Dúchas.ie

Dúchas.ie is an ongoing project to digitise the National Folklore collection of Ireland (NFC), one of the largest folklore collections in the world. Basically the objective of the project is to initiate this digitisation so that, by the end of 2016: (i) the public will have access to material from the Collection (a significant portion of the Schools’ Collection) on the public website (www.duchas.ie) and (ii) a data management system…

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Immerse Yourself in Medieval Dublin!

Dublinia, the heritage and learning centre at Christ Church has long since been a must see for both locals and visitors including a top destination for many a school outing. Of course as the tour season rapidly approaches I’m sure some of you have already earmarked (if not already booked) this iconic educational exhibit. However whether Dublinia is on your itinerary this year or not, you can now experience Dublin City’s Viking and Medieval history virtually. Dublinia first…

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Churchill Archive – Open to All

The acclaimed Churchill Archive is now free for the first time to schools worldwide The complete Churchill Archive (www.churchillarchive.com) provides over 800,000 original documents and is now free thanks to philantropist Laurence Geller. Enabling access for all to this comprehensive archive opens up exciting new opportunities for the teaching and learning of History and Politics in particular at secondary level. Some of stand out records include: Churchill’s personal correspondence with family and friends Official exchanges…

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Scoilnet Maps

As I settled into completing my plans for SESE for 2014 the gale force winds and rain hammered the windows of the house. The rain and the flooding got me to thinking of the floods surrounding our school in Harolds Cross, Dublin in 2011. I was wondering how I would acquire enough maps for the 29 sixth class pupils in my class. It was then that I came across Scoilnet…

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Morph your own Avatar on Morfo

Morfo App is not specifically designed for educational settings but this application, available both for Apple and Android devices can be used to great effect in the classroom. The app itself was designed for entertainment bringing people, pets and TV personalities to life. The following post will attempt to give a ‘walkthrough’ for a teacher or student interested in integrating this resource into a unit of work in SESE History,…

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Using ICT to create resources for history in the primary classroom

We have had the pleasure of updating our primary school history policy recently and we used ICT in a number of ways to create resources that may be used within the classroom. We found ICT particularly useful in creating a bank of resources on the local history of Harolds Cross, Dublin where the school is located. Visualiser, Digital Camera & Interactive Whiteboard     We have a number of history…

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Sailor on Ice: Historical Podcast Drama

​ Last year on the TeachNet Blog we highlighted the first episode of a new historical audio drama series on the life of Irish explorer Tom Crean and now episode two is available for download. Based upon real events, ‘Tom Crean: Sailor on Ice’ is an original audio drama of Tom Crean’s Antarctic Adventures, based upon Maritime Author and Poet David Hirzel’s research. In episode two the ship settles in…

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Calling all Post-Primary History Teachers!

​eTwinning logo eTwinning is a framework for schools to collaborate over the internet with other partner schools from around Europe. Using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) two or more schools from two or more European countries can work in partnership on a project of their choosing. The eTwinning portal can be found at www.etwinning.net A bilateral Ireland-UK eTwinning workshop will take place on the 28th-30th November in Belfast. Title: History…

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