CIRCE – A Classics and ICT Resource Course for Eur..
CIRCE – A Classics and ICT Resource Course for Europe
The Classics and Information and Communication
Technology Resource Course for Europe (CIRCE)
looks at how information and communication
technology (ICT) in Europe can support the teaching
of subjects such as ancient languages and civilisations.
The course develops innovative approaches in
areas traditionally associated with the classics.
Classical subjects have a special place in the European
curriculum as our common heritage is based on shared
linguistic and cultural roots. Unfortunately, the classics
face an uncertain future in many countries as traditional
teaching methods are failing to make the subjects attractive
to young students. It is vital that schools support those
interested in these subjects with progressive teaching
concepts. Common methods of teaching classics need to
be updated and adapted for young Europeans so that they
will continue to learn about their origins. The mission of
the CIRCE team is to make sure that European teachers of
the classics fi nd new ways to teach Latin, ancient Greek
and classic civilisations by relying on current information
and communication systems. Modern computer
technology is considered vital in upgrading educational
systems to reach young people since it is the method they
are most familiar with.
The CIRCE project maintains a dedicated website that
off ers a variety of lesson plans and other useful materials
to fulfi l its mission. It also publishes a manual that
contains theoretical and practical tips as well as pertinent
case studies. CIRCE also off ers fi ve-day courses for classics
teachers throughout Europe. The courses are held on
an annual basis in diff erent host countries. The ultimate
goal of the training is to empower classics teachers to
become their own content creators as well as critical users
of existing materials.
The course promotes the changing role of the teacher as
a tutor, guiding students on their individual pathways to
knowledge. It directly contributes to achieving the aim
“to support the development of innovative ICT-based
content, services, pedagogies and practices for lifelong
learning” set out in the Lifelong Learning programme. But
beyond computer expertise, CIRCE is fully anchored in our
European heritage including its depth and diversity.
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