Here’s the flow of our first class – a chance to get to know more about the course and try our hand at some low and high tech teaching tools.
- First task … solve a Murder Mystery! (It’s how I opened my high school classes for years). Find lesson here.
- Next, we’ll discuss their vision of the “history teacher.” They will be invited to turn those ideas into memes using AdobeSpark Post.
- Peter will offer a quick demo of AdobeSpark Post – a great tool for creating striking title slides with public domain content. See video below.
- Students will get a quick overview of WordPress. See video below and view our WordPress 5.0 Playlist
- While students are working, Peter will get each student logged into our WordPress account.
- Finally we’ll reflect on the first class and how the classroom workflow was designed and managed.
Assignment 1 | Posts 19A-1
Task 1: Create a meme and create your first blog post – an elaboration / explanation of your meme. Be sure to do your post by August 29th.
Students should be sure their post includes a featured image (the 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.
- What makes for a good history teacher?
- Why teach history?
- 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: Students will be assigned one of the historical archive sites here. They will prepare a 5 minute introduction to the site to be presented to class on Sept 2. Presentation should include:
- How to use search functions in site
- How to download content
- How to find metadata for citation and hyperlink.
Task 3: Before our 9/2 class, comment on at least 2 student posts. It’s a conversation, not simply a … “nice job.”