10 Uses of Padlet in the History Classroom

Padlet is a virtual bulletin board that allows users to "pin" post-it notes with text, images, and links to webpages.  It has become an integral part of how my students and I share information and ideas with each other and with the larger community outside of our classroom.  Why I love padlet:

1) It is a great collaborative tool.

Sprinting All the Way to the Finish (or How to Maintain Engagement up Until the Bitter End)

During the last week of school, I received an email from a parent informing me that her son was running around the house, excitedly telling anyone who would listen about the end-of-year History project that he was due to present on that day.  With two days left of school, I was thrilled to hear that he was excited about coming to school (and History class, in particular). More importantly, she was thrilled to witness his excitement for going to school during the last week before summer vacation.

Everyday Life in a Medieval Castle

The History room has been teeming with activity recently. In the midst of History World Leaders Madness (inspired by March Madness), tracking current events, predicting the animosity and conflict between Athens and Sparta (in Ancient History), and understanding why the United States became involved in World War I (in American History), the 7th graders have been investigating the evolution of Medieval Castles and every day life in a castle in European History.

To Rubric or Not To Rubric? Should that be the Question?

In Apollo 13, the movie, there is a scene where the scientists on the ground are trying to solve a problem that the astronauts in space are experiencing...live.  The scientists have specific parameters of the problem, and are given the same resources that the astronauts have to solve the problem (Thanks to 4cDesign for providing this clip, via Youtube):

 

8th Grade Civil War Projects

In my 8th grade American History class, we are in the midst of the Civil War.  After debating Constitutional issues, slavery and states' rights issues, and issues on the Emancipation Proclamation, each student is researching his/her own Civil War battle, event, or notable person.  The class is enjoying each others' presentations now, and I have been enjoying the many different tech tools that my students are trying out or honing.  In so many ways, these presentations are better than a straight poster presentation.

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