Discussion Groups: How do we deal with Disinformation in the Classroom?

Hosted by EuroClio Ambassadors

The webinar series will close with an interactive session where participants will be asked to think of a situation where they have come across a student spreading disinformation to pupils and how they dealt with it. Participants will share their experiences and learn new techniques and methods to combat the spread of fake news and information.

In this session, we will:

  • discuss teachers’ experiences of students sharing disinformation in the classroom, including where the students had gathered the information and how the teacher has faced the situation.
  • troubleshoot together approaches to similar cases.
  • network, share our own experiences, and build new synergies.
  • discuss what could be the next steps for EuroClio in an effort to promote critical thinking skills that help facing Fake News and Propaganda.

Upcoming Events

  1. Using Historiana to teach history from different angles

    February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. EuroClio 28th Annual Conference – What is History for?

    April 28 @ 9:00 am - May 1 @ 3:00 pm

Participation Fees

Participation to this webinar is free of charge.

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees. If you would like to support us, please consider becoming an individual member!

Active workshop on How does Propaganda Work

Hosted by Helen Snelson, EuroClio

This workshop is inspired by the Historiana learning activity “How does propaganda work?” At the end of this activity, students will be able to define the term propaganda and identify different techniques that are deployed to make propaganda work. They will consider how the intended audience for a piece of propaganda shapes how it is produced and presented. They will categorise and analyse some sources which are propaganda from World War I. They will then identify for themselves some examples of modern propaganda and compare them to the definitions and the propaganda from 1914-18 to assess the similarities and differences between the historic and the contemporary. They will produce a short ‘how to?’ guide to present to younger students to demonstrate their learning.

 

About Helen Snelson

Helen Snelson is a EuroClio ambassador and the Curriculum Area Leader for the Secondary History Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course. She is a member of the Historiana Teaching and Learning Team. Helen Snelson is an experienced education trainer and secondary school teacher. Helen Snelson has worked for many years on the development of history education projects. She taught for 20 years in a variety of 11-18 secondary schools, and she is a Chartered History Teacher.

 

You can check out the activity on Historiana at this link:  https://historiana.eu/learning-activity/how-does-propaganda-work

Upcoming Events

  1. Using Historiana to teach history from different angles

    February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. EuroClio 28th Annual Conference – What is History for?

    April 28 @ 9:00 am - May 1 @ 3:00 pm

Participation Fees

Participation to this webinar is free of charge.

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees. If you would like to support us, please consider becoming an individual member!

Active workshop on the use of media to manipulate readers

Hosted by Laurence Bragard, House of European History

In this workshop, we will discuss the definition of ‘Fake’. Laurence Bragard will provide riveting examples of falsification throughout history, from antiquity to the present era. We will underline the specific historical circumstances of each fake entity in several case studies, including the development of knowledge and modern science, the rise of consumerism and the advent of mass media and social media. We will discover how forgers have proven to be experts with their fingers on the pulse of their times, responding with pinpoint precision to the needs and expectations of their age. You will also be invited to play a Forgery Quiz hosted by the famous forger, Han Van Meegeren, Explore, Practise & Reflect on disinformation and Snap Judgement.

Learning outcomes of the workshop:

  • Raise awareness about how facts, techniques and emotions can be blended in different media;
  • Prepare learners for an active role in society by increasing their competence when using media;
  • Increase insight into how different media may be biased and how we are influenced by this;
  • Develop critical thinking skills

  

About Laurence Bragard

Laurence Bragard develops, co-ordinates and delivers the formal learning offers of the House of European History. She has worked with school, youth and family audiences in museum and gallery settings for over 16 years. She has extensive experience of Object-Based Learning, and has played a key role in developing the educational collections of the House of European History. Laurence has taught onsite and online teachers’ workshops for eTwinning, EuroClio and various history fairs for teachers.

Upcoming Events

  1. Using Historiana to teach history from different angles

    February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. EuroClio 28th Annual Conference – What is History for?

    April 28 @ 9:00 am - May 1 @ 3:00 pm

Participation Fees

Participation to this webinar series is free of charge

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees. If you would like to support us, please consider becoming an individual member!

Fake & Real: a webinar series on Propaganda and Fake News

In 2017, BBC launched a special series on the grand challenges we face in the 21st Century. In this series, a panel of experts was asked to indicate what they believed were the biggest obstacles faced or to be faced by modern societies. Many of them mentioned “the breakdown of trusted sources of information” as one of the most urgent challenges. They argued that, while the need to figure out which source of information is reliable has been a constant throughout history, what magnifies the size of this challenge today is the sheer amount of available information, as well as how people have access it. To this we should add the fact that, as Kevin Kelly (co-founder of Wired magazine and tech author) said to BBC in the 2017 series: “Truth is no longer dictated by authorities, but is networked by peers. For every fact there is a counter fact. All those counter facts and facts look identical online, which is confusing to most people.” And even when mistakes are spotted, “corrections do not spread very well” (Paul Resnick, University of Michigan).

This can be said for a variety of topics, including history, current affairs, or sensitive and controversial issues. Today, it is no longer only a matter of who is ‘right’ and who is ‘wrong’. It is first and foremost a matter of what is ‘fake’ and what is ‘real’.

Luckily, there are many resources and methodologies out there that can help us develop lesson plans that foster media literacy and critical thinking. During this webinar series, we will present some that we and the members of our community have tried, discussing with you their positive aspects, as well as potential pitfalls.

The Design of this Webinar Series

The webinar series will begin with a keynote lecture dedicated to defining fake news, propaganda, the relationship between the two. During the keynote, we will also discuss what is the impact of fake news on students, and how we as educators can equip them with the tools necessary to navigate and evaluate the information they are exposed to.

The keynote will help us set the tone for the remaining sessions, and will be followed by two active workshops. In the first workshop, we will discuss how media content can be purposefully developed to manipulate the reader, and how we can help students spot manipulation and become resilient to it. In the second workshop, we will focus on how to help students deconstruct (historical) examples of propaganda, how it works, and what is its effect on society.

The webinar series will conclude with interactive discussion groups, during which participants will have the possibility to discuss their own approaches to propaganda and fake news in the classroom. The fourth session will include also an official, festive, closing in the form of an educational game.

What will we learn?

During the webinar series, we will:

• Engage in a dialogue about Fake-News, Propaganda, and their impact on (history) education.
• Obtain a historical perspective to the notion of ‘Fake’ in Europe.
• Share educational initiatives and equip teachers with ready-to-use material and methodologies which contribute in teaching media literacy and promoting students’ critical thinking.
• Discuss how to equip students with tools to help them navigate the stream of information they are constantly exposed to, become more resilient to the effects of propaganda, and grow into active citizens in the democratic space.
• Exchange innovative tools, methods, and professional knowledge with other educators in Europe and beyond.
• Introduce history and citizenship educators to the educational material developed by the House of European History, which is also available on Historiana.eu

 

Upcoming Events

  1. Using Historiana to teach history from different angles

    February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. EuroClio 28th Annual Conference – What is History for?

    April 28 @ 9:00 am - May 1 @ 3:00 pm

Participation Fees

Participation to this webinar series is free of charge

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

Key-note lecture on “Defining Propaganda and Fake News”

Hosted by Dylan Wray, Shikaya

We will add a description of the session soon!

 

 About Dylan Wray

Dylan Wray is the co-founder and executive director of Shikaya, a non-profit civil society organization that acknowledges the increasing role of teachers in building up South Africa’s democracy. Shikaya supports teachers and school leaders to educate and teach young pupils to become responsible, active citizens who think critically and engage socially in their country’s democratic processes. Dylan Wray is the co-author of an online blog  A School Where I Belong – Creating Transformed and Inclusive South African Schools (www.aschoolwhereibelong.com), on an online platform dedicated to the transformation and belonging in schools. Dylan Wray is a former History teacher. He wrote and created numerous educational resources and textbooks to help young people to grapple with ethical and moral decision-making.

Upcoming Events

  1. Using Historiana to teach history from different angles

    February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. EuroClio 28th Annual Conference – What is History for?

    April 28 @ 9:00 am - May 1 @ 3:00 pm

Participation Fees

Participation to this webinar is free of charge.

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees. If you would like to support us, please consider becoming an individual member!

A Resilient Promise: Teaching the Fragility of Democracy

“What are the challenges that democracy is facing today?”; “How can we deal with these challenges?”; “Why, regardless of them, is democracy worth fighting for?”. But, most importantly, how can we discuss these and more key questions about democracy with our students?.

As the world celebrates the International Day of Democracy on 15 September, we will kick off our webinar series on “A Resilient Promise: Teaching the Fragility of Democracy”. During 6 weeks of online events, we  will reflect not only on how to help our students learn about democracy, but also how they can contribute to making it more stable and safe.

The Design of this Webinar Series

The series will consist of five sessions. It will kick off with a keynote on the allure of authoritarianism and on modern populism, hosted by Prof. Takis S Pappas, which will help us set the tone for future sessions by putting us in touch with first-hand experience of individuals who were part of extremist groups in their youth, what appealed to them, and how did they decide to leave this path and promote democracy and
understanding. The keynote lecture will take place on 15 September 2021 at 17:00 (Amsterdam Time), and it will be followed by three active workshops. Each workshop will give participants practical advice and access to tools to promote:

Teachers as Changemakers: The webinar series will close with an interactive session where participants will have the opportunity to share the obstacles they encounter when talking about democracy in their classroom, and to discuss approaches on how to overcome these obstacles. This session is currently set to take place on 27 October 2021 at 17:00 (Amsterdam Time).

The dates are confirmed, and you can already register to this workshop by clicking on the button on the right!

What will we learn?

During the webinar series, we will:

  • Discuss how different generations may view democracy;
  • Discuss the role that expressing extreme viewpoints has in the classroom;
  • Discuss best practices for Teachers as Changemakers.;
  • Investigate the different democratic activities that are available for young people;
  • Be introduced to tips and tricks to lead debates involving contrasting points of view;
  • Discuss your experiences regarding the challenges that non-democratic systems pose for the future.

Upcoming Events

  1. Using Historiana to teach history from different angles

    February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. EuroClio 28th Annual Conference – What is History for?

    April 28 @ 9:00 am - May 1 @ 3:00 pm

Registration is now open.

Participation Fees

Participation to the webinar series is free for all EuroClio Individual Members, as well as for Members of our Member Associations.

If you are not a Member, you can register to single sessions for a fee of 15 EUR, or register to the full series for 35 EUR.

Would you like to become an Individual Member? Register here.

Not sure if you would like to join the full series? Join our keynote lecture free of charge and take a peak at our work!

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

Dealing with the challenges of history teaching in an online and offline environment

The first Summer School for History Teachers organised by the Bulgarian History Teachers Association!

The first Summer School for History Teachers organized by the Bulgarian HTA took place in the end of July near
Razlog, a town and ski resort in South-Western Bulgaria (26-29 July 2021). The topic was “How to
make and use resources for history teaching in and online and offline environment”.

23 history educators from all across the country gathered together in person for the first time since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic to reconnect, network, and discuss:

  • Modern trends in history teaching;
  • The ready-made teaching materials created within the project “Transition Dialogue 2019-2021. Dealing with change in democratic ways”, which promote a participatory approach to dealing with transition in post ‘89 Germany and Eastern Europe, with a clear focus on European Civic Education;
  • what is Historiana (www.historiana.eu) and how it can be used to develop (online) history lessons – including sessions on how to create one’s own online resource using the e-Activity Builder.
Participants to the First Summer School organised by the Bulgarian HTA.

Bridget Martin, a history teacher and member of the Historiana Teaching and Learning Team, joined the Summer school 2021. She hosted the training for Historiana. Teachers became familiar with the historical resources on Historiana, both in English and Bulgarian languages. Bridget presented the e-Activity Builder and guided educators in creating their own teaching materials in Historiana based on the use of images (photographs and posters). Bistra Stoimenova dealt with the highlighting tool of e-Activity Builder for written sources.

In the last day of the Summer school educators presented their e-learning activities on Bulgarian history of the Transition after 1989.

The event gave to participants a common space of dialogue where they could share their ideas, problems and solutions. An additional social and cultural program was a nice touch for participants to be more open and creative in their work.

Bistra Stoimenova discusses with participants their eLearning Activities

History teachers evaluated very highly the organization of the Summer school in their feedback. They expressed how the event was very useful for their professional development, as well as a great opportunity to network with colleagues from the country.

They expressed also a desire to make the Summer School in Bulgarian a regular appointment for local teachers and educators.

 

This article was written by Bistra Stoimenova, Bulgarian HTA

Active discussion groups on assessment and sharing of best practices

Closing Session hosted by the EuroClio Staff

During the last session, we will host separate breakout rooms on the four topics of the pre-recorded sessions. Participants will be able to join one or more rooms, to discuss their thoughts about the topic at hand. In the second half of the session, we will host a sharing of best assessment practices in the form of a virtual poster marketplace or speed dating exercise, depending on the amount of participants.

Upcoming Events

  1. Using Historiana to teach history from different angles

    February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. EuroClio 28th Annual Conference – What is History for?

    April 28 @ 9:00 am - May 1 @ 3:00 pm

Participation Fee and Structure

Participation to this webinar series is free of charge. The webinar series will consist of three live sessions and four pre-recorded sessions.

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

If you would like to see more webinar series like this, please consider joining us as Individual Member!

The ethical implications of assessing values and attitudes

Keynote Lecture hosted by Prof. TAN Oon Seng – Centre for Research in Child Development (CRCD), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

During this session, hosted by Prof. TAN Oon Seng, we will focus on how to assess students’ values and attitudes, and on its ethical implications. In particular, we will be talking about assessing values and attitudes in the history classroom, both in theory and in practice.

The keynote lecture would be followed by a short Q&A and sharing session, with a question prepared to guide the conversation.

This session will take place, live, on zoom. To ensure the safety of the sharing space, we will not record this session.

Upcoming Events

  1. Using Historiana to teach history from different angles

    February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. EuroClio 28th Annual Conference – What is History for?

    April 28 @ 9:00 am - May 1 @ 3:00 pm

Participation Fee and Structure

Participation to this webinar series is free of charge. The webinar series will consist of three live sessions and four pre-recorded sessions.

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

If you would like to see more webinar series like this, please consider joining us as Individual Member!

The use of rubrics and features of quality in assessment

Hosted by Anthony Malone and Majella Dempsey (Maynooth University)

In this session, we will focus on the use of rubrics. Anthony and Majella will introduce us to what kind of rubrics are available for teacher, how to design your own rubric, and how to use rubrics to assess each student in a way that fits their personal needs.

This session will be pre-recorded by EuroClio and published on our YouTube channel on 11 August 2021.

Upcoming Events

  1. Using Historiana to teach history from different angles

    February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. EuroClio 28th Annual Conference – What is History for?

    April 28 @ 9:00 am - May 1 @ 3:00 pm

Would you like to be notified once the video will be uploaded?

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

If you would like to see more webinar series like this, please consider joining us as Individual Member!