Hi-story lessons is a multilingual educational project with the aim of creating an interactive website, which supports the process of teaching and learning about the 20th-century European history. It is an international initiative prepared by the ENRS and experts from Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland. The website is dedicated to teachers and pupils from the countries involved in the project and for a worldwide audience.
Hi-Story Lessons in 10 words
- Storytelling – presenting stories of individuals and complementary narratives in a wider international context.
- History – offering innovative ways to deliver history education.
- Teaching – equipping teachers with helpful and inspiring tools.
- Learning – presenting 20th-century history to the young generation as a fascinating period of time.
- Exchanging knowledge – finding out how history is remembered and taught at schools in Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland and how it could be done more effectively.
- International discourse – taking into account perspectives of six European countries with diverse historical narratives.
- Networking – stimulating cooperation between educational experts of different national backgrounds.
- Creating – presenting valuable and innovative educational resources.
- Dialogue – building mutual respect and improving understanding among Europeans.
- Teamwork – every stage of the project is prepared and implemented by diverse, innovative teams.
The implementation of the project is divided into two parts:
I. Collecting, researching and analysing the core history education curricula from each of the countries involved in the project. The research will focus on the 20th-century issues included in such programmes. With the use of a comparative method, experts are going to analyse how difficult historical processes, their roots and consequences are shown in history textbooks and other educational materials.
II. Developing interactive methods and tools for teaching and learning about contemporary history that would be: 1) attractive and inspiring for teenagers, 2) useful and informative for history teachers. How will this aim be achieved?
History teachers will choose and describe historical phenomena that from their perspective are crucial in the history of their countries. The list of such themes will form a basic source of information and inspiration for the next steps of the project, for example for the creation of lesson scenarios. At the next stage, an interdisciplinary group of history teachers, educational specialist, graphic and game designers are going to develop interactive tools to teach and learn about history. The ultimate goal of this process is to create visual materials such as infographics, animated maps, cartoons and videos that will present historical facts and correlations between them.
Main phases of the project:
- Establishing a network of history teachers and education specialists from each country.
- Preparing source materials: lists of historical subjects as well as their expanded and abridged descriptions.
- Conceptual development and graphic design of historical timelines, a section of the website which is a useful tool to deliver vast and complex knowledge in a comprehensive yet concise fashion.
- Organising workshops and meetings to work out robust methods of teaching 20th-history.
- Preparing lesson scenarios.
- Designing creative and interactive tools such as infographics, animations and educational games.
- Collecting archives and other historical resources to be presented on the website.
- Translating materials to be published on the website.
- Uploading the content to the website.