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Tradigital History – Jim Beeghley at Podstock

I’m live blogging Dr. Jim Beeghley’s preso at Podstock 2012. Keep your shirt on – will fix mistakes and update links later.

Jim starts off by suggesting that:

History doesn’t have to be a 40 minute block.

Biggest problems with using tech in history? Time and resources

using one computer, one image, good questions can engage kids

Ask kids what do we know from looking at photo?

use KWL idea. what we think the picture tells us. what the image does tell us. what other questions come to mind after looking at the image (he says this KWL idea follows the layout of the LOC primary source analysis worksheets)

then use GIMP to zoom in. Ask the same question. Be sure to use TIFF – very large image files from NARA and LOC. be sure to use right version for right use. If you want to zoom in close, need big TIFF

tin cups


carrying everything they own

no knapsacks / only bedrolls


one guy has “tape” around his fingers

Another image:

How many people in image? (10)

Why two people dressed differently?

another example:

need to teach history as an argument

compare/contrast different perspectives

conduct research / using google effectivily

This session will show attendees how to engage students in “doing history” while getting them to act like historians. The presentation will include practical classroom examples, using technology to promote historical inquiry, Web 2.0 applications and data from the presenter’s doctoral research.







Dr. Hicks


why Web 2.0 with our kids?

allows kids to engage themselves in new literacy and express themselves in new ways

stimulates modes of new inquiry

encourages proficient publication creation

opportunities for collaborative learning

he shared his favorite 10 web 2.0 tools for teaching history & suggestions (get from his Prezi)

“teach our kids to be information literate”

then and now images using GIMP with two layers

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  1. Teaching with images is so powerful and absolutely doable with one computer. Here’s some great information on how to conduct a lesson using images as well as where to find free historical images:

    July 20, 2012

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