EUROCLIO acquired a new project within the Historiana programme: “Innovating History Education for All”. The project will run for 3 years (from 1 September 2014 until 31 August 2017) and is implemented by EUROCLIO in partnership with Webtic, Mount School York, the Educational Research Institute and the Georg Eckert Institute. The project will result in a needs assessment, cross-border historical source collections, online learning tools and activities, a multi-lingual user’s guide and a report on educational policies and curricula. At the moment we are looking for history educators to join the core team of history educators that is responsible for the development and testing of the online learning tools and exemplar applications. More information about the call for core team members can be found here: Call for Core Team Members Historiana 2014.
Historiana - Your Portal to the Past
One of the aims of Historiana is to provide educators with tools for online learning to promote historical thinking. The first tool is now ready to use on the Learning Section of Historiana: the Analysis tool. Once registered, educators can use this tool to make an assignment for their students, who in turn can make annotations with justifications on a complex online source, either coming from the Historiana database or uploaded by the educator.
Try to make your own account and have a go! We are anxious to learn about your experience with this tool, both good and bad. Please write your inputs to Judith Geerling by mail.
From 12-14 September Bob Stradling and Helen Snelson met in York, United Kingdom with EUROCLIO coordinators Steven Stegers and Judith Geerling to brainstorm about ideas for new tools for the Historiana website. As a result, the team plan to enable students to make a selection of sources or events and justify their choice, enable them to work with sources and cards on an online canvas, and enable students to compare and contrast source material.
The Hsitoriana team believe that this will encourage real understanding and idenification with events of the past, getting students excited about and involved in their history lessons, whilst also giving teachers online tools to maximise students' learning.
In thecoming 3 years, these and other ideas will be further developed into tools for the new Historiana project ‘Innovative History Education for All’. The team aim to achieve the tools and content to deliver a truly multiperspective, exciting and valuable hisorty education through these initiatives and collaborations.
The Historiana Historical Content and Learning editing teams both came together for the first time in over a year in Tallinn, Estonia from 25-27 August to work on the final stage of the World War 1 module that is under development since the beginning of 2013 and set the future for Historiana. The meeting took place in the Institute of Education of the University of Tallinn, which simultaneously organised a teacher training seminar for over 40 Estonian history educators. Historiana Editor-in-Chief Bob Stradling presented the World War 1 module and the new learning section to this group, which were received with great enthusiasm.
On 10-11 October the first meeting of the new Historiana project ‘Decisions and Dilemmas: teaching about the EU from a historical perspective’ took place in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. The project entails three parts: ‘the long search for a lasting peace’, ‘life after World War 2’, and ‘the EU in the context of a changing world’ and will result in historical content and learning activities including role play and decisions making activities that will feature on the Historiana website. The meeting marked a unique moment, as it is the first Historiana project in which the development of historical content and learning activities is a collaborative effort by the whole development team. If you are interested to join the thinking on Historiana, become a member of our Facebook group!