ParlEuNet - A Student's Parliament via Educational Multimedia Learning Models and Technologies
Multimedia communication and knowledge resources with the European Parliament
ParlEuNet is the first European initiative which allows secondary school students to use state-of-the-art networks and multimedia resources to learn about and collaborate on projects about the European Parliament.
Internet connections, videoconferencing and a website containing a multimedia database of educational materials will be used by students to access information on the Parliament, create their own projects and exchange information and views with Members of Parliament and students in other countries. The students' work will gradually supplement the website with educational modules and resources which can be used by other students.

ParlEuNet's resources
The project aims to create, experiment with and evaluate a multimedia telematics learning environment, and in so doing, develop pedagogical models which promote learning about European politics and the Parliament. This requires the development of high quality educational multimedia content on the European Parliament based on existing conventional archives of EU information. The project is also researching transferable models of learning in telematics environments to support access to the maximum number of European schools. Thus, a unique by-product of the project is to enhance young students' understanding of the European Parliament and its operation and thereby reinforce the sense of European citizenship

ParlEuNet: MEPs as learning guides
ParlEuNet is experimenting with pedagogic models which promote student-centred problem-based learning aiming at the design of guidelines for working in telematics learning environments with this kind of content. Members of the European Parliament will be involved from the outset of the project to propose specific educational tasks and to communicate with the students by e-mail or videoconference.
Indeed, hands-on workshops in the European Parliament will be organised for policymakers and Parliamentarians. Workshops will be organised on a national level by parents' associations as well as the distribution of a project video and major online hyperlinking with European educational projects.
Training workshops are conducted to integrate the telematics learning environment into actual classroom practice, obtaining feedback on content, the appropriateness of the media involved and the viability of the models in different EU Member State schools. The learners involved are fifteen to sixteen year olds and the multimedia materials are to be available in English, French and German.

Building new resources
A skilled curriculum developer will review all the material that is currently available in the European Parliament's archives. Students and teachers will also create new learning resources about the Parliament. The information will be available on an interactive database accessible through the Internet. As a result of student group work, young European learners will create the "Information on the European Parliament" website. In addition to educational materials, online resources and the workshops, a practical guide is being produced to disseminate the results to other European schools and to further exploit the results from the pilot experiments

Title ParlEuNet - A Student's Parliament via Educational Multimedia Learning Models and Technologies
Keywords European Parliament, multimedia learning materials

Multimedia telematics educational materials about the European Parliament for secondary school students.

Multimedia content about the European Parliament, seminars and guidelines on learning, video-conferences with MEP's

Students between 15-17 in all fifteen Member State countries, educational administrators, teachers and parents. Members of Parliament will videoconference with students

Students and teachers learn how to use powerful technologies to access, manipulate and present information. These skills are essential for entry into the information society. Administrators, parents and MEPs will also gain competence in this area
Students in pilot schools have Internet access, videoconferencing equipment, telephone, fax and in some cases high speed connectivity. The project is creating a website supported by a well-structured updateable multimedia database of educational materials

Coordinator Ms Christina Hazard
Pegasus Foundation
c/o The European Parliament Bureau REM
112 Rue Belliard 97/113
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