Netherlands Bible Society

Bible Roadshow

Then minister of education Maria van der Hoeven officially launched the BibleDate roadshow in February 2007. This educational programme was developed for high school students by DST at the request of the Netherlands Bible Society. A year later BibleDate won the Gouden Reiger/SAM award.

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The educational BibleDate roadshow travelled to schools throughout the Netherlands with its custom trailer. This provided a well-equipped mobile classroom for students to follow a lesson – or rather a show – on the bible using film, games, competition and information. Students could vote and debate, and made their own home movie which was broadcast live to their classmates.

BibleDate

BibleDate had been developed to highlight biblical values to students for a full school year. Its success however meant this soon became two and a half years, reaching tens of thousands of students. Teachers and students highly appreciated BibleDate, not the least for allowing room for them to form their own opinion on the subject matter. This was not a coincidence, as DST had involved teachers and students in the development of the BibleDate programme from the first ideas down to its production.

KidsRights

Teaching materials on children’s rights

Children’s rights: an important topic that deserves wide attention in primary education. We developed teaching materials for grades 7 and 8 for the KidsRights Foundation: focused on information about children’s rights, but also kindling enthusiasm in children, encouraging them to take action to improve on children’s rights in their own environment.

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Kindling enthusiasm in children, encouraging them to take action.

Tested in practice

The children’s rights teaching package was developed in close consultation with teachers and primary school students. And tested in practice to give the subject maximum impact in daily teaching practice. This resulted in web-based teaching materials, which are most suitable for the digital whiteboard. Using a reliable teacher’s handbook, each teacher decides on the subjects they want or do not (yet) want to discuss.

Inspiring videos

The teaching materials include intense statements for a group discussion, a multiple-choice quiz, and plenty of suggestions for active class assignments. By means of inspiring videos, students learn how children’s rights are viewed in other countries and how children themselves can take control to improve their own living environment.

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Archeoroute Schokland

Today, the former island of Schokland in the Northeast Polder is part of the mainland with forests and flat farmland. The remains of the colourful history of the area have all but disappeared. Then how do you teach that history to 10- to 13-year-old children? With hands-on resources. With stories about their peers. And a teaching package that has already introduced the subject at school.

 

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How do you teach about history? With stories about peers. 

 

Glimpses into the past

DST gave meaning to Archeoroute Schokland. Spread across this first Dutch UNESCO World Heritage listed site are nine educational spots of many meters high and wide. At each spot, visitors can read about the adventures of young inhabitants from earlier times. Archaeological treasures and landscape features are woven into the text and illustrations. Children can turn discs with illustrations, making the area appear in a historical period before the current Schokland landscape. The spots are real ‘glimpses’ into the past.

Widest possible range

Part of Archeoroute Schokland is a quest for individual visitors. For children to really learn the ins and outs, a school visit would be ideal. For that reason, we designed a teaching package for groups 6, 7 and 8 of primary schools. That way they learn about the successive landscapes and archaeological finds on the island.

The teaching package is the perfect preparation for a field trip to Schokland, but it can also be used in the classroom by itself. With a website, children may also give a talk, or work on an individual or class project on Schokland. In addition, the student also takes the educational tools home, to their families and may inspire them for a visit too. In that way, the resources will ensure the widest possible range of this project.