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Friday, 24 January 2014

Ro Burns, WT. Cosgrave's Great Grandson

Ro Burns (1Z) is a young historian with a significant familial connection. Here he is pictured with  An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, his  great uncle Liam Cosgrave Snr and his father Ronnie Cosgrave.

These photos were taken at James's Street Dublin at the unveiling of a plaque marking the birth place of his great grandfather W.T.Cosgrave.

Here is another PowerPoint presentation from our Second Years. This was created by Aoife Lynch in my class. Hope you all enjoy.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

The Belfast Blitz

Senior History Students have been investigating the Belfast Blitz. Here is a link to a collection of eye-witness accounts of the events.

Have a look at this video clip with footage of Belfast in the 1940's:

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

The Age of Exploration/Expansionism

Junior History teachers have been busy last term working with students on the Age of Exploration. We encourage an in depth study of an explorer during this time period. To engage our students we used differentiation by product. Students could produce their research in their preferred learning style. Students found this most enjoyable. Over the next few posts we will be sharing some of their creations.

Follow the link to see Victoria Keogh's (2G History)  PPT on the voyages of Christopher Columbus

Using PicCollage to create visual memory aids with Keywords

PicCollage is a a fantastic app that allows you to use images from the web to create a colourful collage. Students in my first year class have been using the app to memorize keywords from a given topic. This creation comes from Maebh Stebbing in 1Y.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014


Welcome to our blog! The NC History Department is getting into the social media scene so we can connect better with our students and staff. We will be posting information about future events, current department news, and tips for achieving success in your studies. We encourage visitors to engage in our posts and share their input. We look forward to hearing from you. Please check out our Twitter page @HistNC for more information about what the NC History Department is doing.

So for our first post we would like to let you know about another enthusiastic historian called John Green. He has created a series of videos that will really help you grasp a historical topic. Check out this short video on the Roman Empire from his Crash Course World History series.