It has been a while since I thought of this idea. The more I look at the history textbooks in schools the more I question the sheer enormity of the content. While I don’t think I will be able to change the syllabus, I do feel I can change students perception of history; The Áed is designed for the student.
It hasn’t been that long since I have left school (#cough) but the transition of technology within classrooms now (iPad,Projectors, Smart Whiteboard) have revolutionized the learning experience. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that every student in the country has some form of smart device, whether that be a telephone or tablet. The amount of information being consumed by a teenager today is far greater than what it was 10 years ago. This has both good and bad consequences. The trouble in dealing with so much technology is not that students are spending too much time on social media, but that this style of research (yes! it technically is research) has shaped how students absorb information. So where does that leave teachers in a classroom with 30 or so students with various learning methods? It’s a tough question to answer, but here is hoping that this website can at least bring the teaching and understanding of history to the masses.
The aims of this website is not to replicate what “less stress” books do or what “history in 10 minutes” podcasts do. I do include notes and blogs to help students study however. No, The Áed is designed for the student to immerse themselves in what history is all about History is all around us, in music, in games and in movies. I learned a lot from these types of media, and the aim of this website is to do the same; to give students the tools to explore history in a modern and social style setting. The Áed will also be offering students study tips and techniques that have been taken from classrooms near and far!
History as a core subject in school is so important. History sparks that quest for knowledge. It gives students a grounding of who they are and equips them with the skills to analyse, debate and question the people and events in life that they will eventually have to come up against. Do not get me wrong, history is a demanding subject, but one that is truly rewarding.
From myself to you the reader, I hope you enjoy this website and enjoy your lifelong quest for knowledge. I am going to leave you with one last comment:
“The great appear great because we are on our knees. Let us rise!”
This statement made by Jim Larkin as seen in the photo above is a cry not just for the workers of this country, but for the educators and students as well.
John Ryan: Author The Áed