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Secondary History - ICT materials with History content

Module 3 Contents
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  1. Introduction
  2. CD-ROM
  3. Some History CD-ROMs
  4. Courseware
  5. An introduction to History sites on the Internet
  6. Activity 3.1

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In this section we are going to look at ICT resources that have been created with history content. They are perhaps a useful starting point for developing the use of ICT in the History classroom as they are ready-made activities with work files, worksheets and advice on managing the activity. Analysing how someone else has tried to solve the problem of teaching History with ICT is also useful in identifying what problems might occur to you when you start designing your own material.

These resources will fall into three categories:

  1. History CD-ROMs
  2. Courseware
  3. Internet sites with support material for classroom

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Many publishers have produced CD-ROMs for secondary history which have proved popular with staff in motivating students and extending their awareness of the study of History.

There are certain advantages to using CD-ROMs and these include:

And there are disadvantages:

Point to watch:

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Some History CD-ROMs

This selection is a partial survey of what is available from the major publishers

Granada Learning (www.granadalearning.co.uk)

Granada Learning have concentrated on producing a range of subject-specific CD-ROMs for secondary schools. In particular the Geography and MFL CD-ROMs seemed to have been very well received. In their History catalogue, the CD-ROMs on World Wars I and II are very valuable and flexible resources

How We Used To Live: 1936 - 1953

How We Used To Live: Early Victorians

How We Used To Live: Late Victorians

The Troubled Century

The World War 1 Archive

World War II Global Conflict

World War II Sources and Analysis

Anglia Multimedia (www.anglia.co.uk)

These are all available in PC/Mac and Acorn versions

Exploring Castles

Industrial revolution

Nelson and his Navy

The Royal British Legion (www.britishlegion.org.uk)

Mentor by Appian Way

AVP Picturebase

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The philosopher's stone of the ICT curriculum, a one-off purchase that solves everybody's problem in one fell swoop. Good courseware should include a range of activities that cover all the study units and all the relevant generic software available on most machines. So, for example, it should include a data-handling activity in each of the study units as well as the more obvious and easier word processing activities.

No one courseware pack can be all things to all study units, so be prepared to compromise and adapt some of the activities to suit you own particular requirements. Remember as well that most courseware contains work files and worksheets but not the software to run it. So before you purchase, check you have the relevant software.

Becta (www.becta.org.uk)

Heinemann (www.heinemann.co.uk)

Stanley Thorne

Using ICT in History

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An introduction to History sites on the Internet

There are an increasing number of web-sites, produced by government organisations, commercial companies and individuals, that offer the history teacher a one-stop solution to using the Internet in the classroom. Most share the following characteristics:
  1. The content is based on a particular study unit, usually focusing on one particular aspect of that unit
  2. The site contains a teachers' section with advice on how to manage the use of the site and downloadable worksheets to support the use of the site in the classroom.
  3. All of the sites have been officially approved by Becta as relevant sites that support the National Grid for Learning.
  4. This list is merely a sample of what is available.
The Public Record Office

Sainsbury's Virtual Museum

School History (www.schoolhistory.co.uk)

History of London (www.holnet.org.uk) British Museum (www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk)

Charles Booth poverty maps and notebooks (booth.lse.ac.uk)

Other History web sites (Module 7)

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Task 3.1

  1. Choose one of the Internet sites listed above.
  2. Download a worksheet from the site and work through it whilst on the site.
  3. Write a critique of the site and the worksheets and email it to your tutor. You should focus on:
    • How the site supports real History teaching and learning (or not!)
    • How you might plan to introduce each site and organise their use in the classroom (is any advice given to you on the site?)
  4. Whether or not any special needs of students are met when using the site.

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