History Tech

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with Glenn Wiebe


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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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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In Defense of a Liberal Education (History Tech #32)

June 5, 2015

Have you packed away all your lesson plans that integrate art, music, and literature into your history instruction so you can focus on your College and Career Ready classroom? Before you do that, take a minute to consider the idea that we don’t have to choose an either/or approach. Join Glenn as he explains how liberal arts are as important for us today as they were for the ancient Greeks and Romans who sought to develop an informed public with […]

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Preparing for State Assessments with DBQs (History Tech #31)

February 20, 2015

We may not know exactly what the Muti-Disciplinary Performance Tasks will look like in 2016, but we do know that this latest iteration of state assessments will ask students to make sense of information that is provided to them.  They will be asked to solve problems, analyze information, and draw conclusions from the evidence that is presented.  That sounds a lot like Document Based Questions (DBQ).  Join Glenn as he shares information about the upcoming changes to Kansas State Assessments […]

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National Council Of Social Studies 2014 (History Tech #30)

February 4, 2015

Deb Brown, Social Studies Consultant extraordinaire, from Shawnee Mission – a large district near Kansas City. Because we’re presenting as part of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program, most of them obviously lead back to the Library’s stuff. Analysis Worksheet American Memory Education Page Teacher Resources America’s Library Kindergarten example / video We also looked at a few online tools, including Padlet: Child Labor Immigration For creating final products, Deb shared a mobile app called Our Story. Perfect for […]

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Legacy Voices of Civil Rights Heroes (History Tech #29)

January 29, 2015

Civil rights leaders Frederick Douglas, Booker T. Washington, Fred Korematsu, and Cesar Chavez are no longer with us, but their message lives on through the voices of their descendants, Kenneth Morris, Karen Korematsu, and Anthony Chavez.  Join Glenn as he shares their stories and educational resources presented at the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) national conference in Boston, November 2014.   Frederick Douglas Family Initiatives “It’s easier to build strong children than repair broken adults.” Fred Korematsu Institute  Much […]

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Are You a Tech Savvy Teacher? (History Tech #28)

January 12, 2015

You might answer the above question with a confident “Yes” if you have a classroom blog, participate in Twitter chats, and regularly bring augmented reality into your classroom.  However, you might be missing some basics that will enhance your classroom and make your life easier if you’ve never created an Appsmash or used an IFTTT recipe.  Join Glenn as he shares the 21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do This Year along with some specific tools for social studies […]

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