Incorporating Information and Communication Technology tools into the teaching and learning of history has become a common practice worldwide. It is no longer a question of if, but of how to introduce it in the classroom in order to make history education more effective and enjoyable. This book gathers the experiences and reflections of researchers from three continents, based on their own activities and on empirical studies. The contributions concentrate on videogames related to the past, history e-textbooks, and applications for mobile devices with historical content. Some texts deal explicitly with global phenomena, such as the “Assassin’s Creed” or “Colonization” games, some present materials developed for the international market, such as a European e-textbook or mobile phone applications, while others concentrate on local experiences, such as a Chinese e-schoolbag, a Swiss tablet application, Polish and Estonian e-textbooks, or English teacher training. The book is a result, and a reinforcement, of the belief that history educators can benefit from the lessons learnt in other places of the globalising world.
Joanna Wojdon is an Associate Professor at the Department of Methodology of Teaching History and Civic Education at the Institute of History of the University of Wrocław, Poland. She is also a Fulbright alumna, a board member of the International Society for History Didactics and managing editor of its Yearbook, and a co-author of the first history e-textbook in Poland. As a former student of computer science at the University of Wroclaw, she has always shown interest in integrating information technology into the process of teaching and learning history. Other areas of her interest include political and propaganda influence on education, especially in Poland under communism, and the history of the Polish Americans after World War II. Her most recent publications include “The System of Textbook Approval in Poland under Communist Rule (1944–1989) as a Tool of Power of the Regime” in Paedagogica Historica (2015) and a monograph on the Polish American Congress in the Cold War era, White and Red Umbrella (2015).
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