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.
Assignment 1 / Completed work
Task 1: For your first blog post write an elaboration / explanation of your meme. The post is due by midnight Friday Aug 31st.
Students should be sure their post includes a featured image (meme) made using AdobeSpark. Use your meme from class or make a new one.
Here’s some post prompts – feel free to use one or more for inspiration.
How the meme reflects …
- What you see as your “models” for history teacher.
- The challenges or opportunities of teaching history.
- How were you taught history? Is that how you intend to teach?
Task 2: Introduction to Historical Thinking
All student will:
- Read and be prepared to discuss this Sam Wineburg reading
- View this flipped lesson Who is the historian in your classroom? Created at TEDed using a video from Stanford History Education Group. (SHEG)
Image credit: Adobe Spark