I spent the day at the Best Practices in History Education conference here in Kansas City. Good times.
Learning new things. Meeting new people. Touring the World War One Museum. Browsing the museum store. Eating some BBQ.
I also got the chance to share some of my own ideas about ways to integrate technology into the NCSS Inquiry Arc by walking through a sample lesson. The Arc is designed to help teachers organize instruction and learning:
- developing questions and planning inquiries
- applying disciplinary concepts and tools
- evaluating sources and using evidence
- communicating conclusions and taking informed action
We discussed my C4 Framework as another easy way to help teachers plan lessons and units.
The three tasty tools and their C4 Framework alignment?
- Google Earth and its sweet Historical Imagery tool / Collect
- Padlet / Collaborate
- Canva / Create and Communicate
So we spent some time talking about ways to use both Google Earth screenshots and Google Earth software to help students source and contextualize primary source evidence. We spent some time discussing how Padlet can be used as a collaborative document analysis tool. And we chatted about ways that Canva provides a tool for web-based product creation.
Get a sense of the Google Earth stuff here. Get a sample of Padlet here and an example of Canva here. You can also get a ton of other tech suggestions and a Slideshare version of my presentation here.
The first thing you need to know is that today is Erin’s last day of high school. Yup. She graduates on Saturday. Yeah, I know. Where did the time go?
And it’s more than just a little weird.
She’s done pretty well. National Merit Finalist. Valedictorian. Art awards. Plays and musicals. She didn’t hurt herself running cross country, learned how to drive a manual transmission without serious structural damage to the vehicle, and rarely rolls her eyes when her parents ask her to do things. So fairly typical teenager. Read more
Okay. I did not know that Oliver Stone served in Vietnam as an infantryman, was wounded, and earned medals for valor. He was also a teacher in Vietnam before becoming a film-maker.
I’m trying to figure out how that impacts my impression of his work. I like his films as entertainment but not as history. His latest? A 10-episode Showtime series, The Untold History of the United States. My past experience with JFK makes me a bit skeptical. He does have a history guy – Peter Kuznick – helping write the companion book. So . . . does he care about historical accuracy? What is his version of history? Is it just trying to make entertaining movies? Should it matter?
Can we use primary sources and technology to promote civic engagement? Richard Hartshorne and Scott Waring of University of Central Florida say yes.
They shared a great set of resources to help you structure your use of technology in the classroom. They didn’t really share specific examples about civic engagement activities with these tools – mostly a review of the different tools – but they do have one lesson idea online.
All of the tech tools are free and easy to use: Read more
Yes. It’s that time of year. National Council for the Social Studies conference time. This year? Saint Louis.
History Nerd Fest. Thousands of social studies teachers all in one place, having a great time learning as much as possible in two and half days.
I’ll be trying as best I can to live blog all of the sessions I attend. I’ll also try to align each of the sessions to my C4 Framework. Keep your fingers crossed! I’m usually pretty good for the first day or so but start dragging by Sunday.
And we’re off!
Minecraft to teach geography. Read more