Europeana has launched its first Multi-Touch book and iTunes U course for use in classrooms, an important step forward in its goal to bring history to life for learners through the use of digital cultural collections in education. The book and accompanying course were developed jointly with EuroClio and Gwen Vergouwen, an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and Belgian history teacher as part of Apple’s ADEs in Residence programme, which pairs selected teachers with some of the world’s leading cultural organizations.

Available in both Dutch and English, the book and course introduce students and history enthusiasts to different interpretations of what caused the First World War. Together, the linked materials demonstrate the ways in which digital cultural content can engage students and support traditional learning. Using Multi-Touch technology, students are able to analyse and explore a fascinating array of material, from postcards to propaganda, handwritten letters to satirical cartoons. Download the English Multi-Touch book and iTunes U course/ Download the Dutch Multi-Touch book and iTunes U course.