Mazedia & EC Bridge

Since the institutionalization of museums and heritage, as well as the educational world throughout the 19th century, these two spheres evolved in a united as well as in an isolated way, as a consequence of their troubled stories and respective evolutions.

The main objective of the project EC bridge is to take advantage of the possibilities brought by digital technologies in order to move closer and unify the experiences of “formal” classroom learning and “non-formal” learning while visiting museums and heritage sites. With the perspective of bringing a sense of continuity from one space to the other.


The partners of the project are well conscious that the processes of learning do not stop at the school or the museum. This is the reason why this project is setting coherence and continuity in the learning experience, which is conceived to be extended during the family visit.

Thanks to the recovery of out of the in-situ visits and class activities, students can appreciate their work and commit with their parents to a dialogue. On this basis, the issued content will cohesively reinforce the family group, the memory, and the learning process.

The EC Bridge project was launched in April 2017 and will end in June 2019. It is a combined venture, a project made by the public and private efforts of the following French consortium:

+two digital agencies: Mazedia (An agency specialized in the cultural and heritage field) and Maskott (An agency specialized in the educational sector)

+ two universities/research centers: DUKe-LINA (Data Science) at the University of Nantes, and the IFE Laboratory (French Institute of Education) at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

+ two museums : the Cité des Télécoms at Pleumeur-Bodou  and the musée gallo-romain of Lyon.

As part of the project, we have surveyed the following museums, and you will find below their cited responses! Do not hesitate to contact us and give us your opinion and/or comments ...

Are school visits always supervised or is the teacher autonomous during the visit?

“School visits offered by the Education Division are always supervised, however, if teachers wish to facilitate their own visit, they can book a self-guided tour “

“The vast majority of school visits are supervised by Museum staff”

“Always supervised. Our chaperone to student ratio must be 1 to 10”

Do you work with a network of referring teachers? If so, from what background or discipline do they come from?

“Nursery, elementary, and middle schools SEGPA* and sometimes high schools. It is mainly French and English teachers but we are always open to all the disciplines towards the museum.”

* A French middle school special program

“We work with a wide variety of teachers from many disciplines, including language arts, science, math, social studies, arts, foreign language and more” 

“The department of the public works together with plastic arts professor-relay in the plastic arts”

Do you produce content or materials specifically dedicated to teachers and their students?

“Yes, cards to continue and to complete their work in the classroom, and animations. Students also have artistic productions in some animations” 

“Yes, we produce an Educator Resource Guide custom designed for each exhibition” 

“Yes. For guided visits, we will select artworks for discussion that are relevant to their curriculum” 

Do you reuse them to guide families or are they subject to specific content?

“Generally speaking, the educational tools are specifically designed for students, and only 2 tours-survey are suitable for families (they are related to the young Gallo-Romans daily life among)”

“Only for those not making reference to particular school subjects”

“Sometimes, we re-use content for families for schools en vice versa: especially for workshops”

How much time can you allocate for schools and families content creating each month?

“Part of the winter is spent updating the cards and games”

“With the addition of teaching staff, I now spend about 50-60% of my time developing content” 

“We usually revise, re-evaluate and re structure about every 6 months or so. We have a dedicated Field trip person tat makes sure that materials and content is up to date” 

What kind of requests (visits/resources) do you send to schools/families?

“They wish to be very directed, with playful and interactive workshops (manipulations)”

“Elementary and Middle schools-: Educational animations, teaching equipment loans, exhibits visits; high schools and superiors: themed guided tours, teaching equipment; families: field trips, free visit exhibitions”

“The museum has devoted Mondays for Schools and Communities. The museum is closed to the public and, hence, the museum becomes a classroom for the visiting school or community group”

What is the most frequent feedback from students? Teachers? Families?

“We often receive compliments from teachers because our visits are always well adapted to the children’s age. Families seem to appreciate the booklets and the educational space available for the children”

“The visit-workshops formula, works very well, in particular, the plastic art workshops, indeed the teachers find them a true bridge with their disciplinee”

“Very often, the students return to the museum with their families”

What are the problems or the obstacles with which you are faced in your work with schools and/or families?

“Family offer – schools have particular ways of working with families and we are currently trying to figure out how to tap into these to join up our work with schools and families” 

“Know how to adapt the choices and number of visits by a group inside small spaces”

“The museum is in a fairly isolated location of the territory and it is difficult to bring schools for more than 15 km (from their location)”

Do you use digital devices with schools, families? If yes, which ones?

“We offer webinars to schools, and when we have a didactic space related to an exhibition, we often use technology in our educational strategies (iPad painting, quizzes, etc.)” 

“Yes, for schools, tour/visit applications. For exhibitions tablets, and for families: tablets animations are available in exhibitions and also games” 

“We have a touch screen program which is available to all visitors and is used as part of our Picturing Kansas tour.  We also teach an online course and have several curricula available for teachers and homeschool on line” 

Do you have a program/tool that allows you to interact directly with schools and families? If yes, which one?

“The exchanges are done by mail. For the families: guestbook returns to the reception of the museum after the visit and social networks”

“For families, a brochure that offers all the available appointments for the year and a flyer for every holiday”

“Yes, we have a school outreach program that connects teachers and museum guides, our online resourced allow discussion fascilitation, our free family days have specialized programming just for families”

What is the school and/or family project that inspired you the most? Describe it in a few lines, and tell us why.

“Students from the second grade came to the museum and then went on guided tours in front of the public – they were volunteer children who came to the museum during their extra-curricular time” 

“Diverse projects sessions, especially with the iDEFHI (an IME) which allowed to co-build mediation tools for all in a temporary exhibition with the students'”

“A yearly project about the discovery of archeology, including the creation of an in-class collective work and the planning of a vernissage inside the museum with the parents’ attendance”