A kit of resouces for capturing digital narratives about Anzac Commemorations for primary school students
What if you could reach through time, and talk to a student, just like you, living 100 years from now? What would you tell them about what you’ve experienced during the commemoration of WWI?
Telling the Anzac stories is an online ‘kit’ of resources for schools to help students discuss and capture their reflections on the Anzacs centenary – and perhaps share with their peers in one hundred years at the bi-centenary. The kit outlines a class project to create a book – a digital time-capsule if you like, and offers a way to gather students’ different perspectives on what they are experiencing during the 100 year commemoration of World War 1.
Even if you don’t wish to use this for a class project, there are some great resources focused on Anzac Memorials in South East Queensland, featuring memorials on the Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Souther Downs and Brisbane. Great for looking at the past in the present, symbols and remembrances, and the impact of WW1 on Australia’s early years.
A range of resources available as part of this kit:
- An ebook ‘Memorials, Symbols and Commemoration’ shows types of Memorials in South East Queensland’s and discusses some of the symbols.
- Photo collections of Anzac memorials and places,available for viewing and downloading
- Youtube clips showing the memorials featured. Anzac Memorial Places SEQ – a 7 minute video tour of memorials.
- Instructions for Planning and producing your Anzac commemoration book
- Instructions for class projects to create commemorative book using the Book Creator.
- Example e-book created from class letters
For the full kit of resources, click Resources.
Creating a digital or paper archive
The aim of this kit is an approach for a class project to create a digital or paper archive of reflections on the WW1 Centenary commemorations from 2014 to 2018. The archive can be set aside by the school, or sent to the museum, in anticipation of the bi-centenary, 100 years from now.
Student’s stories might be about attending an Anzac service, visiting a museum (perhaps the Mudgeeraba Light Horse Museum), paying respect at a memorial, talking to a digger, watching a documentary, viewing a story, looking at a photo. There are a number of images in the albums on this site for students to find inspiration in.
Who is this kit for?
This kits is aimed at primary school students, and has project suggestions for Yr2, Yr3, and Yr6 that link with the humanities curriculum. Feel free to adapt this kit for any age group.
What would the archive contain?
The outcome suggested be a digital book – a versatile form for all ages, but a paper copy is a good idea also, since we don’t really know what technologies might be available in 100 years. In its simplest form, the book might be a compilation of drawings by students. But it might also be a combination of text, images, voice overs and digital video stories. We suggest using the Book Creator App – a simple program that allows voice-overs, images, text and video. It can be as simple of complex as you make it. Microsoft word and Powerpoint are other suitable ways to create a book if the app is not available. An effective book can be made from a simple collection of letters or drawings, scanned and put in a book. The books can be as simple of complicated as you’d like to make the: either a class book or collection of individual works. Book Creator app can be used on tablets, phones or Windows PCs. Books can be shared electronically or printed for keeping in school or museum archives.
Sharing your project
Digital books particularly, are easily shared.Once your completed your project. You might like to share it with the school community, as a memento of this time. Do email us with a link to, Schools@mlhmuseum.com.au, we’d love to see your work. If it’s in the spirit of the Anzac stories, if with your permission we can share it we’ll share it on this website, and the museum’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. The best we will display in the museum.
Projects have been set up for each year level, linking to the humanities curriculum where relevant. Making a digital book to share, allows many individual works to be brought together as one, and the museum would love to display these in the museum.
Telling the Anzac stories kit is provided by the Mudgeeraba Light Horse Museum, made possible by federal government Anzac grants, supported by Scott Bulcholz, Wright Electorate, Steven Ciabo, Moncrief electorate and Karen Andrews, McPherson Electorate.
- Telling the Anzac story is a kit for helping create a digital book– ideal as a class project collecting individual works together. The tool recommended is the Book Creator app for iPads and Microsoft windows. Word or Powerpoint are options too. I-movie is recommended for digital stories
- This kit provides resources, links and suggestions for teachers and students for class and individual stories.
- The museum welcomes copies of your projects, digitally or hardcopy. All books received will be added to the museum archives. The best will be displayed in the museum.