New Source Collections: Napoleon and European Royalty

Historiana now has two new Europeana source collections available. The first is about the life and influence of Napoleon, and the second source collection shows the impressive power of some European monarchs.

Different views on Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French, King of Italy, has been subject to many contrasting historical interpretations ever since his spectacular rise from modest stature as a Corsican artillery officer to the Emperor of France, temporarily controlling large parts of Continental Europe. This source collection aims to improve students’ ability to evaluate historical interpretations, by offering contrasting artistic evidence to some of the main interpretations of Napoleon.

Expressions of power and status by European royalty

European monarchs rely on a variety of symbols to assert their legitimacy, both on national and international levels. This source collection aims to improve students’ ability to express themselves historically, by offering contrasting artistic evidence to some of the portrayals of power and status by European royals.

Historiana e-learning environment and the Europeana Collections

The source collections make use of the Europeana Collections, consisting of over 50 million digitised primary sources. The sources are carefully curated to create collections of sources that are useful to achieve specific learning outcomes. For instance, one collection presents sources that are very helpful to give students a sense of time. Another source collection focuses on cause and consequence, by offering visual material on many aspects of the human impact of World War One.

Exemplar learning activities

Together with the sets of sources selected from the Europeana Collections, EUROCLIO will publish e-learning activities that show how educators can make use of the sources, with a specific focus on students’ acquisition of historical thinking skills. All the learning activities are freely available, easily copied, and adjusted to your specific needs. Stay tuned for more interactive content in the coming weeks!

New Europeana source collections available on the First World War!

Historiana is now updated with two new source collections. The first displays the role of women in the First World War. The second explores the impact that the Great War had on individuals, and how people coped with physical injuries.

Women in World War One

This collection of 19 sources provides teachers with some excellent teaching material which is ready to use for the creation of online learning activities. The First World War played a significant role in the history of female emancipation and is an important highlight in the teaching of this historical theme. These resources offer visual materials to help students understand the importance and variety of tasks women took upon themselves in the absence of large numbers of men in their societies during the war. These roles taken on by women greatly contributed to their emancipation in later generations.

Impact on Humans of World War One

Another significant feature of World War One is its impact on humans lives during and in the aftermath of the war. Striking visual sources depicting the lives and struggles of individuals physically and psychologically affected by the war are now available on Historiana. This will make it easier for students to conceptualise the influence that the Great War has had on our society over multiple generations, and the visible and invisible scars it left behind.

New Sets of Primary Sources Selected from Europeana Now Available on Historiana

In the coming weeks, EUROCLIO will publish a new series of source collections that have been developed specially to address challenges related to the teaching of historical thinking skills. Together with the source collections, exemplar learning activities have been made available that show how the collections can be used in practice. Another online eTwinning webinar has been organised on 25 June 2018 at 6:30pm CET 5.30pm GMT.

About Historiana

As mobile phones, laptops and tablets are becoming a more prominent feature in schools everywhere, teachers are trying to find ways to deal with the challenges that come with these developments. They are aware of the fact that education must be adjusted to the needs of students in a digital era. Educators sometimes experience technology as challenging, however, they also appreciate the benefits of teaching in a digital era, by using online interactive teaching tools that offer added value to their lessons for example

In our view, history education in particular is well-placed to benefit from these technological developments. Online technology can provide students with many more historical sources than traditional textbooks, or present them with a variety of viewpoints that promote multi-perspectivity. EUROCLIO’s online history education portal Historiana offers precisely that: a plethora of digitised collections of primary sources, exemplar learning activities and teaching strategies, and an e-learning environment for teachers to create their own learning materials. The development of Historiana is supported by the Europeana Foundation.

EUROCLIO provides training on how to use online tools to make historical thinking explicit to students. And you can join!

In recent years, EUROCLIO has worked with partners to inspire and support history educators to make best use of new technologies to enhance the teaching and learning of history. One of the main outcomes of these efforts is the creation of the Historiana eLearning Environment, which last year received the LLLAward 2017: Education in a Digital World, in the category “Education and Innovative Pedagogy”.

Historiana includes an e-Activity Builder that enables users to develop enquiry questions, to set up a sequence of learning using digital tools designed by other history teachers, and to get your students to respond to the question in a way that you can assess. The eLearning Activities can be created in any language, and the Historiana eLearning Environment is and will remain free to use for teachers and students. Registered users can save their eLearning Activities.

In order to stimulate the use of this eLearning Environment, EUROCLIO is organising a series of trainings on how to use Historiana to create online learning activities that help your students to think historically using historical sources from the Europeana Collections. To support these trainings, EUROCLIO has created a teacher training package that provides support material on how Historiana works, and provides a set of challenges that can be used for initial teacher training or the professional development of history educators. Over the course of the coming months, several workshops will be provided by trainers in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland and Spain to familiarise educators with the Historiana e-learning environment and accessing the Europeana Collections.

Can’t wait to learn more about the Historiana e-learning environment and Europeana’s incredible variety of sources, but unable to attend one of the upcoming events mentioned above? Don’t panic! EUROCLIO will be hosting an eTwinning Seminar as part of its cooperation with Europeana.

On 14 May 2018 at 17:00 CET, Helen Snelson (Editor of Historiana’s Teaching and Learning section) and Steven Stegers (Acting Executive Director) will provide an eTwinning Seminar that you can join for free.

Click here to find out more information about the eTwinning seminar and how to join your peers online!

Marseille Workshop Explores Online Learning Possibilities with Europeana

On April 24, 2018, EUROCLIO, in conjunction with Europeana, held a workshop entitled The human impact of World War 1: Living with disability – How to use quality source materials for online learning activities, in Marseille as part of the EUROCLIO Annual Conference 2018. This event featured participants from Denmark, Northern Ireland, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, South Korea, Poland, Hungary, and The Netherlands. The workshop focused on the physical and psychological consequences of the First World War on soldiers, and how they were able to adjust to their new lives post-war and cope with traumas.

During the first half of the workshop, participants were introduced to sources that illustrate this issue, which were handpicked for their educational value from the Europeana Collections. They provide insight into the jobs these people took on, their changed socioeconomic status, and their physical changes as resulting from injuries. The second part of the workshop saw participants working together to create online learning activities that made use of these sources and the interactive tools made available by the online platform. The participants attested that they found having access to curated sets of sources such as these convenient for their needs, both because it saves time, and because it combines sources into one pool to pull from. The Experiencing the War section, also a part of the First World War module, is also helpful in teaching the immediate and long-term aftermath of the war on soldiers, sailors, and airmen.

This workshop, provided by Steven Stegers (Acting Executive Director at EUROCLIO) and Chris Rowe (Editor of the Historiana historical content team), is the third event in a series of workshops that aim to develop history educators’ competence in utilizing the resources provided by Europeana. EUROCLIO looks forward to the workshops to come in this initiative.

Future Teachers Train with Europeana Sources on Historiana

On the 4th of April, EUROCLIO Programme Director Steven Stegers and Trainee Dorien van Duivenboden were invited by Fontys (Hogeschool) in Tilburg to organise a training about Historiana for a group of 20 future history teachers in the Netherlands. Steven gave a presentation about the development of Historiana website. He explained the origins of Historiana and how history teachers can benefit from this online learning environment and the endless possibilities of the ability to access and use sources from the Europeana Collections.

After the presentation the history teachers started to work with Historiana, partly as an assignment for their own course.  They worked on the source collection ‘The visual front’ that shows pictures of the First World War and made online learning activities with this website. They also gave feedback on the Historiana website. One of improvements that teaches would like to see for the website is a progress bar that shows the progress of the downloading of the website. With some adjustments yet to be made, the future history teachers were enthusiastic about Historiana. They saw the big and various online primary source collection as very beneficial.

After the training Steven stated that “It was constructive feedback that will be implemented on Historiana in the future. We can learn the most about the needs of the teachers by giving them these kinds of trainings and with their feedback we can further improve Historiana.”