About ActiveHistory and its Author: Russel Tarr
About the Author
ActiveHistory.co.uk is the work of Russel Tarr. I am Head of History at the International School of Toulouse. Prior to this I worked at Wolverhampton Grammar School. I have a degreee in Modern History from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. I am also a fully-qualified teacher with a PGCE from the School of Education at Birmingham University.
What is ActiveHistory.co.uk?
ActiveHistory.co.uk (est. 1998) provides interactive simulations, decision-making games, self-marking quizzes, worksheets and lesson plans for teachers and students of World History. It provides materials on scores of topics from the Middle Ages to the present day, aimed at every age range between 11-18 years. It provides a highly effective means of teaching history using all the benefits of modern internet technology.
ActiveHistory is a practical, continually evolving resource produced by a full-time history teacher for his students and his colleagues. All of the top activities have been produced with the classroom in mind, and are continually amended after being tried out in class by myself and other visitors. As a result the site has earned some glowing testimonials from its loyal subscribers and praise from newspapers such as the Sunday Times and the New York Times.
The Head2Head Interviews were awarded first prize in the BECTA / Guardian Educational Website Awards, beating off competition from over 320 other sites and described as a "brilliant concept" that won "hands down". I was presented with an award at a ceremony at BAFTA in London. The promotional film which accompanied the ceremony can be seen here. Based on ActiveHistory, Wolverhampton Grammar School was given membership of ENIS, the European Network of Innovative Schools.
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Other websites / projects
I am also author of Classtools.net, a popular website which provides free, customisable flash templates to embed into blogs, wikis and websites.
How to get in touch
ActiveHistory is updated on an almost daily basis with new worksheets, games, lesson plans and quizzes. The best way of getting a feel of what the site is all about is to keep an eye on the "What's New?" page on the site; if you prefer, you can subscribe to its RSS Feed, or follow its Twitter Feed, or follow the site on Facebook Fanpage.