SECONDARY SCHOOL HISTORY DEPARTMENTS ON THE INTERNET
There are already some high school history/social studies departments on-line (e.g. Time Space Social Studies Ring) and this is surely to become a popular extension of the traditional secondary school.
Pleasant Valley High School (California)
Brett Silva and his students from the History Department of Pleasant Valley High School in Chico California have published an impressive collection of student research projects from their IB history courses. ( IB Student Productions) In addition, Mr Silva has posted course assignments and Internet resources for his students'research. Finally there is an archive of previous students' projects organised around the topic of The Scramble for Africa. Mr Silva welcomes comments and contributions from fellow IB history teachers and their classes. The site is an impressive example of the power of the Internet to promote student collaboration and extend scholarship beyond the classroom walls.
Mountain View High School (California)
Ron Giardina who teaches a course on Modern European History AP in Mountain View, California, has created an information rich site Links to the Past. Using "the incredibly rich and diverse array of information on the Web", Mr Giardina has linked course topics to relevant information on "movements, ideas, events, and personalities" of the period. Topics include The Struggle For Constitutional Government in England, The Absolute Monarchy of Louis XIV, Peter the Great , The Scientific Revolution and The Enlightenment or Age of Reason . Teachers and students of modern European History are "cordially invited to take a journey through time using the World Wide Web". Recently Mr. Giardina has included a number of other teacher collaborators with links to the site and issues an open invitation for others to develop a webpage on a related topic. This is surely one of the most comprehensive and innovative resources on the Web--a good starting point for teachers wishing to do online research or planning their own syllabus-related sites.
North Hagerstown High School (Maryland)
One of the most creative history projects using Internet resources has been launched by George Cassutto from North Hagerstown High School in Maryland. Entitled The AP US History Essay Review Project, Mr Cassutto and his class invite others to review his students' essays on-line "critiquing both accuracy of content, thesis development, factual support, and documentation of sources". For more information on these projects see related article by George Cassuto Social Studies and the World Wide Web.
Sterling High School (Colorado)
Likewise, Nelson Schroeder, teacher of civics and American history in Colorado, has developed an exciting project site for his history students. In addition to active e-mail correspondence with Mr Cassuto's classes in Maryland, Mr Schroeder's students have been engaged in several history projects which they have published on their school's Web pages. In particular, they have completed an in-class simulation of the Treaty of Versailles which they describe and have concluded their study with a series of "reaction and opinion essays related to their study of World War I and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles" (see Treaty of Versailles Project).
Hinchingbrooke Secondary School (England)
Duncan Grey and students from Hinchingbrooke School in the UK have created a Web site Battlefields of WW I which includes information from a World War I Virtual Field Trip, student reactions to the experience and e-mail letters which they exchanged with students from Belgium with their impressions of visiting similar battlefields in their area (See Belgian students'reactions.)
These kinds of on-line initiatives show the power of the Internet to broaden the scope of the traditional history classroom and gives students and teachers the opportunity to publish for a much wider audience.