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VoiceThread - About - Digital Library

VoiceThread - About - Digital Library | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it

The 5th Grade teacher on this website uses 'Voicethread' with historical photographs. Click on the video "Ellis Island" to see how primary students build a historical narrative around a visual image. Voice thread transforms media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting.

 

Don't underestimate the importance of historical language in developing historical understanding. Provide opportunities for students to expand their historical vocabulary and to use language for a variety of purposes.

Young students need explicit instructions for when and how to use conventions of language.

 

Husbands (1996) identifies different types of historical language including:

1. The language of the past (e.g. convict, First Fleet, monarchy, revolution)

2. The language of historical time (century, period, modern, decade)

3. The language of historical processes (cause, chronology, similarity, difference)

4. The language of historical description and analysis (revolution, monarchy, democracy)

 

Use 'Word Walls' or word charts to help students keep track of information and terminology that is used in a Unit of Work and keep adding new words.

 

 

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Education Creations's curator insight, June 5, 2014 9:05 PM

Use Voicethread and historical photographs to create digital historical narratives.  Much more engaging than the written version.

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Augmented reality storytelling app takes Kakadu into digital age

Augmented reality storytelling app takes Kakadu into digital age | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
Apple originally tried to block an Indigenous storytelling app from being publish, saying it had limited usefulness, but Mikaela Jade has overcome that and other obstacles to launch her tech start-up in the remote Kakadu national park.
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Interpretations of the Franklin mystery (Franklin Expedition)

Interpretations of the Franklin mystery (Franklin Expedition) | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
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This excellent approach to historical inquiry centres around mysteries in Canada. Use the ideas in the website and adapt for Australian topics.

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Recording Experiences with First Graders | Teachinghistory.org

Recording Experiences with First Graders | Teachinghistory.org | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
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This video captures how a Year 1 teacher scaffolds the learning experiences for her students before, during and after a visit to a national memorial.

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World Wonders - Google Cultural Institute

World Wonders - Google Cultural Institute | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
From the archaeological areas of Pompeii to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Google’s World Wonders Project aims to bring to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world.
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Use Google’s World Wonders Project to bring to situate events in place and time. Through Street View technology, this resource can be used to investigate world heritage sites and significant events.

 

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Paul B.'s curator insight, May 7, 8:11 PM
Letting students search and find their own resources with a few tips from the teacher will lead them down the rabbit hole of amazing on-line resources.  Google alone has amazing stuff.
Nicholas Young's comment, May 15, 8:33 AM
Such great idea to incorporate ICT with student learning. The students can dictate their own learning by the educator guiding them the entire way.
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Create a subject-specific meme poster for classroom display

Create a subject-specific meme poster for classroom display | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
This idea was suggested by Paul Hart (@paulhart_11) on the IBDP History Teachers Facebook Support Group. As a closing exercise, or a fun activity or competition during the revision period, get stud…
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History in motion

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History in Motion makes it easy to create, share, and explore animated
historical maps and scenarios.
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This technology is a useful tool to help primary students make connections to past events and places. Create historical scenarios, animate events and communicate using History in Motion.

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Introduction to History in Motion

What problem does History in Motion solve?
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Link place and time with History in Motion. I like how this technology helps connect past events to places.

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Paul B.'s curator insight, May 7, 9:47 PM
"create share explore" "learn best by doing"  I think this takes ICT in history from the SA, to the MR.  (world-wide) REsearching, networking, visualising, creating.   This sort of resource makes history modern (!?)
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Timeglider: web-based timeline software

Timeglider: web-based timeline software | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
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While timelines play a vital role in organising and representing historical time, primary aged children make sense of a timeline if they can make connections to their prior knowledge

Design learning  activities that involve making comparisons between then and now. Start with making connections with the material or social aspects of life (e.g. school, clothes, toys, transport) in the past.

According to Levstik and Barton (2005), understanding historical time involves:

  1. being able to order moments in time
  2. being able to match moments in time to specific dates

Research shows that children are better at sequencing historical periods (e.g. convict era, colonial Australia) than assigning dates or names to those periods. Dates often don't allow students to visualise

the time being referred to. As such, teachers can facilitate learning by helping students visualise images of history with the corresponding dates. Help students make distinctions between broad categories of time (close to now, a long time ago, in the 1800s etc).


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Never tire of reading your (well-researched) insights, Kate!
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5 Utterly Fascinating History Education Resources

5 Utterly Fascinating History Education Resources | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
History just keeps happening – there's nothing you can do about that. But learning as much as possible is deeply rewarding, and helps you better understand the world. This week Cool Websites and Apps digs into five sites that give you a better idea of history. Explore maps from other ages, see where people are…

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Armando's curator insight, September 13, 2015 6:22 AM

5 Utterly Fascinating History Education Resources

Peter Balanck's curator insight, September 13, 2015 7:31 AM

The map showing different periods in history is really useful...

Diana B Choi's curator insight, April 28, 2016 3:17 AM

Stage 2-3 History - digital resources - maps and visualisations

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Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
Articles to help you use digital storytelling to engage students in deeper thinking and help them become powerful communicators in today's digital world.
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QR Codes in the Classroom

QR Codes in the Classroom | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
Quick response (QR) codes are easy to create and have many uses in the classroom. With the posting of a QR code, you can lead students to information by just using their computer's or mobile device's...
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There are many affordances for QR codes in history. Pose an historical inquiry question and get students to gather clues (evidence) using primary sources embedded with a QR code at a museum, local community, school etc. Or, get primary students to create their own QR codes for artefacts. This could engage students in historical inquiry and the analysis and use of primary and secondary sources.

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There are many affordances for QR codes in history. Pose an historical inquiry question and get students to gather clues (evidence) using primary sources embedded with a QR code at a museum, local community, school etc. Or, get primary students to create their own QR codes for artefacts. This could engage students in historical inquiry and the analysis and use of primary and secondary sources.

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How To Use Twitter in the Classroom

How To Use Twitter in the Classroom | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
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Experimenting with a Flipped History Classroom: Year Two

Experimenting with a Flipped History Classroom: Year Two | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
History teacher Jody Passanisi reports once again on her flipped teaching experiment again and finds herself "a little less starry-eyed" and more strategic.

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Inquiry learning in action...

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10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom

10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
Move over, Facebook—if you teach middle or high schoolers, you know that Instagram is one of the most popular social media channels for teens and tweens today. And while it may not seem like it at first, there are many applications for Instagram in the classroom.
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How would a famous person in history use instagram?

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How would a famous person in history would use instagram?

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Clarisketch

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The free app, Clarisketch can be used by primary students when they are examining and analysing historical artefacts. The app allows users to take a picture, highlight the details, comment then share with others via email, facebook or google plus.

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Dipity - Find, Create, and Embed Interactive Timelines

Dipity - Find, Create, and Embed Interactive Timelines | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
Create an interactive, visually engaging timeline in minutes. Use dynamic visualization tools to display photos, videos, news and blogs in chronological order.
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Timelines are a way to organise historical information. However, dates alone do not allow students to vlsualise the time being referred to. Dipity is a useful tool to help students associate their visual images of history with the corresponding dates. Timelines should be comparative to help students see what life was life for a range of people at a given time.

Understanding historical time includes two important aspects: 1) chronology which is being able to order moments in time; and 2) being able to match moments in time to specific dates. Research suggests children find it easier to sequence historical pictures than assign dates or names to historical periods (Barton, 1994,2002; Barton and Levstik, 1996).

As children get older, they become better at ordering historical pictures on the basis of clues in technology, fashion and social roles. Primary children know what dates sound like and usually know what the current year is, but they find it difficult to associate periods in history with specific years.

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Timeline

Ness Crouch's curator insight, August 3, 2015 9:09 PM

Timelines are a way to organise historical information. However, dates alone do not allow students to vlsualise the time being referred to. Dipity is a useful tool to help students associate their visual images of history with the corresponding dates. Timelines should be comparative to help students see what life was life for a range of people at a given time.

Understanding historical time includes two important aspects: 1) chronology which is being able to order moments in time; and 2) being able to match moments in time to specific dates. Research suggests children find it easier to sequence historical pictures than assign dates or names to historical periods (Barton, 1994,2002; Barton and Levstik, 1996).

As children get older, they become better at ordering historical pictures on the basis of clues in technology, fashion and social roles. Primary children know what dates sound like and usually know what the current year is, but they find it difficult to associate periods in history with specific years.

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Tech4Learning - Digital Storytelling Kit

Tech4Learning - Digital Storytelling Kit | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
The Digital Storytelling Resource Kit includes articles, lessons, and samples to help you begin using digital storytelling in the classroom.
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Practical tips and resources including lesson plans using digital stories in the classroom.

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BBC - History - Ancient History in depth: Death in Rome

BBC - History - Ancient History in depth: Death in Rome | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
You have until dawn to gather evidence and catch a killer
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This interactive game helps students develop an understanding of evidence (a concept addressed in the new Australian Curriculum:history). It requires the analysis of both primary and secondary sources to answer the question of inquiry "how did this man die?"


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Center for Digital Story Telling

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Center for Digital Storytelling
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Digital stories can mirror the discipline of history through the process and product of what and how they are created.

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Telling Their Stories

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'Telling their Stories' is an oral history archives project based in San Francisco. The site includes videos of the first hand accounts of people who witnessed a range of significant events and people.

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Handbook of Digital Storytelling

Handbook of Digital Storytelling | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
The Digital Commmonwealth team have been working on producing a resource which helps people develop digital storytelling skills. The handbook is intended for use by the participants of the project,...
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My background is in primary teaching but a recent shift to higher education has ignited a passion for research. I love thinking about how people learn and the role that technology might play in this. I'm very interested in historical thinking in K-6.
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