VPRO and Euroclio welcome you at the In Europe School. We hope you will enjoy working with our lesson materials.

This project is meant for history teachers or social sciences teachers. But it is also very suitable to make a crossover project out of it and work with your colleagues of the English section and the Art Department.

In these lessons we provide you with a lot of materials. You are free to make choices in the historical or contextualisation assignments; use some texts/activities instead of all or divide the assignments between the students.

If you are finished and will upload the films made by the students remember that this project is not a contest. All films are welcome.


In the documentary series In Europe, each episode addresses a topic of recent history up until its contemporary situation. Unlike history programs on topics from long ago – in which we are able to rely on historical consensus crystallized in the course of many decades – we now deal with unfinished histories.

Therefore we have chosen to show different perspectives on the topics at hand, with narrators from different countries. This is reflected in the starter clips. The clip on ‘difficult history’ is told from a Bosnian perspective and the clip on ‘migration’ from a German one. The perspective of the starter clip represents just one view amongst many possible others.

We encourage you to use this to initiate a discussion in the classroom, and analyze in what way the perspective from your country or region would differ from the one shown in the starter clip.

Tips and tricks

Teachers version

In the Teachers version you will find all the information you need:

  • By scrolling down you can browse through the 4 main steps and parts.
  • Using the shortcuts will help you to skip to a specific step or part.
  • You can work online and link your laptop to a screen.
  • Or you can use the pdf download files, print out the materials and hand them out in class.
  • In the first orange block you can download all the films to your laptop and show them in class offline.
  • In the second orange block you can download one film at a time and show them in class offline.
  • In each part and step you will again find the links to the films you need. Those can be used online.
  • In each step and part we have placed the materials you need for your students such as films, timelines, cards and pdf files on the right side of the screen.
  • All materials are also linked in the files you can scroll down and click open.
  • Assessment sheets cannot be filled in online. You have to print the PDF files and hand them out to the students to fill in.
  • Being part of the pilot group, your lessons start and end with a questionnaire to fill in online. We use them to learn from the way you have worked with these lessons and you can use them to give us your comments and advice. In the Teachers part you will find the start and end version for teachers in the big blue blocks.
  • Students will find their questionnaire in the student materials.

Students materials

In the student materials, students will find all the films, cards, etc. belonging to each step

  • They can watch the materials online on their computers or cell phones in class or at home.
  • Teachers will stay in charge: if you prefer printed materials, you can hand them out in class.
  • The exercises on all steps and parts are explained by teachers in class; they are not in the student materials.
  • The student materials start and end with a questionnaire for students to fill in online. We use them to learn from the way students worked with these lessons.

Questions or problems mail: eugenie@euroclio.eu 

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