A neat way to get ideas about how to use technology in your history classes ...
There is a free, new, online journal that you might be interested in. It’s called Teaching History with Technology and it’s a not-for-profit enterprise designed to help middle school and high school history and social studies teachers better integrate technology into their classrooms.
The journal is to be published twice per year. Each issue should provide 3 or 4 models that document how others have incorporated technology to enhance their students’ learning experiences. In each article, the reader will find a short account of the objectives of the activity carried out by students, a list of the technology used, and a fairly detailed explanation of the activity carried out by students. The underlying philosophy of this structure is that teachers can make most effective and innovative use of technology by learning how some of their colleagues have made good use of technology in their classrooms.
The first issue contains four articles. “Constructing an online museum” by Todd Shy of Cary Academy examines how a group of teachers have their students construct an online museum on the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851. “Creating a virtual classroom” by Mark Neal of Winterset High School explores how a teacher creates a web-enhanced course and also a wholly online learning environment for his students. “Planning a virtual field trip” by Michael Turturice of McClintock High School details how a teacher uses the Internet to create virtual field trip-type experiences for his students. Finally, “Using the Internet to explore the developing world” by Mark Newmark of Cary Academy follows how a teacher has students do online research & then produce their own web pages on development in the Third World.
As the journal develops, it will highlight the use of digital still cameras, scanners, projection devices, Internet searches, video-conferencing, streaming audio and streaming video, computer-based video and audio editing, and web page construction. Ideally, the journal will also illustrate how history and social studies teachers have made profitable use of e-mail, chat rooms, bulletin boards, Power Point, HyperStudio, word processing programs, spreadsheets, electronic testing, and virtual simulations.
Constructed as a series of hyper-linked web pages posted on the Internet, the journal is accessible to anyone with an Internet connection, without subscription costs or passwords.
Those interested in seeing what their colleagues are doing with technology should visit the journal at http://www.caryacademy.pvt.k12.nc.us/historytech/.
Those interested in contributing a feature to the journal should also visit the journal’s web site or contact the journal’s editor-in-chief at firstname.lastname@example.org. You should know that Teaching History with Technology is able to offer a small stipend for contributions published in the journal.
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