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    ‘Hi-story Lessons – methods and resources for history teaching’

    Series of webinars

    The webinars are produced for teachers of primary schools and secondary schools working with students aged 13–18, in particular teachers of history and civic education, as well as form teachers especially from Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary and all English-speaking schools. We invite you to participate in these webinars delivered in English and aimed at presenting free educational resources available on the 'Hi-Story Lessons' platform . During the webinars, the webinar speakers will give practical advice on how to use the resources they have developed and discuss how to talk to students about 20th-century history from the perspective of different European countries. The teaching resources are available in English, Polish, German, Slovak, Czech, Romanian and Hungarian.

    Where? The webinars are to be held on ZOOM.

    Enrolment: Sign up for each webinar separately – links to the registration forms can be found below.

    Webinars in Polish

    15 November 2022, 17:00-18:15 hrs (75 min)

    How to recognise historical fake news? Educational resources for history teachers

    Speaker: Łukasz Migniewicz

    During the webinar, we will present a library of educational resources on disinformation and memory conflicts. From the perspective of an author of lesson plans and an active teacher, Łukasz Migniewicz will talk about good practices, sharing his experience and solutions that work well in his work. Influencing the audience by distorting reality, half-truths or creating false content has been with us for a long time. The emergence of new information media, from photography in the 19th century to the spread of the internet and social media, provides unlimited opportunities for manipulation. During the webinar, we will learn about the dangers of DeepFake or fake news. How are they created and how do they spread among internet users? Is it easy to detect covert manipulation? How to use this knowledge to obtain reliable information, including on the war in Ukraine? The scenarios and materials prepared as part of the Hi-story Lessons allow for a relaxed approach to this difficult topic, whether working with primary or secondary school students.

    Łukasz Migniewicz is a historian, educator and coach, city guide, and numismatist. He is the author of more than a hundred articles and several compact publications on broad history, social and climate history and anti-Semitism in the past. Creator of almost 50 scenarios and educational packages for students and teachers of primary and secondary schools; author of dramatised audio pieces on historical subjects and co-creator of educational films devoted to totalitarianism, propaganda and manipulation in the 20th century. He has developed dozens of original historical walks around forgotten (and often overlooked) residential estates of Wrocław, including series revolving around such diverse subjects as public lavatories, schools and crime.

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    12 October 2022, 16:00-17:15 hrs (75 min)

    Infographics, animation and time axis; educational resources for historians. Subject: The breakup of the USSR

    Speaker: Anna Jach

    Description: During the webinar, participants will learn about the free educational resources available on the Hi-story Lessons platform, including infographics, lesson plans and animations. They will consider how to use them in their teaching work. Anna Jach, author of an animation on the causes of the collapse of the Soviet Union, will talk about what to look for when addressing this issue with students and what sources can be used to teach about this period and where to find them. We will consider how to talk about complex processes using phenomena, causes and consequences rather than individual events. The breakup of the USSR resulted in the creation of many new states - including an independent Ukraine. What were the characteristics of the political changes in various European countries that went down in history as the Autumn of Nations? How is the turn of the 1980s and 1990s viewed today?


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    Anna Jach is a historian, holds a PhD in political science and administration, and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Eurasian Studies at the Institute of Russia and Eastern Europe at the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She specialises in the history of the 20th and 21st centuries, with particular emphasis on the history of the USSR and Russia, Polish-Russian relations, political transformation and the functioning of the non-governmental non-commercial sector and civil society in Russia. History teacher at the Third Private Secondary School in Krakow.

    Webinars in English

    23 November 2022, 5-6:15 pm

    How to spot historical fake news? Resources and tools for history teachers

    Speaker: Łukasz Kamiński

    During the webinar, we will present ready-to-use educational resources about disinformation and memory conflicts. Łukasz Kamiński will explain how to verify information available online and show that disinformation has been present in our communication for centuries. Historical disinformation is a very dangerous phenomenon. It can serve to destabilise the internal situation in individual states, provoke and intensify conflicts between them, and damage their international image. Suffice it to mention that the current war between Russia and Ukraine was preceded by a huge disinformation campaign using history as one of its pillars, the aim of which was not only to build a negative image of Ukraine, but also to weaken the role of the Central and Eastern European countries in the European Union. Fortunately, we are not helpless in the face of historical disinformation. The aim of the webinar will be to highlight simple methods and resources available online to help verify information. By developing a few habits in students and teaching them the basic methods used by historians and journalists, we can increase the chances that they avoid being manipulated by the creators of disinformation.

    Łukasz Kamiński – historian, specialising in history of communism and anti-communist resistance. Assistant professor at the University of Wrocław. 2000–2016 at the Institute of National Remembrance, 2011–2016 as its President. 2017–2021 president of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience. Currently Director of the Ossolinski National Institute. Co-editor (with Grzegorz Waligóra) of the history of Solidarity (in six volumes, 2010).

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    19 October 2022, 4-5:15 pm

    Resources for history teachers: an educational kit about the Holocaust

    Speaker: Martyna Grądzka-Rejak

    During the webinar, we will discover free resources available on the ‘Hi-story Lessons’ platform, such as infographics, maps, different sources, lessons plans and animations. Martyna Grądzka-Rejak will present an educational kit about the Holocaust including a selection of very interesting photos and texts from various archives. We will focus on didactical methods applied in those lesson plans. During this webinar, you can learn about the vast diversity of materials offered by the ENRS and the possibility of using them during classes with students. The whole teaching package includes topic since 1933 and Hitler’s/the Nazi’s rise to power, through the mechanism of exclusion, the Second-World-War genocide, as well as post-war dilemmas and changes. Teachers can use it delivering different school courses as well as with students of different age and varied knowledge. The speaker will try to show how those difficult issues can be adopted or included in school curricula.


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    Martyna Grądzka-Rejak, PhD, historian and educator, graduated from the Institute of History at the Pedagogical University in Krakow and the Department of Jewish Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She currently works in the Warsaw Ghetto Museum as well as the Historical Research Office of the Institute of National Remembrance. Her research focuses on the history and culture of Polish Jews the Holocaust and wartime fate of Jewish women and families in particular. She has conducted research in the USA, Israel, Germany and Poland. Her doctoral thesis focuses on Jewish women in occupied Krakow (1939–1945). She has received several awards and scholarships, such as a scholarship from the Foundation for Polish Science and the Polish Prime Minister’s award. She was also a finalist of the Scientific Award of the Polityka weekly. She is the author of several articles and books.