Specific technology integration activities I've undertaken in my classroom include: -create a student multimedia magazine of the 1920s; includes traditional and paperless research, blogging, and intermediate word-processing skills
-video and edit historical recreations from Ancient Greece and ROM and burn these to CD/DVD; script-writing, research, word-processing, and video editing
-open class with an IM "chat" (groups of three) to get everyone "talking" at the same time about a topic; transcripts are sent to me and I use comments to jump-start verbal conversation -conduct a virtual class (via IM) from my home; typing "me" means "I want to talk," "?" = "I have a question"; "done" = "I'm finished"
-play 1960s protest songs off iTunes or CD and have students analyze the lyrics (found on the web)
-introduce the Battle of Hastings with a BBC.com simulation game (gets kids curious about the battle) -listen to parts of Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech; feel power/emotion of voice -watch video of first atomic bomb tests; take PBS online "panic quiz"
-blogging; students editorialize, role-play, or give opinions on current events; other in class read and comment
-peer editing of essays using Word's Comments and Tracking features -online grading; generic comments programmed in Word too speed up process!
-PowerPoint? ACTIVITIES (not always presentations) with hyperlinks, audio, and video on ancient cultures -online quiz games in preparation for a test
-virtual tour a medieval village and castle; use a virtual trebuchet to try and knock down castle walls!
I would suggest these strategies for technology integration in the Humanities: 1. Inquiry-based learning featuring primary sources in presentational and student-centered activities 2. Encouraging and developing reading, writing, and creativity through on-line interaction and collaboration 3. Integration of paperless research (internet & e-databases) with focused development of student ability to locate and analyze e-resources 4. Development of intermediate/advanced word-processing skills for essay writing and review-- editing, commenting, tracking 5. Making student work public in new media formats.
With all technology usage I suggest blending paper-based and tech-based tools, methods, and assignments to create a seamless integration of traditional and non-traditional teaching/learning
I would also encourage teachers to adopt technology-integration activities that address multiple intelligences: http://mcel.pacificu.edu/jahc/jahcII3/K12II3/Cantuindex.html
Teachers should ask themselves: How can technology help deepen understanding of subject matter? How can it help me reach my curriculum goals? How can it diversify and strengthen my teaching methods? Use a "backwards design" process; determine what your pedagogical goals are and then think of ways in which technology can be used to attain them.
You can find plenty of other specific examples of technology integration in History and Social Studies through these resources: Best of History Web Sites http://www.besthistorysites.net/ Center for Teaching History with Technology http://thwt.org/ Center for History and New Media http://historymatters.gmu.edu/ PBS Teacher Source http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/ Schools of California Online Resources for Educators (SCORE): History and Social Studies http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/ BBC: History http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/multimedia_zone/ Digital History (U.S. History) http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/ EDsitement: Humanities http://edsitement.neh.gov/ Library of Congress Learning Page http://memory.loc.gov/learn/
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