Over 10% more accounts on The Archive for Education in academic year 2022-2023

27 Jul 2023

The end-of-year school reports have been handed out and the desks have been cleared, which can only mean one thing: summer holidays! The perfect time to take a look back at the past academic year. For The Archive for Education, it was one of growth – with new features, more offerings and an increasing number of user accounts.

With The Archive for Education, we help teachers and trainee teachers with quality visual and audio content for the classroom. Over this past school year, they increasingly found their way to our educational image database: we counted as many as 70,000 teachers and 21,000 trainee teachers with accounts on the platform, where they were able to draw on a wide variety of offerings for their lessons.

Sixty of our content partners are now providing materials on The Archive for Education, which is three more than last year. The number of items available to then has also grown: by the end of the school year, we had 26,137 audio and video clips in the database – all carefully selected for the classroom. It’s notable that audio is making up an increasingly large part of this.

To make all these materials easily findable, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to create a new metadata model that is specially tailored to the innovations in secondary education. And our editorial staff comprised of seconded teachers have not been idle either. They have once again provided a wealth of content and inspirational materials to help teachers improve learning outcomes in the classroom. 

For a few years now, we have also been opening up our educational image database’s virtual gateways to secondary school students. And we started this last academic year with a bang – by expanding the student area. This means secondary students can now search our educational image database themselves, and gather together audio and video clips for their own collections.

The student area has been a great success: we welcomed 94,000 secondary school students to The Archive for Education last academic year, and have counted 32,000 assignments created for them by teachers since 2020. As the cherry on top, the development of these new search and create assignments earned us a nomination for the MEDEA Awards 2023

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