Implementation of “History of sciences through three portraits” (SOI-RS-342)

Author: Marina Stanojovic Mircic, Italian language and Civic education Teacher

School/Organization: Ljuba Nesic lower secondary school

This activity represents a correlation between one non-STEM school subject and few STEM school subjects. My students were inspired by LS “History of sciences through three portraits (LS-FR-143)”, but also they used some resources from Europeana collection.


The lesson is realized by CLIL teaching method (Content and Language Integrated Learning) in correlation with computer science, physics and mathematics. Following the curriculum of Italian as the second foreign language taught in Serbian schools, with the help of Europeana resources, my students came up with data on who were the scientists with the highest IQ in Italy in the past. My students are 15 years-old, and 15 of them participated in the class. 


In Italian and Serbian languages, 8th grade students presented the most intelligent Italians who ever lived: Galileo Galilei, Hypatia of Alexandria, which was then part of the Eastern Roman Empire and Leonardo da Vinci. In this way, we have marked 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci, an extraordinary man and a great genius. The topic of the most famous Italians was familiar to my students since they were in the 7th grade.
First, students read the choosen LS and agreed that we had to make some adoptation to the resource. Then they searched on the Internet and found data on these three people using the following Europeana resources: Galileo Galilei, Hypatia of Alexandria and Leonardo da Vinci. Some other web resources were used to find which Italian scientist had the highest IQ. Then they adapted the texts and photos to their Italian knowledge and translated them into Serbian using the online dictionary “Bing Translator”. After that, they recorded the video in Italian and Serbian, so that it would be very understandable to those who do not know Italian. The entire presentation Gli scienziati più intelligenti dell’Italia, as the final product with text, pictures, and videos, is available on Sway:


My students developed their communication competences in Italian and Serbian, digital competences for presentation in Sway, social and civic competences, multicultural awareness and cultural expression, collaboration and participation, critical thinking and creativity, as well as the ability to learn how to learn. All activities have been conducted with an innovative approach of student-centred teaching practices and in this mode, I intended to stimulate intellectual development, multi-linguistic education and also the personal growth of my students through the analysis and reflection about the greatest Italian minds ever.

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If you are an educator, a learner or a parent interested in innovative learning, this is your place! Here you can find a selection of educational resources using digital culture. You can discover inspiring cultural heritage from European museums, galleries, libraries and archives. 

I like this resource very much and I was Europeana DSI-4 User Group Teacher for two years in a row. I use Europeana collections very often in my teaching practise.

So far my two learning scenarios and my two implementation stories have been published on the blog “Teaching with Europeana”: Prehistoric and Roman heritage of Eastern Serbia, Gender inequality in workplaces, Implementation of ‘Coding with Europeana’ and Implementation of ‘Food Tests’.

Did you find this story of implementation interesting? Why don’t you read about the related learning scenario? History of sciences through three portraits (LS-FR-143) created by Cecile Dejote

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CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Upplandsmuseet.

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