Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Beyond the Face Showcase

Useful links

There is so much more for students to learn beyond the face

On 7 February a workshop was held at Uni SA by the RSL Virtual War Memorial and DECD to support teachers interested in doing authentic work with their students involving researching servicemen and women from 20th Century conflicts. The workshop was called 'Beyond the Face' because resources such as the RSL Virtual War Memorial provide information that can help students develop a profile of a person beyond a name or picture. Over 70 teachers attended the event and the Minister for Education, Susan Close spoke at the workshop and shared her thoughts on the importance of teaching history to South Australian students - particular for young people to have an awareness and appreciation of the service and sacrifice of so many over time. 


Those attending received a range of resources to take back to their school to continue working with their students on this important area of history. Here are some of the resources and information from the showcase that may be useful for the teaching of history in your school ... or just your personal interest.

* A handout on researching a person: developed by Elsa Reuter, Project officer for the RSL Virtual War Memorial.

* Schools administration Guide for the VWM Schools Program. 

* A document on using original sources from the 'Windows to the Past' resource that was provided to participants.

Many of these resources support teachers preparing students to enter the 2017 Premier's ANZAC Spirit School Prize, being particularly cognisant of the values and potential of the RSL Virtual War Memorial to support this work.

 Some ideas to get started

* Naturally, visit the RSL Virtual War Memorial site at https://rslvirtualwarmemorial.org.au/ 
* Ask your family about an older family member or family friend who served or was involved in the conflict.
* Does your school have an Honour Board or Memorial Wall commemorating ex-students? 
* The first step for individuals who died during wartime will probably be to look them up on the Australian War Memorial website www.awm.gov.au where you will find lots of other useful links.  Start by going to ‘Research a person’ at www.awm.gov.au/research/people/ and entering either a name or service number. 
 * Research in your local library or local history museum for any local history accounts of an individual from your area participating in your selected conflict. 
* Visit the War Memorials in your local area to identify the names of locals who participated in your selected conflict. The RSL website links at www.rslsa.org.au/ may help you with this task. 
* Contact your local Returned & Services League (RSL) (www.rslsa.org.au/) to discuss the Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize task and whether they can help your research.  The RSL is involved in the competition and have communicated details of the competition and study tour to all their branches.  Such personal contact could be invaluable in developing responses. 
* Visit the National Archives of Australia website at www.naa.gov.au/collection/explore/defence/service-records/army-wwi.aspx for detailed war records of individuals.
* Visit the Commonwealth War Graves Commission at www.cwgc.org/ for details  on overseas war cemeteries and graves.

The Premier's ANZAC Spirit School Prize blog
While you are on this blog (http://2016anzacprize.blogspot.com.au), take some time to read some amazing journal entries from the 2016 students who toured Vietnam and some background information on the Vietnam War provided to the students prior to departing.

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