The Transformation of History Instruction Technology has forever changed the way that History classes are taught. Once, not very long ago, history classes relied upon two key sources of information: the teacher and the textbook. Students read the textbook, and then the teachers shared their vast knowledge, usually through lecture. Research assignments were key, but … Continue reading The Transformation of History Instruction
"The Power and Promise of Immersive Learning Experiences"
While the goals of the history classroom have remained for the most part consistent over time, what has changed dramatically in recent years is our ability to access an abundance of resources and tools that can make the process of learning and the expression of that learning come alive for the students in our classrooms.
5 Tools to Help Evaluate Sources in a World of Fake News This post was originally published on Daily Genius you can check it out by following the link above. Whether you call it “fake news”, “misinformation” or the more innocuous “spin,” and whether you see this as an entirely new problem or the … Continue reading 5 Tools to Help Evaluate Sources in a World of Fake News
I am proud to have been named to the eSchool News Top 14 Trailblazing Educators on Twitter. In reflecting on my years on Twitter, I can't help but think of all the passionate educators that I have met along the way while sharing our learning. Years of rethinking education have shown me that while there … Continue reading eSchool News Top 14 Trailblazing Educators on Twitter
eSchool News Top 5 EdTech Twitter Accounts In general I tweet what interests me and what I need to improve as a teacher. It makes for an eclectic mix of technology, teaching and history. Much like my blog, it represents the skills I am trying to grow and the struggles that are currently before me. … Continue reading eSchool News Top 5 EdTech Twitter Accounts
Since I have been a part of #sschat I am frequently asked “What is it that you do?” or “How does this group work?” I love the opportunity to answer these questions because I am so proud of our little “can do” group. The short version of my answer is "We help teachers to get … Continue reading What is #sschat? I’m glad you asked.
When I think back to how I used to use worksheets and textbooks in class I am a little embarrassed. I hand them the book, they move info from the book to a sheet, then I collect the sheet. Awesome, now we are all smarter and I have a pile of grading to do. How … Continue reading Fact Checking our Textbook- Source Analysis and Critical Thinking
Two days after attending #EdCampMKE I am experiencing what I like to call the #EdcampBump. For a period of time after any EdCamp my mind races and I start to see old lessons and the challenges that I face very differently. The materials that I produce after an Edcamp have a very different feel to … Continue reading Thoughts on #EdCampMke
Two roads diverged in a wood… We all pretty much know how this story goes but I think that its implications go beyond doing something different. I think it often means doing something that is not easy. The more I move my classroom in the direction of student created content the more I realize that … Continue reading The Least Objectionable Path