This is how to spice up History teaching


History Lecturers can now use videos, animations, avators, illustrations and maps to spice up the teach history in higher institutions of learning. A training geared at using emerging technologies to innovate the teaching and learning of History in higher Institutions of learning kicked off on Friday March 11, 2022 at the College of Education and External Studies. 

The training, which saw participants from Gulu University, Kabale University and Makerere University staff get training is funded by Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund. The PI of the project, Dr. Harriet Nabushawo said the project will train History lecturer to apply various technologies such as Screencast-O-Matic to make videos, images, illustrations, animations and maps in the redesigned History courses. She said the participants would get training in using Voki, a software which allows for the teacher to create avatars to replace the teacher in voice and form. 

The research team is also building an App which will be used in the teaching and learning process. The lecturers will be able to upload their teaching material on the App so that it is easily accessible by the students. 

Dr. Godfrey Mayende, one of the trainers told participants that all videos made should engage with the learners. Before making a video, one must study the affordance at the students’ disposal so that the students are not left behind. Prof. Paul Muyinda Birevu, also a researcher on the team asked the participants to always assess the benefits the students will get from the mode of teaching before administering it. “The intended outcome should be clear. The skills you want them to acquire or values,” he said. 

The objective of the project is to demonstrate that teaching
and learning of History using emerging technologies can motivate students
interest to research, discover, analyse and construct new knowledge as well as to retool History lectures to use ICT-enabling pedagogy and to revive the
teaching and learning of History in Uganda.


This is an Application that allows one to easily create, edit and communicate with videos and images. Educators and students turn to Screencast-O-Matic for easy video communication. Videos are used in the classroom for flipped/blended learning, Video Messaging, student assignments, feedback and more! The App has simple and intuitive tools to share ideas.


This App allows one to create Avators, dress them up, give them the words to say and share with the learners. It is an engaging, collaborative, empowering and fun way to teach and learn. 

The App 

  • App runs on Android
  • Browse the content of your History courses, even when offline
  • Receive instant notifications of messages and other events
  • Quickly find and contact other people in your History courses
  • Upload images, audio, videos and other files from Voki and
  • Screen-O-Matic
  • Tracking your progress, mark tasks as complete and browse yourlearning plans
  • Attempt quizzes, post in forums and edit wiki pages
  • View your course grades

Research Team 

  1. Dr. Harriet Nabushawo, (PI)
  2. Dr. Harriet Najjemba, (Co-PI)
  3. Assoc. Prof. Paul Muyinda Birevu, (Education Technologist)
  4. Dr. Dorothy Ssebowa Kyagaba, (History Pedagogy)
  5. Mr. Jonathan Kizito, (ICT Specialist)
  6. Dr. Godfrey Mayende, (Co-Opted)

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