Regional image archives enrich primary education
We first set sail with Artevelde University College Ghent in the 2017-2018 academic year, specifically with teachers from the primary education teacher training, Sven De Maertelaere and Thibaut Cromphaut. Our collective aim: to use images and audio in a more targeted way for primary education.
At meemoo we already do this via The Archive for Education, of course, but we’ll go a step further by running this new practical scientific research project from February 2019 until February 2020. Our focus: to serve primary education with regional audiovisual context sources, which research has shown adds lots of value in the classroom.
Our initial process in 2017-2018 resulted in fascinating collections and a closing event (page only available in Dutch) where various speakers gave their views on images and audio in education. A few questions still remain unanswered, however, which we want to investigate further with Artevelde University College Ghent. As teacher trainers, Sven and Thibaut are very familiar with teaching objectives and learni
The high-quality provision of images and audio, tailored to primary education: this is an important objective for meemoo and The Archive for Education. During this process we came across lots of audiovisual content with a strong regional input, which is particularly suitable in the context of environmental education – the starting point for the 'People & Society' and 'Science & Technology' domains in primary education. Environmental education relates to the students’ direct environments, so it can be very useful for illustrating or explaining lesson content. Content from regional broadcasters – who all agreed to cooperate in this project as meemoo content partners – also fits in very well with young children’s living environments. This means we can refine existing and new collections on the platform, and respond better to the needs of schools and students in specific regions.
2. Add context
Teachers can find collections in The Archive for Education, compiled by our editorial staff, for specific subjects, domains and ages. Video and audio clips in our collections are also provided with context for specific lesson subjects. Consulting teachers can order the content logically, providing text and explanation for teaching objectives and learning outcomes, and sharing teaching tips. But do our users benefit from this? Does this contextualisation satisfy the needs and wishes of teachers in primary education? Sven and Thibaut are finding out.
3. Distinction between explanatory and context sources
The images and audio in The Archive for Education are rarely created with a view to being used in education. These are context sources, which – in contrast to explanatory sources – have not been developed as educational image content for the specific primary education target group. Both types of sources add their own value in the classroom, but they require different teaching methods. Explanatory sources are already finding their way into primary education classrooms, but this appears to be a greater challenge for context sources. Teachers still recognise how much value context sources can add, however, by bringing the real world into classrooms with just one click. We want to investigate what teaching support is needed for these context sources to be used in primary education more easily, and use what we learn from this research to improve The Archive for Education, so we can clearly position our educational platform within digital audiovisual media.
These three issues together need to ensure that we can support primary education teachers better by providing image and audio content that they can use directly in their lessons.