"Below are some good iPad apps for History and Geography teachers. I am sharing them with you on the occasion of the start of a new school year. I invite you to have a look and share with us if you have other titles to add to the list. If you want more resources for back to school I recommend that you check this resource section."
This is a great way for students to be engaged in history outside of the classroom. I see that some of the apps have notifications for a new topics, which gives students a daily rotation of historical events and topics. I would recommend using one of these apps for a project. This project could even be designing an app that would be interesting to people of a certain time period.
This is an entertaining way to illustrate the historical narrative. This connects facebook, a social media outlet most students are familiar with, to a general overview to world history events. Even though it may not provide an in depth look into the events themselves, teachers could use this to refer to through the school year. Then, they can expand on the events as they go down the timeline.
This chart can be used for students as a guideline for the right mindset in dealing with their education. Students need the right mindset to achieve in schools and avoid the mental barriers preventing them from growth. I would probably use this chart in the beginning of the school year to show what I expect from my students. This could be useful for the less motivated students in the class.
This is a pretty good article for teachers who are trying to divert from the traditional methods of leading the class. The main focus should be the steps given, which are easy to learn and broad enough to adapt any classroom. I would recommend others use this article as a guideline to how you should lead the class room. I like the idea of imagining the role as a "learner first."
This is useful tool for those teaching World History, whether the classroom is flipped or not. It provides images of the locations as well as descriptions. Teachers could refer to this site when they are in a unit where one of these places are referenced. They could use it to show what the location looks like today.
This is an interesting idea to use in the classroom. It would motivate students to improve their skills to achieve these badges. I would suggest implementing these with some incentive system so that students pursue these badges instead of earning them passively as useless labels. These badges can be useful to track progress of historical thinking skills.
This is an interesting list of books that add to a teacher's philosophy and tool kit. I believe that a teacher should always keep a good library of educational texts to help them improve their teaching style. Keeping up with new educational techniques is essential for a 21st century teacher. I might pick up some of these books in the future.
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