Saturday, May 18, 2024

Education & Art : Culture matters ! Let's go to Museums !


International Museum Day

As we already know, International Museum Day is organised on 18 May each year or around this date.

The events and activities planned to celebrate International Museum Day can last a day, a weekend or an entire week

IMD was celebrated for the first time 40 years ago. All around the world, more and more museums participate in International Museum Day. Last year, more than 37,000 museums participated in the event in about 158 countries and territories.

  • Theme 2024:

"Museums for Education and Research".

This year's theme, "Museums for Education and Research", underscore the pivotal role of cultural institutions in providing a holistic educational experience.

This day pushes for more conscious, sustainable and inclusive world.

credit: iStock

Museums are vital venues for cultural exchange and enrichment, as well as for the development of peaceful coexistence and cooperation among nations and communities. 

This day or entire weekend or week encourages people and students to visit museums dedicated to many fields of human endeavor such as agriculture, fashion, astronomy, archaeology, art, and natural history. 

The day also draw attention to traditional educational activities that are hosted by museums, such as school visits, guided tours and workshops. 

Together, let us embark on a journey to museums and learn about our historic past.

School visit at a Museum
credit: unknown

  • Education:

For IMD 2024 ICOM invite people, teachers, parents, students, universities and schools to rethink education and imagine a future where knowledge sharing transcends barriers, where innovation unites with tradition.

Museums preserve heritage for future generations, promote cultural learning, provide equal access to culture and spread the values on which humanity is based.

Their function in terms of social inclusion is also vital to help keep societies together, and they play a major role in the creative and civics education. 

The authors also draw attention to traditional educational activities that are hosted by museums, such as school visits, guided tours and workshops. 

Don't forget as well virtual guided tours that some museums offer to teachers and students because many museums worldwide are forced to close their doors.

Young people are visiting more and more the museums. Teachers could be good guides to help young people to enjoy Museums live or virtual visits.

The blue fairy whispers to Pinocchio

Teachers have an entire weekend to talk about art and culture visiting museums live or virtual and celebrating museums at school.

Check out some pedagogical ideas of mine to explore and support activities at a museum and/or at school with your students:

  • Visit a museum with your students. Please read Uma Aula no Museu  (Portuguese language) an interesting pedagogical project developing creative writing and artistic skills through Portuguese painter Paula Rego: cross-curricular project Languages, Arts, History, Music, IT;  
  • Include Museum events into your school curriculum. Invite your students to a school visit a museum;
  • Ask every student to choose a painting or sculpture, some chef-d'oeuvre from the the different views at the a museum to get inspiration to write creative stories and drawing some interesting works;

credit: Wikimedia

  • Resources:

The Wikimedia movement is celebrating International Museum Day by enhancing information about museums around the world and representing this year’s theme: Museums for Education and Research. Individual Wikimedians, affiliates, and user groups, are invited to respond to three challenges to increase museum coverage on Wikimedia: translationmedia, and data.

Download Poster:

If teachers and schools or other wish to use the poster in a language that is not available, please contact your ICOM National Committee or complete the form below.

Check the IMD 2024 toolkit 

Hashtags: #IMD2024; #InternationalMuseumDay2024; #MuseumsForEducation; #MuseumsForResearch.

Well, let us enjoy then a cultural adventure going at Museums to admire beauty, have culture, and. Believe me, your students will be creative by admiring art, and will develop incredible activities. Museums want to recover and are reimagining, by preparing fantastic activities using the technologies to this big occasion. 



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Friday, May 10, 2024

Civics Education in Schools : Europe Day #AnyoneCanEuropeDay : Resources & Activities !


On the 9th of Ma, many Europeans joined in celebrating Europe Day. It marks the anniversary of the historic Schuman Declaration in 1950, in which he laid out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe. 

As in previous years, the European Cultural Foundation hosts a celebration and offers a central hub for information about Europe Day celebrations that will be held from 5 – 12 May 2024 across Europe.

We are all citizens of Europe, regardless of our cultural backgrounds, orientations or convictions. Europe is where we share our lives, build experiences and imagine our futures. 

Through cultural events, public debates, and exhibitions, Europeans learn about the history and shared values across Europe and can converse about its future. 

Copyright Markus Schreiber/Copyright 2017 AP
via euronews

The EU's Europe Day is not the only Europe Day !  Check here to find a Europe Day near you. 

Together, these events help grow a stronger, more inclusive, more democratic, and more culturally aware European community with a shared commitment to our future and that of generations to come. For anyone can Europe Day!

"Visit the European Institutions as we mark the historic presentation of the Schuman Declaration on 9 May 1950. This pivotal moment was the beginning of European integration and cooperation for peace and unity."

  • European elections:

This year EU Open Day in Brussels was held on Saturday 4th May. With the European Elections (6-9 June) around the corner, join a vibrant array of events and activities held in Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg, and across the EU Member States.

Use this opportunity to better understand how the European Union shapes our daily life and how you can contribute to it.

Illustration: The Riksdag Administration


"In an increasingly complex, unstable and inter-connected world, the European Union deals with global challenges that no EU country can tackle successfully on its own."

Democracy is a precious gift passed on to us from previous generations. They aspired towards it and fought for it. We should never take democracy for granted. It is up to us to maintain it, to make it stronger and pass it on to the generations to come.

If you live  and teach in a Secondary school,  in a European country from the European Union, it's important to talk about the importance of young people voting at European elections, because your students are European citizens who can vote very soon. Perhaps one or two of your students are already 18 years-old.

credit: European elections

Young people, despite representing a significant part of the population, often does not feel the need to actively participate in the democratic process, especially when it comes to the European elections

It is arguable that this kind of apathy is fueled by the lack of adequate civics education in schools. Without a solid understanding of the role of the European Union in everyday life and the consequences of decisions taken at European level, young people can easily feel alienated and disinterested in the electoral process.

This is your role as a teacher. Civics Education into your school curricula is very important!

credit: European Parliament
via YouTube

Resources & Activities : Why vote is important 

  • Invite your students to watch the video here. Talk about European history before Schumann Declaration 1950, while listening to the testimonies of the elders. After that, listen the students about the messages they passed on to their grandchildren.

  • Ask the students to enter on the page above and explore with them all the items by reading and discussing each item if the students have doubts.

  • Prepare yourself without demonstrate your voting inclination - a teacher must be neutral and exempt - don't forget!

  • You are in the class to talk about  why citizens must voting, when they will have the age to do it, and the importance of voting. Not to tell them who to vote for. 

  • You must not let them know which it is you political idea. 

credit: European elections

Resources +

Learning CornerTeaching material, games and much more about the European Union and its activities, for children, teenagers, teachers and parents.

Age groups: up to 9 years ; ages 9 to 12 ; ages 12 to 15 ; ages 15 and more.


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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Schools : Missed the Total Solar Eclipse ? Here's came the sun ! Resources


Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project

via Forbes

Every total solar eclipse is astonishing ! This Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse was visible from Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. 

For many, preparing for this event brought memories of the magnificent total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.

The looming eclipse on April 8, 2024, allowed tens of millions of Americans, Canadians and Mexicans the opportunity to see the moon completely block the sun and reveal our star's eerie atmosphere.

solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow that blocks out the light from the sun. The sun appeared to vanish behind the moon for minutes at a time as the eclipse traveled along its "path of totality," starting on Mexico's Pacific coast and moving northeast through more than a dozen states, from Texas to Maine, and into eastern Canada. 

credit: The Canadian Press/ Dave Chidley

More than 31 million people live along the path of totality, and many more flew or drove to witness the April 8 spectacle in person.

After the April 8 total solar eclipse, the next total solar eclipse that will be visible from the contiguous United States will be on Aug. 23, 2044.

Before that, there will be an annular solar eclipse on Oct. 2, 2024, according to NASA. It will be visible in parts of South America, with some parts only able to experience a partial eclipse. A partial eclipse will also be visible in parts of Antarctica, the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean and North America.

On Aug. 12, 2026, there will be a total solar eclipse visible in parts of Greenland, Iceland, Spain, Russia and a small area of Portugal, according to NASA.


A partial eclipse will be visible in parts of Europe, Africa, North America, the Atlantic Ocean, the Arctic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

Google Doodle Solar Eclipse 2024

  • Google Doodle:

"The Moon is having its day in the Sun — happy solar eclipse 2024!"

The 8 April 2024, the Moon crossed between the Sun and the Earth, effectively blocking the Sun’s light. In the path of totality, the sky was darken and the air was cool, and the Sun’s glowing corona (it’s rarely seen outermost part) became visible for up to four and a half minutes! 

People in North America (Mexico, the United States, and Canada) got to witness this special and rare event! A partial eclipse or total eclipse if they were in the path of totality. 

Did you saw the #GoogleDoodle? Don't be like the E and slept on this rare celestial event.

credit: Getty Images
via Forbes

  • Eye Safety:

No matter where you were, if you planned to look at or even toward the sun, I hope you protected your eyes. 

According to experts, only those in the path of totality were safe to look at the eclipse without protection, and only during totality.

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun was through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses (example shown down) or hand-held solar viewers. 

Solar views and solar eclipse glasses
credit: National Park Service

  • Resources 4 all : 

To learn all about the 2024 Total Eclipse 2024 visit the website NASA Total Eclipse April, 2024 if you couldn't follow NASA’s live, streaming video of the event. 

The Eclipse is over but you can still watch NASA broadcast of the total solar eclipse as it moved across North America on April 8, 2024, traveling through Mexico, across the United States from Texas to Maine, and out across Canada’s Atlantic coast.

  • Useful links:


Missed the 2024 total solar eclipse? Watch video of moments from the event here

How Americans in the solar eclipse's path of totality plan to celebrate the celestial event on April 8, 2024

  • Videos:

Total Solar Eclipse
credit: News18


Well! You have some special digital resources to enjoy and learning about Total Solar Eclipse. 

Students and teachers have heres some resources to teach and learn about Total Solar Eclipse 2024.

  • Activities:

Teachers can prepare a great science lesson, for sure!

  • Don't forget to get your students involved in some research from themselves.

  • The case of balloons project by NASA is very interesting. Let your students be curious about this balloons project sent by NASA. Why and for what.

  • Invite students to watch the video above about a team of a half dozen students in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences UAlbany selected to launch weather balloons as part of a nationwide project, co-sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation, to collect and analyze data around the Oct. 14, 2023 annular solar eclipse and the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse.

Hoping you will enjoy if you were not on the path of th eclipse.


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