10 Apps for Teaching History. Alterations to the National Curriculum are set to bring about significant changes in schools, with history one of the subjects which will be most affected.
From 2014, pupils will be expected to complete a more rigorous history syllabus including a complete chronological history of Britain. In preparation, many schools will be reviewing the way they deliver history lessons. BBC Active has a range of history videos which can help them to comply with the strong emphasis on British history prescribed in the new curriculum. And, as it’s not just teaching materials but teaching methods that are undergoing something of a revolution, we've been taking a look at the pick of the latest apps for teaching history, both of Britain and beyond: 1.
“Interactive education on the iPad at its best!” Developed in conjunction with the popular TV series, this is an engaging app which allows students to view the events of the war in a timeline format. Features: 2. 3. 4. 5. TudorHistory.org. WikiPrimaryHistory? This page began life as a rather tongue in cheek response to the new English National Curriculum for History, published for consultation on 7th February 2013.
The sustained focus in the key stage one and two programmes of study on factual knowledge to be acquired has caused something of stir amongst teachers, teacher educators and academics. The thinking behind the approach can be found in this recent speech. Concerns have been raised about the age-appropriateness of some of the material and the sheer quantity of stuff to be covered. With the idea of crowdsourcing the curriculum in mind, I thought it would be useful and instructive to link the new content to explanatory material, with Wikipedia being an obvious source. Supporters and critics of this curriculum can then get some sense of the amount and depth of research that (non-specialist) primary teachers may need to carry out if they are to deliver this content.
Key Stage 1. Susanbanister: Another one but kinda true? ICT in the Curriculum 2012 - ICT in the Curriculum 2012. Can't say the NSA/PRISM security services surveillance controversy has got me very hot under the collar.
Maybe its just that I struggle to get excited about Big Brother-esque snooping, when privacy is something of a redundant concept these days - CCTV is everywhere in the UK, even in Welsh forests! You are being watched! Though phone tapping is another issue, I have always taken it for granted that electronic communication is a public forum. Though I must admit I have broken my own rule a few times in the heat of the moment, I would never send an email or put a post on Twitter or Facebook that I wouldn't be happy for the whole world to see (including MI5 and Mr Gove). Timelines - ICT in the Curriculum 2012. Image: © Tony Pickford - The clock on Burton Church, Cheshire.
Following up a post on Twitter about online timeline creators, I searched back through these blog posts to find my own list and realised I hadn't done one! A fairly serious omission as timelines provide a particularly appropriate bridge between my interests in history and in web technology for learning. So, without further ado, my list of timeline 'apps' in no particular order - starting with some online tools which display, rather than allow creation of timelines.
ChronoZoom is an open source project dedicated to visualizing the history of everything! Funded by Microsoft Research Connections, in collaboration with University California at Berkeley and Moscow State University, it really is a stunning tool for exploring 'Big History'. On to timeline creators, all of which offer free basic accounts. Preceden produces graphical, layered timelines which use timebars and colour to convey information. CWGC - Homepage. Calculator: Add to or subtract from a date. Scran. Virtual Victorians contains Victorian artefacts, objects, news, photographs, presented in an innovative, exciting way for schools, parents and those interested in the Victorian era. The history of the workhouse by Peter Higginbotham. Imperial War Museums. StoryVault. Your national on-line library for local history. British History Online. Census records. Treasures from The National Archives. Education.
Object Lessons: an online display of about 400 objects from Islington Artefacts Library. Old-Maps - the online repository of historic maps - home page. E-mapping Victorian Cheshire: Cheshire's Tithe Maps Online. Almost 500 Cheshire tithe maps are now available online.
Together with the information recorded in tithe apportionments, they are a unique record of land ownership, occupancy and use in Cheshire 150 years ago. You can use them to answer questions such as: Where did your ancestors live? Who lived in your village or even your house? What was land in your area used for? You can also compare the tithe maps with later Ordnance Survey maps and aerial photographs. Cheshire Archives and Local Studies. Historical Directories. Museum of London - www.museumoflondon.org.uk. Connected Histories. Commonwealth Online - education resources for schools.
Moving Here - 200 years of Migration to England. Home. Resources. Cleo resource: John Redhead. Young explorers. Learning at the British Library. Timelines: Sources from History. Schools Ages 4-11 - History Sites. Free high resolution old photos and pictures of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and British Isles. ViewFinder - Home.