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Welcome To The Center For Teaching History With Technology
EdTechTeacher presents The Center for Teaching History with Technology, a resource created to help K-12 history and social studies teachers incorporate technology effectively into their courses. Find resources for history and social studies lesson plans, activities, projects, games, and quizzes that use technology. Explore inquiry-based lessons, activities, and projects. Learn about web technologies such as blogs, podcasts, wikis, social networks, Google Docs, ebooks, online maps, virtual field trips, screencasts, online posters, and more. Explore innnovative ways of integrating these tools into the curriculum, watch instructional video tutorials, and learn how others are using technology in the classroom!I purchased my iPad in June and spent the summer playing with it and have come to the conclusion that it can revolutionize the classroom and at the very least, the student experience within the educational system. I did not anticipate such a revelation. I wanted it for simple functions such as internet at night while in bed and not wanting to grab my laptop, and some other cool apps. But what I am seeing is that the iPad is a nice device for reading books (which shocked me as I never thought I would say that as I am a traditionalist and love paper and cloth). I say stop printing textbooks and require students to purchase an iPad. At $499 for a 16 gig WiFi iPad (which is plenty) it saves money and trees. Students from High School to College will in the long run save money and save their shoulders from lugging around a backpack of books.

Here are my favorite apps for Teachers and Students of History:

1. Dropbox – allows me to share documents, files, PDFs, powerpoints, from my home office computer, home laptop, school computer and iPad. Simply fantastic and helps me stay organized.

2. WinAdmin – this app allows me to remotely access my PC laptop at home or at school from my iPad. So I can run a powerpoint from my iPad while lecturing. Very cool.

3. Quick Office HD – a mini-office suite that allows me to edit Word files that I can easily store and send via dropbox.

4. U.S. History Quiz (McGraw Hill) AP flash cards. A nice and affordable set of flashcards that I can use via my WinAdmin and project using my PC computer from the iPad.

5. GoodReader – allows me to view any type of document from a PDF to a powerpoint.

6. Inkling – is the first generation of iPad textbooks with a growing list of college and AP level text books that students can purchase and download. They can download just a chapter or an entire textbook.

7. Kindle (for iPad) – I love reading books on Kindle. I can highlight sections, get a quick definition by simply tapping the word, and go directly to an Internet search. I can leave bookmarks and notes. Great device for teaching and reading.

8. Desktop – allows for iPad multi-tasking which is a downsize, but the iPad is not about replacing the laptop computer.

9. Historical Docs – there are dozens of apps that allow teachers to have at their fingertips, via the iPad, important historical documents.

10. WordPress – this app allows for me to quickly get into and out of a wordpress blog and there are numerous that are helpful as a teacher.

I will have more on technology and specifically the iPad.

1. Best of the Web & Mobile for Teaching Social Studies Nate Gillespie & Brady Wood CCSS Mar. 5, 2011 Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
2. What We’ll Cover Today 6 Websites: Student Resources 8 Websites: Professional Learning Resources 6 Mobile Apps Using Shmoop in Your Social Studies Classroom Overview of Shmoop US History, Civics, Biography, Music Shmoop’s Best of the Web Shmoop Teacher’s Editions Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
3. This Day in History http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history From The History Channel Key events on this date in 13 categories: Crime, Politics, Sports, Music, etc. Video review of top stories Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
4. Digital History http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/ Free online US History textbook Collection of annotated primary documents Non-text sources include maps and archive of historical film trailers Produced by U of Houston with several other institutions Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
5. (World) History Matters History Matters http://historymatters.gmu.edu/ 1000+ annotated primary sources in US History Emphasis on how historians “make sense of evidence” Annotated guide to 800+ other websites World History Matters http://worldhistorymatters.org/ New site broadens scope beyond US History Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
6. OurDocuments http://www.ourdocuments.gov/ Produced by National Archives High-quality reproductions of 100 milestone documents in US History Each document presented with contextual information Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
7. Valley of the Shadow Project http://valley.lib.virginia.edu/ Incredible online archive of ALL primary source documentation of Civil War experience in two neighboring counties in Pennsylvania/Virginia Includes census records, newspapers, diaries, letters, church records, military records, images Teachers’ guide: how to use in classroom Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
8. Our Favorite Professional Learning Resources for History Teachers
9. TeachingHistory.org http://teachinghistory.org/ One-stop shop for online history teaching resources Includes online materials, lesson plans, links to recommended sites Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
10. Historical Thinking Matters http://historicalthinkingmatters.org/ Emphasis on how to teach students to think like historians In-depth lesson plans to teach habits of critical historical thinking Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
11. PBS Teachers http://www.pbs.org/teachers Great lesson plans Guide to PBS video Educator community Widgets for your classroom website Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential
12. Blogs & Webcasts Blog: Free Technology for Teachers http://www.freetech4teachers.com Reviews of free instructional resources. Each review includes suggestions for classroom applications Video Webcast: Palm Breeze CAFE http://www.youtube.com/user/PalmBreezeCAFE Podcast: search iTunes Store for “Palm Breeze Cafe” Software & website reviews and tutorials Twitter, Diigo, Delicious, Facebook, Flickr, Wikimedia Commons… Shmoop University, Inc. Confidential

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