Historypalooza 2019 – Here’s what I learned today
It comes but once a year. The National Social Studies Supervisors Association and National Council for the Social Studies combined conference. For a history nerd, it’s the winter holiday break, the Final Four, and fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookies all rolled into one event.
For three days, it’s all about conversations that focus on social studies, tools, resources, evidence, and best practices. So how did I get smarter today?
- ESRI Story Maps are great for creating powerful geo-based products.
- Use Google My Maps, Forms, and Adobe Spark together for a super interactive mashup.
- Google Earth has tons of tools, including new GE games involving Carmen Sandiego, tons of resources, and brand new options for creating Voyager tours in the web-based version of Google Earth.
- iCivics has newly updated Cast Your Vote and Win the White House sims, has three new games coming, is getting rid of its Flash software, is adding six new modules to DB Quest, and has a new local county-level civic engagement tool.
- Mount Vernon has an awesome new simulation titled Be Washington. It also has online interactives, a virtual tour, and Washington’s World Map. (And don’t forget their lesson plans.)
- In addition to its great Read to Feed program, Heifer International has added new Choose Your Adventure and Milk Money classroom projects.
- The Minnesota Historical Society has developed an incredible site of resources focusing on culturally relevant inquiry. You’ll find webinars, primary source sets, video examples, and lesson plans.
- KidCitizen, Library of Congress TPS program’s interactive tool for engaging elementary students with primary sources, is perfect for encouraging historical thinking. They’re adding new episodes and updated their Editor so that you can create your own.