Speaking of History

Notes from keynote address at MACE Summer 2008 conference by Eric Langhorst

Enitre presentation is available on his blog, Speaking of History. Eric also produces a podcast, Speaking of History, that is available on iTunes.

Books he recommends:

  • A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
  • The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman (look for edition #3 — it has more on education in this edition)
  • Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organization by Clay Shirky

His professional development occurs while mowing the lawn as he uses MP3 player to listen to podcasts by other educators. His own podcast reaches around the world with over 160,000 downloads so far this year.

Free resources he uses to create his podcasts:

  • Audacity
  • Photo Story 3 — create video using images and music (such as commercials)
  • Blogger — to host his various blogs

Student use of technology in the classroom

  • StudyCasts – teacher recorded audio review for upcoming test that students can download at home,
  • TestCast – have para record the reading of a test the first time and use recording for next student.
  • Using Zunes in classroom to transfer podcasts, studycasts, presentation notes (similar to use of Palms about 3 to 5 years ago)
  • Creating a guide by cell (phone) tour of museum with student written and recorded narrations
  • Liberty Minutes Video Project (extra credit) — create 3 to 5 minute videos on local historical topics with “Hollywood Night” with parents and guests
  • Debates – record classroom debates and have experts review it
  • Email an expert – teacher sends 10 questions to expert to be answered
  • Teaches Civil War by teaching book Guerilla Season / Guerilla Season Book Blog to discuss border wa
  • Classroom web site — using blackboard but has used a blog – updates weekly with dialog about upcoming week
  • Online assessment (uses Quia but could use QuizStar) — provides immediate data and feedback to both teacher and students — using pretesting to modify instruction based on results of pretest

Primary purpose — allow students to become producers instead of a consumer

Secondary purpose — allow connection with rest of the worl

Multimedia resources used in classroom

  • CNN student news (vodcast)

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