Best wishes for a happy, full and beautiful new year!!! 🙂
STA.M is a modern museum in Gent which reflects the whole history of the city! If you visit Gent, it is one of the best choices for you! I have already visited it two times, during my stay here, and I have to say that I was impressed of the use of technology in it. I will try to give you some of its basic points from my point of view and I hope that you will find them as interesting as I did!
It has a permanent exhibition and different temporary exhibitions. In its permanent exhibition STAM traces Gent’s evolution through to the present day and, wherever it is possible, even provides a glimpse of the future. This is done by drawing on the ‘Ghent collection’.
Each room of the “chronological trail” is about a different period of history
1. Introduction area (room 0)
This room is like a giant map of the city! The visitors can walk on the city’s map (wearing shoe covers, in order to let the floor be protected). There are also four computers; on them you can choose different ages (1534, 1641, 1912 and 2008) and see the city as it was during these periods. A city’s maquette exists in the centre of the room and three different videos are projected onto the wall.
2. Earliest development (…-1200) (room 1)
The main point of this room is the earliest core of the city and also the presence of man in this period. Stone sculptures and illuminated manuscripts illustrate the importance and vigour of the rival abbeys of St Bavo and St Peter for the city.
5. Industrial city (1800-1950) (room 7)
Industrialisation forced the city to expand beyond its mediaeval limits. A lot of infrastructure work was done to make sure this expansion was not chaotic. The historical centre also transformed thoroughly.
6. Expanding city (1950-today) (room 8)
The separate themes
There are two rooms that present very famous themes: Charles V (room 4) and the theft of the “Just judges” (room 6) panel from the painting “The adoration of the Mystic Lamp” by the Van Eyck brothers. The first one is one of the most interesting rooms, in my opinion, because the story is like a brain-storming map on the walls and additionally you can listen to it in 4 different languages (English, French, Netherlands and Deutsch).
1. Views of Gent. Four views of Ghent have been digitalized, enabling you to travel through time and the evolving city. Ingenious multimedia techniques plunge you into history and whisk you off on an exciting journey packed with images and information. If you navigate with the mouse on every map, you can see the the streets, the squares, the monuments and the important buildings get enlightened. If you click on them, you open an information screen about each one of them. It is very interesting the fact that there are four different maps or views of the city:
3. Story benches. You can sit, choose one of the 4 languages (English, French, Netherlands and Deutsch) and listen to stories about Gent.
You can find them in different points along the way of the time-line.
Exploring educational software workshop
During this workshop, Elpida and I made a presentation for three different educational softwares. We explored them and we evaluated them according to a checklist with different groups of criteria (Package, Pedagogy/Educational Value, Content, Ease of Use/Flexibility, Student Proof, Fun). We explored the following educational softwares:
Oh! You can also see our presentation here!
During this workshop we worked on the progrm “Adobe Photoshop Elements 10”. We downloaded the trial version and we worked in small groups in order to create a poster, a flyer and a menu card for a festival week. Elpida and I decided to make them having on mind a Christmas festival week organized in our school. So, we found some pictures οn the inetrnet and we made these, using only the Photoshop Elements program:
The menu card
During this workshop, we worked on an audacity program and we had to make a totally new sound. I worked with my friend, Elpida, and we recorded three sounds, two rythmes and the song, and we combined them.
You can listen what we’ve done here !!!
Belgium is the perfect place if you wanna travel around Europe!
It has also beautiful places within its borders!
Here are some pictures of my travel experience…
Antwerp, Bruges, Leuven, Brussels, London, Luxembourg, Amsterdam…
First impressions of Gent…
I arrived here on the 17th of September with my friend, Elpida,being very excited about our Erasmus!
And even if we had some difficulties in the begining, we made it to keep our enthousiasm and excitement!!! Gent was much colder than Greece and we had no home here, but we tried and we did it!
And yes… it’s our Erasmus town and it’s FUN!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂