Teaching Historical Theory through Video Games

Sid Meier's Civilization IV

The potential of video games for teaching history is receiving increasing recognition. However, the greatest emphasis is on their use as tools in secondary education. The few studies focusing on undergraduate education demonstrate the use of games to create an immersive historical experience with counterfactual options.

Free online course on the Battle of Agincourt begins in October

Battle of Agincourt, depicted in A pictorial history of England (1854)

One of the leading experts on the famous Battle of Agincourt will be part of a free online course that begins on October 19th.

Imprisonment, Execution and Escape: Medieval History and the National Curriculum

Yeoman Warder speaking to a group of school children at the Tower of London. Photo courtesy of Represent London, lotterygoodcauses.org.uk.

The final talk in Sesson #1041, Engaging the Public with the Medieval World, looked at what English children are being taught in school. How much medieval history is in the new programme that was released in September 2014? Megan Gooch, Curator at the Historic Royal Palaces breaks down the English system for us in her paper, ‘Imprisonment, Execution, and Escape: Medieval History and the National Curriculum’.

Making the Castle a Home: Creating an Immersive Medieval World Using Live Costumed Interpreters

To pardon or to punish? Children enjoying live stopped interpretation at the Tower of London. Photo courtesy of Past Pleasures.

How does the use of unscripted, adaptive, historical interpretation boost the tourist experience? Right on the heels of our look at the Tower of London’s visitor engagement, we heard a paper from Lauren Johnson, Research Manager for Past Pleasures, the oldest historical interpretation company in the UK who educate and entertain the public at historical sites, museums, on stage and and on TV.

Medieval Baltimore: Using American Medievalism to Teach about the European Middle Ages

Baltimore - photo by Tony Brooks / Flickr

The article describes the experience of teaching undergraduate college students the history of Medieval Europe through individual research projects using the city of Baltimore (USA), its buildings, monuments, museums, and the professional medievalists working and residing in the area.

Free online course on the Magna Carta

King John signs Magna Carta

The Magna Carta and its Legacy begins on Monday, January 12th and runs until February 20th.

Using LEGO to teach the Middle Ages

An enormous model of Westminster abby. Made from Lego . Photo by Les Chatfield from Brighton, England

Here are a few ideas that teachers can use to teach the Middle Ages with LEGO

Teaching Out of the Box: Creating a Lesson about the Black Death

Teaching Out of the Box

A team of teachers is challenged to produce an imaginative and exciting lesson on medieval history inspired by objects given to them in a box.

Rethinking medieval spaces in digital environments

Cecilia Lindhe

Many digital websites and archives of medieval spaces and its objects are not only informed by what we might call a post-romantic notion of aesthetics, they also excise crucial dimensions of medieval materiality and performativity such as touch, smell, movement and sound.

Teaching the Middle Ages to K-12

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Daniele Trynoski reports on Teaching the Middle Ages to K-12: Sites of Encounter in the Medieval World: The History Blueprint Approach

Get Interactive: Teach the Middle Ages for Ages 5 to 25

Teach the Middle Ages for Ages 5 to 25

A list of activities, discussions, and assignments to support teaching the Middle Ages. Many of these suggestions can be adjusted for different ages, but I’ve arranged them in a roughly age-progressive order.

‘The Best Paper Assignment Ever!’ Teaching Medieval Drama Through Writing

Timothy Wright plays Herod in A Medieval Christmas - photo by Tom Sheridan

I still want students to move from the page to the stage, and to think of the cultural contexts of performance in the past and in our present, especially since so much of medieval drama’s richness is only apparent in the fullness of its cultural and historical contexts.

Review of ‘England in the Time of King Richard III’ online course

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Andy C. McMillin reviews the free online course ‘England in the Time of King Richard III’ offered by Future Learn.

How to Get Started in Digital History

How to Get Started in Digital History

Video from a Workshop at the 2014 American Historical Association Annual Meeting

Teaching the Crusades in a World Literature Survey Course Using Interactive Media: An Overview

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The Crusades are such a rich source of literary and historical documents that it can be difficult to decide how to focus an abbreviated lesson in an undergraduate survey course.

A Pedagogical Trebuchet: A Case Study in Experimental History and History Pedagogy

Trebuchet in action - photo by emdee

The case study presented here shows how a project in experimental history applied to a medieval trebuchet was used to solve just such problems by encouraging historical thinking, hypothesis testing of a historical problem, and reinforcing traditional primary source research.

Exploring Medieval European Society with Chess

Animals playing chess

More specifically, it provides educators with a classroom-tested lesson activity for teaching medieval European society content using the game of chess by providing background information on the history of chess, a rationale for including chess in the classroom, and step-by-step procedures to infuse this activity when the topic of feudalism is covered.

University of Exeter to create app showcasing Anglo-Saxon manuscripts

Anglo-Saxon app - photo courtesy University of Exeter

The world’s largest collection of Anglo-Saxon poetry may soon be available on a smart device App, as part of a project initiated by the University of Exeter.

What Kind of Medieval History should be Taught and Learned in Secondary School?

What Kind of Medieval History should be Taught and Learned in Secondary School?  Photo by FRWL

This study presents a reflection on the teaching of history in secondary education. Specifically, it addresses what topics of the history of the Middle Ages are taught and learned and to what end.

Monastic Imagination? A Pedagogical Reflection

Monk tasting wine from a barrel

The medieval view of imagination, in the context of medieval Christian monastic writing, differed in important ways from our modern notion of the term.

The Pennsylvania State University Medieval Garden: Using a Specialized Garden as an Alternative Teaching and Learning Environment

medieval garden

Since its installation, various colleges within the university as well as community groups have used the garden as an alternative classroom for learning activities, educational demonstrations, and events related to the medieval period.

Coloring Pages about the Middle Ages

medieval colouring page

Looking for printable coloring pages to allow preschoolers and young children learn more about the Middle Ages?

Grade 8 Unit Plan: What elements of the 21st Century have their roots in the Middle Ages?

Page from the Domesday Book for Warwickshire, including listing of Birmingham

By studying social, political, and economic aspects of the medieval era, students will better understand why their lives are the way they are now.

Life in Medieval Times – Unit Plan for Grade 8 students

in a book illustration in Giovanni Boccaccio's book De claris mulieribus

The main goal of this unit is to introduce life in the Middle Ages and in turn have the students relate Medieval times to their daily lives.

Medieval Cities of Europe: Click, Tweet, Map, and Present

Medieval Cities of Europe: Click, Tweet, Map, and Present

During spring semester 2010, a long-standing upper-division lecture course, Medieval Cities of Europe, 500-1500 CE, underwent a course transformation. Our goal was to address specific challenges with student engagement that we had experienced in the course

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