Project Will Offer Resources To Help History Teachers Engage Students
With Virginia Standards Of Learning
January 14, 2002-- Historians
at the University of Virginia will help the states high school
teachers use the World Wide Web to make history come alive as they
prepare their students for success with the Virginia Standards of
special project is an in-depth Multimedia Guide to the Virginia
Standards of Learning (SOLs) for teachers and students in 11th
grade U.S. and Virginia history, two subjects that must be passed
in order to graduate. A joint effort of historians at U.Va.s
Miller Center of Public Affairs and Virginia Center for Digital
History, the multimedia guide is intended to help history teachers
apply the vast resources of the Web to their standards-based curriculum.
An early edition of the guide is online at http://www.vcdh.virginia.edu/solguide.
completed next year, the online guide will cover all 13 of the required
standards in 11 th grade history, and also all subsections
of the standards, said William G. Thomas III, director of the Virginia
Center for Digital History. All the sections will have a background
essay, a list of recommended reading and an exhibit of multimedia
resources from the University of Virginia and other high-quality
library and university sites. Peer-reviewed by classroom teachers,
each essay will offer background for teachers on the latest scholarship
that underpins the knowledge required in the SOLs. The exhibits
will offer immediate online links to a vast array of valuable teaching
materials, including original historical documents, artwork and
other resources to stimulate learning.
project will supplement the Virginia Department of Educations
teacher resource guide by offering the contextual background for
the standards and the multimedia teaching resources. It also is
intended as a national model for other educators seeking to engage
students as they prepare to meet SOL requirements, said Philip D.
Zelikow, director of the Miller Center. "We hope that it will
make the wealth of online history resources available at universities
around the country more accessible to educators and students alike."
help spread the word about this resource, the Miller Center and
VCDH have published a sample print guide that includes contextual
essays and online, multimedia exhibits for three of the Virginia
standards on Colonial History, the Civil War, and Civil Rights.
guide will be distributed to teachers in 2002-03 at teacher training
workshops being offered by U.Va.s Curry School of Education.
These workshops, funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation, will provide training to over 2,300 administrators and
teachers in Virginia's K-12 schools, who will work with the guide
and disseminate it in their schools. The guide will also be featured
at Virginia social studies conferences and is freely available to
educators, students, and the public.
University of Virginia's Multimedia Guide to the Virginia Standards
of Learning has the potential to extend and transform high school
history teaching. It will allow students to use the same techniques
that historians employ as they view, analyze and interpret primary
resources. The Curry School of Education's Center for Technology
and Teacher Education endorses and recommends this useful guide,"
said Glen Bull, Ward Professor of Education and co-director of the
need support, encouragement and resources to do their jobs effectively,"
said Thomas. "Our goal is to contribute to more effective teaching
of American history in our high schools."
Margaret Edwards, (434) 924-7889