Implementation of ‘TTA – Time Travel Agency’ (SOI-PL-176)

At the Computer Assisted Education and Information Technology Center in Warsaw, we have prepared online learning material for the teachers of humanities, using the Moodle platform.

Preparing an e-learning course material

It was a training course entitled ‘Our Cultural Footprint’, which was implemented during the period of 9 – 30 March 2020. The material was divided into several modules:

  • Cultural texts – introduction
  • WebQuest: Great world exhibitions and museums as cultural texts
  • Europeana – evaluation of the learning scenarios

The learning material is rich in resources and online tools. It includes a glossary of basic concepts; resources of the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) website; quizzes; the WebQuest method; the Padlet interactive board – Our Cultural Footprint; large world exhibitions and museums as cultural texts; thematic blogs as Teaching with Europeana, Internet publications – culture texts of participation in school; online voting.

To introduce the subject, we invited the art historian Elizabeth Lev, who talked about Renaissance art. One of the cultural objects of Vatican Museums – the Sistine Chapel – was presented as an example of the most popular artworks. Elizabeth also talked about how the Sistine Chapel changed during the 15th and 16th centuries. We also discussed the practical use of digital resources and tools in teaching.

Introducing teachers with the Teaching with Europeana blog and Learning Scenarios

In one of the modules, we presented the Teaching with Europeana blog to teachers. The participants analyzed the content of the blog individually. They evaluated selected scenarios in terms of using them in their work. They rated the Time Travel Agency script as an exceptionally interesting and useful learning scenarios. After familiarizing themselves with the aforementioned scenario, they expressed their opinion on the possibilities of achieving the objectives set for implementation. They answered the questions:

  • Does the proposed learning scenario encourage students to develop their creativity and storytelling skills?
  • Does the proposed learning scenario encourage students to develop their ability to use ICT tools?
  • Does the proposed learning scenario encourage students to work in a group?
  • How do you like the idea of ​​conducting this learning scenario with students?

To ask these questions we used Forms application from the Office 365 suite. The use of Forms allowed us to quickly analyze and summarize the opinions of our listeners about the learning scenarios.

An example question the participants answered

Did you find this story of implementation interesting? Why don’t you read about the related learning scenario?

TTA – Time Travel Agency created by Katalin Lorincz

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CC BY-SA 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and provided by KIM.bl.

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