Dublinia, in partnership Dublin City Council and grant support from the Irish Walled Town Network, are bringing history to life this spring, with the launch of the second stage of the Viking & Medieval Dublin Online Learning Platform.

‘We hope that this innovative educational resource on Dublin’s Medieval history and heritage will foster greater appreciation and love for the city amongst young people all around the country,” said Charles Duggan, Heritage Officer with Dublin City Council. “We are delighted to partner with Dublinia again this year in expanding the Viking & Medieval Dublin Online learning platform’

Available via the Dublinia.ie website, this exciting Viking & Medieval Dublin Online Learning Platform is the only comprehensive Irish resource to offer a complete narrative for Secondary School Junior Cycle History students, and will be the first time students can interact digitally with Irish medieval documents

Speaking about the Viking & Medieval Dublin Online Learning Platform, Sheila Dooley, Education Officer with Dublinia said: “There is no other comprehensive Irish resource that offers such a complete narrative for 1st year Junior Cycle History students. A unique feature is the use of original primary sources from Irish archival material a part of the syllabus often neglected.  Students can now interact digitally with Irish medieval documents and read the story of two men who fell out over a game of football or the story of an archer who stole from the Archbishops house in Dublin until he was overpowered by a magical cross!”

This exciting new platform has adopted new ways of interactive learning which to date have only been available on UK based education channels. The first phase of the Viking & Medieval Dublin Online Learning Platform was launched in 2016, targeted towards both Primary students and a general audience.

The content was developed with the support of a multi-disciplined team of specialists including Dublin City Library and Archive, ACAS Archaeological Services as well as the successful ongoing partnership with Dublin City Council Heritage and Archaeology Offices, the Heritage Council/Irish Walled Town Networks, and Dublinia.

What is it?

The platform features interactive layered information and short animated video clips designed for classroom use, including sections relating directly to Irish medieval life and focusing on visually engaging social topics such as People, Crime, Death, Lords and Ladies, and Religion. The key points required for the Junior Cycle exam are covered and a periodical key word glossary explanation is also included.

Students learn about topics including ‘The work of Historians/Archaeologists’ and ‘Medieval Castles, Church and City’, and are encouraged to ask questions about medieval artefacts in Dublinia and on loan from the National Museum of Ireland, creating an understanding how medieval life can be better interpreted by looking at the artefacts our ancestors left behind. There are also insights into an Historian, An Archaeologist and a knight that directly link to questions in the Junior Cert Exam.

Task sheets have been designed to encourage students of varying abilities to use the website to seek and understand answers.  Cross-curricular tasks, debates and group exercises are included with both lower-order and higher-order discussion questions. The use of these task sheets has been noted by one teacher as ‘an example of outstanding practice in the teaching of history’.

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