Digital Resources – What Teachers Want!

June 9, 2011 10:00 am

Held at The National Archives, London

This event offered you a pragmatic overview of the issues involved in development and evaluation of online resources for use by teachers in the classroom

 A practical overview of key topics including:

  •      Case studies looking at designing resources for specific audiences and contexts
  •     How teachers use digital resources
  •     Top tips for evaluation and an overview of methodologies
  •     Practical demonstrations of whiteboard technology


What do Teachers Want? – using digital resources in the classroom –  two teachers give top tips of what works for them – opportunity for Q&A

Crit room – a panel including teachers (using volunteers from the audience to navigate the sites) comment on websites designed for use in schools.

Digital Learning Network for Museums, Libraries and Archives AGM.

Developing resources

Case study 1 – The National Archives – Andrew Payne and Claire Horrie talk about the development of a new Victorian resource for primary schools which is highly interactive, has both online resources and downloadable whiteboard material and adopts a particular pedagogic approach to getting primary children to carry out historical enquiries by working directly with primary source material.

Case Study 2 – Newcastle University Special Collections ­Sara Bird will discuss the development of Archives Alive which is designed for Key Stage 3-4 and tells the story of the spread of first outbreak of cholera in 1831-2.  On the same website is an interactive creative writing resource.  Using the stimulus of Victorian images from the archives the children create a story using the starting point of their chosen character, situation, place and object.  

Case Study 3 – Herbert Art Gallery & Museum- Lisa Price will discuss the development of their downloadable resources. The process of putting the packs together will be discussed from consultation with teachers to working with graphic designers and debates within the gallery and museum team.

Evaluating online resources – methodologies and top tips – Martin Bazley, Online Experience Consultant and DLNet Vice Chair