due to technological developments and industrial reforms. It also aims to introduce how to use Europeana resources in class with students.

Even though it is designed to inform students aged 14-18 about the changes in some professions throughout history because of technological developments, this scenario can also be easily adapted to different grades and ages.

After the implementation of this scenario, students will be aware of some jobs which still exist and are performed. They will also do research about the jobs which are almost forgotten in their own culture. At the end of the lesson, besides being informed about Europeana resources, students will be able to integrate social sciences, technology and culture into their English learning process.

Introducing Europeana Resources

  • Students were introduced to the topic through Europeana’s ‘Europe at Work: Share Your Story’ resource to do research about today’s jobs and working life conditions.
  • Then, they prepared a survey with the questions on the resource, asked them to their family members and people around them. They shared their answers on Padlet.
  • Students read one of the articles on the Europeana blog before they came to the lesson. There were three texts on Google Classroom which were about child labour, women’s working history in Europe and industrial agriculture in rural life. Students were grouped randomly to read the text. They were grouped via a random list generator. Then the groups chose a colour out of red, pink and green. These colours showed the QR code of the texts on Europeana.
  • Finally, students discussed the texts and searched Europeana resources to read more about these texts and to choose photos. They used Padlet to share and discuss about the photos they chose.

Doing Research About The Jobs as Industrial Heritage

  • Students did research about the professions that were almost forgotten because of technological developments.
  • Then, they interviewed people who still do these professions and prepared presentations about them. They used Emaze, Prezi or Google Slides to display their presentations.
  • Students answered the questions about short texts on social, educational and technological lives of people in the past around the world.
  • Students identified the differences between the lifestyles and the customs of people in the past and the ones in the 21st century in a written text.


Students completed a peer evaluation form while they were watching the presentation of other students. They also shared some of their findings on social media with two hashtag #Europeana and #Unforgettable Professions. Students created their own quizzes by using Kahoot and Socrative about the resources and the photos they learned from Europeana. Their opinions about Europeana and the lesson itself were collected with another testing tool called Poll-everywhere.

You can see the photos while the students were reading Europeana resources and doing activities on Socrative and Kahoot.

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