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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Twitter ID: @mrallsophistory
I'm currently the Head of Humanities and the Online Learning Coordinator at an international school in Egypt. I teach History to all Key Stages, including CIE IGCSE and A Level and Higher Level International Baccalaureate History. Before moving to Egypt I was the Head of History and an elected Staff Governor at a comprehensive school in the UK for the previous four years.
I was nominated for the national Teaching Awards in 2008 and was shortlisted for the BBC History Magazine/Historical Association History Teacher of the Year award in 2007.
I'm a keen advocate of the use of ICT to help students study History, and run a website (www.mrallsophistory.com) aimed at students and teachers of Modern World History. I have a particular interest in the use of podcasts to aid revision, which were featured in a publication by the Training and Development Agency for Schools Training and Development Agency for Schools as well as an article on digital learning for the Guardian newspaper. In March 2010 I wrote an article for the journal Teaching History, which focused on the use of Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start the Fire" to teach skills of historical significance. The article discusses the use of technology to support the teaching of historical skills.
In the past I ran a website dedicated to abandoned shopping lists, which was featured in the Times Educational Supplement as well as television programs including The Wonderful World of Weird for CBBC and Richard Hammond's 5 O'Clock Show for ITV to explain how this strange hobby links with the skills of an Historian. I also contributed to a feature on the Open University/BBC television production The History Detectives in 2008.
‘We didn't start the fire': using 1980s popular music to explore historical
significance by stealth, Teaching History 137, 2010
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