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1. How the internet can be useful to you
A source of teaching ideas & resources
Professional development
2. How the internet can be useful to help your
    students
Guided pupil research
To provide links to individual topics
To display good practice
Parent/student information
Articles suited to student ability
Examination details/practic/revision
Record of school visits
School resource banks
 
3. History, IT & the web: the academic bit...


  other related casahistoria teacher's pages
 
 
General web resources for history
Using the internet 
Building a history web
News & official research/paperwork
                           (best suited for UK users)
 
Teaching the new IBO or GCE courses?
Click on your exam to get a pdf copy of the syllabus indicating precisely where casahistoria sites are available for you to use: IBO   AQA  Edexcel  OCR
 
 
 

 

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1. How the internet can be useful to your development                           
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As a source of teaching ideas & resources

  Go to the casahistoria Teachers home page section History teaching resources on the web

        But perhaps you want to begin on a more philosophical note? If so use:
  • History Internet Guide Based on a paper : "Using the Multimedia Tools of the Internet for Teaching History in K-12 Schools" Presented at :  Computers and History 95 Conference: "Information Technologies for History Education" for the Ministère de l'Éducation Nationale et de la Formation Professionelle Centre Universitaire de Luxembourg in 1995. Still valuable, even if many links are now defunct.
Professional development

Nowadays much educational research is published on the web. You just have to find it. Most government education departments now produce research/reports/materials for their teachers to use. Being on the web they are open to teachers everywhere. The Australian State Education systems produce excellent materials that can be adapted and used elsewhere. In England & Wales there has been a flood of government funded research projects - so much it is impossible to keep tabs on it. Here though are a few places to look for furthering that history career......
  • AHA: Resources for Teachers American Historical Association articles on the teaching of History. Articles on Teaching Issues and Concerns takes you to some very interesting pieces on the site
  • Center for History & New Media George Mason University's Center for History and New Media website presents history and historians in an accessible and engaging manner. Historians review their favourite (as well as most over-rated) history books, little-known historical episodes are presented, and a variety of other useful resources are available.
  • DCSF Research & Statistics Link to the index of general research promoted by the UK education department.
  • Guide to the UK paperwork Read it as it comes out! Click to this casahistoria page.
  • pbs teacherline Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the PBS teacherline provides professional teacher development through more than 90 online facilitated courses.
  • Professional Digest: a journal of research for history teachers. Links to articles that aim to offer teachers easy access to up-to-date and relevant knowledge relating to best practice and research, national and international, on the teaching of history. The Digest is prepared for the Australian Govt. by Prof. Tony Taylor from Monash University, Director of the National Centre for History Education.




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2. How the internet can be useful to your students

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Before you start to use the web for research with pupils:

 

  • also encourage your students to look at the casahistoria student guide to using the web with hints on
    • how to find information
    • finding useful (free!) programmes to help them use the web for their research
    • how to evaluate a site they have found
    • how to understand the evidence found
    • how to cite web research
    • how to keep on the right side of the law - plagiarism & copyright
a. Guided pupil research
  These are sites you can direct students to to do limited "open-ended" research on topics of your choice. These sites include texts as well as contextual documents.

b. To provide links to individual study topics
  • Mrs. Spicer's class links from the Columbus Academy. A good example of a simple page of links for your own students doing a particular task.  §
  • Chapel Hill High School NC A very (too?) comprehensive list is provided for K12 historians with a brief explanation.
  • McHenry County College IL Concise but to the point and it really provides a clear focus for research using approved links  §

c. Setting specific IT supported tasks
  These might also be used as a guide for individual pupils (projects/ sickness/ exclusion)
  • Year 12 Research task (by following the "Best" rosettes you can see the finished best pieces displayed as pdf's for other students to read)

d. To show good practice to other students
e. To give (interactive?) information to pupils and parents 
  • Course outlines. This is a well designed example of A level courses and can be drilled down to expand on the requirements and key points of the unit

f. Articles suited to student ability

  • John Clare This is a sample page from the excellent site of John Clare. Note the structured use of selected articles in the links section
g. Revision
  • Self Test from the John D Clare site
  • Spider charts on Queen Elizabeth. These are uploaded as a pdf for students to download. Current Office allows you to turn any document into a pdf easily
  • IGCSE Revision sheet with info and links to tests/exercises from an earlier casahistoria page
  • Year 13 GCE Alevel Cromwell Revision An example of mine for a UK school, during pupil study leave (including emailing of answers)
  • IB, K12 & A level revision Page of my revision links to note form revision pdf's and sheets used in class during the year(someone always loses that vital sheet at revision time!
  • Remember, work can be emailed to you or you can include simple reply forms like these.
h. Record of school visits
  but remember the niceties in your own particular country & culture re anonymity & the portrayal of minors.

Or combine all of the above into:


i. School resource banks


Here is how some other schools have built up their own resource banks using the web. These might include selected links that cover all or most of the web uses outlined in this section.

Of course you do not have to actually build a site like this to get the benefit - you can use a smaller page of your own and on it ask your pupils to use these ones! That is how casahistoria started.
  • ITS Tutorial College Example of a concise, clear & straightforward listing of key sites/resources on a page in the school website.
  • Greenfield School History site of John Clare. A sit to aspire to! Designed for school use primarily and set out in a very structured manner with each section having a basic narrative and documents with links to key areas in the format of the current guided learning UK style textbooks. (includes the exercises used by the school - good practice!).
  • KMLA World History Site of the Minjok Leadership Academy, a boarding high school  South Korea. Provides potted histories of key periods/themes/country histories.
One depressing fact is that when recently updating this page I discovered that a large number of the original school sites used are no longer active. Many  closed when the teacher-designer moved on - a factor to be borne in mind when designing a school site.





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3. History, IT & the web: the academic bit.....

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  • Center for History and New Media CHNM produces historical works in new media, tests their effectiveness in the classroom, and reflects critically on the success of new media in historical practice. CHNM's resources include a list of "best" web sites, links to syllabi and lesson plans, essays on history and new media, a link to their excellent History Matters web site for U.S. History, and more. Resources are designed to benefit professional historians, high school teachers, and students of history.
  • Essays on History and New Media Very useful from the CHNM. Covers all aspects from teaching approaches to essays on web design. Scroll down...
  • History Internet Guide Based on a paper : "Using the Multimedia Tools of the Internet for Teaching History in K-12 Schools" Presented at :  Computers and History 95 Conference: "Information Technologies for History Education" for the Ministère de l'Éducation Nationale et de la Formation Professionelle Centre Universitaire de Luxembourg in 1995. Still valuable, even if many links are now defunct.
  • History Teaching: Pedagogical guides Links to articles from UK SchoolsHistory site
  • The growth of ICT Towards a New Literacy "ICT is now being regarded as a new literacy, as important for the future of our students as reading and writing have been previously" Article of University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate. 
  So how can I use the internet in my teaching?  Link to the casahistoria teacher support page   So you want to build an effective website?  Link to the casahistoria teacher support page

 

Excellent articles from American Historical Association on History and IT: Plagiarism



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