Flip PD with Versal and Create More Collaboration Time

» 01 July 2015 » In Ed Tech, History / DBQ's, How To, Teachers, Web 2.0 » No Comments

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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 RegionNWRESD.

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.

Stay in touch - Join our Student as Historian Group at TPS Teachers Network.

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. 

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How To Think Like a Historian

» 29 June 2015 » In Guest post, History / DBQ's » No Comments

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Google Hangout – Our Library of Congress TPS workshop queries historian Dr. Adam Franklin-Lyons about how historians think.

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Teacher’s Guide to Ed Design

» 23 June 2015 » In Ed Tech, How To, Presentations » No Comments

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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.

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How to Find Primary Source Documents

» 09 June 2015 » In Events, History / DBQ's, How To, PD » No Comments

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Finding online documents can a challenge, so I put together a 12-min video of three search strategies that I find effective – locating curated content, using the native LOC search tools and using a search operator. [site:loc.gov]

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Student as Historian: Library of Congress Summer Workshop

» 04 May 2015 » In Events, History / DBQ's, Teachers » No Comments

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I’m excited to offer a workshop this summer for 20 Oregon teachers and librarians (grades 4-12). It’s jointly sponsored by the Library of Congress, the TPS Regional Program & NWRESD. Participating teachers will receive $500 stipend at conclusion of the program.

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#edcampPDX Back2School Edition: Twitter Archive

» 16 August 2014 » In Events, PD, Social Web, Teachers » No Comments

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We just completed our 10th edcampPDX – a chance to get pumped up for the new school year, network and share new ideas with our colleagues. Here’s our Twitter Storify archive. Check back for updates as attendees have time to reflect and tweet on the awesomeness we shared. We have lots of great resources.

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Calling PNW educators: edcampPDX Aug 16 – Portland Ore

» 20 July 2014 » In Events, PD, Teachers » No Comments

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Calling all educators from the Pacific NW. Join us in Portland on August 16th for edcampPDX – free, democratic, participant-driven professional development. It’s an unconference built on collaboration and dialogue, not keynotes. As one participant from last August’s edcamp tweeted “#EdcampPDX what an incredible day! I’m ready for September.”

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Free iBook: History of Portland’s Japantown

» 10 June 2014 » In History / DBQ's, Publishing » 5 Comments

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I’m pleased to introduce my latest multitouch iBook “Portland’s Japantown Revealed.” Free at iTunes. It’s filled with over a hundred archival photographs and dozens of video interviews with former Japantown residents that detail life from the 1890s through the incarcerations of WWII. It features two dozen interactive “Portland Revealed” widgets that allow the reader to blend historic and contemporary photographs.

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iBooks Author Training Video and Free Guide

» 15 May 2014 » In Ed Tech, PD, Presentations, Publishing » No Comments

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Here’s a video of my one-hour intro to iBooks Author. Download my free Quick Start: iBooks Author and follow along. Plus links to iBA resource website and more

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21st C Social Studies at edcampOCSS – Portland Ore

» 17 April 2014 » In Events, PD, Teachers » No Comments

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Calling all educators interested in Social Studies, History, Geography, Government, and Economics who live in the NW. Plus Humanities, Librarians, Technology and Administrators. K-12 plus college level. Here’s a great reason to head to Portland and connect with other educators!

The Oregon Council for the Social Studies is sponsoring a social studies themed edcampOCSS in Portland Oregon on May 17, 2014. (8:30 AM – 2:15 PM then go somewhere for beers)

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