Using Technology to Teach History

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History for me was a special topic due to my father. His stories were my primary source about the world, politics and the events that had changed society from 1911 to 1986. He had been born in 1911 and had a brother who served in WWI and another who served in WWII. In my mind’s eye, History was going to be a class of storytelling but when reality hit I was quickly disillusioned. The text book was thicker than any I had ever seen and the content was dry, factual, specific and lacked any of the qualities of my dad’s stories. Thankfully, he taught me how to navigate the text and introduced me to microfiche and autobiographies which helped add color to the stark black and white perspectives presented in the text. Although the act of cross referencing the text contents with primary sources and original recounts was tedious this process helped fill in the detail which had been scrubbed out of the text. With each passing History class I learned more about the quality of a text book, the validity of sources and how perspectives can change from one edition to another. History is still a subject I thoroughly enjoy and understand because I was taught how to use a critical eye in assessing the source and ways to triangulate any proposed theories. However, many students are not lucky enough to have a living breathing historian in their midst and for them History is a boring topic that couldn't be further removed from their everyday life. The Challenge of Historians The materials that a teacher has available to use can have an enormous impact on the delivery and uptake of the content. History by its very nature is both broad and deep therefore it is one of the more complex studies to teach. The materials are a cumulative collecti... ... middle of paper ... ...orical content in packaging that is more likely to be acceptable and navigable for today's youth. Works Cited Gewertz, C. (2012, December ). History Lessons Blend Content Knowledge, Literacy . Education Digest , pp. 11-16. MacPhee, D. A., & Whitecotton, E. J. (2011). Bringing the "Social" Back to Social Studies: Literacy Strategies as Tools for Understanding History. The Social Studies, 102, pp. 263-267. Reynaud, D. (2011). Dealing with historicl movies in the Hisotry and English classroom. Research & Scholarship , 48-52. Scheuerell, S. (2009, March). The Avalon Project: Using Literacy STrategies with Primary Sources on the Internet. Social Studies Research and Practice, 4(1), pp. 71-81. Schlepegrell, M. J., Greer, S., & Taylor, S. (2008, June). Literacy in history: Language and meaning. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 31, pp. 174-187.

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