The Viking Network
"Database creation" is another form of information collection. An excellent example of a historically focused database project is 'The Viking Network'. Teachers and historians were asked to create information sheets detailing the history of the Vikings in their geographical area. One of the history teachers in our secondary school wrote a detailed description of the Vikings in the Netherlands. Information from the participating schools was sent to the organisers and each participant was encouraged to share the 'info-sheets' among themselves and their students. (See article The Emergence of the Viking Network.)Several student projects resulted from this on-line collaboration. One entitled "The Raid" is a simulation of a Viking raid which took place via electronic mail between primary school students in Ireland and Denmark.
"Viking Net" has created a rich source of teaching materials and also a link to other support materials. For more information and links to a host of Viking-related sites, visit the Viking Resources on the Net. as well as a list of Viking-Related School Projects on the Net .
The California Web Project
The California History Web Project (CalWeb) showcases a growing collection of research by California's learners and teachers reflecting what they have learned about their state's history. Contributions focus on discovering and revealing local sources of information and other sources of primary information not normally found in school textbooks. By using such sources, this project adds valuable "new" information to the body of "knowledge" about California. (The project also includes procedures and processes for peer review of published information so that a system of information validation and authentication will also be included.) (See related Internet resources on the History of California.)
The Atlas of Canadian Communities
Canadian students helped to create a virtual database of regional information in a project called "The Atlas of Canadian Communities" sponsored by the "National Atlas Information Service of Canada" (as part of an educational project "National Schoolnet Atlas" ). Students from as far afield as Whitehorse (Yukon Territory) to Maitland (Nova Scotia) completed questionaires on the history of local place names, community overviews, things to change about their communities and aspects of their community life which they enjoyed most as part of a project on interactive learning about Canada and its communities.
CANADIAN HISTORY ON THE INTERNET
Additional information about Canadian history can be found at CanadaDisk (an extensive collection of historical images organized into topics and eras), Glenbow (a center of history and art in Western Canada including a regular feature entitled This Week in Western Canadian History ), The Hudson Bay Company Digital Collection a History of the Northwest Coast of Canada, (first person accounts from the European/Indian contact period including journals from fur traders, Indian prophets, and ethnographers) and from the University of Saskatchewan test your knowledge of the above with their World History & Canadian History Quiz online.