Is your country currently in lockdown? Have you and your colleagues embarked on the challenge of online teaching? Are you eager to try new teaching strategies and tools that would allow you to keep your students hooked on the topic even when at home, surrounded by many distractions? A quick conversation with the EuroClio community proves that you are not alone. Many teachers from across Europe are, in this very moment, designing their next (online) history lesson, and wondering how to make it interesting and informative for 20+ teenagers, in 20+ different rooms.
For this reason, we have developed a course of seven lessons that tackle different aspects of online teaching, and refer to useful strategies and tools. With this course, who will see different speakers share their experiences, as well as some useful tips and tricks on how to approach the challenge of online teaching, we hope to guide teachers from all across Europe in transferring their activities from the classroom to the web. The course will be held free of charge.
Registering will allow you to receive updates on the course’s sessions, including previews of the content, reminders of the publication, and feedback forms. At the end of the course, we will release a certificate to all educators who took part to at least 5 lessons.
Course’s content and calendar
Lesson 1 – Online teaching, the basics. Jacek Staniszewski and Richard Kennett discuss how they have approached the transfer from classroom to online teaching, focusing on the effect that this has had on how they think teaching. They talk about the important of showing that teachers, also, are human, and about how, with online teaching, short, simple lessons and tasks might be best. You can find the lesson at this link: https://youtu.be/GD0-cuat0ds.
Lesson 2 – Creating Coherence, not Chaos. In this lesson, Helen Snelson (History Teacher Trainer and EuroClio Ambassador) and Sally Thorne (History Teacher and author of ‘Becoming an Outstanding History Teacher’) talk about planning online history teaching. Below, you can find some useful links that they mention in the lesson, as well as a short table of contents. You can find the lesson at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghyTOscIoVU&feature=youtu.be.
Lesson 3 – Sifting the Fabulous from the Fake. In this lesson, Ute Ackermann Boeros (American International School of Cyprus) and Alice Modena (EuroClio) talk about the use of primary sources in online history teaching, reliable online source collections, and tasks for students. You can find the lesson at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTL-ol_Mn-M.
Thursday 14 May – Energy and Engagement. This session, based on materials developed in the framework of the Learning to Disagree project, will outline a series of teaching strategies on how to engage your students. It will be hosted by Helen Snelson, and focus especially on dialogue and debate, an on the use of current history as a hook.
Thursday 28 May – Tools to complement your teaching. On this day, we will publish a double session on useful tools and websites that you could use to complement the design of your lessons. This will include MindMup, Adobe Spark, and other instruments to be confirmed. The sessions will be hosted by Hannah Young and Natia Pirtskhalava.
Thursday 11 June – Assessment in the time of online teaching. The final lesson will be delivered by Anthony Malone, from Maynooth University, a partner in the Learning to Disagree project. Anthony will focus on sharing tips, tricks, and strategies to assess your students’ competences with online instruments.
All the lessons are available on EuroClio’s YouTube channel, in the playlist “Online course on online teaching”.