Young Explorers (LS-MK-55)

If a child can’t learn the way we teach,
maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
― Ignacio Estrada

Nowadays, students’ interaction is the biggest challenge for every teacher. Europeana is a kind of platform that can be used in classes, it allows for active learning and increases students engagement. With the ‘Young Explorers’ learning scenario, we motivate our students how to equally participate in a two lessons project. Their engagement is the main goal, they actively work on each task, create, collaborate and share. At the end of the lesson the students vote for the best item, voting is something that our students need as a learning tool.

Exploring archaeology using Europeana

Archaeology is the main topic in this Learning Scenario and the resources can be found at Europeana. There are numerous collections of artifacts from archeological sites, museums and galleries. They are divided into subgroups and each of the items has got a description and a picture.

To give even more sense to the project, we have taken the students to a visit of the local archaeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis (2 km from our school, a video can be seen here).

This learning scenario is integration between four school subjects: English language, History, ICT and Art. English language teacher is reading the text and explains the new words and phrases, History teacher is giving a description about archaeology in general, Art teacher is giving instructions on how to use clay as a modelling material and ICT teacher is following the students work by using different tools like mobiles, tablets or PCs and help them in searching the net.

Main goals of the lesson

  • The students will be able to learn new vocabulary as they navigate Europeana and read the text
  • They will be able to name some items about Archaeology and make some reproductions by using clay – we can integrate the lesson with Art teacher
  • They will be able to discover archaeological heritage from Paleolithic to Contemporary times – history teacher can present some interesting facts by using Europeana collections
  • Students will learn about museums, galleries, libraries, and archives and will take responsibility for their own learning process
  • The will learn how to collaborate with other students by working individually and in a team.
  • They will improve their ICT skills by searching the net, using mobiles in class, gathering the main idea of the task, organizing, summarizing and presenting in front of their classmates.

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