Historical social media creation tool
Imagine a social media campaign during the 1860 election.
What would Twitter posts from the Lincoln campaign look like? How might Stephen Douglas have used Facebook? Breckinridge and Instagram? Would Bell have posted video?
One of the conversations we had today in our spring social studies PLC was the use of social media tools both with current and historical events. Is it productive to encourage the use of social media and smart devices in the classroom? We didn’t really solve anything.
But we had fun discussing it.
We did chat about some instructional possibilities. One of those involved having kids develop a social media campaign for past elections. If current social media tools were available to historical figures, what would the branding look like? What platform would people of the past have used? What would they say? Could kids take speeches, letters, photos, from past elections and create messages for social media?
I think the answer is yes.
I think it needs to be crafted and structured well but I think asking kids to use primary source evidence wrapped inside modern tools could be a way to help them think a bit more deeply about the messages contained within that evidence.
One tool that could be use for this is something Recite. Recite is a quick and easy tool that lets you and students create visual products that can be used in both current and historical social media posts. No account creation needed. Easy to use. Easy to share.
Simply type in a message, select a style, and click Create. Easy peasy. Take a screenshot or share via traditional social media options and you’re good to go.
So if Lincoln’s staff were to use Recite during the 1860 campaign, it might look like this:
Taken from his speech in New Haven, CT in March of 1860.
- Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)
- Click to email a link to a friend (Opens in new window)
- Click to print (Opens in new window)