Implementation of ‘Newspapers and Reports’ (SOI- IT-46)

My name is Sandra Troia and, as member of the Italian User Group. I decided to implement the learning scenario “Newspapers and Reports” with students between 11 and 13 years of age who attended the Comprehensive “Vittorio Alfieri” Institute of Taranto.

The implementation activity

The training experience was carried out during the lessons dedicated to active citizenship education and presented in a seminar open to the public (families, teachers, managers, citizens) for the dissemination of innovative teaching practices. During the seminar the students presented the Europeana platform and the procedures for consulting the archive of the works. Particular attention was paid to respecting copyright.

The scenery: the newspaper of culture

To promote students’ involvement, the activity was designed as a “reality task” that included a detailed description of a “scenario” and operational indications. To guide the students, a page dedicated to the project had been published on the educational website of the school. The scenario presented to the students was as follows: “Your school promotes the creation of newspapers edited by students. Your class is involved in writing a newspaper entitled “The newspaper of culture.” You are a journalist and you must propose an article for your class editors.”

The task 

The task assigned was also declined to fit in the given scenario: “Together with the students in your workgroup, write an article and send it to the classroom editorial office. To send the article: create a document containing a text and images and publish it as a comment to this post.” A structured operating model was provided to the students.

To carry out the task 

The participants were asked to identify an exploration channel of the Europeana platform by choosing one of the following paths:

  • Collections
  • Explore
  • Exhibitions

The students selected the resources, considering the assigned user license, and wrote an article for “THE NEWSPAPER OF CULTURE” of the class. The selection of the works was motivating and the students geo-referenced the museum/institution in a digital environment. For the georeferencing activity, the “map maker” platform of the National Geographic was used. The activity carried out also allowed the students to approach texts in languages ​​other than their mother tongue. As a support to the translation of foreign languages ​​not included in the course of study, Google Translate service was suggested.

Conclusions

The degree of satisfaction of the students was collected through a reflection conducted at the end of the activity. The use of the Europeana platform was considered very stimulating by the students because it allowed them to:

  • Use an “authentic resource”;
  • Meet an international context;
  • Explore European cultural heritage;
  • Find qualified ideas for creating new resources and producing culture.

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