Senior Cycle - History

 

 

ICT and Learning

 


Recent years have seen a significant increase in the range and quality of material available online, and through other electronic media, to support the teaching of history. Such material can be used creatively to develop student understanding of history by facilitating imaginative but historically robust connections with past societies and, also, by facilitating clearer exposition of the bases on which historical accounts are constructed.

 

The following websites can be used to explore some of the possible approaches to improving student learning in the classroom that can be enhanced by the use of specific internet, or other electronic, resources.

 

It is important that all resources used in the classroom be linked to syllabus objectives and adapted to the learning needs of different students. 

 

 

 

Websites to support the teaching and learning of history      

Instructions

 

Studystack

Study Stack is a free web 2.0 tool which helps students to memorise information in a fun and engaging way. Students and teachers can create their own flashcards or use some of the millions of flashcards that have already been created. For each set of flashcards entered, the StudyStack website automatically generates over a dozen ways for students to study and revise the material they need to learn, reducing boredom. Teachers too can enter material once and have over a dozen different activities created for their students.

Studystack
Padlet

Padlet is a free online tool that is best described as an online notice board. Padlet can be used by students and teachers to post notes on a common page. The notes posted by teachers and students can contain links, videos, images and document files.

Padlet
Animoto

Digital learners prefer processing pictures, sounds, colours and video as opposed to working with static text. Animoto is a Web 2.0 tool which facilitates this. It can be used to improve subject vocabulary, understanding of complex topics, link concepts and develop greater understanding for students. Animoto allows users to create visually appealing and memorable videos which can be created in minutes once the subject material is available.

 

Animoto
Question Cube

The Cube creator is an online interactive tool. There are four cube templates, three of which have predefined questions/topics on the faces of a cube, and permit the user add responses to the questions. The fourth cube type allows the user to add their own questions/topics. The cube can be rotated on screen and printed as a development. The development can be printed and glued together to form a solid cube.

Question Cube
Interactive Timeline

Timeline allows students to create a graphical representation of an event or process by displaying items sequentially along a line. Timelines can be organized by time of day, date, or event, and the tool allows users to create a label with short or long descriptive text. Adding an image for each label makes a timeline more visually appealing.

Add, drag, and rearrange items as needed. Saving capability allows students to return to their work and make revisions, and they can share their final work via e-mail.

 

 

Socrative 

 

An easy-to-use tool for building assessments and seeing results in
real-time to improve instruction and help student learning.

Socrative
Edmodo

Edmodo is a free social learning platform for teachers, students and also parents. It offers a safe and easy way for students and teachers to exchange ideas, share content or information and access homework.

Edmodo

Blend

Space

Blend space is an easy way to blend your classroom with digital content. Easily find, add and share online content (videos, images, pdfs, Google docs). Students comment or take notes alongside content.

Blendspace
Educanon

Educanon is an online learning environment to create and share interactive video lesson. Teachers begin with any YouTube, Vimeo or TeacherTube video content and transform what is traditionally passive content into an active experience for students. By time-linking activities that students engage with as the video progresses the content is segmented into digestible components increasing student engagement.

Educanon

 

 

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