Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Europeana Remix - new interactive project






"An interactive experience around the story of an unlikely friendship during the First World War."

How to combine history and modern technology? Europeana, the European digital library, museum and archive, has opened a new interactive video space, Europeana Remix, which  enriches a 4.30mn short film on a First World War friendship using the latest HTML5 and Popcorn.js technology. 



Europeana Remix is an interactive platform based on the film ‘Otto & Bernard’ a short film produced for the project Europeana Erster Weltkrieg, encouraging families to share photos, letters and memorabilia of World War One.

Yesterday, September 26, Europeana launched its first interactive video. Based on a short film that was pro­duced as a result of a crowd­sourc­ing project “The First World War in every­day doc­u­ments”, the video now turns into a new enrich­ing experience. Watch the video here

Education:

How captivating can be a History lesson if you invite your  students to watch the interactive video on Europeana website!

It is impossible not to include such an important digital resource in your lessons!

I am sure that your students were attracted by Luisa Arndt story! She was excited to participate in this video with her storyline and she shared some thoughts about her experience:


" I was excited to take part in the project to meet new people and to visit the
different locations of the shoots, such as Oxford Birmingham and St Omer."

Luisa also said that she liked the idea of “The First World War in every­day doc­u­ments” and she was happy to sup­port it with her par­tic­i­pa­tion in the video.

I think it’s very use­ful to make his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments acces­si­ble to peo­ple. This way, young peo­ple can find out more about the past and maybe even about their ances­tors.”

Luisa Arndt

If you teach in an European school, debate with your students the possibility of telling their parents, or grandparents to share some ancestor photos or documents about 1st World War.

"Europeana’s work on the First World War sets out to discover untold stories, to share them across borders, and to invite responses from around Europe as we approach the centenary of the conflict. We encourage people to share ideas, stories, comments and links on this platform."

Your students can  share their projects on Europeana Facebook or Twitter.


 Other resources:


"Europeana enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. It promotes discovery and networking opportunities in a multilingual space where users can engage, share in and be inspired by the rich diversity of Europe's cultural and scientific heritage."

Remember, as an educator, you can register on MyEuropeana and access easily to all the documents you need to prepare your lessons on this wonderful digital Library. You can choose your native language.

Meanwhile, you can also participate in Europeana's community space linked to useful resources that can help you to explore, learn and share more about Europe's cultural and scientific heritage. They include photo sharing sites, forums and innovative digital projects.

For the moment, you and your students have good links to Maps and Cartography, Biodiversity, Art Nouveau, Medieval |Renaissance.

It is very important that the students might observe, discover, explore and study authentic documents. Digital or interactive is an approach that they will love.

Of course, they must use their iPad (if they are lucky) or smartphones in the classroom to do their own research and explore all the resources they can have.


G-Souto

27.09.2011 
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References:

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