EUScreen panel discussion in Madrid, July 5-6 2018

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During the EUscreen Annual Network Meeting, held at Carlos III University of Madrid on 5 and 6 July 2018, a panel discussion had as its main focus the educational use of audio-visual material. For EUscreen this topic is of utmost importance as copyright laws might hinder the proper use of moving images in the history classroom. In its commitment to implement innovative learning about the past using a range of historical sources, EuroClio has a keen interest in this area, aiming at maximising the potential of Historiana in this regard.

In his intervention, Alexander Cutajar (representing EuroClio), first made a case for using moving images in the history classroom. To an audience composed mainly of broadcast archivists, it was pointed out how education has moved to embrace multi-modal formats (e.g., text, image, sound, speech). Then Alexander spoke about the educational gains of using moving images in terms of student engagement and the learning of historical substantive and procedural knowledge. Placing the discussion in a wider context, Alexander argued for the importance of students being critical with moving images in order to eliminate habits of passive viewing and help them become visually-literate, which is an important objective of a history education. Against this background, and keeping copyright issues in mind, Alexander discussed features of a best-case scenario: teachers using an online platform with a repository of moving images, of a short duration (5-10 min), preferable downloadable and with English subtitles. Teachers would pause the moving images to allow for classroom discussions and have students making annotations on a screenshot. Taking on board these suggestions, Historiana would present teachers with a hybrid online tool, where they can use moving images alongside printed material.

EuroClio looks forward to working with EUscreen on this in the coming future.

Read the report here:

Audiovisual Heritage in Education and Beyond: The Annual EUscreen Network Meeting


Why is Teaching of History Using Moving Images not More Widespread?

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This question was at the heart of a plenary presentation given by Steven Stegers (EuroClio Programme Director) at the EUscreen Conference 2015 that took place in Warsaw from 3-4 December 2015. The findings of a 2015 EU commissioned study show that most teachers say that the teaching of film literacy is an “uncommon and sporadic practice”. This is in stark contrast with the fact that moving images, such as film, have a major impact in the way (young) people perceive history. The presentation used lessons learned from the partnership that EuroClio has with the EUScreen consortium on the creation of learning activities for history that make use of audiovisual archival materials (3 exemplar learning activities will be published in the new year). The presentation showed what can be gained by using these materials in history education, and made the obstacles that stand in the way of the use and re-use of these materials explicit. The presentation is available for downloading below. Please visit National Audiovisual Institute's conference website for information about the programme, or visit the EUscreen conference blog.

Invitation to EUscreen Network Conference on Audiovisual Heritage

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The EUscreen Network invites you to take part in its annual conference “Content in Motion: Curating Europe’s Audiovisual Heritage” that is to be held at the National Audiovisual Institute in Warsaw on December 3-4.  The two full-days conference will gather international experts and aspires to significantly contribute to the ongoing debate on the online presence and curation of Europe’s audiovisual collections, including the use of archives for education purposes. Steven Stegers, the EuroClio Programme Director, will address the participants in one of the sessions which will be dedicated to archival reuse for/in education. This session is intended to reach out to the educators and invite them to join the debate in Warsaw.

For more information and to register for the conference please visit the website. For more news about the conference follow EUscreen on Facebook and Twitter, and look for the hashtag #EUscreen15.

Registration is free of charge and places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For questions about the conference you can e-mail to