Teacher guide

This package uses digital resources to assist students to learn about and apply skills of historical inquiry while undertaking historical research in their community.

Students will use the following historical skills in order to create a digital history for publication:

  • chronology terms and concepts
  • historical questions and research
  • the analysis and use of sources
  • perspectives and interpretations
  • explanation and communication

The following student resources are available:

  • Creating a digital history is an easy to follow step-by-step guide to creating digital histories. Students should familiarise themselves with the content of this guide, which will inform their development of an historical narrative. In Alistair Thomson's interview, the process of preparation and recording of an interview is outlined.
  • Objects as evidence features Dr Moya McFadzean reflecting on her experience as a curator in collecting objects for Museums Victoria's immigration collection. Through Dr McFadzean's interview, students will hear how objects can be used as evidence in historical research and how an interpretation is developed.
  • Photographs as evidence features Michael Reason, curator at Museums Victoria, explaining how photographs can be used in developing stories about the past. Michael uses an example of photographs collected about life in rural Victoria to demonstrate what historical information can be inferred from the photographs.
  • Community stories features Dr Paula Hamilton, historian, discussing her experiences in collecting and interpreting stories from the past.

By viewing these videos students are able to listen to historians talking about their work creating historical texts, and the ways in which historical questions frame and guide research.

The resources support teachers to include historical skills in a scaffolded learning task. Students can work collaboratively to communicate stories based on evidence, and are supported to document and cite sources of information.

The resources can be used with Years 9 and 10.

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