Historiana

Introduction

Historiana is EuroClio's online alternative to a European History textbook; it is engaging, interactive and critical. The rationale behind having such a platform came from the need to constantly revise printed material. This virtual learning environment offers a flexible and well-suited approach to an ever evolving subject.

Historiana is an online resource for educators that offers a variety of material to teach inclusive history and citizenship in blended formats. It provides free historical content, ready-to-use learning activities, and innovative digital tools developed by a team of history educators from across Europe and beyond. Historiana’s development is informed by the EuroClio manifesto and seeks to provide resources that are complex and multi-perspective to promote critical thinking. Historiana provides access to hundreds of educational resources and thousands of historical sources.

What can you find on Historiana?

The Historical Content section

The Historical Content section section includes copyright free curated material, including sources via Europeana from hundreds of Cultural Heritage Institutes (CHIs). The sources are chosen carefully to present a variety of perspectives and to engage students of all abilities and support teachers in their teaching about complex topics. The content is available in a variety of format:

  • Source collections which group content around a specific topic.
  • Units which also group content but usually around a broader theme.
  • Key moments which group content around a certain time period.
  • Viewpoints which offer different perspectives around one event/topic.
The Teaching and Learning section section

The Teaching and Learning section which includes ready-to-use learning and eLearning activities which are made to promote knowledge of historical thinking skills, a variety of teaching methods and address specific teaching challenges.

  • The learning activities are in a downloadable form and are meant to be used in the classroom.
  • The eLearning activities are made from the eActivity builder and are meant to be completed by students directly on Historiana.
The eActivity builder

The eActivity builder  is the tab in which users can create their own or adapt existing eLearning activities directly on Historiana via the building blocks. These building blocks are tools created especially for Historiana and are made to engage student with the sources. You can watch an introductory video or take a look at this document for more information. These tools are:

  • The Text tool which allows text writing without student actions.
  • The Question tool which allows a question to be asked and answered.
  • The Embed tool which allows the linking of a video, newspaper article or any other link coming from the internet.
  • The Sorting tool which allows students to categorise sources according to different criteria.
  • The Analysing tool which allows students to analyse one source in detail, using annotation.
  • The Highlighting tool which allows students to interact with text sources.
  • The Compare tool which allows students to compare sources.
  • The Discovering tool which allows students to learn more about links between sources and the principle of causation.
The My Historiana tab

The My historiana tab under which any logged in user can save, modify and share their own content with students or with others.

Partners

 

Benefits of the platform for educators

Historiana is designed primarily for teachers in compulsory education to find transnational and multiperspective resources to use in their classrooms. You can find here some of the resources recommended by our network.

Via Historiana, teachers can

  • Access free, curated, quality and international content.
  • Create and share their own content on the platform based on sources available on Historiana, or on their own sources.
  • Adapt and/or translate material available on Historiana.
  • Review students' answers directly on Historiana.
  • Access tips on how to use Historiana's content, extra teachings strategies and innovative tools on labs.historiana.eu

Benefits of the platform for Cultural Heritage Institutes

Historiana can be used by any cultural heritage institution (CHI) with content in Europeana to enhance their online offer and engage with schools and students in their national languages. It encourages the reuse of their collections for education. Explore Historiana’s current partners and find out more about how to open up digital collections for education

Via Historiana, CHIs can 

  • Create a Partner Page on Historiana with their own material.
  • Create and publish their own eLearning Activities and Source Collections in the language of their choice. 
  • Reach history and citizenship educators who are looking for resources they can use, and so encourage the reuse of their collections for education.  
  • Cultural Heritage Institutes whose collections are available on Europeana can make these collections searchable on Historiana. Find out more about how to open up digital collections for education.

Within the Europeana DSI4 project, EuroClio will be working on a dashboard for partners, where they can see which sources are used and how often and what visitors are looking for on their page. Stay tuned for more updates!

What do teachers and students have to say about Historiana?

"Historiana has been constantly evolving to meet the needs of history teachers since it was launched in 2012. We have gradually moved from what was essentially a publishing model focussed solely on content, with authors and editors producing an online and flexible textbook on modern European history to a model which is based on interactive digital curation. Our engagement with museum and archive partners and with Europeana has meant that we now have potential access to hundreds of thousands of historical sources. Our task now is not so much to write new content as to organise and display selections from this potential mass and ideas for using it in the classroom that will add value to the history education process.  In other words, to make the content relevant, engaging, interactive and responsive to changing educational demands." - Bob Stradling

Historiana in numbers:

Historiana provides access to:

  • 50+ source collections
  • 5 multistranded timelines
  • 14 variety of viewpoints
  • 50 eLearning Activities
  • 100 learning activities 
  • 3 modules centered around key moments.

Over  250 contributors have made content for Historiana from countries in Europe and beyond.