Family History   as a thread for American History Family History   as a thread for American History
Presenters Sarah Sutter:   Wiscasset High School art teacher and technology integrator, adjunct professor of digital imagi...
And you are . . .   <ul><li>If you would please share in the chat: </li></ul><ul><li>Where you are from </li></ul><ul><li>...
The Project
<ul><ul><li>Interactive, Collaborative Timeline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative Maps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>W...
WHY? <ul><li>Make it personal to encourage investment in the project </li></ul><ul><li>Put history in perspective as relat...
<ul><li>To provide students with a place and mode to practice multiple times throughout the semester the history skills of...
<ul><li>  Identifying and using appropriate sources, whether they be internet websites, primary or secondary text sources,...
<ul><li>1. Clarifying and summarizing in final draft form for a peer audience </li></ul>WRITING SKILLS
<ul><li>1. Using and following chronological order </li></ul><ul><li>2. Analyzing cause and effect </li></ul><ul><li>3. Co...
Tools We Used
X-Timeline   Collaborative,  chronological thinking  
Process <ul><li>Introduced the tool, started with Jamestown </li></ul><ul><li>Students divide up events & enter events, me...
Google Maps: Visualizing family  immigration places  & dates
Moodle Wikis Clickable, shareable, controlled access space  for multimedia Family History project
Product Options <ul><li>Everyone creates a wiki as linked (to X-Timeline) presentation space for images, audio, video, tex...
<ul><li>Are there any other timelines people have used that they would recommend? </li></ul><ul><li>  **Collaborative and ...
Intro to X-Timeline Let’s view the timeline together.  Click here  if you prefer to see it in your browser, otherwise we’l...
Student Feedback : What works well? <ul><li>See overtime how things have come together or fallen apart for America </li></...
Student Feedback: What could be improved? <ul><li>If we all titled our entries better, we would know what it is about befo...
Options <ul><li>Community involvement : Senior center interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Recording oral history through cell pho...
Questions & Comments? Use the chat to ask questions or *6 your phone to join in with audio.
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Using a collaborative timeline, multimedia, Google maps, and a wiki, American History students create a thread through time using the oral history of their family.

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    1. 1. Family History as a thread for American History Family History as a thread for American History
    2. 2. Presenters Sarah Sutter: Wiscasset High School art teacher and technology integrator, adjunct professor of digital imaging at the University of Maine in Augusta, Google Certified Teacher. ssutter@svrsu.org twitter: edueyeview Mary Ellen Bell : Wiscasset High School social studies teacher, currently teaches American History and World Cultures.   mbell@svsru@org
    3. 3. And you are . . . <ul><li>If you would please share in the chat: </li></ul><ul><li>Where you are from </li></ul><ul><li>What you teach (grade / content) </li></ul><ul><li>Or if you aren’t a teacher, what you do </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Project
    5. 5. <ul><ul><li>Interactive, Collaborative Timeline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative Maps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis to share and link multimedia for final oral history project </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. WHY? <ul><li>Make it personal to encourage investment in the project </li></ul><ul><li>Put history in perspective as relates to individual life experiences of people they know - or meet in the process </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership of the events & chronology - not just memorizing dates </li></ul><ul><li>Engage in oral history process & using primary documents </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunity for students to engage in storytelling with history content </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>To provide students with a place and mode to practice multiple times throughout the semester the history skills of: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>History Skills
    8. 8. <ul><li>  Identifying and using appropriate sources, whether they be internet websites, primary or secondary text sources, visual, audio, multimedia, graphs, maps or political cartoons.  </li></ul><ul><li>2.  Distinguishing fact from opinion and comprehending and interpreting text material </li></ul><ul><li>3. Citing sources, both text and media, in proper MLA format </li></ul>RESEARCH & READING SKILLS
    9. 9. <ul><li>1. Clarifying and summarizing in final draft form for a peer audience </li></ul>WRITING SKILLS
    10. 10. <ul><li>1. Using and following chronological order </li></ul><ul><li>2. Analyzing cause and effect </li></ul><ul><li>3. Comparing and contrasting </li></ul><ul><li>4. Developing historical perspective and </li></ul><ul><li>understanding historical context </li></ul>HISTORICAL THINKING
    11. 11. Tools We Used
    12. 12. X-Timeline Collaborative,  chronological thinking  
    13. 13. Process <ul><li>Introduced the tool, started with Jamestown </li></ul><ul><li>Students divide up events & enter events, media </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom discussion about what to include </li></ul><ul><li>Revision </li></ul><ul><li>Students add in all the Presidents & other notable bios </li></ul><ul><li>Continued discussion around what to include </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection on what’s missing </li></ul><ul><li>Addition of short essays on the causes or importance of particular events / movements / eras </li></ul><ul><li>Assigning individual or small group threads : Women, African American, Native American, Asian American, Latino American, Sports & Leisure, Inventions, etc. to engage the idea of bias & perspective in history </li></ul>
    14. 14. Google Maps: Visualizing family immigration places & dates
    15. 15. Moodle Wikis Clickable, shareable, controlled access space for multimedia Family History project
    16. 16. Product Options <ul><li>Everyone creates a wiki as linked (to X-Timeline) presentation space for images, audio, video, text </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Media in movie format </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Media in podcast or enhanced podcast format </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Audio in separate audio files </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CD of oral history with handmade book for visuals and text </li></ul></ul></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>Are there any other timelines people have used that they would recommend? </li></ul><ul><li> **Collaborative and multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>components a must </li></ul>
    18. 18. Intro to X-Timeline Let’s view the timeline together. Click here if you prefer to see it in your browser, otherwise we’ll screen share here.
    19. 19. Student Feedback : What works well? <ul><li>See overtime how things have come together or fallen apart for America </li></ul><ul><li>Gives you the chance to connect national history and personal history.   </li></ul><ul><li>It makes the contexts more understandable if you want to learn more about a certain thing, all you have to do is go to the date and click </li></ul><ul><li>Involves the class and shows history visually which helps us to learn </li></ul><ul><li>Helps us look at others people's work and learn what they learned without doing it </li></ul><ul><li>The way it goes by the dates of the events/ in order (2) </li></ul><ul><li>Organized by date of the event </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to navigate and it is a good study source </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to understand (student) explanations /(entries) </li></ul><ul><li>Explanations done by each other work really well </li></ul><ul><li>(Info) is in one place ( 4) </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul>
    20. 20. Student Feedback: What could be improved? <ul><li>If we all titled our entries better, we would know what it is about before opening it </li></ul><ul><li>Titles could be more clear as to what the entries are about </li></ul><ul><li>Some key events are missing </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar and spelling checked first ( 2) </li></ul><ul><li>(Learning) how to cite information and find more images </li></ul><ul><li>I don't like using it all the time.  It really seems to be more of a burden </li></ul><ul><li>VERY SLOW / It is slower than grim death.  It needs to be sped up. ( 4 ) speed ( 3) </li></ul>
    21. 21. Options <ul><li>Community involvement : Senior center interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Recording oral history through cell phone </li></ul><ul><li>(tools for recording phone: Rondee (free), iTalk ($5 iPhone or iTouch app) </li></ul><ul><li>Or put phone on speaker phone next to laptop mic & record in Noteshare or Garageband or Audacity </li></ul><ul><li>If family history is an issue, adopt a neighbor </li></ul><ul><li>Digital audio recorders we used were Olympus WS-110 and WS-210 models (roughly $60ea) </li></ul>
    22. 22. Questions & Comments? Use the chat to ask questions or *6 your phone to join in with audio.

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