Pandemics – our new neighbors or not? (EN-CUR-604)
The learning scenario is about pandemics and everyday life with them. The purpose is to make easy a
student’s life with COVID-19. A key question is: Pandemics are something new in human life or something
usual? Curriculum outcomes and aims are achieved through innovative pedagogy Cooperative
Learning (“puzzle teaching method”). Students will work in five groups (A, B, C, D, E): let’s look back, how
we struggled. They will analyze primary historical sources (pictorial historical sources) using guided
reading (tasks for analysis) and through dialogue. After working in groups, students work in four mixed
groups (A, B, C, D, E). Teaching method: Peer Learning: students learn from peers and give each other
feedback. The learning outcome will be building four digital posters. Pandemics – our new neighbors or
not? Each group has to design one poster: select pictorial resources, introduce them, and write a short
text about the theme. Evaluation for students: playing Escape assignments (Scavenger Hunt). Through
dialogue with the teacher, students will explain similarities and differences between their digital posters
and why there is a different interpretation of the same historical event.
This learning scenario has been developed during the “Digital Education with Cultural Heritage” online course. The course aimed to improve teachers’ understanding of cultural heritage in order to efficiently integrate it into their lessons and practices. The courses can be accessed here.
Author: Tanja Horvat
Age of students: 10-16
Subject and topic: History, Biology, Geography, Art, Literature, English language, Health Education, Civic
Education/Living with pandemics
CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Wellcome Collection.
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