An educational application for working with historical sources
With the help of numerous interactive tools, students enter a historical laboratory to analyze period documents, historical photographs, or audio recordings step-by-step.Go to the catalogue →
What is HistoryLab?
HistoryLab is a Czech online application that works with historical sources for history teaching. Its focus is the 20th century. It offers teachers and students a safe space where they can work creatively without being afraid to make mistakes. With the help of an array of interactive tools, students can enter a historical laboratory and gradually analyze period documents, historical photographs, and audio recordings. Thanks to its playful form, students adopt skills that support critical thinking and develop historical literacy. The application was created in Czech, but we are happy to offer a few sample activities here in English.
Why work with HistoryLab?
HistoryLab is thoroughly tested for work in schools. The application’s user results confirm that students enjoy creative work with the sources, that it stimulates questions, and that it opens up discussions of history in the classroom. Students and teachers have both evaluated HistoryLab positively:
“Greeat, finally fun activities about history. Your own opinion, etc., is better than just writing words in a notebook.”
Students’ comments from HistoryLab’s testing in 2019
“One positive thing that surprised me and that was really nice was how, when we were doing the group work in groups of three or four, it really engaged everyone. Everyone attempted to write something down there, to add something. It even energized the kids who usually don’t do anything.”
A teacher’s comments from HistoryLab’s testing in 2018
“It creates discussion. With its completely simple form. The activities are made such that they are fairly problematic, that is, they really can’t be evaluated unequivocally. The students thus actively discuss them and argue about them. This is what I liked the most of all.”
A teacher’s comments from HistoryLab’s testing in 2016
Catalogue of activities
How Did They Celebrate a Public Holiday?
The Village of Horní Vysoké's Transformation
What Happened at Croydon Airport?
Why Were They Displaced?
What’s next for HistoryLab?
The application is still in development, to be completed in 2021. Czech teachers can already use it in their teaching, however. Feedback from practical use of the application in schools is very important for the creative team, and they constantly integrate it into the development process.
For general inquiries on Historylab and requests for seminars with Historylab, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Administration for teachers
Currently, it is also possible to register and test the administrative section for assigning exercises and managing classes.Testing version of the administration →
The HistoryLap application is being developed within the framework of the “HistoryLab: The use of technology for the development of historical literacy” project, no. TL01000046, with financial support from the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic.
Since 2016, several institutions whose work includes the aim of effectively using digital technologies to innovate history teaching have been working together to develop this application. Outside of the TAČR project’s framework, they also work with a consortium of other partners (like Czech Radio, for example).