Monday, March 30, 2015

Making History Fun and Exciting for Students

I have just been introduced to two totally awesome tools that can be used in the classroom to make learning history more exciting and engaging for students!  

The first tool is from the National Archives Docs Teach.  This website is fantastic!  It allows a teacher to use tons of primary source information in a creative, engaging, and thought provoking way!  You can browse through already created activities, or create your own using the primary source documents available through the National Archives.

Check out this video which explains what Docs Teach is!

Another tool is the QR Treasure Hunt.  A QR Treasure Hunt allows students to use smartphones or iPads to scan QR codes throughout the classroom, at home, around the school, or really wherever because they can be printed right onto paper!  The students scan the QR codes and immediately are taken to a website or document that you want them to view to find information to answer a question.  This is a great way to get students moving around the classroom and using technology in a creative way!

Check out this video that talks a little more about using QR codes!

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