From apps that help your students read to apps that help you organize your teaching day, these five educational apps from Facing History Senior Program Associate Pam Donaldson will help you engage students and inspire your own teaching practice. Read on and let us know, what’s your favorite app to use in the classroom?
I was fortunate to be a teacher participant in Facing History's Digital Media Innovation Network (DMIN). The support and the ideas from DMIN have helped me transform my classroom teaching, and each year there are new and exciting materials and resources shared from DMIN that continually enhances my classroom teaching. This past year one of the new resources IWitness was an amazing web resource that I incorporated into my class. This resource allowed my students to view multiple short eye witness testimony from Holocaust survivors. This particular resource is one I plan on using for as long as I teach the Facing History course. I am always excited when I receive an email about another great resource being shared by DMIN. I look forward to when we can all meet again.
Three years ago I had the amazing privilege of joining Facing History and Ourselves as they developed their Digital Media Innovation Network (DMIN). Through this small group of educators and Facing History staff, I have learned about and challenged myself with using digital media and technology to not only engage students and deepen their learning, but more importantly to encourage them to use technology to give voice to the voiceless in our society.
This post, by educator Michael Grover, appeared originally on our sister blog, Facing Canada.
This week a colleague of mine, Mary Hendra, shared with me an interesting article from FacultyFocus.com. In it, author Joan Flaherty discusses the gap she perceives between herself, a non-digital “native,” and her students, members of the so-called “millennial generation,” a group that has grown up with digital technology.
Digital Learning Day is coming up on February 6, and there will no doubt be a lot of conversation and debate about whether online tools can help students prepare for career and college. While career and college preparation are important goals, they aren’t the sum of the purposes of schools: Our educational institutions also have an obligation to prepare students for citizenship and for a reflective, ethical, and well-examined life.
In what should come as a surprise to absolutely no one who knows me at all, I'm a little bit "Type A." This is to say that I have always set irrationally high standards for myself and when I don't always meet those I tend to be just a wee bit unforgiving (see: K.C. in 1st grade, apologizing in writing to my parents for earning a "check mark" and not the superlative "plus" in Handwriting. Pretty sure I wrote something to the effect of "I will practice my letters in my room until they are perfect"). The teacher later gave me a book called Nobody is Perfick which I assume was an attempt to get me to breathe now and then. Clearly I felt compelled to correct the spelling on the cover. I was a weird kid.
In 2010 Facing History launched the Digital Media Innovation Network (DMIN), establishing a cohort of staff and educators from Facing History’s nine North American offices and partner projects overseas who together explore and pilot digital resources as tools in teaching and learning.