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Presentations in the Heerlen meeting

Nico Zijlstra

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Interested in Moodle? I might arrange a presentation of Moodle in Sintermeerten.

Moodle does need to be part of the course as it is increasingly the favoured VLE option of many secondary schools

I completely agree. I think we should include something about Moodle in our course.

My young collegue Guido van Dijk will show how Moodle is being implemented in Sintermeertencollege on Friday morning.

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I'm working with a presentation about "Oral History - Children during WWII". This will include the following parts;

1. Background

2. A short presentation of the main ideas of this project

3. Some general ideas about the interviews

4. Samples from three different interviews (using Adobe Premiere)

5. How to implement this project at a school...

6. Future ideas and hopefully - good feedback

More details will follow after the presentation in Heerlen.


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1. Supporting Trainee teachers online

2. Developing online resources on Women's History for Specialist College Trust Teachnet Project

3. Digital video project with Help the Aged

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I started the project "ORAL HISTORY PROJECT - CHILDREN DURING WWII" on my website. Here is the address:

E-HELP Oral History Project - Children during WWII

I have some material that I'm going to publish but I would like a little input from the group before I do so. I will talk about this during my presentation.

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1. I had so far produce three picture series which are describing the fate of women (and men) who did participate in resistance movements or being persecuted by communist regime.

The first story “The attack on SS Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich” deals with the assassination of “Reich Protector” Heydrich in Prague and the Czech resistance movenent who were involved in this courageous deed.

The text of this story is written in English.

The second story “Stories of Injustice” ("Příběhy bezpráví") is 12 mini stories of Czech people, eight men and four women who were persecuted mostly during the fifties when the communist regime started to reshape Czech Republic. The text of the story is in Czech.

The third story is about Czech “iron curtain” called “The Stories of Iron Curtain” (“Příběhy železné opony”) at the time of communist regime.

My thought with these two stories is to put the parts telling about women together. The result should be a digital story made in Premier or Movie Maker with English speaking voice guiding the viewer through.

I´m prepared to show these three stories during my half hour long presentation.

2. I also had done two filmed interviews, each approximately 60 minutes long.

One of the interviews is made with Dana Zatopkova, javelin gold medallist from Helsinki Olympic. At the same Olympic her husband Emil Zatopek took unprecedented 3 gold medals in three running events.

For those who do not know the Zatopek story you can read about it at:


The other interview was made with Julie Hruskova. Julie Hruskova crossed repeatedly Czech borders with Austria and West Germany after the communist regime established itself as the ruler of Czechoslovakia, helping persecuted persons to escape. Julie Hruskova became also active resistance fighter against the regime but was betrayed, sentenced to 15 years of harsh labour and served 11 years in prison camp. As other women political prisoners she got amnesty 1960.

These two interviews, done last week are still on film cassettes.

3. I also published my earlier contributions at E-HELP homepage. It could be view at:


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The fact that IES Parque de Lisboa and CAP Alcorcón missed the Gothemburg meeting has kept us a bit apart from the dynamics you started up there. As a consequence, we have not dealt with subjects such as video editing or story telling.

At the same time, the perspective of our teachers training course in Toulouse in 2007 getting closer has prompt us to be quite practical in our contribution to our project.

We are 10 institutions involved in EHELP and we are very probably giving a five day course in Toulouse. I don’t mean that we have to share our workload in an exact mathematical proportion, but I think it may be a good idea if every institution starts thinking of being in charge of “half day” of the course. This is just a way to begin organising our residential training course.

Teachers from all over Europe who teach history to students of a broad range of ages will be our “public” in Toulouse. I believe that we have to offer them a course which deals with different features of teaching European history by using ICT and internet. We should not only focus on a few topics.

Although we were an all men project, fortunately not anymore, we chose “Europe's other half: history of women in the 20th century” as a common subject to work on during the first phase of our project.

Most of us are history teachers. However, there is a second language aspect of our project that I consider to be very interesting and relevant for the next future. A growing number of European schools have undertaken the teaching of some subjects in a foreign language. This foreign language is usually English. History is quite usually one of the subjects which are being taught in a foreign language.

After an agreement between the Spanish Education Ministry and the British Council, my school, IES Parque de Lisboa, has just started a bilingual section. 12 years old students, coming from a Primary School where they were taught several subjects in English, have begun their Secondary Education. Geography and History subject meet the guidelines of the Integrated Curriculum in Secondary Education agreed by Spanish Education Ministry and the British Council.

This first year curriculum is divided into five topics:

A Journey trough prehistory

Here http://www.historiasiglo20.org/prehistory/index.htm or here http://perso.wanadoo.es/principios/prehistory/prehistory.htm you can see what we have already done.

• Ancient Civilisations: Mesopotamia and Egypt

• Ancient Greece

• Roman Civilisation

• Roman Hispania and Roman Britain

The curriculum will be based on Middle Ages in the next second year.

IES Parque de Lisboa will focus on the application of ICT on teaching history and will try to create a broad range of resources based on the previous topics. CAP Alcorcón will focus on second language matters which are relevant to teaching history in a bilingual context.

Our contribution will be targeted to 12-13 years old students in the first stage of the Secondary Education and will deal with Prehistory, Ancient Age and Middle Ages. I think that this age range and historical periods differ from the rest of EHELP partners’ contributions. It is positive for our course in Toulouse in summer 2007.

As far as ICT is concerned, our main contribution is using Flash Macromedia software. Apart from uploading written and iconic information relevant for 12-13 years old students and different interactivities as quizzes, we (Ramón Burgaleta is the expert) have commenced to elaborate Flash animations to be used as presentations in our history classrooms.

Although the newer versions are more and more user-friendly, mastering Flash is a quite complicated task for most of history teachers. However, Flash animations can be extremely useful in a broad range of aspects of our teaching role.

I think that we can solve this problem by using Captivate and Articulate software. Captivate permits to create Flash and stand alone files in a very easy way. It is an excellent tool to create attractive and didactic presentations to be used in our classrooms. Articulate Quizmaker allows us to elaborate a broad range of different sort of quizzes that enhance a web site interactivity.

As a consequence we intend to divide our “half-day” contribution to our final residential course into:

• A short introduction on the resources we have been elaborating for these three years (Spanish Women's history in the 20th century and Prehistory, Ancient Age and Middle Ages for 12-13 years old students).

• A hands-on workshop based on Captivate and Articulate software. Attendees will carry out some practical exercises on elaborating relevant resources and activities to be used in their history classrooms.

IES Parque de Lisboa contribution to the project is being made in unison with CAP Alcorcón. This institution’s representative, Charo Requejo, is focusing their work on setting up English language activities that deal with the special features involved in teaching history in English in a non-English language context and editing English texts to be uploaded on our web site. Both institutions are coordinating their work so that they manage to be in charge of one whole day of our residential course.

Here you can see some interactivities included in our Prehistory web site:

History Activities set up by using an easy to use softare, Webquestions

English Language Activities set up with Excel and designed for non-English speaking students. They are also available in a Pdf file English Language Activities. Students can fill them in on line and then print and hand in to their teacher.

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Here you can see some examples of Flash animations

Hominisation process - Timeline


Neolithic Revolution


Prehistoric Cave Paintings


Please, copy and paste the URLs. I have been trying for a long time to write a proper link, but something does not work

Here you can find the software I spoke about in my presentation:


Articulate Quizmaker

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I will be giving a presentation on the making the video on the life of my 91 year old mother. I will also be talking about the interviews with people who have been involved in interpreting events from the past. Either as historians, journalists, cartoonists or as active participants in past events.


I will also be talking about other projects I have been working on including:

Children in the Second World War:


Impact Resources: First World War


Impact Resources: Resistance


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