Teaching Strategy: Family and Relations

Helping students to get to engage with the biography of an important historical figure

Students take on the role of people who have to explain their relationship to a leading historical figure, thereby broadly mapping out his or her biography. Continue reading Teaching Strategy: Family and Relations

Teaching Strategy: Planning a Documentary

Helping students to decide the relative importance of different factors, events or changes

Students plan a documentary by deciding how much time should be allocated to given topics. Students imagine they are planning a one-hour documentary. The teacher gives them a list of topics that need to be included. They plan by labeling and shading a pie chart, by that defining the importance of the topics. Continue reading Teaching Strategy: Planning a Documentary

Skitch: having a quick sketch to improve history learning

Quite often in my class I want to draw on top of a source, or onto a bit of writing I have on my whiteboard. I cannot quite work out how the complicated interactive whiteboard pens work. That was where Skitch came to the rescue.

Skitch is a free iPad or Android app that allows you to draw or write on top of photos, webpages, maps and pdfs.

It’s so easy that I am not going to give instructions on how to use it as it is best if you just have a play. But for the technophobes amongst you here are the briefest of brief instructions. Continue reading Skitch: having a quick sketch to improve history learning