History Podcasts: The site's aim is to collect and sort all of the historical Podcasts available online. . Pages are created for each historic figure, and all of the relevant episodes from the different historical Podcast shows are conveniently put on one page. For example, if you are interested in Napoleon, you will find on his page 5 different Podcast shows with over 30 episodes. In addition a directory of historical Podcasts is kept on the site, with a brief description of each show, often including recommendations. The site is perfect for history fans, students and teachers who are looking to learn while being entertained. The site is updated daily with new pages for additional historical figures.
I Love History: This is a teacher run website with a range of resources for students and educators. There is a regularly updated blog on Elizabethan government and politics. However, the site is best known for its OCR Modern World History GCSE podcast. This allows students to subscribe to regular audio content about international relations in the 1920s and 1930s. There are also follow up activities and games on the site. These will soon cover the USA during the 1920s and 30s as well, and will also feature student created podcasts. All the resources on the site are free to access.
Invicta History & Politics: This website has been put together by staff and students at this Maidstone grammar school. It includes resources and examples of work ranging from Key Stage Three to A Level. Teachers and students can freely download PowerPoints and Word documents on a variety of topics including the Norman Conquest, life in Medieval Britain, the Slave Trade, Hitler’s Rise to Power, the Cold War and much more. There is a rich collection of interactive games and activities as well as links to sites of specific interest to students studying either History or Politics.
Thinking History: Ian Dawson's Thinking History website is an attempt to make good quality active learning ideas freely available to teachers all round the country. A book of activities has never been a practical proposition but a website offers the chance to build up a menu of activities. It also includes several examples of the same model of activity for different topics. Thinking History will build up slowly over the next couple of years, starting with a dozen activities in September and then adding others each month, hopefully including activities submitted by teachers.
Ask an Historian: A group of history websites are now offering a new service to its visitors. In future people will be able to ask a panel of experts, questions about history. The panels include teachers, historians, authors and researchers with expert knowledge of the period. Where possible, people with actual experience of these events, will also join the various panels. The following sections are currently available: Life and Death of John F. Kennedy, The Cold War, The Vietnam War, Nazi Germany, Second World War, First World War, Women’s History, Black History, American West, Spanish Civil War and History of Russia.
History Learning Site: This site is run by Chris Trueman, head of year at Sackville Community College in East Grinstead, West Sussex. The site contains comprehensive content on Medieval England, Tudor England, Stuart England and the Industrial Revolution for Years 7 and 8 pupils. The requirements for Year 9 - World War One, Important Inventions of the Twentieth Century, the growth of women's rights in the Twentieth Century and the Indigenous People of America are also covered. The requirements for the GCSE Modern World History course are covered in depth as are some aspects of the British Social and Economic course. The site also contains a number of very detailed A level sections including Luther, Calvin, Philip II of Spain, the French Wars of Religion, the Thirty Years Wars and the Civil Rights movement of America 1945 to 1968.
History on the Net: A website designed and produced by Heather Wheeler, a History and Additional Needs teacher at Filsham Valley School, St Leonards, East Sussex. The site is comprised of four main sections: Subject information linked to the National Curriculum; lesson ideas for use in the classroom, including complete one-hour online lessons; a reference section with an A-Z of History, Timelines and links to other History sites; and a games section with History quizzes, puzzles and interactive activities. Recommended by the NGFL, National Curriculum Online and The History Channel, History on the Net is an expanding site which regularly posts new information and lesson ideas. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Learn History is a recently launched website by Dafydd Humphreys, Head of Humanities at Stanley Technical School in London. It features a full revision guide for the USA - A Divided Union, and exercises to revision notes for Nazi Germany and Superpower Relations linked to Spartacus Educational and History Learning Site. Revision guides to the American West and Crime and Punishment are planned for the future.
Teachers' Virtual School: History Department: The Teachers' Virtual School History Department provides lessons for those teaching history in the classroom. Lessons are listed under Key Stage and Topic. Teachers are invited to send in details of any online history lessons they have produced for their students. The website also includes sections on History Online Resources, History Quizzes, Timelines, History Forums and History Journals.
History for Everyone: Created by professional historians with over twenty years of History for Everyone is for everybody who has an interest in history. If you want to learn more about historical events and figures in a fun yet rewarding way, if you would enjoy knowing about the best books to read that relate to your specific interests, or if you're planning a trip to historical sites but aren't quite sure where to stay or exactly what to see, then this website can help you. Perhaps you're a classsical music fan who would like to know the best recordings of the greatest musical compositions, or maybe you would like to pursue your own research but don't know where to start? You'll be able to find that information on History for Everyone, too, as well as reviews of history gaming, interesting facts, and even recipes you can recreate for yourself.
IST Humanities Department: When the International School of Toulouse opened in September 1999 it became Europe's first fully laptop computer school. The public launch of the IST Humanities Department website this week, offers the visitor a fascinating insight into how the nature of education can change when students exchange pencil cases for keyboards. The website is built and maintained by teachers Richard Jones-Nerzic and Peter Flynn, but in addition to their teachers' core 'hypertext curriculum', a significant proportion of the website is dedicated to publishing the multimedia work of students. In a section entitled 'Websites for Learning', for example, the authors show how websites can be used to allow students to build 'multiple-intelligence portfolios' of their learning. Rather than the passive recipients of information, students become active producers of content: even to the extent of producing interactive assessment activities for other learners. The authors are convinced that laptops and the Internet constitutes "the most important development in the history of education since Guttenberg told the monks to put their quills away"
Passmores History Department: This website is designed to serve both students at Passmores Comprehensive School in Harlow in Essex, as well as teachers delivering the National Curriculum more generally. The site is an ongoing project started in July of 2002 by Stephen Drew, Head of History at Passmores. The site has (or will have) pages for every lesson taught in Key Stage 3 at Passmores. Students are able to use these pages to reinforce learning from the lesson, get help with their homework or extend their learning. It is also possible for students to catch up missed lessons via the website. As well as this however there is a section of the site for other teachers. All of the resources used by Passmores History Department are uploaded to the site, including detailed lesson plans. All of this work is ongoing with a target of completion at Key Stage 3 of July 2003. Key Stage 4 will then be developed in the school year 2003-2004.
GCSE History: Andy Walker's excellent website contains a large collection of revision resources for students studying GCSE history. This includes information on using historical sources, top revision tips and exam practice. At the moment the website specializes on the subject of medicine and features activities on Roman Public Health, Medieval Public Health, Renaissance Medicine, Louis Pasteur, Edward Jenner, Surgery, Women in Medicine and Florence Nightingale.
History Teachers' Discussion Forum: Extremely popular discussion forum run in partnership with some of the leading teacher-created history websites. Offers discussions on teaching, suggestions, ideas, trials of ICT and history materials together with general help and friendly advice on issues faced by history teachers today. The detailed calendar shows up and coming history programmes on British TV. Anyone can access the forum and a simple registration enables you to get involved. Popular discussions have covered curriculum issues, GCSE questions, management questions, lesson plan ideas, textbooks, training and ICT issues.
St Thomas Aquinas History Department: A set of history resources for students and staff. All of the work that we do in KS3 and 4 is notated along with images for students to revise and get additional help with homework. Teachers can examine a sample of the lessons I have available and they can download several for free use in their schools. Additional information shows some of the work we are doing along with specific advice for GCSE students.
Modern World History: This site is designed for pupils aged 14 to 16 studying the topic to exam level. Topics covered are the Treaty of Versailles; League of Nations; Weimar Germany; Nazi Germany; the Russian Revolution; the era of Stalin; America in the 1920's; the New Deal; Italy 1900 to 1939; the causes of World War Two; World War Two; the Cold War and the use of evidence in History. There is also a link page to other valuable sites.
Lord William's School: Still in it's early days, this site is produced by members of the History Department at Lord Williams's School, Thame, Oxfordshire. It is aimed at Lord Williams's students as a tool for homework, with copies of resource sheets and revision quizzes for all year groups from 7 to 13. It is particularly focused on GCSE students, where the school follows the Edexcel SHP Syllabus (Medicine & Weimar/Nazi Germany). The site also provides a clear summary of useful links to other history sites, plus information about department activities including trips, research and the newly-formed 6th Form History Society. Students can take part in historical polls and can access email support from a teacher. The site is evolving all the time in response to student feedback, and links to the new Lord Williams's School site where students can access further information related to their studies.
Stanley Tech History Room: The History Room provides links to the best school history sites in Britain, together with sites of interest to students researching for coursework and homework. History heroes/heroines are featured regularly to provoke the reader to learn more. Viewers can nominate their own favourite historical characters for inclusion. Linked to the History Room are a growing number of pages dedicated to the various modules of study - at present the American Indians, and shortly the Cold War. Pupils history work is published in the Pupil Work pages, and student achievements celebrated in the Honours page.
SHP History Revision Site: This web site is designed specifically for students of GCSE history schools history project offering free online support to all students. Features found on the web site include; online lessons, multiple choice revision tests, exam practice with model markschemes, top revision tips and downloadable revision notes and links out to numerous relevant history sites and other revision sites. There is also an ask a teacher facility for students in difficulty. All materials are authored by an SHP examiner.
History Gateway: This site is produced by Beal High School in Ilford and aims to provide pupils with a resource for research, homework and revision to use at home or at school. The site contains links to hundreds of useful websites (some of which have been reviewed in this newsletter). Pupils will find it especially useful that the sites are organised into National Curriculum topics, and the areas of the OCR GCSE Modern World Syllabus. Many of the sites have been reviewed and given 'star', 'recommended' or 'hard site' ratings to help pupils choose the most suitable sites.
Weatherhead High School: A departmental web site created and maintained by the History staff at Weatherhead High School in Wallasey. It has been produced so that pupils can have access to downloadable homework and classwork sheets, PowerPoint presentations, useful website links and a vast number of History diagrams, clip art and revision sheets. These resources can also be of use for the sharing of good practice between History departments throughout the Wirral and even Britain. One of the most used sections of the website is the 'Ask a Teacher' section which many of our pupils find extremely useful after school hours.
Schools History Project: The present Schools History Project is the successor to the project funded by the Schools Council in 1972 for "History 13-16". The project suggested that: "Many teachers would find helpful a project which would provide stimulus, support and materials to help them revitalise their own practice in general and more particularly help them to encourage more pupil participation in their study of History." The Project began initially at the University of Leeds and transferred to Trinity & All Saints College in 1979, where it has been based ever since. The SHP website includes resources for an in-depth study of the American west and the US Cavalry.
GCSE History Pages: A website produced by history teachers at the Dartford Technology College. A revision site for GCSE Schools History project students it has been online for 18 months and is steadily growing. It's main features include interactive tests and quizzes, revision tips, practice exam papers with mark-schemes for self assessment, revision notes and structured lessons. It also has an ask a teacher facility which is open for anyone to use.
Pate's Grammar School: This website is edited by Mark Mcshane from the History department at Pate's Grammar School . It includes course information and relevant links for students studying History at Key Stage 3, GCSE, and History as well as Government and Politics at AS and A2 level. The site includes topic links,study tips and student contributions, ranging from interactive revision quizzes to AS notes on Italian Unification. Students use the site to vote on current political discussions and discuss their views on a monitored forum. A range of research based activities have been created for use in the classroom on subjects such as the Chartists and the First World War.
Manx History: The Isle of Man has a long and complex history, and many legends surrounding it. From stone age burial grounds, to medieval fortresses, world war internment camps and Victoriana, there is evidence of the past all around you on the Isle of Man. St Ninian's High School has a history curriculum that includes sections on local history for each year group. Year 7 (prehistoric age on the Isle of Man), Year 8 (the island during the Civil War), Year 9 (First World War and the Second World War), and GCSE (the Manx cholera outbreak of 1832).
The History Site: This website has been produced by Benjamin Collinge at Chilton Trinity Technology College. It offers some extremely useful resources as well as an interactive Henry VIII and a virtual tour of Chepstow Castle. The History Site can show you as a teacher what a good format for web pages might look like, provide you with ideas for teaching and some valuable resources from the tudors through to GCSE Crime and Punishment. As well as acting as an excellent site for students, with its good factual content and developing interactivity, it is hoped that in the future many more schools will come on board and help the History Site develop a ring of sites devoted to the creation of good, easy to use websites that aid both teaching and learning.
Premier History: This site, developed by Gideon de Leventhall-Airley, Head of History, King David High School, Manchester, is dedicated to providing free online resources, essays, notes and support for all KS3 (development), GCSE, AS and A2 Level pupils, teachers and parents. This site is designed and led by students using content from classes at King David High School and the collective resources of the History Department. All content is supervised and is made freely available to all.
King George V History Department (Hong Kong) has recently updated their website. Detailed power point presentations, online lessons, interactive games, quizzes and useful links are to be found on numerous British, European, American and Asian topics. As an English International school, there is a true mix of World History topics, whilst providing resources to suit KS3, GCSE, As and A Levels. Particular topics of interest at KS3 include powerpoints on the Black Death, Medieval Castles, China, Slavery, the Spanish Armada, USA in the 1920s, the Fall of Hong Kong and JF Kennedy. Online lessons are provided on many topics especially the Murder of Thomas Becket, the Elizabethan Age and the Battle of the Somme. At examination level, detailed links are provided for the EdExcel examination topics of USA, China, Nazi Germany, Russia, Italy and Queen Elizabeth I.Think History: The website is maintained by Richard Drew of Croesyceiliog School in South Wales. The site is designed to allow students, parents and teachers to access homework and revision resources and links, games & quizzes, powerpoint presentations and schemes of work for all of the topics taught by Richard Drew at KS3 and GCSE History, AS & A2 Level Politics and AS Level Sociology. There are sections on Germany 1918-45, Crime and Punishment, Sport Leisure and Tourism.