I expanded my Personal Learning Network this morning after making contact with Kevin Roughton of Riverside, CA. We had some quick conversation about history teacher learning networks and video copyright.
I also had the chance to visit the site Kevin’s uses as his digital home base, Welcome to the Next Level. Some pretty impressive stuff. The idea is to get kids hooked into the content and Kevin does a nice job of integrating both engaging activities and solid history at the same time.
My class is all about teaching my students to appreciate history. In a perfect world they would have that naturally but in our modern hyper-interactive world that usually isn’t the case. My goal is to bridge the gap between their lives and the lives of the past through the use of modern technology and techniques.
As a former middle school teacher, I know how difficult it can be to suck kids into the content of history, economics and government. Kevin is working to find 21st century tools to help his students understand how past events and people influence and shape the world in which we live.
We’re all trying to figure out what that exactly looks like but if you need an example of how one teacher is trying to integrate content and technology, Kevin’s site is a great place to start.
He’s got both student and teacher pages, so stop in and look at his resources, ideas and activities. A nice example is his geography “game” he uses as part of his Why History unit. I’m pretty sure he’d love to hear from you and crank up some great professional conversations!
If nothing else, he’s got some sweet video clips to browse through! What’s not to love about a site that has this video on it?
History!? I love history!