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VoiceThread - About - Digital Library

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

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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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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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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

Center for Digital Story Telling | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
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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Hovis - Go On Lad (2008, UK)

Considered to be one of the best British adverts ever made, and uploaded in HD, unlike the other uploads. Created by Rattling Stick with post production by T...
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This ad is a historical narrative which captures change and continuity, significance, cause and effect very nicely.

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Christine Gray's curator insight, July 28, 2013 10:49 PM

So many possibilities -create timelines with dipity.com

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Digital Storytelling

Digital stories help students construct a narrative around events and people. This website offers practical advice and tools for teachers to use in the classrom. 

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Digital Story-Telling Guide

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A practical guide for constructing digital stories.

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Digital Storytelling Lesson - Digitizing the Writing Workshop

Digital Storytelling Lesson - Digitizing the Writing Workshop | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
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Digital Storytelling lesson plans and materials.

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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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Keeping the past in the future with breakthrough 3D mapping technology

Keeping the past in the future with breakthrough 3D mapping technology | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
Today marks the start of National Heritage Week – a time to celebrate Australia’s unique and fascinating heritage. We are kicking off the festivities by presenting new 3D data from Fort Lytton, one...

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Past - Present - Future...History and Geography working together!

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Geography meets History...past, present, future!

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Interesting form of mapping the ancient world

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The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy

The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
The culmination of my quest for more powerful learning grounded in theory and research came when recently I conducted an experiment in pushing constructionism into the digital age.
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Drawing on educational research, this article opens up new ways of thinking about learning.

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Timeline

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Organising time requires abstract thinking for young children.

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Andrea Taylor's curator insight, August 8, 2014 9:43 AM

Classroom tool - interesting timeline maker

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A timeline is a graphical representation of related items or events in sequential order and displayed along a line. Children need the opportunity to develop an understanding of this abstract notion through concrete and personal experiences.

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Primary sources and digital storytelling connect students to history

Primary sources and digital storytelling connect students to history | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
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A classroom teacher talks about how the process of digital storytelling helped immerse her students in the past as they learnt about colonial times.

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Education Creations's curator insight, June 5, 2014 9:13 PM

This site is a good example of how to use a digital story telling tool in your history classroom.  

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Past/Present online interactive game

Past/Present online interactive game | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
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The purpose of this interactive online game is to develop historical literacy. Desgined for middle school students, it shows what life was like in America in the early 1900s.

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A game designed to develop historical literacy.  Specifically created for American students it still is a lot of fun.  

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The 5 Rules of Storytelling Every Teacher Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 5 Rules of Storytelling Every Teacher Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
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Historical narratives are a powerful and effective way to develop historical understanding in young children. To help students create historical narratives, Barton & Levstik (2005) suggest the following questions:

1. What would you need to know in order to write this story?

2. Where would you find the necessary information?

3. Could this story be told from different points of view?

4. In what ways might this story have been different had it been set in our time and place?

 

Adapt some of the ideas in this TED talk to help students create an historical narrative.

 

 
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Lost Films

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This online website is an archive of films, pictures and documents from around the world that were believed to be lost. There are a number of films from Australia dating from 1900s.

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Image recognition that triggers augmented reality

Image recognition that triggers augmented reality | Teaching history with ICT | Scoop.it
Matt Mills and Tamara Roukaerts demonstrate Aurasma, a new augmented reality tool that can seamlessly animate the world as seen through a smartphone. Going beyond previous augmented reality, their "auras" can do everything from making a painting talk to overlaying live news onto a printed newspaper.
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The affordances of this technology for bringing historical images or documents "to life" are boundless.


Here are just a couple of hyperlinks for different augmented reality apps:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/aurasma-lite/id432526396?mt=8


http://www.aurasma.com/#/partner




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The affordances of this technology for bringing historical images or documents "to life" are boundless.Here are just a couple of hyperlinks for different augmented reality apps:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/aurasma-lite/id432526396?mt=8 

http://www.aurasma.com/#/partner

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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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