Valuable resources on the web
The Institute of National Remembrance Educational Materials. We recommend using the Institute of National Remembrance educational materials to deliver a high standard of History classes.
The Institute of National Remembrance has prepared and disseminated a series of Polish Contemporary History publications for educational purposes. They can be used as an excellent teaching material at Polish Saturday Schools. Please find more information and access the materials.
The Institute of National Remembrance runs also a digital library containing a wide range of educational publications.
Wolne Lektury – is a free online library, which was established in 2007, focusing on publishing reading recommended for use by the Ministry of National Education. Currently, the library collection includes over 2,480 works. The project is implemented in collaboration with digital libraries, including The National Library, Ossolińskich National Department, Silesian Digital Library, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Polish Writers’ Association.
We encourage you to use those resources.
Polska.pl – an online platform offers an access to a wide range of materials on Poland, Polish history, culture and art as well as business and tourism. The published materials can be very valuable educational resources for Polish teachers to deliver classes on Polish Language and Culture. The platform can also be recommended to students of Polish supplementary schools and their parents as a great tool to learn about Poland.
Kresy – Siberia Virtual Museum – a multimedia education program in Polish history for Polish language schools features study guides and a forum. Museum Galleries explore what life was like in Poland’s eastern “Kresy” Borderlands before World War II, the fight for survival and freedom by Polish citizens during the War under both Soviet and Nazi occupation in the Borderlands and in forced exile as military and civilians dispersed around the world during and after the War.
Each Gallery has been curated, contributed to and reviewed by a panel of historical experts. There are 29 Rooms planned in total, organised into the 9 Galleries or sections displayed in this introductory section. The English language overviews of all 29 Rooms have now been opened. The Rooms in each of the 9 Galleries are introduced and overviewed by a contemporary Polish character whose identity is fictional, but who is based on a composite of real persons. Each of these characters presents an introductory overview of the Rooms in their Gallery, via an audio narration and a selection of photographs, documents and testimonies.
Polish-Studies.Interdisciplinary (Pol – Int) – is an online platform to exchange and network in the field of scholarly study of Poland. Pol-Int is in three languages – Polish, German and English – it is international, interdisciplinary, cross-generational and open to all. The platform is designed for researchers from the disciplines of history, cultural studies, linguistics, literature, economics, law, political science, sociology, anthropology, architecture and art history, musicology, theater and film studies, philosophy, gender studies, and geography.
History for Poles Abroad – an online learning platform dedicated to the study of Polish history. It was created for Polish children and youth living abroad. It is also directed to students who intend to return to Poland in the future to continue their education in a Polish school. The materials for students and teachers are available by logging on to the e-learning platform. It was chosen in a poll as the Historical Event of the Year 2015 as it is announced annually by the Museum of Polish History.
History Portal Dzieje.pl – an excellent educational tool dedicated to the study of the Polish history of the twentieth century. It includes texts on recent Polish history, thousands of archival photographs and documents, movies, archival sound recordings, an extensive catalog of multimedia, interactive maps, polls, quizzes and competitions, daily new materials, videos and information on the most interesting upcoming events.
Scholaris – a website for teachers that contains free electronic educational resources tailored to all stages of education. The materials available on the portal are in line with the new core curriculum and compatible with all interactive whiteboards and other devices supporting the teacher’s work, like tablets. The website aims to support teachers in the preparation of interesting, often interactive activities by providing them with educational materials.
IBE Database of Good Practice – proven ideas and question sets about Polish language, history, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geography and social studies, that can be useful during classes in these subjects. Presented ideas and tasks have been created by teachers and scientists involved in the work on the new core curriculum.
The CEO Materials Library – free and paid publications of the Polish Centre for Civic Education.
History For Children – recordings in the form of a radio theater with their own accompanying texts, music and sound effects. The recordings represent two children who, through colourful stories of their grandfather, learn the most important events in Poland’s history. On this page you can listen to and download all the recordings, texts and songs for free. The project was carried out by the Motion Picture Association “The Third Track”, with financial support from the Polish History Museum in Warsaw, within the framework of “The Patriotism of Tomorrow” program.
Please visit also the “Bilingualism” section of our website where you’ll find a choice of valuable resources.
History through the eyes of those who lived it:
- Mrs Marzenna Schejbal participant of the Warsaw Uprising was just 20 that memorable day – 13 August 1944. She and her sister Ewa were among fighters of the Warsaw Uprising, a horrific yet largely forgotten episod of Second World War history. During PES workshops for the Polish A-Level candidates, Mrs Marzenna Schejbal has given a breath-taking account of her experience during the War, which shed a new light on the historical events and has helped the students to better understand those difficult chapters of Polish history.
- Mrs Danuta Pniewska – survived deportation to the East during World War II. During PES workshops for the Polish A-level candidates, Mrs Danuta Pniewska told her survivor moving story about deportation by the Soviets and her experiences during and after the War.