History Tech

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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Listen Current (History Tech #27)

December 15, 2014

Glenn is always on the lookout for new resources that enhance the student educational experience or make life easier for teachers.  His latest discovery, Listen Current, achieves both of those goals.  Join Glenn as he shares some of the features available on the website that will help students improve communication skills and make connections to contemporary events. Listen Current lesson plans   Socrative cool StudySync tool Listen Current mailing list their blog     You can contact Glenn at: Email […]

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Climbing the Digital Divide (History Tech #26)

December 10, 2014

I’m not sure who coined the terms “digital natives” and “digital divide” to explain the difference between people who grew up with ubiquitous technology and those of us who learned to use it as adults, but it’s a real thing.  If you don’t believe it’s real, then you don’t have close daily contact with anyone under the age of 20, and you don’t understand the impact that difference can have in education.  Join Glenn as he shares a personal experience […]

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iPad Apps Task Challenges (History Tech #25)

September 12, 2014

Have you ever been in an iPad training that ended before you were ready?  You know the feeling: you just need a little more practice to solidify your learning.  Glenn often receives that feedback from teachers when he is the facilitator.  To address the need for extended learning opportunities with iPads, he decided to expand on some of the ideas created by TechChef4U and Craig Badura.  Join Glenn as he shares some examples and explains how Task Challenges can be the perfect […]

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USGS Historical TOPO Maps (History Tech #24)

August 29, 2014

How do you teach students in the social studies classroom to understand continuity and change over time?  If you are a self-avowed “map nerd” like Glenn, the answer is easy.   You use the  Historical Topographic Map Explorer created by the United States Geological Survey.  Join Glenn as he shares how this cool tool can improve historical thinking for your students. You can contact Glenn at: Email – glennw@essdack.org Skype – glennw98 Twitter – @glennw98 Plurk – glennw98 Be sure to sign up to receive […]

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Smarty Pins – Google Maps, Geography Trivia, And Video Games (History Tech #23)

August 18, 2014

Do you ever wish that your students were as excited about maps and geography as they are about video games?  Well, your wish might come true if you introduce them to Google’s new Smarty Pins. (Get it? Smarty Pants – Smarty Pins? You nutty Google engineers!)  Smarty Pins is basically a simple trivia game that asks questions with geo-tagged answers using the Google Maps interface. You can play the default game which asks random questions from all of the six different […]

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