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Digital Tools for the Classroom

Presented on Jan 7, 2012 at AHA Conference in Chicago

Rwany Sibaja

on 19 March 2018

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Transcript of Digital Tools for the Classroom

Historical Inquiry & Digital Literacy
Look for Open Access/ Open Source Tools
Take steps first
Why? Digital tools can help promote or foster:
Collaboration...for students and teachers
Authentic learning
Engaged students who are not just "on-task"
Tech-savvy = Tech-literate
Voluntary learning outside the classroom
The results can radically transform your teaching, enhance student learning...or at least "fine-tune" what already works well in your classroom
Activities & Videos
Final Thoughts
Digital History is...
...an opportunity to re-think how we teach history, and how students can learn in new ways. It is not a solution, or "fix-it" approach, nor will it automatically engage students. Like any lesson, careful thought is required ("Why am I using this technology?")
Start Small
Engages students in new ways/multi-sensory
Ground technology in history objectives & the ability to "do" history in sound ways.
Digital history can be ...
...transformative, or can simply offer a new approach
...a great pay-off
C3 Dimension 2 Social Science Skills
"The Lecture is not the proper vehicle for conveying elementary knowledge of history. Experience often shows that courses of lectures that have been taken with interest and are recalled with pleasure, have left little behind them save mistaken notions and vague ideas."
-- B.A. Hinsdale,
How to Teach and Study History
"If we are going to create rich digital media experiences for our students, if we are going to teach them how to be historians in this digital age -- or, at the least we are going to teach them how to think historically using digital media as well as old-fashioned analog resources -- then we need to be much more specific about what it is we mean when we say 'historical thinking'."
-- T. Mills Kelly,
Teaching History in the Digital Age
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