digital sources
in teaching and
learning history
daniel bernsen, koblenz

unlocking sources. the first world war online
& ...
Outline
1 Scarcity vs. abundance
2 Teaching vs. learning
3 Learning with “unlocked sources” in the
classroom
1825

1956

today
Photo by Enric Archivell

1 History lessons: yesterday - today - tomorrow?
- History textbooks offer a reduced number of primary and
secondary sources stipulated by the curriculum and/or the
author...
History lessons 1.0

History lessons 2.0

- based mainly on the textbook

- Using more “visual sources” ->
adaption of the...
What is changing?

“the” History

histories

learner

learner

It is all about activating & engaging the students.

2 Teac...
Introducing World War One in the classroom
1) students explore the collections
2) they choose a photo,
3) present it to th...
Curate a virtual exhibition

3 Learning with “unlocked sources”
Working with film sources: European Film Gateway
Students create their own documentaries

http://www.europeanfilmgateway.e...
unlocking sources. the first world war online
Daniel Bernsen, Koblenz
http://geschichtsunterricht.wordpress.com
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Digital Sources in Teaching and Learning History - Conference "Unlocking Sources" the First World War Online & Europeana

  1. 1. digital sources in teaching and learning history daniel bernsen, koblenz unlocking sources. the first world war online & europeana, Berlin, January, 31, 2014
  2. 2. Outline 1 Scarcity vs. abundance 2 Teaching vs. learning 3 Learning with “unlocked sources” in the classroom
  3. 3. 1825 1956 today Photo by Enric Archivell 1 History lessons: yesterday - today - tomorrow?
  4. 4. - History textbooks offer a reduced number of primary and secondary sources stipulated by the curriculum and/or the authors. - Students never have to ask: Is this source relevant to my question? - Reading a source for evidence demands a different approach than reading a source for information. - “Unlocking” sources means an easy availability of primary sources at any time and place by digitisation abundance 1 Scarcity vs. abundance changes?
  5. 5. History lessons 1.0 History lessons 2.0 - based mainly on the textbook - Using more “visual sources” -> adaption of the “visual turn” - limited number of sources and materials -> all chosen by other people -> questions and tasks given - digitised sources facilitate questions & projects by pupils - analogue tools: pen, paper, scissors, glue stick etc. limit the outcome and range of possible learning products - digital tools: photo, audio- & video recording etc. broaden the possibilities of analysis and creation of narrations - field trips to archives, museums, memorial places and other historical sites are rare and often difficult to organise - every place can become an historical learning space enriched by the availability of sources and materials via mobile devices 2 Teaching vs. learning
  6. 6. What is changing? “the” History histories learner learner It is all about activating & engaging the students. 2 Teaching vs. learning
  7. 7. Introducing World War One in the classroom 1) students explore the collections 2) they choose a photo, 3) present it to their classmates 4) and explain why it represents the First World War to them Europeana 1914-1918: Postkarte eines Soldaten an seinen ehem. Leutnant. http://www.europeana1914-1918.eu/de/contributions/539#prettyPhoto 3 Learning with “unlocked sources”
  8. 8. Curate a virtual exhibition 3 Learning with “unlocked sources”
  9. 9. Working with film sources: European Film Gateway Students create their own documentaries http://www.europeanfilmgateway.eu/content/wwi-topics 3 Learning with “unlocked” sources
  10. 10. unlocking sources. the first world war online Daniel Bernsen, Koblenz http://geschichtsunterricht.wordpress.com

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