Information and communication technologies
The Council of Europe is convinced that history learning can considerably help young people to construct tomorrow's Europe in a spirit of mutual understanding and trust, using a tolerant an pluralist approach with a view to democratic citizenship.
In such European construction, the information and communication technologies provide young people and teachers with tools and resources that can transform the history class. These technologies enable young people to conduct a transverse, plural reading of history by giving them access, on an equal footing with historians, to original documentary sources, transcultural interpretations, conflicting data and multiple perspectives. Helped along by their teachers, young people thus learn to ascertain the degree of validity and reliability of the documentary sources consulted. They must also learn to transcend the essentially narrative aspect of history to secure a transverse and comparative type of history.
Basically, the educational support needed for such learning processes requires teachers to adopt new roles and become, amongst other things, guides and mediators.
Two resources are available on the topic ICT
- The publication "The challenges of the information and communication technologies facing history teaching", 1999, published in the framework of project "Learning and teaching about the history of Europe in the 20th century"
- A seminar report (available in French only) "Les technologies de l’information et de la communication au service de l’enseignement de l’histoire", 2000.