technology in history

  • First Year of Teaching

    First Year of Teaching
    Interact Simulations
    Rise of Civilizations Simulation by Brad Hulman
    Brad is the author of simulation and my mentor
    Students loved simulation but hated lectures (as do I).
    Action Research going on here!
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    technology in history

  • Research on Simulations

    Research on Simulations
    We were having fun but were my students learning?
    I wanted to know what research was saying about simulations . The research of Cruickshank and Telfer (1980), Dean S. Dorn (1989), and Woodward, Carnine, and Russell (1988) was encouraging and we started using simulations to learn about the rise and fall of empires. I was amazed at the number of critical thinking skills my students had to use every day in order to be successful in their roles while playing these “games.”
  • Second Year of Teaching

    Second Year of Teaching
    Added two other simulations:
    Rise and Fall of Roman Empire
    Olympics--Students love this!
    Action Research!
  • Third Year of teaching

    Third Year of teaching
    I started using simulations for all major themes.
    Teacher of the Year Award
    Received tenure
    Earned my Masters Degree from UNA
    Helping other teachers use simulations for their classes
  • Fifth Year of Teaching

    Fifth Year of Teaching
    Teaching in China
    International Baccaleaureate Training
    Skype used to communicate
    Action Research! Students love technology.
  • Research using Images

    Research using Images
    Coohill found that using images in history classes greatly enhances learning but he states that they should be used to “conceive” a lecture rather than relying on images completely (2006).
  • Research-Tunes of the Times

    Research-Tunes of the Times
    David Binkiewicz (2006) “Tunes of the Times: Historical Songs as Pedagogy for Recent US History.” He states that songs are a powerful pedagogical tool that can be used as primary sources.
  • Seventh Year of Teaching

    Seventh Year of Teaching
    Changed grades--Started teaching seventh grade geography and civics.
    Used "World" simulation to teach geography. Interdisciplinary unit with science.
    "How much does it cost to live?" This was an interdisciplinary unit with math.
    Virtual worlds provide synchronous communication opportunities for simulations or group work projects (Vaughn, 2010). This is great for recreating ancient civilizations such as Rome, Egypt, or India. It also allows students to learn different languages and cultures.
  • Research on Music and History

    Research on Music and History
    Students talk to others all over the world and they can see that globalization is accelerating due to technology, yet students view social studies as unimportant and uninteresting. “Music is a powerful tool to enhance learning, to connect issues and the times in history, to illustrate a cultural identity, or to promote unity for a cause” (White and McCormick, 2006, p. 125).
  • IB Coordinator

    IB Coordinator
    Coordinator for International Baccaleaureate for middle school
    Technology must be incorporated in classes
    50 hours per year minimum
    Teachers NOT happy about this
  • Started Ed.S program

    Started Ed.S program
    Started Ed.S Program
    Interested in using technology in history classes
    Mainly wanted to motivate students to learn history.
  • Research Virtual Worlds

    Research Virtual Worlds
    Virtual worlds can take a student into a world of deeper understanding and more critical and creative thinking while they gain more experience in technology (Byrne, 2009).
  • Social Studies Class

    Social Studies Class
    Took a ss class at UA and was assigned to teach a lesson using the song "Leningrad" by Billy Joel (1987). Learned a lot and loved teaching this way. The reasearch was fun and easy. I want to try this with my tenth grade students. Action Research!
  • Ninth Year of teaching

    Ninth Year of teaching
    Started teaching tenth grade history, Contemporary World Issues, 11th and 12th grades.
    Used Photo Story for AP Classes
    Grade level students wanted to do Photo Story
  • Research Classes

    Research Classes
    I love research! Action research helps me be a better teacher. I get to find out what works and what does not work. I want to have fun teaching. If I am not having fun, my students are not having fun! I have found out that if the students are having fun they will work more to learn what they need to learn. If it is boring, they just quit.
  • Web 2.0

    Web 2.0
    . “Web 2.0 characteristics support the principles of good teaching and learning—active participation and collaboration” (Berger, 2010, p. 2). It is often stated that today’s students will have jobs that have not yet been created.
  • Technology Class

    Technology Class
    80% of teenagers use the Internet as a primary means of communication.
    Teachers can capitalize on technology students have at their disposal in their own homes. Students already have MySpace or Facebook skills and teachers can give purpose to these skills by using other Web 2.0 tools and applications for learning purposes (Byrne, 2009).
  • Research Proposal for 11th Year of Teaching

    Research Proposal for 11th Year of Teaching
    Problem: Many students find social studies boring.
    Evidence for the existence of the problem includes student surveys (views of the participants), teacher journal, student assessments, and student interviews and evaluations after the completion of their projects. The journal will have daily observations of student behaviors and the behaviors in all classes will be compared and contrasted.
    This will be used to determine if using music and technology will help motivate all students to learn SS.