Regionalgeschichte, Archivarbeit und digitale Medien

Gerade gelesen in einem Beitrag von Tony Fox in seinem Blog unter dem Titel „Teaching and learning with digital resources“ von Ende September:

„I have found that people in general, and students in particular, are interested in anything that has a local angle, we like to see the familiar linked to extraordinary people and events, This chapter will present a journey, where the ordinary becomes the extraordinary, allowing teachers to inspire and sustain students interest.
A further incentive for looking at local History is the access to resources. Not only are the resources close geographically, but it is highly unlikely that the resources you will look at will have been studied previously. […] Local History provides the opportunity to study unique and, mostly, fresh resources, something that has in the past motivated my students, it will inspire your students knowing that they are trailblazers, knowing that they are the experts, that they know more about the topic than anyone else. Combined, these factors have a huge impact on the motivation of students. […]

What I really wanted was an actual view of the student’s home town, Stockton, or Middlesbrough, in 1750, 1830 & 1890, this would allow me to expand the assessment to build a scheme examining, in detail, how an actual town had developed. The use of ICT made this more possible, as it enabled me to produce resources specific to the aim of the series of lessons. Using ICT for this activity had two advantages over taking the activity from a Textbook, firstly the activity can use resources specific to our local area, rather than generic resources, and secondly the cost, Textbooks are costly, especially if one uses only one activity from the book, I would not need a class set of Textbooks for one assessment. […] students e-mailed the archives and received digital images in reply, giving us higher quality images to work with […]“

Das ist genau der Punkt und ein gutes Beispiel, wie das aussehen kann, was ich im vorangegangen Artikel meinte. Hier steckt ein großes Potential für den Geschichtsunterricht in der Verbindung von lokaler oder regionaler Geschichte, entdeckendem oder forschendem Lernen mit archivischer Unterstützung bzw. der Nutzung der archivischen Online-Angebote. In Ergänzung zu analogem Material wird Digital recherchiert, gearbeitet, werden die Ergebnisse aufbereitet und präsentiert. Dabei braucht an dieser Stelle wohl nicht mehr erklärt werden, dass sich so ganz andere Möglichkeiten als nur mit Tafel, Heft, Buch und Plakat ergeben.