Class 14: Project Showcase

We will share our final projects with one another in short sessions. Good chance for peer review and feedback.

Assignment 11 Your portfolio introduction/Course reflection
Final Project Posts 19-A11

When someone clicks on your author tag, they will see all of your posts in reverse chronological order. Think of this post as the introduction to your work.

Be sure to give it a good title and featured image. You might want to think “big picture” here.

This will introduce your work to the world.

Possible prompts:

  • highlight your final project
  • also showcase other work you did that you are proud of (could link to specific pages)
  • your progress – what you thought of the work you did
  • your approach to teaching / learning history
  1. Complete course assessment at SmartEvals
  2. All blog posts completed – see list here
    (You should have completed 11 posts – includes your final project and final reflection )
  3. Create a PDF version your final project blog post and upload to TaskStream for final assessment.

Class 13: Final Project Work Day

In today’s class students will work on completing their final projects.

Students will design and publish a document-based lesson (DBL) which includes the following: 

  1. Introduction of the DBL with brief historic context as needed.
  2. Essential question. Open ended, invites discussion / debate. If possible phrase so it continues to be a relevant question.
  3. Clear statement of what students will be asked to do. For example : What historical thinking skills will they be working with? 
  4. About 5 – 8 related documents (image, text, video, audio) that will support the essential question and task.
  5. Each document must have a citation that includes a working hyperlink back to the source.
  6. Scaffolding question for each document to assist the student in examining the document (Could be Sourcing, Contextualization, Corroborating or Close reading)

Class 12: Design, Explore and Teach with Interactive Images

Design, Explore, and Teach with Interactive Images

In today’s class we will explore interactive images with Google Tour Creator and Google MyMaps. All apps provide tools for teachers and students to create and share interactive images that can contain additional multi-media content.

Google Tour Creator (a Google project) uses Google’s vast StreetView library as well as additional surround images to to build immersive, 360° tours right from your computer.

Google MyMaps is a great tool for visualizing place or creating tours. It works well with other Google tools and can be easily embedded in WordPress or shared via email. When you open a MyMap on your smartphone you can used it as a navigational tool. MyMaps gets saved in your Google Drive account for easy cataloging.

Peter will offer a brief intro into each app and next students will be assigned to one of three teams. Each team will try out the app and test its features. Then each team will share their impressions of the app with the class.


Students will one of the apps to design a sample interactive learning activity. They will then use the app’s share feature to get embed codes. The embed code will be used with HTML snippets to create a post featuring the interactive image. The post should also include a description of how they would use these interactive images as part of a lesson. Video on how to use HTML snippets.

Ideas for using Tour Creator and a “how to” below

Ideas in a MyMaps Gallery and a “how to” below

Class 11: Teaching Social Studies with Data Visualizations

Today’s class will open with students doing 5-minute pitch sessions on their final project ideas. Students will get feedback and suggestions from their peers.

History and other humanities that tended to be strictly narrative are leveraging  data collection and display tools to spawn a new digital / data approach to teaching history and social science. See Digital Humanities Projects at Stanford

In today’s class we will explore a sampling of free online data visualization tools that can be used in the classroom. Students will be asked to incorporate one of these tools into a lesson design.

User defined world history data set

  • GapMinder World – manipulate moving bubble graphs, select x and y axis from a variety of data sets

Text-based tools

  •  NGram Viewer – online research tool that allows you to quickly analyze the frequency of names, words and phrases -and when they appeared in the Google digitized books. For more advanced searches using NGram Viewer click here.
  • Google Trends – see how often specific keywords, subjects and phrases have been queried over a specific period of time.
  • WordSift was created to help teachers manage the demands of vocabulary and academic language in their text materials.
  • Chronicling America – search America’s historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963

Map-based tools

Social justice projects (example American racial history)

Assignment 9 | Data Visualization posts 19A-9

Sample posts from 2018

Choose one or more of these digital tools (or use a favorite of yours) and blog about how you would use it in an activity, lesson or unit. Be sure you focus on an idea that allows your students to be using the tool. Be sure to link to the tool and include a screen shot. If the digital tool allows results to be embedded in the blog. Reminder on how to use HTML Snippets.