Europeana iTunes U project
In October 2015 Europeana released its first Multi-Touch Book and related iTunes U course, World War I: A battle of perspectives. The learning materials introduce students and learners to the causes leading to the outbreak of the First World War. They are available in both Dutch and English on iTunes.
The interactive book and course were developed together with EUROCLIO and Gwen Vergouwen, an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and Belgian history teacher, through Apple’s ADEs in Residence programme which places selected ADEs in some of the world’s leading museums, archives, science centers, and cultural organizations to develop innovative teaching and learning resources.
The book and accompanying course allow students to explore a diverse range of different historical sources from Europeana 1914-1918 alongside learning resources from EUROCLIO. From letters exchanged between a German soldier and a British girl, to the ID card of a prisoner of war, the build up to the conflict is shown from a number of different perspectives. Using these unique historical materials, students are encouraged through a variety of interactive assignments to develop their own understanding of what lead to war in 1914.