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    Maintaining your own website

    Presentation 17/2/2005 Toulouse by Nico Zijlstra Maintaining your own website Is it worthwhile? 1994: Sintermeertencollege was awarded the title “Computerschool” of the year • 30 computers: but what to do with them? • Computers being used as typewriters •Full potential of the WWW not fully understood •Students as a driving force behind changes  The Unesco Time-project kicks off changes (1995). The Time-project included (and includes) • WWW • Videoconferencing • E-mail • Chat > After the Time-project our schoolmanagment decides to build a website (1995) But after a while the site proved to be too static: Most information is behind a login Problems I have with the school’s website: ICT?  Technology: yes but:  It is a STATIC website, limited Information only  Communication only per e-mail  No learning environment  No interactivity possible  No nested websites  No quizzes  No forum Solution: Build your own! With My own History webpage I’ve been able to realize some of my teaching aims: • I can manage other webbased projects I’ve been doing over the last couple of years: I don’t have to rely on a webmaster of some kind • I’m able to add little tasks to the curriculum: offering extra information tot students, offering them on-line help. • I manage a students forum. Part of it is moderated by students themselves • The homepage keeps you up-to-date with historical or schoolevents. One of the websites is an e-learning environment: it's a database driven website, comining local history with an attractive taylormade e-learning environment:Industrial Heritage • It’s about local history • Resources available to students • Content can be managed by the teacher • Students go step-by-step through their research • Students put their presentations on-line Special feature: • The teacher logs the progress of the student However there are problems in maintaining your own website: Obstacles: – Organizational:  Maintaining is a 1 man job  History Department collegues must share information and educational materials  Schoolmanagment is not happy with this extra website – Technical: Teach yourself in using Dreamweaver/ Fireworks and Photoshop – Educational:  Computers are not always available: I’ve got to book a computerroom – ICT-projects sometimes become homework  History Department collegues stick to books  Not all students are computer-literate  Only 2 Departments write ICT materials: History and ICT But there are solutions:  Have a plan, a structure for what you have in mind – Put it in your school’s curriculum (the best way to get support)  Get backup from the managment/ board of directors  Work in a team! – Don’t do it on your own! – Get involved in the ICT-plan of your school – Good practice convinces lots of collegues – Ask students!  A good Content Managment System gives shared responsibilities  Work with E-Help! Maintaining your own website Is it worthwhile?  Yes,  Because changes are inevitable!  The future classroom could be everywhere and at any time So maintaining your own website:  helps students  motivates students  gives you the opportunity to create your own curriculum  makes teaching up-to-date
  2. I've been working for several years now with Richard Jones-Nerzic. First in Virtual School History Department, over the last couple of years in the E-Help project. This project was initiated in a meeting in Madrid whit Les Albiston, his principal in IST present. It was decided that IST would apply for a Comenius 2.1 grant. Richard Jones-Nerzic was to become the chairman of the project. A inspiring chairman. In the project we were looking forward to have a test-run of the course the members were going to present in Norwich this Spring. The dismissal of Richard Jones-Nerzic puts the project into jeopardy. I hope the board of directors will overturn the dismissal, looking at the achievements of Richard, not only for E-Help, but for the whole of ISTas well.
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    In der ehemaligen DDR wurden oft politische und wirtschaftliche Witze erzählt. Sogar Wikipedia hat DDR-Witze im Programm. Wikipedia, DDR-Witze Diese Witze kann man als subtiler Protest gegen das SED-Regime ansehen. Im NL-Unterricht werden die Witze in Zusammenarbeit mit Fremdsprache Deutsch im Kulturprogramm angeboten. Voraussetzung sind und bleiben Kenntnisse der Geschichte der DDR. Hiereine Vorschau auf DDR-Witze im holländischen Geschichtsunterricht: http://www.sintermeerten.nl/projecten/gesc...d/DDR-Witze.htm
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    Het gebruik van moppen in de les

    Moppen worden veel verteld. Moppen kunnen leuk zijn. In bepaalde omstandigheden is het vertellen van een mop een voorbeeld van min of meer subtiel protest. Denk aan de moppen over de NSB-ers in de Tweede Wereldoorlog: Over NSB-burgemeesters met een twijfelachtige reputatie: Dames gaat U bij de burgemeester op bezoek denk dan aan een slot op Uw broek! Over de verkoop van Volk en Vaderland: Op de hoek van de straat staat een NSB-er 't Is geen man 't is geen vrouw, het is een ras plebeeër Op de hoek van de straat staat hij daar te venten Hij verkoopt (volk en vaderland) zijn Vaderland voor zes rooie centen Als leerlingen de geschiedenis van de DDR bestudeerd hebben, kan met het vak Duits/ Duitse cultuur worden samengewerkt op het gebied van DDR-Witze. Een lesbrief vindt u onder: http://www.sintermeerten.nl/projecten/gesc...d/DDR-Witze.htm
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    Jokes as a source in History

    I've written a simple worksheet/lesson about jokes told by people in the former GDR. Jokes were used as a kind of subtle protest against the SED-regime of Ulbricht and Honecker. I'm using German originals in my Dutch class, but I found a series in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GDR_jokes I'll try to incorporate the English version into my website and publish it on E-Help. A German version can be added as well. During the war in occupied Europe jokes were often told? Anyone a clue where I can find those? An idea perhaps?
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    WWI - causes simulation

    In the worksheet TIMELINE: 28th July: Austria declares war. (not 29th July) http://zis.uibk.ac.at/quellen/rauch11b.htm http://firstworldwar.com/onthisday/1914_07_28.htm I'll send the amendment later. I'll fix it in my versions on my own server http://www.sintermeerten.nl/projecten/gesc...nl/frameset.htm http://www.sintermeerten.nl/projecten/gesc..._D/frameset.htm
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    Simulatonsspiel 1. Weltkrieg

    Oft können "Spielchen" die Kinder meht motivieren als normale Unterricht. Russel Tarr (www.activehistory.co.uk) hat für das E-Help-Projekt ein Spiel über die Ursachen des 1. Weltkrieg ausgedacht. Dieses Spiel ist jetzt auch in deutscher Sprache. http://www.sintermeerten.nl/projecten/gesc..._D/frameset.htm Scheinbar ein einfaches Spiel, aber der Schein täuscht. Mann soll in die Haut von Wilhelm II schlüpfen und seine Entscheidungen nachvollziehen. Zum Schluss müssten die Schüler in der Lage sein eine ausfürliche Antwort zu geben auf der Frage: Wer hatte Schuld? Mit Arbeitsblätter.
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    WWI - causes simulation

    The German version can be previewed here: http://www.sintermeerten.nl/projecten/gesc..._D/frameset.htm
  9. The Dutch government embraces the idea of a History canon. Or simply:"what every citizen in the Netherlands should know about Dutch History". How far can governments go to prescribe the facts of History? Or is it a good thing to start a debate on what's really important? How's the situation in GB, F, D, E, I?
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    WWI - causes simulation

    The Dutch version can be seen here: http://www.sintermeerten.nl/projecten/gesc...nl/frameset.htm
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    How to design, create and maintain a departmental website

    At the moment I'm involved in a project of the Dutch Open University in assessing the way pupils (age 15) use the internet as a source. Although it is about using the internet and not a particular website, the outcome (March 2007) might be of general interest. We're thinking of producing a 'mind map' of variables to assess a website.
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    WWI - causes simulation

    Good idea Only the Maginot bit should be left out, being an anchronism... Could you send me a cd with the complete simulation-web. Ill translate it in Dreamweaver into Dutch and German.
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    WWI - causes simulation

    Good idea Only the Maginot bit should be left out, being an anchronism...
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    Debate on what to teach in History

    You've got a point here, although one can object and say that some factual knowledge is the core of understanding history. The Dutch 'canon' in meant mainly for pupils in primary education and the first 3 years of secundary education (up until the age of 15) Still the canon comes in a time when narrow neo-nationalism is moving forward in 'continental' Europe. Fortunately, the committee which has published the canon wants to start a history debate, not only on the choices they made, but on the facts and history as a cultural phenomenon. In this election year in Holland it's the right-wing politicians who use the canon for their own politcal (narrow minded) purposes at the moment.
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    How to design, create and maintain a departmental website

    This is the approach I like!
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    Dutch History

    In the Netherlands a governmental committee has published a 'canon'of Dutch History. These fourteen “main lines of the canon” are meant to serve as background texts to the fifty windows. They are the red threads running through the history of the Netherlands that indicate the cross-links between the separate windows, thereby helping to create cohesion in the topics, objects, persons and themes featured on the chart. Interesting is to know how the debate on History is going on in your country and what you think of the Dutch approach 1. The Low Countries by the sea 2. On the periphery of Europe 3. A converted country 4. A Dutch language 5. An urbanised country and a trading hub at the mouth of the Rhine, Schelde and Maas rivers 6. The Republic of the Seven United Netherlands: founded on rebellion 7. The blossoming of the Golden Age 8. Business sense and colonial power 9. Nation-state, constitutional monarchy 10. The rise of modern society 11. The Netherlands in a time of world wars: 1914-1945 12. The welfare state, democratisation and secularisation 13. The diversification of the Netherlands 14. The Netherlands in Europe Further reading: http://www.entoen.nu/default.aspx?lan=e
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    De canon van de Nederlandse geschiedenis

    De canon van de Nederlandse geschiedenis is verschenen. Op de Canon pagina's is een eigen discussie forum. Is de canon er van en voor alle Nederlanders? Is de Canon niet erg 'Hollands'? Kijk eens op de pagina's van de commissie Van Oostrom. De canon De canon lijst De canon discussie (aanmelden verplicht)
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    I've been trying the 'post-it' program. Everything works fine , but I seem to have difficulties in saving the html page on the local harddrive in the classtools folder.Great tool though! In the backup email is a .dat file which cannot be loaded into an empty template. Any way to work around this problem? I've loaded the .dat file in microsoft txt-editor and loaded the file in classtools. Apart fom codes in the header the 'post-it' classtool was restored!
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    E-HELP members using MOODLE

    In my school Guido van Dijk might give some advice. I'll send his email address to you soon.
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    Stockholm Meeting

    Thank you Dalibor for hosting us. I'm still singing Kärleksdrycken in Swedish!
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    The pictures I've taken during the Stockholm meeting can be found here: http://www.sintermeerten.nl/projecten/gesc...m%5Fokt%5F2006/
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    Developing Interactive Teaching Styles using an IWB

    That's very interesting - The full article can be found at the following url http://www.tes.co.uk/2276562 and should in my opinion stimulate a debate in every school I've read the full article in TES. Yesterday we had a meeting with teachers: one PPT presentation took almost an hour with 90 slides. I myself felt almost ashamed when I had to do my presentation using PPT. (but fortunately I got help from 3 students explaining the merits of the interview program live!)
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    Thank you Richard and Les

    A very interesting and fruitful conference. I know how hard it is to organise a conference. Well done and thank you Richard and Les
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    Google Earth

    Thank You Russel! I was to quick to post! I'm quite satisfied with the results so far. A couple of months ago the resolution was not that good, but obviously Google has been working on maps in Holland. It's all a matter of time, propably.The potential is there!
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    Google Earth

    I seem not to be able to fiddle around with the opacity of layers. Is it the problem of the free version (4 beta) of Google Earth, or am I doing something wrong?