Sorry for not participating so far. I have been out in Germany in a European Council Seminar on Migration Flows and Schools.
John's ideas are very useful to get attention on the media. However, we should not forget our written objectives, for those purposes we got the funding.
Until next meeting in Toulouse we should focus on women's history and try to do the best.
My idea of the final course we are going to give in Toulouse in 2007-2008 is a series of lessons, lectures, workshops... that deal with the different possibilities and potentials that teaching history with ICT offer to European teachers.
I'd suggest striving to achieve the very cutting edge pedagogy and practice that will be of practical use to history teachers as suggested in the E-Help seminars.
Andrew is right here. We have, first of all, to collect the best practice and organise it and show it. The most important is that we have to create new resources that exemplify all the possibilities that teachers can utilise at school.
We also urgently need to make a decision about our web presence - mutiple sites linked together simply won't do. Unfortunately I seem to have been talking to myself over this latter point recently.
I would therefore like to see a clear commitment to agreed topic areas covering a range of age groups, National Curriculums and syllabi sooner rather than later. (...)
why not materials for younger students and their teachers too? The bulk of most history teachers teaching is surely with the younger age groups? There are some very interesting possibilities given the countries we represent.
Andy hightlights three important topics:
First of all, we all don't have to work on just the same topic or topics. From my experience, it is evident that a project is successful when every (or most of) member is working on a topic that he/she likes. We simply should organise in a coherent way different resources on a few topics.
I myself will start teaching in English next year
As Head of Department I have volunteered to teach (firt time in my life) to the youngest students, 12 years old. Geography and History are taught in the same course, history lessons span from Prehistory to Roman Empire, highlighting every event related to Iberia.
I am planning to set up a course on line on that topics trying to introduce most of the different activities that can be used now on the internet. I think that it should be my (and Ramón Burgaleta's) contribution to E-HELP.
This way we will cover a different topic and a different age that most of you. If I have time enough, I will like to contribute on any Cold War topic.
I agree with Andy that we need to set up a project web site asap. However, the debate on it languished. Why don't start with a simple thing? A not very complicated web site that could be used as a common ground which leads to our web sites? I admit that I have no clear ideas on this. We need time to debate it in Toulouse.