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Tip of the Week – 21st Century Historical Thinking and Research

Doing history is not the same as it used to be. Online archives, digital primary sources, software for student products, mobile access. All of these things combine to make research in the 21st century different than when you and I were in school.

So today a few places you can go to help make the transition a bit easier:

Historical Thinker
This site is dedicated to promoting the teaching of historical logic and skills.  Chief among our goals is to provide resources that make writing sophisticated research papers in history easier. Created by a couple of teachers, you’ll find helpful templates and presentations.

Stanford History Education Group
An incredibly useful site with curriculum ready to go, SHEG teaches students how to investigate historical questions employing reading strategies such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading.

Digital History
This page of much deeper site provides support for writing history in the 21st century.

Teaching History with Technology
Aims to help K-12 history and social studies teachers incorporate technology effectively into their courses. THWT provides a multitude of free online resources.

Historical Thinking Matters
HTM focuses on key topics in U.S. history and is designed to teach students how to critically read primary sources and how to critique and construct historical narratives.

History and New Media
Digital history is an approach to examining and representing the past that takes advantage of new communication technologies such as computers and the Web. It draws on essential features of the digital realm, such as databases, hypertextualization, and networks, to create and share historical knowledge.

Do History: History Toolkit
Part of the Martha Ballard diary site, this page outlines a useful process for researching and writing history.

National History Day
NHD helps students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, research and reading skills, and oral / written communication and presentation skills.

Have fun!

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