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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Advisors and Spanish Educators Provide Valuable Feedback for Decisions & Dilemmas Project in Madrid

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

DDFrom 12 until 15 December 2014 the Advisory Board of the Historiana project “Decisions and Dilemmas: how to teach about the EU from a historical perspective” met with representatives of the Development Team to discuss the current work and future developments in the project. After a general introduction to the rationale and outline of the project and development so far by Historiana Editor-in-Chief Bob Stradling and EUROCLIO coordinators Steven Stegers and Judith Geerling, historical content editor Francesco Scatigna presented his work on a timeline for the first section “The long search for stability” starting with the Peace of Westphalia.

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Historiana Editor, Chris Rowe Authors "War on Terror" Case Study

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

War on TerrorWith the current climate of debate on CIA interrogation techniques, it is likely that students will be questioning its moral and ethical dilemmas in their classrooms. The history of interrogation techniques, the war on terror and its impact on human rights are now at the forefront of many news headlines and stories giving the issues a prominent position in the media the younger generation is exposed to.

In case this debate enters the classroom, educators might find this case study helpful, written by Historiana content developer and editor, Chris Rowe: Case Study

For more Historiana news click here.

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New Historiana Learning Section and Analysis Tool tested by Educators in Brussels

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

Historiana BrusselsOn 10 November a group of 10 educators from all over Europe came together in at the European Schoolnet (EUN) Lab in Brussels to test the user’s experience of the new Historiana Learning Section and Analysis tool, within the EuropeanaCreative project. After a warm welcome by Bart Verswijvel from EUN and a short introduction to the project and section by EUROCLIO Project Manager Judith Geerling, the testing session was led by Nico Kreinberger from Innovation Agency Media and Creative Industries (MFG), one of the partners in the project.

In the testing the educators gave valuable feedback on the navigation, accessibility, design & layout and efficiency of the learning section and tool. The results of the session will be used to improve your experience as a visitor of the Historiana website (www.historiana.eu). Additionally, EUROCLIO Programme Director Steven Stegers collected feedback from the educators on how they could and would use the Analysis Tool for their disciplines, varying from geography to IT and languages.

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Historiana Presented as Part of The Italian Presidency of the European Union

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

Historiana RomeHistoriana was presented by Steven Stegers (EUROCLIO Programme Director) in Rome on 2nd October as an example of good practice on the use of digital cultural content in the field of education. More then 300 representatives of National Governments, the European Commission and major museums, archives and libraries across Europe participated in this event.

More information, including the presentations by other speakers (such as Jill Cousins – Director of Europeana, Wim Pijbes – Director of the Rijksmuseum and Rossella Caffo - Direttore dell’Istituto centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche Italiane) can be found at http://www.athenaplus.eu/romeconference/.

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Available Now for Testing! Historiana's "Analysis Tool"

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

Historiana - demo ready
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.

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  • open society foundation
  • alf hon