Digital history

Although there are no longer any formal requirements within the Teacher Standards relating to the effective use of IT in teaching, nor any specific statements relating to students’ use of digital resources within the National Curriculum in England, technology has vastly enriched the teaching and learning of history in recent years. The resources here focus specifically on the ways in which learning history can be enhanced through the use of technology; whether this relates to the access and analysis of sources, to the processes of constructing different kinds of historical accounts (dramas, debates and documentaries as well as different kinds of written explanation and argument), or to the means by which young people can share their investigative tasks and the outcomes of what they have learned, giving them a ‘real’ audience for their work. 

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  • 12 Ways to Use Multimedia Videos in History Lessons

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    Dan Moorhouse provides: 12 ways to use multimedia videos in lessons: 1)      To develop an understanding of the ways in which different Interpretations of events are formed. For example, pupils studying Northern Ireland as a GCSE coursework unit may be asked to consider how and why there are different Interpretations...

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  • British History Online - Digital Resources

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    British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, we aim to support academic and personal users around the...

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  • Computers don't bite! Your first tentative steps in using ICT in the classroom.

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    This article is for beginners. It will also provide perspectives and ideas for those training history teachers in the use of ICT for improving pupils’ learning. Drawing upon his experience in managing the HA’s NOF training programme, Alf Wilkinson outlines some practical activities that are ideal for getting the novice...

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  • Conceptual awareness through categorising: using ICT to get Year 13 reading

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    When presenting their practical approaches to post-16 teaching in Teaching History 103, both Richard Harris and Rachael Rudham argued that students need to ‘do’ things with information, to process it, play with it, classify it, if they are ever to understand or remember it. They made a case for not...

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  • Databases, spreadsheets, and historical enquiry at Key Stage 3

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    Databases and spreadsheets used to terrify many history teachers and even where some skill was gained, these tools were approached in a spirit of professional worthiness rather than of intellectual excitement. Rob Alfano oozes intellectual excitement and it is pretty obvious that he communicates this to his pupils. His approaches...

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  • Developing pupil explanation through web debates

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    ‘I feel it is imperative to state that...' developing pupil explanation through web debatesKathryn Greenfield became dissatisfied with her pupils' written responses, particularly the rather limited explanations that they were giving in support of points that they made. Drawing here on recent work in using Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) to...

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  • Free History ITE Sector Day Resources

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    As you no doubt know, the New Secondary Curriculum has had, and continues to have, a dramatic impact on the teaching and learning of history in schools and on teacher training and possibly on History teacher demand and supply. For the last two years the Historical Association has been providing support...

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  • From anecdote to argument: using the word processor to connect knowledge and opinion through revelatory writing

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    Jayne Prior and Peter John argue that it is time to build upon what has been learned about historical writing using ICT and to acknowledge both opportunities and dangers in some current and popular practice. Critical of some of the weaker uses of ‘cut and paste’ activities, where pupils are...

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  • Harnessing the power of community to expand students’ historical horizons

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    Many history teachers will already be familiar with ‘meanwhile, elsewhere...’, a website offering freely downloadable homework resources on individuals, events and developments in world history. In this article the website’s creators, Richard Kennett and Will Bailey-Watson, set out a curricular rationale for the project. They argue that using homework tasks...

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  • History using information technology: past, present and future

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    Alaric Dickinson gives an overview of recent developments in the teaching of history using ICT and relates these to different contexts. He examines the appeal of the History Using IT materials and places these in the context of earlier developments. He also considers the role of ICT in the context...

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  • How can I improve my use of ICT? Put history first!

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    What is the difference between using lots of ICT and using it well? Dave Atkin draws upon work in his own department and with other Gloucestershire teachers in order to identify criteria for effective ICT use. These boil down to ‘putting history first' and getting maximum value out of the...

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  • Keeping the kids on message...one school's attempt at helping sixth form students to engage in historical debating using ICT

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    At post-16 level, keeping the ‘kids’ on message is critical. Teaching and learning must be focused on the relatively narrow goals of the examination syllabus, but set within broader historical and historiographical contexts. Students need to how know, and where, to fit their ideas into those of existing historians. Ideally...

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  • Making pupils want to explain: using Movie Maker to foster thoroughness and self-monitoring

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    Sally Burnham shares her practice and reflections on the value of the software, ‘Movie Maker', for developing particular aspects of historical thinking and learning. In Teaching History 130, in the context of her Key Stage 3 work on the Mughal Empire, Rozalind Stirzaker advanced a case for Movie Maker in...

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  • Maps, ICT and History: A revolution in learning

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    Lez Smart outlines exciting new developments in digitalisation of maps which could transform pupils' work on continuity and change, on diversity of society, on local history and much more. Above all, he shows how easy to use (and how cheap!) this new resource will be. Lez Smart explains the opportunities...

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  • Miss, now I can see why that was so important: using ICT to enrich overview at GCSE

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    Reflection and evaluation are key tools in the box of the successful history teacher. However, a focus on resources or exam results is futile unless a desire to develop pupils’ historical understanding is at the heart of the evaluation process. Maria Osowiecki’s department faced two problems: how to develop their...

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  • Stories and their sources: the need for historical thinking in an information age

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    Information technology is of no value in itself or by itself: it needs questions to drive it and disciplined forms of thinking to make sense of the answers that it can provide. Inspired by the characterisation of historical thinking that Sam Wineburg set out in Teaching History 129, Ben Walsh...

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  • Teaching the iGeneration

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    Teaching the iGeneration: what possibilities exist in and beyond the history classroom? The development of communications technology in recent years has not only changed the ways in which students can access their world: it also changes the way they think about it. Sheldrake and Watkin draw here upon work that...

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  • Triumphs Show 148.1: collaborating to commemorate Olaudah Equiano

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    How a drink in the bar at the SHP conference - and discovery of a shared interest in ICT - led to the campaign for a Blue Plaque for an eighteenth-century abolitionist. What do the 1970 Brazil World Cup-winning team, Charles Darwin and Vanilla Ice all have in common? This...

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  • Triumphs Show 160: Prezi and propaganda

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    Laura Tilley recognised that her Year 9 students were finding it difficult to work out the intended message of visual propaganda. To help her students make better use of the substantive knowledge they already had, she devised an interactive activity using a presentation software, Prezi. This approach provided students with...

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  • Using Google Docs to develop Year 9 pupils’ essay-writing skills

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    Lucy Moonen set out to explore whether collaborative writing in small groups, facilitated by the use of Google Docs, would help to sustain students’ focus on essay writing as the development of an historical argument. She explains how she set up an essay on the League of Nationals as a...

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