The Teachers’ Corner is an online one-stop resource for a wide range of teaching material about the European Union, its policies and activities.
Anyone is welcome to submit links to resources for display in the Teachers’ Corner, be it a printed publication, website, poster, teaching plan or other. All submissions must however must meet certain criteria. They should:
- address the European Union – either the EU itself or its policy areas(including the environment, trade, consumer protection, EU enlargement, eGovernment, energy, road safety and many more)
- have been created expressly for teaching young people
- be available to all users free-of-charge
- not promote commercial or political interests
- have a “free” license (copyright) or CC (creative commons)
- be correct, accurate, up-to-date and available for teachers
- not be listed already in the Teachers’ Corner.
If a resource does not meet all of these criteria, it will not be published in Teachers’ Corner.
Before inclusion in the portal, all learning resources will be assessed on their pedagogic value. As many of the following points as possible should apply to your resource:
Correctness and accuracy of content
- Is the content correct, accurate and up-to-date? E.g. are the names of Commissioners correct? (a new Commission was elected in 2010, names of Directorates-General have changed, the list of candidate countries has been extended).
- The content must be free of errors and presented without bias or omissions that could mislead readers.
- The resource must be attractive, and can use visual elements such as animations to explain concepts (e.g. resources may have little or no text; and include animations and simulations that are self-explanatory. It may only be necessary to have very few text labels or icons/buttons, such as start, stop, etc.).
- Users must be able to determine the intended learning objective or topic.
- Ideally the resource offers choice, multimedia, interactivity, humour, or game-like challenges, encouraging participation.
- Does the learning resource use innovative ways to teach students about the European Union?
- Can the learning resource be integrated easily into a teaching environment (e.g. classroom, group-work, etc.)?
- Can the resource be (re)used in a different context (subjects)?
- Can it be used for different education levels or age groups?
- Can it be easily combined with other resources?
- Is the learning resource accessible for different learning situations? This applies to both technical standards and students with disabilities?
- Does the material require special software, plug-ins or other downloads?
- Texts must be legible, graphs and charts labelled and free of clutter. Writing should be clear, concise and error-free. Colour, music, and decorative features must be aesthetically pleasing without interfering with learning goals.
- Material should conform to the W3C Content Accessibility Guidelines Double A minimum.
We are notseeking learning resources in which:
- the content is inaccurate
- the content contains bias or omissions
- the learning goals are not apparent or are not appropriate for the intended learners
- the activities are too easy or too difficult for the intended learners
- only static text and images appear (there should be interactive elements)
- the content can only be used by a small group of learners with highly specialised knowledge.