Kevin McCarthy who is the inspector with the Department of Education and Science wrote an article a few years ago outlining some ideas relating to good source work that he has employed in the course of History inspections. It is a really good article that is well worth a read if one is looking for new initiatives to enhance the pupil’s education of History.
Personally, I would certainly be interested in setting up an electronic digital resource system for history, which McCarthy himself was extremely impressed. I am also an avid believer in the use of maps in the class to enhance the students understanding through visualisation.
“A still map on an acetate sheet, or on a handout, can be just as good. Students’ understanding of how close the Falls Road and the Shankhill Road are, or how close the Walls of Derry are to the Bogside, can be greatly enhanced by such visualisation.”