This is an educational website, constructed for the purpose of teaching the history of ancient Rome to a young audience. Presenting information on the Ancient Roman Empire through the use of web pages allows the students to explore history through a modern medium and offers an alternative basis for learning. It also enables the students to learn at their own pace. The use of multimedia and hypertext in the classroom has the potential to change the way we teach and the way children learn. The project contains lesson plans with associated activities for the students and summary exercises.

Curriculum Addressed

The Romans topic from the Junior Certificate History Syllabus. The constructivist approach to learning is implicit in the website is in accordance with the spirit and ethos of the recent NCCA curriculum guidelines.

What you need

The traditional method of teaching history to Junior Certificate students has been textbook based and exam orientated. In my experience this has not always led to success for many students and has had particular poor outcomes for weak students. It is my aim to offer an alternative to this traditional approach, one that involves students taking active involvement in and responsibility for their own learning. This website is designed with 13 to 15 year olds in mind. The history content is from the Junior Certificate history syllabus and is therefore most relevant to students taking this exam. The website can be used and enjoyed by all who have an interest in Roman history.


Teachers will, I believe, see the benefits of using this media to facilitate a shift to a classroom that is more student centred and less teacher controlled. This project could be used as the basis for a website on other civilisations e.g. Greek or Egyptian.


Author: David McDonnell
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