Random history photos

Random history photos that can be printed off and put up in the classroom. I find this works especially good if you have picture of the week of a history “library” so to speak in the classroom.


A Play about the American Revolution


A Play about the American Revolution



P.S. I take no credit for the play – just trying to make it more accessible to those who have emailed looking for a copy ūüôā If you are looking for more resources on the American Revolution please check out this blog by Ms.Dignam –¬†https://5j16missdignamblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/teaching-the-american-revolution/

History – Document, Source and Picture Question

Documents, source and picture questions are a key part of any History class and exam. With the mocks right around the corner it is good to remember how to look at a picture in a historical sense.

Study the pictures carefully:  

Don’t just glance at them. Have a look at what they are, and look at the details, you might be asked a question about one of them.

Read the questions carefully:

If you’re asked to give¬†two¬†pieces of information, don’t just give one. If you’re asked to give¬†one¬†piece of information, don’t waste your time giving more.

The Picture Questions are worth 15 marks altogether. They can be an easy source for marks, but you must not spend too much time on them. Other parts of the paper carry much more marks with them. You should spend only about 10 minutes on the Picture Question.

  • Primary/ Secondary Source
  • Biased
  • Prejudiced
  • What event is it referring to?
  • What‚Äôs happening in the background?
  • Who is in the picture

A few examples which you can use to sharpen the students and it should help with revision with the Cold War Topic.

In this British cartoon from 1948, Stalin watches as the storks fly coal and food into Berlin, but he dares not shoot them down.


Holocaust Memorial Day

With less than two weeks to go for Holocaust Memorial Day I think it’s fitting to raise awareness about this increasingly important day.


This image sends chills down the spine of anyone who knows the horrific background to this picture. For those of you who may not recognise or know this is the entrance into Auschwitz,. Auschwitz is known as one of the most horrific camps to have ever emerge  in human history.

The holocaust is one of the most disturbing ideas to be recorded. This event literally shakes the core of each person who learns of the horrific incidents, plans, thoughts, people who were involved and ultimately lives who were cruelly cut short or left with more horrific devastating pain than we can comprehend.

The Holocaust is a horrific event that should never be repeated. Everything should be done to avoid this occurring again. How we can do this is by remembering the Holocaust as ‘it’s as urgent as ever’ according to the Lincoln group this week.

There are many resources on the Holocaust which can incorporated into many different subjects and lessons. There are a huge amount of resources and websites dedicated to raising awareness about the Holocaust.

Holocaust Education Trust Ireland does a huge amount of work to raise awareness about the Holocaust and the devastating aftermath it has had on those affected and the world. They seek to inform and enlighten in order to prevent another atrocity ever occuring again.

They have a huge amount of resources and information for teachers and students. One of the most important resources they have is survivors testimonies. With personal testimonies becoming fewer and fewer with each passing year, it’s important to listen to these testimonies. A few personal testimonies which are well worth looking are from survivors such as Tomi Reichental, Eile Wiesel,¬†Jan Kaminski,¬†Suzi Diamond,¬†Ingse Radford. Each of these survivors have a haunting testimony of how children witnessed things no human ever should.

Resources for introducing the Holocaust to a class.


For many media resources such as this please check out hetireland youtube channel. There are numerous video clips which can be used in class.

Another resource which can engage students is this interactive map which can engage and introduce the topic.

For further information and resources please check out these twitter accounts! There has been amazing work and research done in order to make people aware of the Holocaust and how we can prevent it from ever occurring again.













Coggle is a clear way to share complex information!

I’m going to try it this week when breaking down the Junior Certificate History Exam for Junior Certificate students sitting mocks soon.

Coggle is great for this time of year as you are able to break down complex topics such as the Plantations into key terms, key figures, dates and results.

Sample on the American Revolution


Sample on A named Ancient Civilization outside of Ireland – Roman Empire

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I highly recommended Coggle for revising topics or going over particularly difficult topics.






Edmodo is a free web based platform which allows both students and parents to connect and collaborate with teachers both inside and outside the classroom.





Safety is seen to be the number one reason why an increasing number of teachers are using edmodo in the classroom.Additionally, it allows students and teacher to communicate with each other outside of the classroom – in a professional manner.

It’s designed to allow social networking in the classroom but in a controlled and safe manner.

Students can post and chat to each other via a wall. You can see the similarity of edmodo to other social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter in its layout in a classroom setting. These familiar layouts can increase student’s confidence in collaborating with others students thus creating an online learning environment which can promote potential among students.

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Students can’t create accounts without their teacher thus there is no spam accounts or false pretence as to who is online. How this is done is each account is set up by a teacher and given a unique code which they can give to their students.

Another appeal is teachers can upload documents as it can be difficult to locate handouts and powerpoints weeks after they have been given out in class.

Additionally, Edmodo is accessible on moblie phones making it ideal to log in and quickly check something while on the go.

Would I recommend it?

The verdict on edmodo is this is one of the most useful and available resources that should be taken advantage of by teachers and students. It also allows for an open communication between the teachers and parents as to what is being covered in class and what notes students should have!

Short tutorial on how to Edmodo is used!

Tutorial on how to get set up with Edmodo.

For more on edmodo try the links and articles below!

  • https://www.edmodo.com/teachers
  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fusionprojects.edmodo&hl=en
  • @edmodo
  • Holland, C. & Muilenburg, L. (2011). Supporting Student Collaboration: Edmodo in the Classroom. In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.),Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2011 (pp. 3232-3236). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
  • http://conference.pixel-online.net/ICT4LL2012/common/download/Paper_pdf/90-IBT18-FP-Kongchan-ICT2012.pdf
  • Sanders, K.S. An examination of the academic networking site Edmodo on student engagement and responsible learning. Ph.D. thesis, University of South Carolina.
  • https://www.edmodo.com/images/rttd/Edmodo_RTTD_Overview.pdf
  • Batsila, M., Tsihouridis, C. & Vavougios, D. (2014). Entering the Web-2 Edmodo World to Support Learning: Tracing Teachers’ Opinion After Using it in their Classes. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 9(1), 53-60. Kassel, Germany: International Association of Online Engineering.
  • Batsila, M., Tsihouridis, C. & Vavougios, D. (2014). Entering the Web-2 Edmodo World to Support Learning: Tracing Teachers’ Opinion After Using it in their Classes. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 9(1), 53-60. Kassel, Germany: International Association of Online Engineering.








Storybird is a Web 2.0 Tool which is an excellent tool for encouraging literacy and creativity in the classroom.


In a learning scenario, ‚Äústarting with pictures‚ÄĚ is powerful: it stirs the emotions while it engages the brain and jumpstarts students into their text, avoiding the blank-page syndrome. And it’s effective.

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As stated on their website it allows students to overcome blank page syndrome which they can suffer when they feel pressured and overwhelmed when trying to think outside out the box when it comes to essay writing and creative lessons.



Visual storytelling for everyone.

A platform for writers, readers, and artists of all ages.

As storybird is free to use and an accessible platform for all ages it could encourage students and family to create a story Рwhich allows students families to feel more connected in their students learning.


Also, it allows for communal projects and collaborations between both students and classes. This cross over can led to a library of books which can be sold and published if it’s wished through the paid feature to download and sell a book created. This incentive to allow students work to be sold and publish work can not only build up the students and schools portfolio but raise much needed funds for schools.


A massive attraction of Storybird is that it can be used with any devices, whether it be a phone, a tablet, a laptop, a netbook or a school computer.





One other feature which I would encourage when using storybird is the use of paragraphs. For History and English paragraphs play a huge part in the layout of essays and the overall presentation/impression mark.





no collection data

One other feature of storybird which makes it very attractive in a classroom and school setting is due to the simple fact that it’s a private website no data is collected. A rising problem with websites is the collection of data and the risk this poses for users in the future.


Also, incase you missed this little bit of information earlier – it is free to use!

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For more on storybird check out these resources!

                                                                                                                    prezi logo https://prezi.com/kmgpwvqpwde7/introduction-to-storybird/


Web 2.0 – History Hub



Another great history resource is History Hub.

History Hub is a great resource for senior cycle history and even an undergraduate standards.

It has excellent resources for Junior and Leaving Certificate history and with the 1916 Rising coming up listening to Podcasts is an excellent way to engage students in the classroom and get them motivated in helping commemorate 1916.

Additionally, one feature of History Hub which I enjoyed is their From the Archives section of their website. More and more it’s noticeable that students are losing out on engaging with primary and secondary sources as we are teaching for an exam. Though true it’s great to be able to use primary sources from archives whereas possible.

(Images of the 1916 Rising aftermath)

Additionally,for T.Y. and senior cycle history students can use the website to get ideas for Research projects and topics.

Another simple fact about History Hub which makes it worth checking out is it’s updated regularly and they have a mailing list which you can subscribe to. I found this idea appealing as I sometimes forget what website I saw a great resource on but if I’m on their mailing list a quick search of emails usually turns up what I was looking for.

Look up?


In today’s world we are completely immersed in technology. Recently, while reviewing Web 2.0 tools and looking at how to incorporate new ideas into the classroom. For example I used the star wars and arcade generator off classtools.net. Though these web 2.0 tools are marvelous to use and explore it’s easy to forget how immersed in technology we are becoming.

It’s sometimes easy to forget to look up at the world around you. One prime example of people forgetting to look up at the world around us is at the Bus stop.


While we stand at the bus stop we are all culprits of having our phones out and checking our phones for updates and news.

Though I see the benefit of the being immersed in technology I think it’s wise to remind ourselves of how to put away technology, even for a brief period in time.



Free online Irish history class




Earlier this year Trinity launched a free online history class which drew the attention of thousands of people – over seventeen thousand to be exact!

The MOOC is available for anybody with an internet connection and five free hours a week. The course can be taken at the student’s own pace with video, assignment and online discussion with other students and will also offer the opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation on completion of the course. Students can also use the hashtag #FLirishlives to interact with other learners. (Ciarán Brady)