History Tech

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with Glenn Wiebe

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The History Tech podcast is a lot like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup – it’s the best of both social studies and tech! We’ll talk about best practices, new tools, fun gadgets, great web sites, and just about anything that catches my attention. There’ll be special guests and all sorts of helpful resources. You won’t want to miss a single episode!

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History Tech #42: 5 Podcasts To Listen To

March 9, 2017

On this episode of the History Tech podcast, Glenn shares 5 of his favorite podcasts to listen to. Podcasting, once an obscure method of spreading information, has become a recognized medium for distributing audio content, whether for corporate or personal use.  Podcasts are similar to radio programs, but they are audio files.  Listeners can play them at their convenience, using devices that have become more common than portable broadcast receivers. Radiolab Presents: More Perfect  http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolabmoreperfect/ How does an elite group […]

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History Tech #41: Integrating VR into your classroom

March 3, 2017

Today on History Tech Glenn talks 3D and virtual reality.  VR can model the world in an incredibly visual way.  You can virtually hike the Grand Canyon or take a class trip to ancient Egypt.  And, it can also allow those worlds to be expanded and shrunk, played with and entered. Google Cardboard – Experience virtual reality in a simple, fun, and affordable way. Google Expeditions – With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys. Google Street View – Explore world landmarks, […]

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History Tech #40: 7 Nontraditional Primary Source Places To Go

February 23, 2017

Sometimes you just need a helping hand getting out of the same old same old to add something new to a lesson that might just be missing that something or engaging the student windows10explained actor.  In this weeks edition of History Tech Glenn introduces you to 7 Nontraditional Primary Source Places To Go for your students to find material they can use.   Newsela.com – is an innovative way for students to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that is always relevant: daily […]

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Sweet Smithsonian Learning Lab Success Stories-Part 2 History Tech #39

January 30, 2017

Glenn continuous his conversation with Ashley Naranjo and Darren Milligan about the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access.  Ashley is a Learning Initiatives Specialist and Darren is Senior Digital Strategist.  In 2016 the Lab was named Top 10 Tech by the School Library Journal. “…the Smithsonian Learning Lab emerges as a new standard of curation, with a beautiful, image-driven interface that invites users to make meaning from a wealth of resources.” Kathy Ishizuka, Executive Editor of School Library Journal.L […]

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Sweet Smithsonian Learning Lab Success Stories-Part 1 History Tech #38

January 27, 2017

Glenn connects with Ashley Naranjo and Darren Milligan with the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access.  Ashley is Learning Initiatives Specialist and Darren is Senior Digital Strategist.  In 2016 the ab was named Top 10 Tech by the School Library Journal. “…the Smithsonian Learning Lab emerges as a new standard of curation, with a beautiful, image-driven interface that invites users to make meaning from a wealth of resources.”  Kathy Ishizuka, Executive Editor of School Library Journal.L Glenn, Ashley, and Darren talk […]

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Timelines (History Tech #37)

May 31, 2016

Do  you want the ability to do lots and lots of things with only one tool? Creating a timeline is not always a simple task, however technology is making it easier.  A couple of Glenn’s favorite tools for creating timelines are the free web-based tools called Padlet and HSTRY. Padlet not only can be used for collaboration, but can help you  build a functional and chronological presentation with text, dates, images and even videos for a visually appealing and stimulating timeline. HSTRY seems perfect for the “show me what […]

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Robots, iPads And Museums (History Tech #36)

September 30, 2015

Yep, there is nothing better than a good history museum with all their interactive displays, interesting artifacts, and knowledgeable docents. Done well, a museum visit is not just a good time but can be an incredible learning experience. More and more school districts are struggling to fund off-site field trips to history museums. Subs, entrance fees, fuel costs all add to make it difficult to get kids from schools into places like the Kansas History Museum. And so many museums,  have been forced to […]

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Online Courses Made Easy…and Free (History Tech #35)

September 18, 2015

What’s holding you back from offering your amazing lessons online 24/7 for student access? Maybe you don’t have time to learn a new software platform or school finances don’t allow the purchase of Blackboard, Canvas or Edmodo. Join Glenn as he shares a tool called CoursePress that is both simple and free. Now why are you waiting? Course Press EduBlog http://www.theedublogger.com/2014/12/03/introducing-coursepress-easy-to-create-online-classes/ You can contact Glenn at: Email – glennw@essdack.org Skype – glennw98 Twitter – @glennw98 Plurk – glennw98 Be sure to sign up […]

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Intentional Use of Images (History Tech #34)

July 6, 2015

Every social studies teacher knows that students are able to get a better sense of the historical period they are studying if they have images (photographs, maps, etc.) to view. Their understanding and historical thinking skills are further enhanced if we provide them with strategies to use as they analyze and interpret those primary sources. Join Glenn as he discusses the quadrant process and visual discrepant event inquiry as two ways to help students get the most out of their […]

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Google Magazines (History Tech #33)

June 16, 2015

Even if you aren’t a certified Googlephile like Glenn, you may still get excited about the resources available to you through Google Books.  Join Glenn as he shares some of the magazines that are now available online for use as primary source documents through this free site. It might even make you want to apply for a Google Internship!   https://books.google.com/books?id=IE8EAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PP1&rview=1&pg=PA8#v=onepage&q&f=false https://books.google.com/books/magazines/language/en? You can contact Glenn at: Email – glennw@essdack.org Skype – glennw98 Twitter – @glennw98 Plurk – glennw98 Be sure to sign […]

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