About Digital Schools
The Digital Schools project has been born of a desire to see more students use and understand archives, and to make the many and varied resources held at Archives New Zealand's Christchurch Office accessible in the classroom, lecture theatre, and the student's home. Technological developments such as digital reprography and the Internet have now combined to make this goal achievable. The project comprises a number of initiatives to increase the knowledge of students about archives (and especially public archives) and to increase the use of local public archives in class work. Initiatives include:
- the production of relevant virtual exhibitions accessible through our 'Christchurch Online' virtual exhibitions centre;
- the provision of resource kits containing digital copies of archives relevant to history achievement standards at Year 13 level;
- the development of Special Study assessment activities for achievement standards utilising public archives at Year 13 level;
- the provision of CD ROMs containing groups of digitised records primarily from the Canterbury Provincial Government - a resource from which teachers can create their own special studies; which libraries can make available as a complete primary resource kit; and which schools can use across their IT network.
- the collation of resources, lists and other material to support University of Canterbury history students.
Much of the content found here was initially developed in consultation and with the assistance of the Canterbury History Teachers' Association. Their help and assistance has been invaluable in establishing the NCEA Level 3 templates used here, and in ensuring the material we develop is consistent and meets the correct class standard. Check back regularly, as more resources will be made available over time.
The diagram below describes the various resource elements available from this site, and the relationships between them. Colour coded for ease of reference, red represents information relating to Archives New Zealand holdings, blue for primary resource packs and information and green for activities and special studies.
About This Website
This website has been designed as a single resource point for teachers wanting to include primary resource material in their lesson planning; to make it available to their students; and for University students in their research planning. There are four main areas to visit:
- The Download Centre contains .pdfs of current Resource Packs and Special Studies that are available for downloading. Hover the mouse over each option to see a brief description of its contents.
- CD ROMs of primary source documents can be ordered from the CD ROM Order Form.
- The University Page, dedicated to University of Canterbury history students, containing item and series descriptions, links and some images.
- Links to other useful sites.
The Navigation Bar at the top of the page allows users to jump to generic descriptions of the Resource Kits and Special Studies we have put together, as well as providing the navigation options for this site.