appear.in – the easiest chat imaginable

Some things simplify our lives as teachers, others tend to make it more and more complicated. I have yet to meet a teacher who appreciates the latter. So please allow me to share with you an app that is so simple you will have difficulties believing it. Continue reading appear.in – the easiest chat imaginable

Plickers for History Teachers: a Great Tool for Assessment

I have to admit in the beginning – I was not searching for Plickers! But now that I have found the app and tried it out with my students it’s going to stay with us. My students and I love it. To explain what Plickers is I will start by using the sentence from the official web page: “Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices.” That sums it up! It’s so simple and fast. Just register on plickers.com and download the iOS/Android app on your mobile. Continue reading Plickers for History Teachers: a Great Tool for Assessment

Using @Twitter to promote historical thinking and improve your teaching

For a couple of years now I have been using @Twitter to help my students get better at studying history and to improve my own teaching practice. The use of such an obviously social media may still seem odd to some of you, but I hope I can persuade you that it has a place beyond just adding a bit of spice to history teaching life. Continue reading Using @Twitter to promote historical thinking and improve your teaching

AR & QR

Ahoy ye mateys,

‘tis been a while since I’ve written a blog. You probably don’t remember (or maybe some of our devoted readers do), but I’ve been away for half a year, out to sail the Atlantic. While I didn’t pick up any parrots or peglegs, I might have gained a pirate-themed speech impediment concerning the letter ‘r’ (or ‘arrrrrrr’). It was therefore a no-brainer to go with the use of ARrrrrr and QR(rrrr)-codes in history class as the topic for this blog. Continue reading AR & QR

The 3D-Gallery Generator

This is a digital tool from Russell Tarr’s popular www.classtools.net site. Your students create a virtual 3D gallery. To do this they need to act as the curator of their own exhibition. Curation requires them to develop criteria to decide what to select to put into their exhibition. They then create the gallery and justify their decisions to you. Let’s look at a practical example. Continue reading The 3D-Gallery Generator