Implementation of ‘Why Don’t we Create a Museum?’ (SOI-PL-101)

You may be wondering: is it possible to use Europeana Learning Scenarios in a technical school? With this Story of Implementation, based on a lesson proposed by Aarón Bernárdez, and conducted in December 2019 with the third-grade students of Electric-Technical School in Complex of Technical Schools in Grudziadz, in Lab-Lessons, I am planning to convince you it is definitely worth it.

A few words about the group with whom the Learning Scenario was implemented

The original learning scenario was slightly adapted to be suitable for an older group of students studying at my school. The group of pupils with whom the lesson was conducted consisted of students of technical school, class 3 (electric-tech class, students aged 17-18). These are students interested in an innovative approach to education, caring for work through projects.

How the classes were conducted

The classes were divided into three main stages. In the first part, the theoretical introduction to Europeana and presentation of the necessary materials were carried out, a brainstorming idea was conducted and the class was divided into groups. A video and presentation on the topic related to the lesson were presented.

In the second part, the students worked in groups, searching on the Europeana portal for photos and creating 3D models.

The third stage consisted of creating shared hosting for photos and uploading created work there. The third stage was also homework so that as much work as possible could appear in our virtual museum.

How the students dealt with the implementation of the subject and how many elements each group created

During the classes, the students performed the tasks entrusted to them in an extremely accurate manner. Each group of students began creating 3D models for the “Virtual Museum”, and then presented their work and put them in free hosting.

How much time was required to conduct the classes

The time needed to complete the task equalled 3×45 min.

Why I recommend conducting classes based on this Learning Scenario

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to understand the role of virtual museums in the modern world and the historical perspective. Students will learn the pros and cons of definitions that are often talked about in social life. In addition, they will learn how to cooperate, present their work and lead a discussion.

Students will develop the main 21st century skills, such as:

  • Critical thinking
  • Cooperation,
  • Communication.

My feelings as a teacher

At the beginning of the Europeana project, I was afraid that the combination of areas, such as cultural heritage and technical subjects, would not be possible. However, while I was getting to know Europeana it became clearer that these two issues intertwined.

The completed topic is the best example of this. Cultural heritage and technology – creating a virtual museum of the work done by students of Complex of Technical Schools in Grudziadz. So simple and obvious!

While working on the topic, students learn about culture through works placed in Europeana and creatively work on their projects implemented in the Fusion360 program – software for students (3D program recommended by ESA-Education for creating projects).

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

Why don’t we create a museum? by Aarón Bernárdez

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