Our class begins with a review of the Sam Wineburg reading and TEDEd flipped lesson Who is the historian in your classroom? (That will also provide a chance to discuss the efficacy of flipping content. What are the challenges and opportunities for that approach?)
We will explore search techniques with a focus on finding public domain or Creative Commons licensed content. For more information on public domain searches visit our edtech methods toolkit / Digital Hygiene
c. Design a mini lesson based on one of the historical thinking skills. Gather historical source(s) that could be used by a teacher to teach one or more historical thinking skills. Sample posts from earlier class.
Featured image and title for your mini-lesson. Make it catchy!
Indication of one (or more) of the historic skills to be studied – Sourcing, Contextualization, Corroboration.
One or more historic documents to support the lesson. Brief historical text can be inline text in the post or longer passages could be uploaded as pdfs. Any image content should be in the public domain.
Cite the source(s) with title, creator (if available), date of creation, and URL hyperlink back to source material.
Guiding questions for students to use with document(s)
Brief reflection of how the document(s) and question(s) should reinforce the targeted historic skill(s)
Log into each others’ posts and leave some comments about how the historical gallery could be turned into a learning activity. In our next class we will continue that discussion.
Here’s how to do a public domain image search, insert image into the post and add a hyperlink
If you have a collection of images for your post – you can put them all into a WordPress Image gallery using this tool. (Or just insert as image into the post.)
Here’s the flow of our first class – a chance to get to know more about the course and try our hand at our first two tech tools.
This our first class … so … why not solve a Murder Mystery! (It’s how I opened my high school classes for years). Find mysteries here.
Peter will offer a quick demo of AdobeSpark Post – a great tool for creating striking title slides with public domain content. See video below for more. Remember to size your graphic to 640 x480 pixels.
Students will get a quick overview of WordPress and be pointed to our YouTube playlist.
Next, we’ll discuss their vision of the “history teacher.” They will be invited to turn those ideas into memes using AdobeSpark Post
While students are working, Peter will get each student logged into our WordPress account.
We’ll have a meme smackdown and reflect on the activity and how the classroom workflow was designed and managed.