HISTORIANA - YOUR PORTAL TO THE PAST

Historiana™ - Your Portal to the Past is an on-line educational multimedia tool that offers students multi-perspective, cross-border and comparative historical sources to supplement their national history textbooks. It might be considered as a digital alternative to a European textbook, however the website does not attempt to present a comprehensive ‘story of Europe’ and its relationship with the rest of the world. It offers a framework for comparing and contrasting the impact on and responses by Europe’s nations to a range of different events and developments which have shaped the world from the distant past to modern times. Historiana promotes the acquisition of cross-border historical knowledge and the development of critical thinking, digital and other transversal competences important for preparing a young generation for active participation as citizens of the 21st Century. History educators and historians from more than 30 countries have actively contributed to the present on-line tool. Recently also, educators from India, Middle East, North Africa and the United States have expressed an interest in contributing to the website. Historiana™ will continue to grow as more and more contributors upload suitable material.

Historiana - Your Portal to the Past

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How to Actively Engage Students in Deep Learning about the European Union?

Posted in Historiana - Your Portal to the Past - Decisions and Dilemmas (2014-2015)

image002From 26 to 28 June, the team working on the “Decisions and Dilemma: Learning about the EU from a historical perspective” project met in The Hague for the 3rd and final development meeting. They are working on the development of a package of engaging learning sources. The project team aims to get away from the boring approach that focuses primarily on treaties, membership and institutions by focusing on an issue-based or even a ‘crisis-based’ approach, which in the view of the project team goes to the heart of the concerns of the students and their parents. In addition, the project team aims to help educators to put the EU in its historical context.

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Compete in the first Historiana Competition and Win a Ticket to Belfast

Posted in Historiana - Your Portal to the Past - Innovating History Education for All (2014-2017)

EUROCLIO announces a competition on the conference theme of the Annual Conference 2016 in Belfast. The idea behind the Historiana competition is to encourage educators to find practical ways to overcome a common challenge for history, heritage and citizenship educators. The challenge for the 1st edition is to create learning activities that help to address stereotypes by teaching sensitive history in divided societies.

The winner of the competition will be invited to give a workshop at the EUROCLIO conference on “Reimagining Remembrance & Dealing with the Legacy of a Violent Past” in Belfast on 19-24 March 2016. All history, heritage and citizenship educators, teacher trainers and trainee teachers can submit a contribution. The deadline for submission is Monday October 12, 2015. More information, including the criteria, the submission procedure and the submission form is attached here. For questions please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Europeana Project to populate Historiana source database kicks-off in The Hague

Posted in Historiana - Your Portal to the Past - EuropeanaCreative (2013-2015)

EUROPEANA transparentOn 19 and 20 May, Europeana Foundation organized the kick-off meeting of its new Europeana Digital Service Infrastructure (DSI) project. The meeting took place at the National Archives and National Library of the Netherlands in The Hague, Netherlands. In this project EUROCLIO will build on the work that has been done within the EuropeanaCreative project and further develop the functionalities on the Historiana website to stimulate the re-use good quality and free to use sources from the large database of digitized cultural heritage of Europeana. In this one and a half year project we will work with European Schoolnet and the Foundation for the History of Technology of Eindhoven University in The Netherlands specifically for the re-use of the sources in education. This will enable us to largely increase our offer of useful and ready-to-use sources on Historiana by the end of the project in 2016. 

 

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'Making the history of conflict resolution and peace-keeping interesting and fun’

Posted in Historiana - Your Portal to the Past - Decisions and Dilemmas (2014-2015)

The UK Historical Association conference, Bristol, 8-9 May 2015: Helen Snelson presented some of the materials from the Decisions and Dilemmas project to a workshop of UK secondary school history teachers in Bristol. The World Wars and the Cold War often feature in history teaching in the UK and as part of that students learn about the international relations of the 20th century.  However, these studies are rarely focused on Europe per se and rarely reach back into the past. 

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EUROCLIO works with Apple and Europeana on a free iBook

Posted in Historiana - Your Portal to the Past - EuropeanaCreative (2013-2015)

From 18 May to 22 May, Gwen Vergouwen (a history educator from Belgium) worked at the offices of EUROCLIO and Europeana on the development of an iBook on “The Descent into WW1”. This cooperation was part of a residency programme for Apple Distinguished Educators. The iBook makes use of historical sources that were found via the Europeana portal and that illustrate the ongoing debate between historians related to the causes of WW1. EUROCLIO contributed to the book by sharing resources and materials developed by the Historiana historical content and learning teams for the World War 1 module. The iBook will be published in Dutch and English, and will be freely available. For more information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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