At the end of August the Historiana Teaching and Learning team came together with the Historical Content Team in Gdansk, Poland for their annual meeting. This year they discussed ideas for the future development of Historiana with the webdevelopers, and worked on exemplar activities using the online tools that are developed in the framework of the IHEA project. They made use of the sources from the WW2 source collections developed by the Historical Content Team in cooperation with EuroClio trainees, and EUROPEANA sources.
The team was updated on the latest web developments, specifically related to the online learning environment and the eLearning tools. In an active session, webdesigner Nique Sanders of Webtic discussed ideas on how the Student and Teacher interaction could work in the future. In another session Steven Stegers presented ideas for a new way of showing historical content on Historiana, moving away from a hierarchical structure to a structure of interrelations, whereby several narratives can be told using existing content. The team also had intensive working sessions to develop eLearning activities with the developed tools and the eActivity builder on Historiana. At the moment the webdevelopers and EuroClio team are working hard to finalise this all. The eLearning environment, tools to develop your own online activities and the exemplar activities made by the team will be available on Historiana from November!
As part of EuroClio’s project Innovating History Education for All, project partner Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research has been conducting a comparative analysis of digital learning in European education policies and curricula. Specifically, political strategies by the European Union, Albania, Denmark, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, Poland, and Spain with regard to the digitisation of schools as well as the roles of curricula as schooling frameworks have been examined.
The full report can be found as a downloadable pdf on the project website, alongside the earlier project publication by the Institute for Educational Research on the assessment of the needs of educators with regard to the use of ICT in history education and what topics are most addressed.
As part of EuroClio’s project “Innovating History Education for All“, the Historiana website has been both renewed and extended. Historiana offers free historical content, ready to use learning activities, and innovative digital tools made by and for history educators across Europe. The development of the e-Learning environment is also supported by Europeana’s Digital Service Infrastructure 2 project, in which EuroClio is a partner. This week, project partner Helen Snelson and core team members Súsanna Margrét Gestsdóttir and Pascal Tak have been touring through the Netherlands to train history teacher trainees with the newly developed tools.
On 29 May, Helen Snelson and Pascal Tak, accompanied by EuroClio’s Project Manager Judith Geerling, have been visiting Radboud University in Nijmegen. The following day, the team met in the EuroClio Secretariat in Den Haag to plan the final stages of the project, and had the opportunity to learn more about the contemporary history of persons with disabilities through a lecture by Dr Monika Baar of Leiden University. On 31 May, Helen Snelson and Súsanna Margrét Gestsdóttir, accompanied by EuroClio’s Project Managers Judith Geerling and Jaco Stoop, and trainee Henrik Hartmann, travelled to Tilburg for a training with teacher trainees of Fontys. In the evening, Jaco Stoop, Henrik Hartmann, and Súsanna Margrét Gestsdóttir had the opportunity to present the Historiana project to participants of the World History Committee meeting of the Dutch History Educators Association VGN in Utrecht. The last part of the week’s training events led Súsanna Margrét Gestsdóttir and the EuroClio representatives to the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences on 1 June. The multipliers ended with an event at University of Groningen on 19 June.
Throughout the training events, which have been visited by both Bachelor and Master students, the project team was delighted to see the enthusiasm of the teacher trainees about the e-Learning environment of Historiana. By actively engaging with the newly featured tools, the history teacher trainees have been giving valuable feedback to the team. This feedback is of vital importance to us in the current remodeling process of the Historiana website. We are looking forward to sharing a final version of the tools online soon.
In the context of the IHEA project (Innovating History Education for All) the project partners met for the final time. Maren Tirbukait from Georg Eckert Institute (GEI), Jakub Lorenc and Jacek Staniszewski from Educational Research Institute (IBE), Helen Snelson from Mount School York (MSY) with online participation of Nique Sanders from Webtic met with EuroClio coordinators Steven Stegers and Judith Geerling during the Annual Conference in San Sebastian. They discussed the final version of a research paper on digital learning in European policies and 8 case-studies on national curricula across Europe. You can find this research paper on the project page soon. Also they discussed the online learning environment for Historiana that is developed, and the next steps for exemplar learning activities using the online tools that will become available on Historiana, and the user’s guide on how to use them. Finally they agreed on the structure of policy recommendations that will be made in the coming period on digital learning resulting from the findings in this project. For more information on the project, visit our project page:
Innovating History Education for All
On 10-11 January the new Historiana project Innovating History Education for All had its kick-off meeting in The Hague. The partners in the project The Mount School York, Webtic, Georg Eckert Institute and the Educational Research Institute came to the EuroClio Secretariat to discuss what will be developed in the project and agree on a timeplan. The project will run for 3 years (2014-2017) and includes a needs assessment on online education (specifically for history education), the development of new online tools for the Historiana website, examplar learning activities to demonstrate how these tools can be used in different ways to promote historical thinking, transnational source collections, a teacher’s guide on how to use these sources and a curriculum and policy research with policy recommendations for online learning in history education.
The first step in the project is the Needs Assessment that is conducted by the Educational Research Institute in Poland. The assessment will involve an international group of educators and includes a survey and three focus groups during the EuroClio Annual Conference in Denmark with participants, followed by in-depth interviews. At the same time the Georg Eckert Institute starts with the analysis of curricula on online education related to history and citizenship education.
This new project also involves a group of 5 educators that will work togother with The Mount School York on new ideas for online tools and ways to use these to promote historical thinking. At the same time these educators will be trained as Historiana trainers to give workshops on online learning. After an open call to the EuroClio members for individuals who would like to participate and a lot of interest from many different countries, the 5 core group members were selected: Susanna Margret Gestsdottir (Iceland), Miljenko Hajdarovic (Croatia), Natia Pirtskhalava (Georgia), Pascal Tak (The Netherlands), and Richard Kennett (United Kingdom). This group will meet for the first time in mid-February with The Mount School York and Webtic in The Hague.
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.
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 Historiana team believe that this will encourage real understanding and identification 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 the coming 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 history education through these initiatives and collaborations.