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Multimedia lessons of the Presidential Library will be available to students of all Russian regions

15 October 2015

Today, October 15, 2015 the Presidential Library launched new multimedia lessons "The year of 1825: Reflections on the fate of Russia" timed to the 190th anniversary of the Decembrist uprising in Senate Square. The first participants of the educational project were students of the 10th grade, school N 264, Kirovsky district, St. Petersburg.

As part of the multimedia lesson students were offered to view an educational film of the Presidential Library created in cooperation with a famous Russian Decembrist critic Yakov Gordin. During the lesson, students are also presented a digital collection, "Decembrists in the history of Russia" posted on the website of the Presidential Library, and a multimedia exhibition. Students were proposed exciting tasks: tests, electronic voting, and others.

Multimedia lessons are designed to broaden students' knowledge about the views of Russian public figures and historians on the fate of Russia. The specialists of the Presidential Library have prepared a variety of historical materials - both texts of primary sources and research works, which provide quite different and sometimes conflicting views and opinions of the Decembrist uprising and its participants. Students learn about the opinion of the writer, publisher, publicist Nikolai Karamzin, of the Decembrists themselves, such as N. Muravyov and P. Pestel, of an honorary member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences Baron M. Korf, of a historian L. Lyashenko and others. For example, the following options of defining the Decembrists are given: "a gathering of regicides," "a handful of monsters," "revolutionary romantics," "innocent dreamers," "phalanx of heroes" or "noble revolutionaries." Modern students on the basis of the diverse views form their own idea of who were the Decembrists - heroes who laid the foundation for revolutionary struggle, or criminals, rebels, who, taking advantage of the difficult situation in the country, decided to make a coup d'etat.

According to the director of the school Irina Shvedova, who also attendedn the multimedia class: "This lesson is very solid, qualitative and training. As a teacher I mostly appreciate that today children worked with the text. We were taught to find the key moments in the historical materials, which we would easily miss if we studied them on our own. We did not notice how the lesson flew by."

Multimedia lessons of the Presidential Library have already become a tradition. In 2013-2015 they were timed to the 20th anniversary of the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the Year of Russian literature. This year, for the first time, the Presidential Library plans to organize remote multimedia lessons for students from other regions of Russia. Thus, for example, this kind of lessons are planned to be held in the Tyumen and Pskov regions on the basis of the branch and the centers of access to the information resources of the Presidential Library. Doctor of History, professor, chief researcher of the Presidential Library Pavel Fedorov emphasized:

"Multimedia lesson in its current form has been designed applying the technology of media education, which has received much popularity in the modern world. The technologies we used enable to present in a fascinating form electronic information resources not only to students who come directly to the Presidential Library, but also in a remote mode to those who live far outside of St. Petersburg. And this, it seems to us, is the main advantage of multimedia projects."

In addition, multimedia lesson accompanied with the guidelines will soon be available to everyone on the Presidential Library website. And any teacher will have an opportunity to organize in his school a similar class within as an out-of-school activity.

The Presidential Library will be holding multimedia lessons until December 25, 2015. Classes are available to all interested students of St. Petersburg and regional educational institutions. Please pre-register by calling (812) 305-16-51 or send an email to: