Monthly Archives: October 2014

Class 4: Historical Thinking


Ed Methods

Phrenology-signs of characterOur 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. We will also consider the social media case study inspired by this lesson.

Today we begin our study of historical thinking skills based on the work of Sam Wineburg and the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG). We will focus on three key skills – Sourcing, Contextualizing and Corroborating. See historical thinking chart (pdf at SHEG).

You will work with a team to reverse engineer a few of the assessments found in SHEG’s Beyond the Bubble.

  • Spend a few minutes doing a scan of the lessons – and find a few that look interesting to you. (Be sure scan the “Same assessment types” for other ideas)
  • Find 3 questions that focus on any of these skills: Sourcing, Contextualizing…

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Ted Ed Lesson


Enchancing your webpages

Video is an integral part of learning in the digital age and has many educational benefits. Videos helps students learn visually, as well as learn at their own pace and in the comfort of their own home. Also, videos help demonstrate concepts or map out ideas that otherwise would be difficult to grasp. An application of this concept in history is a Ted Ed Lesson on George Washington

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Money, Currency, Finance, Rich, Business

Check out my TED Ed lesson on George Washington

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Google Chrome Extensions


Swimming with the Rest of the School

Google has come up with a lot of different aspects to educational technology. One part that can be applied to Google Chrome (the web browser) and the other is that it can be combined with Google Drive. Today we will be looking at extensions that are in conjunction with the browser (Google Chrome). This extensions are almost like a web version of assistive  technology providing similiar tools for students.

Another great thing about Google extensions, you can login into Google with your google account (often through gmail …even though quite a few school boards/districts are creating staff and student accounts), and you can use it on other devices such as tablets, phones and other computers that have Google Chrome on it.

readandwritesymbolRead&Write for Google 

Read&Write for Google is a great extension with a lot of different features. It is almost like a web version of Premier AT. The only catch with…

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