New Project to Innovate Historiana for All Kicks-Off

On 10-11 January the new Historiana project Innovating History Education for All had its kick-off meeting in The Hague. The partners in the project The Mount School YorkWebticGeorg Eckert Institute and the Educational Research Institute came to the EUROCLIO Secretariat to discuss what will be developed in the project and agree on a timeplan. The project will run for 3 years (2014-2017) and includes a needs assessment on online education (specifically for history education), the development of new online tools for the Historiana website, examplar learning activities to demonstrate how these tools can be used in different ways to promote historical thinking, transnational source collections, a teacher’s guide on how to use these sources and a curriculum and policy research with policy recommendations for online learning in history education.

The first step in the project is the Needs Assessment that is conducted by the Educational Research Institute in Poland. The assessment will involve an international group of educators and includes a survey and three focus groups during the EUROCLIO Annual Conference in Denmark with participants, followed by in-depth interviews. At the same time the Georg Eckert Institute starts with the analysis of curricula on online education related to history and citizenship education.

This new project also involves a group of 5 educators that will work togother with The Mount School York on new ideas for online tools and ways to use these to promote historical thinking. At the same time these educators will be trained as Historiana trainers to give workshops on online learning. After an open call to the EUROCLIO members for individuals who would like to participate and a lot of interest from many different countries, the 5 core group members were selected: Susanna Margret Gestsdottir (Iceland), Miljenko Hajdarovic (Croatia), Natia Pirtskhalava (Georgia), Pascal Tak (The Netherlands), and Richard Kennett (United Kingdom). This group will meet for the first time in mid-February with The Mount School York and Webtic in The Hague.

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