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Shanghai History Day Creates Student Historians

April, 2010
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What do the London sewer system, the parachute, the integrated circuit and chocolate have in common? As innovations in history, they were all award-winning research topics at the second annual Shanghai History Day, held at Concordia International School Shanghai (CISS) on March 6, 2010.ciss-history-day-s
More than 240 teenage historians gathered at Concordia to share, defend and illustrate their discoveries relating to the National History Day (NHD) 2010 theme, “Innovation in History: Impact and Change.” Student work took the form of a research paper, website, documentary film or dramatic performance. With involvement from 10 international and local schools, more than 100 volunteer judges committed time and enthusiasm to reviewing student research. Western Michigan University’s distinguished professor of Ancient History, Dr. Paul L. Maier was the keynote speaker, addressing a standing-room-only audience on the topic of the historian’s craft.
Making the most of the opportunity to assist students in mastering skills in research, writing, and utilizing educational technology, CISS has integrated the requirements for NHD projects into its humanities curricula. “The Shanghai History Day events provide students with the opportunity to share their research and projects with a wider audience. Having additional sets of eyes look and review their work provides fantastic feedback—making what could have been just an assignment into a living, interactive educational showcase,” shared Mr. Mark Johnson, CISS humanities teacher and National History Day’s affiliate coordinator for international schools in Asia. Top-placing students have the honor of advancing to the American National History Day finals at the University of Maryland in June.
The 2011 NHD contest will be held March 5 with the theme, “Debate and Diplomacy in History.” Students from both local and international schools are encouraged to participate. For more information on National History Day, visit www.nhd.org. International schools that would like to participate should contact Mr. Mark Johnson for more information at Mark.Johnson@ciss.com.cn

 

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