WWW SITES WITH HISTORY RESOURCES
History teachers will find a number of comprehensive well organized indices to history resources on the Internet. We recommend particularly the World Wide Web Resource Pages. These are arranged by topics. periods or sites of interest for K-12 educators. A quick search with one of the Internet search tools such as Yahoo or Point Communications Web Reviews (see History, News, Archeology) and Culture should help you locate a number of invaluable sites with history or social studies information.
We recommend : the "Index to History Resources" at the University of Kansas Web server , Mississippi State's "Historical Text Archive on the Web" , University of Pennsylvania's Eighteenth-Century History Resources , Georgetown University's "Labyrinth: A World Wide Web for Medieval Studies" , ArchNet, an index of archaeological resources available on the Internet from University of Connecticut's Department of Anthropology , as well as The Archaeological Resource Guide for Europe, Library Exhibits on the Web from the University of Houston libraries, "ROMARCH: On-line Resources for Roman History" located at the University of Michigan , The Rome Project (a collection of Internet resources relating to the Roman Empire), Forum Romanum,(detailed chronology of Roman history), Tufts University's Perseus Project (an Evolving Digital Library on Ancient Greece and Rome), and Oxford University's "World Wide Web Virtual Museum Home Page". To access course materials delivered by the World Wide Web. the University of Texas 'World Lecture Hall' is an excellent site.
INTERNET DIRECTORIES FOR K-12 HISTORY TEACHERS
A site which specializes in K-12 Internet resources for history and social studies teachers is Dennis Boals' "History/Social Studies Web Site for K-12 Educators" which is frequently updated and houses a wealth of resources. For regular visitors there is a weekly update of the 'What's New' section.
Another Social Studies Index which provides informative descriptions of its
curriculum resources for K-12 teachers is Houghton Mifflin Social
Studies Center. Other sites for finding valuable history-related
resourses on the Web are Kathy
Schrock's Guide for Educators and Blue
Web'n Learning Applications Library (part of Pacific Bell's
'Education First' Initiative in California). Other meta-resources
aimed at the K-12 educators areStudyWeb
which reviews and categorizes focused academic sites with new sites
added weekly by their team of researchers and the Schools of California
Online Resources for Education SCORE
History/Social Studies Resources.
BROADCASTING CORPORATIONS ON-LINE
Some broadcasting corporations are combining Internet resources with broadcast services. These include the US-based Public Broadcasting System PBS Online, The Discovery Channel, "National Public Radio On-Line" and the British Broadcasting Corporation.
PURCHASING HISTORY-RELATED MATERIALS ON-LINE
As the Internet becomes more commercial there are several Web-based outlets where teachers and students of history can purchase a variety of related course materials. For example, Washington-based WAE is a CD-ROM reseller specializing in history titles. A good source of information for ordering books via the Internet is Seattle-based warehouse Amazon.com. At both sites the visitor will find online order forms and and searchable catalogues which can be viewed or downloaded. Orders can be placed from outside the US and there is information concerning payment and shipping costs. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting in the US also has an online store which offers a selection of books and videos of its televised programs.
An essential resource for history teachers wanting to explore the Internet is the 'Argus/University of Michigan's Clearinghouse for Subject Oriented Internet Resource Guides'. Graduate students from the Michigan's library science department have written a number of very useful resource guides which can be downloaded, printed and used to locate specific listserv discussions, archives, and other Internet-based history resources. These guides are frequently updated and new titles are being researched. Resource guides are free and are available at the University of Michigan's WWW and gopher servers.
USING THE INTERNET TO TEACH HISTORY: PAPERS AND ONLINE PRESENTAIONS
New Tools for Teaching
For history teachers interested in knowing more about how to use the Internet in their classrooms there are several excellent articles which can be downloaded and shared with colleagues. The first, 'New Tools for Teaching' written by Professor James O'Donnell, classicist at the University of Pennsylvania, is an "interactive World Wide Web exploration and demonstration of practical applications of Internet technology for teaching" . Professor O'Donnell who has published several Internet-based history projects (including "Augustine on the Internet" and "Worlds of Late Antiquity") shares his experiences of teaching using Internet-based resources which are already available.
Professor J. B. Owens from Idaho State University in his talk 'History On-Line: Teaching on the Internet' which he gave at a 1995 colloquium "Cyberhistory: The Role of Communication in the Craft of History" describes his own experience as a student of O'Donnell's on-line course 'Boethius'. In his paper he draws conclusions from his own experience as a student and outlines what he sees as the potential for himself and other teachers of history to utilize current applications of network technology for pedagogical purposes. In 1996 Professor Owens gave a talk The Computer-Mediated Revolution in Teaching and Learning with a supporting list of World-Wide Web links.
Authentic Learning on the WWW: A Research Model of Instruction
Howard Levin's 'Authentic Learning on the WWW: A Research Model of Instruction' is a concise and informative set of presentation slides for a workshop given at an educational multimedia conference in January 1996. In his presentation Levin discusses the hows and whys of integrating Internet technology into the curriculum as well as offering a WWW Research planning model and several student projects as examples.
History and New Media
George Mason Universtiy has launced a web site dedicated to History and New Media which includes articles of potential interest to history teachers. One article entitled Brave New World or Blind Alley? American History on the World Wide Web appeared in the Journal of American History, (June 1997) . The second article Historians and the Web: A Beginner's Guide
is a version of a review essay which was published in the December 1995 issue of American Historical Association's .Perspectives.
NCET: Highways for Learning
Offering a more British perspective, the National Council for Educational Technology's recently published book 'Highways for Learning' outlines several ways in which the Internet could be developed to support various subjects in the British curriculum. Chapters from the book are available from the NCET web server at Warwick University. Steve Clayton's excellent on-line dissertation "Education and the Net" expands on some of the ideas in the NCET study and discusses the relevance of Internet-based resources for particular subject areas (including history) and includes links to other resource collections, projects and British schools on the Net.
Reinventing Schools: The Techology is Now
As part of their ongoing programs in science,mathematics, engineering, and technology education, the
National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering sponsored a convocation entitled
Reinventing Schools: The Technology Is Now on May 10-12, 1993. Nearly 100 speakers-including a number
who joined the convocation by satellite-discussed the issues associated with the role of technology in the K-12 educational system.