Tech It Out: History

Want to incorporate more technology in your history class, but don’t know where to start? History may seem like a hard subject to use edtech for, but there is actually an abundance of tools and possibilities out there. Here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Time Travel: Okay, we don’t actually mean time travel. But there is a simple way to simulate it. Show your students videos of historical debates, fireside chats, and interviews. This way they can experience the events and contemporary opinions on them without just reading it all from a textbook. It’s a great way to really make students connect with other periods of time and realize that historical figures were people just like us.
  2. Lights, Camera, Action!: Want to help students practice their public speaking skills through oral presentations? Have them take it one step further with multimedia projects. They’ll be able to enhance their speeches with pictures, diagrams, and even supplementary video clips. Logistically, this can present a bit of a challenge, so make sure your students will have access to the necessary equipment. (We recommend checking out public libraries for rentals.)
  3. Empathy: It can be hard for students to put themselves in the shoes of the people they are learning about in class. And thus a bit harder for them to completely comprehend different historical periods and events. A digital diary, like a blog, can provide the perfect outlet for students to craft letters or journal entries as if they were from a certain time or place and boost their historical empathy.
  4. Storytelling: Last, but certainly not least: digital storytelling. Have students create podcasts on different topics. This type of project can combine #2 and #3, expanding both learning and technological skills at the same time. Plus, we bet they’ll have a lot more fun researching to be radio hosts than researching to write papers.

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