Digital History in the Classroom

Exploring the the website titled, Teaching History, it is clear that there is a need for a collective space for history educators to share teaching methods, materials, and more, and this website does a great job of providing that.

In the classroom, things are starting to become more digitized and learning over Covid was almost exclusively online. Teachers had to learn to adapt to these changes and provide material and learning that would make up for the lack of in person learning.

Digital tools that I can see myself using in the classroom are tools produced by Knightlab, specifically Timeline JS and Juxtapose. This will help students learn more visually.

One project that I think can be utilized across various grade levels is Slave Voyages, which provides a lot of material and resources for educators on an important topic. From this project, when assignment that I could see myself using in the future is titled, “Finding Historical Evidence.” This is a high school lesson plan that allows students to dig into primary source research and then defend their findings. This assignment has students assigned to a certain chapter, taking notes, question the narrative, come up with questions and report on their findings.

In an article titled, “Turning Students into Historians” by Jasmine Alinder, she writes, “Decades later, we still suffer from racial and economic segregation, but how many of our students can explain why?” This assignment gives students the ability to question narratives and research for answers they may have.

Overall, I feel that teaching history in the classroom is evolving as more digital history tools come out and as more events transition online due to the global pandemic of Covid-19.






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