The Educator's PLN

The personal learning network for educators

Hello, everyone,

 

I wondered what thoughts/ideas you have in regard to using digital curriculum as textbook replacement? 

 

We have (generally) foregone traditional textbooks and now use digital stuff.  Most of what we have purchased comes from Social Studies School Service (I authored a large amount of the US History material), although we also use some online materials such as C-SPAN Classroom.  We also are subscribers using Discovery Education Streaming.

 

What are you all doing in this regard?  Post your thoughts in the discussion.

Michael H. 

Views: 165

Replies to This Discussion

I have diigo some links that are good tech information with the tag sec_hs_tech  I booked a sample book there.

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/database/hyper_titles.cfm

 

I have used snippets of this online textbook in my 8th grade US history class.  The website also has some really intriguing projects and document based lesson plans.  With this online - and free to access - I can see getting rid of the generic textbook.  It forces teachers to use primary sources and a number of secondary sources - which mimics the actual work of a historian. 

 

With just a textbook it is too tempting to lapse into just moving chapter to chapter, rather than building units and essential questions.  In addition, students accept uncritically, the word of the textbook, which is not really the right lesson to take away from a history class (that there is one accepted "history" that they just need to memorize).

We use Safari Montage for our video, pictures, etc...It is not bad, we left Discovery Education because of budget cuts, but I liked it better than Safari.  I also use Digital History website, it is great.  Another good one is http://www.authentichistory.com/ 

 

I am taking a class offered by the Teaching American History Grant in my state (FL).  It focuses on primary source documents.  That is were I am looking to go next.  I have so many website from this class, wish there was one by time period (sort of like authentichistory) but that is mostly music and photos.

 

Digital is the way to go, especially with all the budget cuts coming down the pike:)

Thanks for getting me thinking!!

Carol, 

 

We use Discovery Streaming (the Plus version) and I find it to be extremely helpful in our curriculum.  We also are using a lot of material from Social Studies School Service, and a lot of that deals with primary sources.  (I've been a curriculum developer for them for approximately 10 years.)  I'd love to discuss use of primary source material in the classroom further, and can share some examples of what I do.  

Let me know if you would like to see some examples.

 

Michael H.

 

How about starting a thread with some examples here for us,

I can probably do that, Michael. 

One quick caveat, however.  Over the years, I've done some consulting work for Social Studies School Service.  So, while I'm the author and use these materials in my classroom, they are also available for retail sale.

I've created several sets of "document-based questions", for example.  My students right now are analyzing reports written by Attorney General Robert Kennedy and Soviet Ambassador Dobrynin regarding their meeting regarding removing missiles in Cuba.  My APUSH kids are analyzing political cartoons dealing with FDR's court packing plan.

I also created a set of "analyzing visual primary source" Power Points.  For example, students can look at elements in the famous "Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter" photo from the Battle of Gettysburg, or can make conclusions about supplies to be included in a fallout shelter during the Cold War.

Hope this is a good start.

 

Michael H.

 

Michael,

I am still working on my teachers certification, so I am in college classes now.  I am taking a geography class in which I heavily rely on the digital text, but as I am reviewing for the exam, I find myself reaching for the textbook.

The digital text is a new skill for me, and i think it takes some getting used to. For me, I think the real benefit is easy access anywhere, but I'm not willing to give up the textbook.  perhaps it's because I'm not an digital native, but rather an immigrant.

Colleen 

RSS

About

Thomas Whitby created this Ning Network.

Latest Activity

Daisy Hastings posted a blog post

How and Why To Get Into National Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NHS) is an organization for the high-school students. It is dedicated to recognizing and appreciating the young ones for their excellent performance at educational establishments. Hence, those who satisfy the membership requirements laid down by the school’s chapter can apply for the NHS membership.How to get into National Honor Society?The first task is to figure out if your school consists of an NHS chapter. And, if it does…See More
Jun 24
Christine Hinkley posted an event

OLC Collaborate Maui at University of Hawaii Maui

September 19, 2019 at 8am to September 20, 2019 at 5pm
Join your fellow digital learning education professionals, educators, and administrators to network with experts and collaborate on solving the challenges we all face in online higher education today. You’ll get the chance to hear from regional experts regarding current and emerging trends in online learning, collaborate and network with your peers during group discussions on top-of-mind challenges that may impact the future of online, blended, and digital learning – and your career.See More
Jun 20
Christine Hinkley posted an event

OLC Collaborate South Carolina at Anderson University

October 10, 2019 all day
Join your fellow digital learning education professionals, educators, and administrators to network with experts and collaborate on solving the challenges we all face in online higher education today. You’ll get the chance to hear from regional experts regarding current and emerging trends in online learning, collaborate and network with your peers during group discussions on top-of-mind challenges that may impact the future of online, blended, and digital learning – and your career.See More
Jun 12
Profile IconJess, Sofia Walmont, Donna Haggerty and 59 more joined The Educator's PLN
Jun 11
mary jo milligan liked steve kurtek's discussion constant arguing among kids
Jun 5
Esther Kang and Eunji Christine Lee are now friends
Jun 3
Esther Kang updated their profile
Jun 3
Suzan Strickler liked Thomas Whitby's blog post What’s the Goal of Education?
Jun 3

© 2019   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service