Castles in the Sky: Digital Education and the Power of Storytelling with Europeana

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Castles in the Sky: Digital Education and the Power of Storytelling with Europeana

April 15, 2021 @ 5:00 pm 6:30 pm EEST

The aim of the workshop is to demonstrate the capabilities of Europeana as a powerful tool in the field of Education, especially during the critical period of the pandemic, where digital environments have become the safest and most effective medium for teaching, learning and training. During the workshop, the content, the objective as well as best practices in navigating through Europeana will be discussed, focusing on the services provided for Education. The participants, teachers and professors, will have the chance to understand and implement the valuable educational digital toolkit that Europeana offers.

The event is organized by UNESCO Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage at the Cyprus University of Technology in cooperation with the EU ERA Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage MNEMOSYNE, the Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport and the educational organizations of  ΟΕΛΜΕΚ, ΠΟΕΔ and ΟΛΤΕΚ. The event will be coordinated by Harry Verwayen, General Director of Europeana Foundation, Suzan Hazan, Chair of the Europeana Governance Working Group and Prof. Marinos Ioannidis, Director of Digital Heritage Research Lab. Among the speakers will be Europeana members: Isabel Crespo, Business Development Coordinator- Education, Maggy Szynkielewska, Content & Exhibitions Coordinator and Beth Daily, Editorial Adviser.

Workshop Program

17:00\17:05Marinos Ioannides, UNESCO and ERA Chairs on Digital Cultural Heritage
17:05\17:20Welcome message by the representative of the Educational Organizations in Cyprus
Mrs Dr. Myria Vassiliou, Chair Cyprus Greek Teacher Organization

Welcome message by the Director of Cyprus Library
Mr. Demetris Nikolaou

Welcome message by Europeana Foundation
Mr. Harry Verwayen, General Director, Europeana

Welcome message by Cyprus University of Technology
Mr. Panayiotis Zaphiris, CUT Rector

Welcome message by the CY Parliament Chair of Committee on Educational Affairs and Culture
Dr. Kyriakos Hadjiyiannis

Welcome message by the Permanent Secretary, Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy
Dr. Stelios Himonas

Opening Speech by the Cyprus Minister of Education and Culture
HE Mr. Prodromos Prodromou
17:20\17:25European Communities
Susan Hazan, Chair, European Association Network (ENA)
17:25\17:45Digital education with Europeana resources
Isabel Crespo, Business Development Coordinator, Education, Europeana
Isabel’s padlet:
– Why digital cultural heritage for education
– EU Digital education plan
Europeana MOOC
– How to navigate to find educational resources
European Classroom space and learning scenarios
Historiana #reinventingBeethoven challenge
17:50\18:00Educational engagement with GIF IT UP and Europeana editorials
Maggy Szynkielewska, Content & Exhibitions Coordinator Europeana (pre-recorded video)

– GIF IT UP competition
– Exhibitions and blogs
– Create your own gallery
18:00\18:157 tips for good storytelling
Beth Daley, Europeana Editorial Adviser and Chair

Story-telling Task Force conclusions of the Storytelling Task Force with an educational focus.
18:15\18:25Build your own Micro-Story, Susan Hazan

– Using the recommendations of the Task Force build a micro-story around your newly found castle on
– Put the link to your castle in the 
padlet with your own micro-story
– We will save and share all the micro-stories afterwards with everyone
18:25\18:30Castles in Cyprus – wrap up

About Europeana

The digital collections of Europeana provide multiple perspectives on historical, scientific and cultural developments across Europe and beyond. The aim is to bring this source of knowledge to every learner, educator or educational organisation so that they can experience the pedagogical potential of digital cultural heritage and build new 21st century skills. The activities of the Europeana Education community will be presented, along with innovative tools and initiatives, such as Europeana MOOC, Europeana Classroom, Historiana , the #reinventingBeethoven challenge, GIF IT UP and Europeana Editorials.

A special focus will be given on digital storytelling for education, including recommendations as well as a hands-on experience for the participants.

How to participate

  • A certificate of attendance will be given to all registered participants.
  • Greetings will be in Greek and presentations will be in English.
  • Registration is required, but free of charge and open until April 15, 2021 at 14:00. Get your ticket from the module below or go to the thematic page on Eventbrite.

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