On Thursday July 22nd, I presented at the HTAV (History Teachers Association of Victoria annual conference) Here are some tools that were discussed for potential use in the History classroom. All these are free, except where otherwise stated. A backchannel will be opened so click on this link to chatzy, and you can discuss, ask questions, share further information etc and I shall answer the questions here, if not at the conference. Here is the link to my actual ppt presentation.
Twitter – Establish a fantastic personal learning network. You can than follow and be followed, share, discuss, learn from, etc with many others. Make sure you view the twitterfall below, which was the result of me asking my twittersphere to respond to my request to “say where they were from and to name the nearest historical feature to them.”
Flickr First need to register for a yahoo mail account. There is a free version which will let you have three sets or categories for photos but for small annual fee can have unlimited photos. Flickr allows you to upload photos, add a blog, notes and join groups
Wordle – create wonderful wordclouds
Wiki – wikispaces/wetpaint/pbwiki A good eg of a history class wiki
Skype – voice over internet protocol. Connect your class to the world. Enables txt chat/audio/file sharing/videoconferencing
Wallwisher:- Sticky notes on a wall for brainstorming, idea gathering, sharing resources etc
Slideshare: uploading ppt presentations on line, grab resultant code and can embed in blog/wiki/online spaces
iEtherpad:- Online public working space for groups up to 15 in number
Ideas for people to follow on twitter or tweets that gave ideas for history teachers:-
- @idocente Museum Box: provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical pe…
- From @Smadsenau suggests @MisterHistory
- From @buckinsand How about following @barackobama + @historychannel + http://bit.ly/cwmNMm +http://historicaltweets.com/
Use a search engine to find any references that have not been linked. Try common craft for great tutorial videos on blogs, wikis, social networking.
If you are a history teacher, what else would you recommend to fellow teachers?
Imagine if you did this whilst you had your history class. So many triggers, so much learning could take place by researching the tweets.