Agora 2018-1 Digital History

Digital Learning | Agora 2018-1 (vol. 53 no.1)

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Digital Learning

Agora vol. 53 no. 1 (2018)

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Front matter

Editorial Dr Jo Clyne

President's Introduction Dr Rosalie Triolo

Reflections on the theme

Equipping the Digital History Student, Teacher and Classroom of Today and Tomorrow
Simon Baker

What is a digital history teacher and what does a digital history classroom look like?

‘Doing History’ – Using Documentary Filmmaking to Teach History
Vanessa Pratt

Using primary and secondary sources and available technology, a group of Year 9 students created documentary films to explain the impact of World War I on individuals and engage with history.

Embedding Technology in the History Classroom
Margaret Simkin

How do our history teachers employ technology for learning in their secondary classrooms?

Technology – It’s Here to Stay, and That’s a Good Thing!
Nick Frigo

It is not only important for teachers to instil a passion for a student’s chosen subjects – including history, of course – but also prepare them for the world they are entering.

Clubbing Together: Engaging Students and Teachers Through History Clubs
Sara Amos and Michael Trumble; Josh Judson

Teachers from two schools describe the energy and achievements of their History Clubs, including extracurricular opportunities such as the National History Challenge and the Kids’ Conference.

Teaching ideas

The Federation Project: A Year 4/5 Inquiry
Emily Fintelman

How can digital technologies be used to bring the stories of history alive?

Virtually There – Digital Excursions with the National Trust
Michelle Kiag

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has developed digital resources that allow students to remotely access significant historical sites and provide them with exciting and valuable educational experiences.

Developing Historical Knowledge, Concepts and Skills with the MY:24 App
Janine Kelly

An introduction to the MY:24 series and free filmmaking app, and how it might be used within the Levels 5/6 History curriculum.

Telling a History Story Using Lego Stop Motion Filmmaking
Patrick Ryan

A high school student describes the process of using apps and everyday items to tell the iconic story of the Great Ocean Road in a prize-winning Lego film.

The University of Melbourne Extension Program – History
Emily Shallcross

This article explores the experiences of secondary school student Emily Shallcross who participated in The University of Melbourne’s Extension Program.

Online Search Strategy
Ben Lawless

The ability to conduct effective online searches and critically evaluate sources are important research skills for students. This article contains essential tips for students and teachers.

Using Popular Culture to Intrigue Your Students
Jem Duducu and Greg Chapman

Exploring the history behind the façade of television, movies and other forms of pop culture.


To Kokoda
by Nicholas Anderson
Reviewed by Phillip O’Brien, McKinnon Secondary College

The Empire Must Die: The Brief Flowering and Brutal Demise of Russian Civil Society, 1900–1918
by Mikhail Zygar
Reviewed by Alexandra Pierce, Brunswick Secondary College

Chronologica: The Incredible Years That Defined History
by Bloomsbury Yearbooks
Reviewed by Rachel Parsonage, pre-service teacher, University of Melbourne

Hunt Them, Hang Them: ‘The Tasmanians’ in Port Phillip 1841–1842
by Kate Auty and Lynette Russell
Reviewed by Michael Adcock, Melbourne Grammar School

While I Can Still Remember ... Norfolk Island
by Lyn Duclos
Reviewed by Julia Vogel, pre-service teacher, University of Melbourne

Greatest Australian Songs (vol. 1) (DVDs)
by Stringybark Band
Reviewed by Rachel Towns, St John’s Regional College

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