Brilliant day – maybe a world first – we asked kids to run a conference for teachers on using digital technologies in the history classroom at ACU today (27 November 2012).
Facilitated and convened with the support of the History Teachers Association of Victoria (HTAV) – primary, secondary and pre-service student teachers provided their experience of learning and creating new ways of looking at history using a range of social media tools and digital technologies.
Everything from creating apps for iPhones and iPads, using Voicethread, Prezi, Minecraft and other digital story telling were outlined by students. I’ll post more details once we have some photos and approval from the authors to publish their work through HTAV.
For now you might like to think about the Melbourne MCG and the Colosseum in Rome and then compare them through a virtual tour on Minecraft.
For the Colosseum tour you can look at Minecraft on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSli7JpnSA8&feature=related or see the Geelong vs Collingwood MCG Grandfinal at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRYrvnAEKO0
If you’re not from Melbourne and/or Aussie Rules Football is a mystery to you could read Simon Caterson’s comparison on modern football and the games in the Colosseum http://www.theage.com.au/news/general/when-in-rome/2005/09/23/1126982190203.html
Geoff Blainey described the site of the MCG as ‘being on a naturally flat area by the river’ and Jenny Brown recently wrote about this and other sacred sites of the Wurundjeri or Boonwurrung Aboriginal owners, which were noted sacred sites used for corroborees. Of these many are still marked as important meeting places around Melbourne such as the sites of the Melbourne and South Melbourne Town Halls. Of all the places known, the MCG perhaps still resonates the most with ancient spirits, as it has continuously been used as a ritual ground open to the sky.