A petition to UNESCO: Latin and Greek as Intangible Heritage of Humankind

Provocatio ad UNESCOThe Academy Vivarium Novum has just filed a petition to UNESCO demanding for Latin and Greek the status of Intangible Heritage of Humankind. The idea is asking UNESCO to address the European governments so they assume the protection and defense of these languages and culture, specially in the educative level, as they stand on top of the worldwide spread European culture.

The petition and some practical issues concerning how to spread it can be found here. If you feel that this initiative is interesting, you are invited to sign y communicate it.

Chiron at Compostela, 2011

Chiron en Compostela 2011On nov. 25th and 26th, a good number of Chironians will be at Santiago de Compostela for the presencial part of a course titled: ”Chiron en Compostela: construyendo nuestro espacio personal de aprendizaje”, organized by the Sección de Galicia de la Sociedad Española de Estudios Clásicos.

The course is designed as a continuation, and actualization of the one held in nov., 2008, which merited such a good reception among its participants. Its materials were put together as a book titled: Chiron en Compostela: didáctica 2.0 para las lenguas y la cultura clásicas. This time, the course will also count with some members of Asociación Ludere et Discere, from Sagunt, who will present some of their workshops of Classical Culture.

The course, homologated by the Consellería de Educación, will have a virtual part using the Moodle LMS supported by SEEC-Galicia.

We sincerely hope that this proposal seems interesting for Classics teachers all over Galicia.

More info and inscription forms, at the Sección de Galicia de la SEEC website.

Collaborative reading of classics

Do you think Latin and Greek are classical but not dead languages? Would you like to participate in a collaborative reading of their great works? Do you want to help making Homer’s and Virgil’s words inundate the web? Would you like to hear their verses in the voices of people from all over the world?

We have a proposal for you at Chiron. Participate in this initiative born out of the inspiration from the collective reading of Don Quixote. Let’s all read the Odyssey and the Aeneid in the language they were written in. Anyone can do it — get your students involved, call your friends, invite those who studied Greek and Latin with you. You just need a video camera or webcam and an Internet connection.

Participating is very easy:

  • Fill out the form with your name and e-mail address. (OdysseyAeneid)
  • We’ll contact you to assign you a passage between 20 and 60 verses.
  • You’ll have a week to record a video with that reading, upload it to your YouTube account and send us the link.
  • Your video will appear on a playlist (OdysseyAeneid) where all the sent videos are going to be collected.

Are you really missing the chance to participate?

Closure of our experimental social network

Some months ago, we presented a social network hosted by Chiron as a substitutive of the old one, available at Ning. Since then, many different technical issues have been coming up. On the other side, this space is much less used than expected, so we have decided to discontinue the service from jan. 20th. From that date onwards, all uploaded documents and files will be permanently erased, therefore we strongly encourage you to download a copy.

Before adopting the decision, we also considered that other Chiron spaces are already used for the functionalities we were trying to unify in a unique social network: debates and questions may be found at the forum; sharing files is an available option for our different galleries (imagespresentations, videos); we share our social bookmarks and some other resources in the wiki.

Apart from that, Chiron is still social in other spaces. See you at Facebook, Twitter,  Friendfeed

Multilingual version of Collatinus

This is a great day for both teachers and students of Classics: a multilingual version of Collatinus has just been launched. The languages already available for Collatinus -French, English, German- have been enriched by a group of teachers who added vocabularies in Spanish, Catalan and Galician.

The initiative came from the Consejería de Educación de la Junta de Extremadura, specially from Antonio Moreno and José Luis Redrejo, whom we would like to acknowledge their efforts on this project and their skillful help. Antonio and José Luis have been working in connection with Yves Ouvrard, the creator of Collatinus. This multilingual version of Collatinus, based on G. Jeanneau’s dictionary is hosted by one of the servers owned by the Consejería.

The actual version is still in a beta status. We believe that the more people review it the better will be the revision. Please test it and tell us about the issues found at this e-mail address.

You may also find interesting these other sites:

On the road again

For a couple of days, Chiron has been out of service due to a cracker.
In the meanwhile, any attempt to access our portal was redirected to a
pornographic website. This being in itself a totally reprehensible fact
for any web, it is specially painful as we know that many students
visit Chiron frequently. We hope everyone will understand what
happened.

 

We would like to thank sincerely all the testimonies
of support and solidarity that in few hours populated different
Chironian blogs. We have felt accompanied and, may we say, loved. We
are sure that this dreadful attack will turn into a group of tangible
benefits, one of which, unity, has been confirmed out of any doubt.


Thank you everybody

Virtual Classrooms at Chiron

Have you seen our courses at Chiron Virtual Classrooms? Any teacher of Classics with an interest in developing a course for her / his students may ask for a free space.

Virtual classrooms join in the same place activities, blogs, wiki pages, forums, class notes, links, videos, glossaries. Teachers will organise this offer in the most suitable way for their students. There are endless possibilities, as can be seen in this example.

Do you feel like having a try? Contact us with both your personal and school data, a brief summary of your project, the target students and any other kind of information you may consider appropriate.