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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Workshops on History of European Cooperation Peer-Reviewed at Annual Conference Denmark

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

Francesco and HelenDuring the EUROCLIO Annual Conference in Denmark, Learning Editor Helen Snelson and Content Editor Francesco Scatigna, together with team member Ineke Veldhuis-Meester led two peer-review sessions with materials developed in the Decisions and Dilemmas project and received valuable feedback from the international group of participants. The first workshop focused on ‘Understanding change and continuity in the search for European stability 1648-1945’ and included a multi-stranded timeline on this search for stability including events, ideas and global context which was analyzed and assessed. The second workshop had a focus on a different period 1945-1949 and used individual life stories and evidence files to answer questions on how typical the experiences were. Participants gave great input on what to focus on, the necessity to limit the amount of sources handed to students and to the activities in general.

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Educational Research Institute (IBE) Reports on Focus Group Interviews held in Denmark

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

ibe fgiDuring the last EUROCLIO Annual Conference in Elsinore, members of the History Unit of the Educational Research Institute (IBE) from Warsaw conducted two Focus Group Interviews regarding the use of new technologies in history teaching. Each interview lasted for 80 minutes. History educators from Latvia, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, the Czech Republic, Italy, Macedonia and Malta discussed everyday challenges in their work and shared their experiences concerning ICT tools that might enhance history teaching.

The materials and the data collected during the interviews will help IBE researches to design a survey that will be conducted online in the coming weeks. The links to the survey will be send out to history teachers and educators from all the countries of the European Union.

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EUROCLIO to Further Develop Historiana in Partnership with Europeana

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

Europeana logoEuropeana.eu is an online portal that provides access to the digital collections of Europe’s archives, museums and libraries. More than 2,000 institutions across Europe have contributed to Europeana. These range from major international names such as the Imperial War Museum and El Prado to regional archives and local museums from across Europe. EUROCLIO Founder and Special Advisor Joke van der Leeuw-Roord is a member of the Managing Board of Europeana. The role of EUROCLIO in this new project is to make it possible to search sources from the digital collections of the cultural heritage institutes that contribute to Europeana. This will be done in partnership with Webtic, the webdeveloper of Historiana. For more information on the project please contact Steven Stegers ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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Historiana presented to 150 cultural heritage specialist during DigiKult in Göteborg

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

digikultEUROCLIO Programme Director Steven Stegers presented the achievements so far, lessons learned and future plans of the Historiana during the DigiKult Conference on 25 March 2015. This conference brought together specialists from cultural heritage institute in Sweden who are working on digital collections, exhibitions and online education. The presentation focused on what cultural heritage organisations can do to encourage the use of their collections in history education, on the cooperation between educators, historians and web-developers, and on issues related to licensing of the materials. John Coburn (Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums), Suzanne de Jong-Kole (Naturalis Biodiversity Center) and Jason Scott (Internet Archive) were amongst the other presenters and gave presentations on "experimental audience development", "mass digitisation in practice" and "the assumption that digital files are saved forever". The presentations can be seen online and more information on the DigiKult can be found at http://digikult.se/

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New Historiana learning activities available!

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

historianaThe Historiana team is pleased to announce that 4 new learning activities on the World War 1 have been launched!

The teachers will find in each of them different exercises to teach the World War 1 to the students tackling the following issues: how to use post card to teach an event; how propaganda works; recruitment during the War; the causation of the WW 1.

The Historiana team has created learning activities in order to teach WW1 in an interactive and innovating way using a wide range of sources such as posters, postcards, interviews or pictures from important Historical National Collections.

You can find them on the Historiana website.

Enjoy the teaching!

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  • open society foundation
  • alf hon