Thoughts about teaching and learning issues


30 Great, simple and effective visualisation tools. I’ve stumbled across this excellent list of sites that convert all sorts of facts, figures and data into easy to access visual aids. They range from number crunching apps through to visual tools …Read more »

american civil war casualties

An animated map illustrating the time, place and scale of casualties during the American Civil War has been released. The map utilises Google API alongside other technologies to provide a zoomable map that can be played through, or looked at …Read more »


The Royal Mint have released details of the first of a promised series of commemorative coins that mark the centenary of the First World War. Their choice of the famous image of Lord Kitchener as the figure for the reverse …Read more »

Screen shot from the BL mapping project

A British Library project has recently resulted in over 2,700 maps being digitised and placed online. The Maps were originally created for insurance purposes from 1886 to 1930. Covering most major towns and cities of the UK they can be …Read more »


Europe at the Outbreak of War in 1914 was hugely different to the Europe of today. Not only have the maps of Europe been turned upside down several times but the cities themselves have changed, as have the attitudes of …Read more »

Xmas Truce Photograph

There are numerous iconic and famous photographs of the First World War. Some of the more interesting photographs are those that are a little ‘odd’, quirky or just strange. Here’s a selection of 5 such photographs from the era of …Read more »

Selma Valentine

I’ve just stumbled across an article about Selma Valentine. During the First World War she was highly decorated by the British, winning the Military Medal for action in Russia in 1918. Selma Valentine’s is a fascinating story. Born in Russia …Read more »


I must confess to being a bit of a sceptic when it comes to ‘What if’ approaches to history. It seems a little nonsensical in many ways – certainly academically. However as I know some people like to ponder the …Read more »

Causes of the First World War

Forgotten causes of the First World War. There are lots of well known causes of the First World War. A raft of things that ‘always’ get taught at KS3 or GCSE. In an amongst these there are a number of …Read more »


SOLO (Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes) has been around for a while as a taxonomy and learning / teaching idea. There are loads of sites and books that outline the methods. have created a nice little ‘DIY’ activity generator …Read more »

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