Deconstructing Currier and Ives
Last week Marta Turner (NWRESD) and I had the privilege to work with a team of Oregon teachers in a workshop “The Student as Historian.” The session was jointly sponsored by the Library of Congress, the TPS Western Region & NWRESD.
We preceded the onsite workshop with some "flipped" learning using Versal (a free and stylish LMS) and leveraged our on-site workshop time to design lessons using primary sources from the Library of Congress digital resources for teachers.
Versal provides for easy import of a variety of other web tools with a simple drag and drop. I used it embed a number of Disqus forums, YouTube videos and collaborative Google Docs. Before we even met, participating teachers were able to use Versal to get to know each other, use tutorials from the Library of Congress website, study historical thinking skills, pose and respond to historical sourcing scenarios and post research proposals. During our onsite workshop I continued to use Versal as our LMS to host our live Google Hangout and collaboratively design research projects via an embedded Google Slide show. For more on what Versal can do click here.
Here’s our Versal pre-course below. For a direct link click here.
Use the 3 bars in upper left of Versal embed to navigate the lessons.
I’m pleased to be presenting at the Devsigner Conference in Portland Ore June 27-28. My session will offer perspectives on designing engaging learning experiences that motivate students, provoke their reflections and monitor their progress as learners.
I’m offering an iBooks Author training session for faculty at the University of Portland. Here’s two videos that demonstrate interactivity of iBA widgets and how easy it is to input content into your iBook.
Life’s become an “open-book” test. So what does that mean for schools? Last week I gave the keynote at 5th Annual Ed Tech Summit on the beautiful Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland, Oregon. I offered 5 suggestions for teaching in the digital world.
I’m pleased to be the keynote speaker at the Southern Oregon Ed Tech Summit 2015 in Ashland Oregon (April 17, 2015). Here’s a preview of my keynote and two breakout sessions.
Thinking of trying Meerkat. Here’s my step-by-step set up for using Meerkat to livestream a presentation or event via Twitter. Tips and tricks to make your Meerkast a success.
Image-based DBQ explores the how first ladies are used as political symbols. Great tool for middle school students to develop visual literacy.
In this interactive DBQ, readers are guided through posters, photographs, political cartoons to examine the motivation behind the Marshall Plan.
This DBQ project explores posters, videos and other media that contribute to the popular image of the soldier in the minds of the American people.
This DBQ uses WWII-era WPA posters to examine how art can be used to influence public opinion. Key questions guide student through a close reading of the works.