HOW CAN YOU USE THIS APP IN THE CLASSROOM?
This app makes Historical Concepts and Skills more meaningful by connecting to the stories of others. Where some apps focus on battlefields, accounts of battles and leaders; this app models ways to research the small stories of WW1.
WILL YOU ADD TO CASE STUDIES?
The idea of the app is for students to use the case studies, links and activities as research models so that they can be guided to write and illustrate their own case studies. We will update the app with other resources and activities within the app and on our support website. The app provides the opportunity for independent work on a soldier or nurse or a family member. Students can analyse, sustain research, re-purpose the information they discover and publish it to share. We let them be the historians rather than have the history ‘done’ for them; a key way is to engage with the primary documents, online resources and families.
HOW DOES THE APP ENCOURAGE DEEP LEARNING AND CONNECTION TO THE HISTORY OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY?
The app can be used to make the chronology of the war clear through examples of soldiers or nurses who served in the campaigns or battle fronts Australia was involved in. Often students are not clear about the difference between WW1 and WW2 or the relationship between Gallipoli, the Western Front and the campaign in the Middle East.
The student body at a school can, over the years, build research of individuals from the local area. The story of soldiers or nurses linked to families in the local area could be built upon each year; a sound archive of letters could be transcribed and read, performances could be based on letters and research and thus provide a real and wider audience for historical research and work by students.
Students can create a text for next year’s students.
Students could transcribe letters and add to the historical records. National Archives are looking for people to transcribe handwritten documents from files. Trove wants volunteers to proofread and correct computer generated text from old newspapers.
The information found as a result of using this app can also be linked to other apps; find out about people using our suggestions and then find out about battles hour by hour using other apps such as the ABC’s Gallipoli, Fromelles and Pozieres and Beersheba free apps.
HOW DOES THE APP PROVIDE FOR INDIVIDUAL CHOICE, INTEREST AND COLLABORATION?
Students can look at the service files in the National Archives of:
– a family member
– a family member- a soldier or nurse born where they were born
– someone who was born or who enlisted in the town in which they currently live,
– someone with their family name- choose someone randomly from the files.
Students could collaborate on one aspect or one soldier. The research, individual or group, could be related to their studies but could also contribute to school commemoration ceremonies each year for Anzac Day or Remembrance Day.
There were and are many projects, books, websites and exhibitions in relation to the centenary of WW1. Research is a way we can sustain and introduce students to their local history or family history during and after the centenary events. This app includes a wide range of links to appropriate research to make research easier.
Students could be encouraged to work as a history detective through discovering a wider life story, deciphering handwriting and persisting to solve problems.
An end point could be that by using research, students create an exhibition of what they have discovered. They could curate actual objects or photos of objects or documents they have discovered through their research, like the ones professionally curated, but for the community in which the students live.
HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING ON THIS APP LONG?
About two years developing the way the app looks. The content and research is the result of many years of family history research.
HAVE YOU USED THIS IN CLASS?
Yes – the materials have been trialled over three years. Students at Wodonga created a performance based on the research of local soldiers and nurses to their peers, descendants of those they had researched and also presented their dramatic performance of letters to army personnel at a local army base.
IS IT AVAILABLE ON IPHONE?
We are working on it now and the iPhone version will be available soon.
WHAT SORT OF INFORMATION IS IN THE AFTER THE WAR SECTIONS?
Often studies of WW1 end at WW1 or 1918 but the stories of the soldiers and nurses did not end there. Information can be gained from their files, newspapers and families. Extending the study a little leads in to the timeline and events studied in Year 10.
Our case studies and ideas for research include the legacy of community involvement by those who returned, involvement in WW2, Soldier Settlement and the establishment of war cemeteries.