Web 2.0 – History Hub

http://historyhub.ie/

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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.

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Where have all the teachers gone?

Reading a recent article from tes.co.uk. Upon reading a recent article from tes.co.uk I became slightly alarmed by the opening paragrapgh,

Last week, PGCE history courses run by some of the most prestigious universities in the country, including mine, faced closure because a national limit for the number of trainee teachers had been reached.

Closing universities because they had reached their national limit? Shouldn’t a greater demand highlight the need to keep universities open?

Further reading of this article has astounded and open my eyes to the world of how education can be repeatedly underestimated in it’s importance and value in society.

However, according to the article there was a

“Twitterstorm” created by those deeply concerned about the threat to these PGCEs, and the potential of not being able to recruit excellent candidates, helped the Department for Education to think again.

This again shows the importance of teachers communicating with each other online can have an impact.


 

Again, another point  which caused more concern was the mention of History and English as subjects once again coming under scrutiny. Again and again history is a subject that is being threatened despite the need for history in our schools today. We need to educate students about the past in order for them to understand how and why the world is the way it is today. Once again, I’ve been left feeling that the importance of history in schools today is being underestimated.


 

Though this article is focusing on education in England it is a concern as it highlights how teachers and subjects are being threatened by the shift in society. Should we in Ireland be conscious of what’s happening considering the recent outburst surrounding Religious Education last week?


 

The concerning article if you wish to read about it: https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/governments-misguided-recruitment-policy-promotes-anti-intellectual

 

 

Fiat Chrysler is Giving Free College Tuition to Employees’ Spouses and Kids

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This image provoked many raised eyebrows. For those of you who don’t know the background to this image is of graduating students displaying how much debt they are in upon graduating from an American university. Though they may have had the best education in the world – the debt they are in is questionable.

However, on the flip side – Starbucks and Fiat Chrylser are giving free college tuition to families which can offer a lifeline to some students.  Source: Fiat Chrysler is Giving Free College Tuition to Employees’ Spouses and Kids

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with the cost of American tuition here is a blog on the top 10 most expensive colleges in america. Source: https://blog.4tests.com/top-10-most-expensive-colleges-in-america-are-they-worth-it/