10 Tech Tools 4 US History Teachers

21st Century Teaching & Learning

Driving Questions:

1. What technology tools will help me reach and teach my students?

2. What technology tools will work with the technology hardware that I have?

3. How can I manage a classroom full of technology?

Edmodo: Learning American History 24/7

According to Wikipedia, Edmodo is a social learning platform for teachers, students, and parents. It is commonly thought of as the Facebook of schools, as called by pupils and teachers alike.
Edmodo: High Quality, Yet Practical


Edcanvas.com is a great way for you to create and structure lessons in a very visual way and its very easy! Here is a canvas created by Oscar Semb on the 2012 elections.

Infuse Learning

It's important to have tools for formative, summative, and what about creative assessments. This tech tool for assessing is innovative. Go to student.infuselearning.com Create quick draw assessment.

Practice with Infuse Learning

1. What does Freedom look like to you?

2. What kinds of images can you include during assessments?

3. How could the audio tool help you reach more students?


If a picture is worth 1000 words, what is an interactive picture worth?

How to use SoundCloud's player in ThingLink tags

Poll Everywhere

Got questions? Poll Everywhere is an easy way to check for understanding.

Docs Teach

National Archives website designed to give you access to a number of primary source documents and media. You can also create interactive activities that build on historical thinking.

How to Use DocsTeach: Basic Introduction

Document Camera

You can do more with your document camera than you think! It's not like that old overhead projector.

10 Ways You Can Maximize the use of Your Document Camera

  1. Allow students to show their work.
  2. Analyze primary source documents.
  3. Record lessons and share with students on your website.
  4. Display political cartoons for discussion and analysis.
  5. Capture screenshots and or images and save it.
  6. Record students giving presentations.
  7. Zoom in closer on maps and annotate on them.
  8. Model and demonstrate steps on how to do a task.
  9. Compare two documents side by side.
  10. Highlight what you want students to focus on.


Rudyard Kipling once said, "If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Help your students become digital storytellers of American history with Animoto.


If you have been wondering about the tool I'm presenting with today, this is it! It's called a Smore.

5 Ways You Can Use Smore in the Classroom

1. Communicate with parents!

2. Share upcoming events on various social media sites.

3. Create student portfolios.

4. Present lesson content in a fresh way!

5. Embed in Edmodo so students can access it 24/7!

Padlet: Let's collaborate!

Padlet is a great tool for collaboration! With just a few clicks students can post comments and questions as a way of reflecting on what they learned in class. Let's try it out! I've created a wall for us and I want you participate in it to see how easy it can be!

Infuse Learning this link: http://padlet.com/wall/teachinghistory

BYOD Classroom Management Video

Classroom Management and Technology

Classroom management can seem overwhelming when it comes to students using their device. I think this is one of the biggest speed bumps to teachers using technology in the classroom. Still, with a clearly communicated plan and expectations. You and your students can experience a more dynamic learning environment. Here are a few guidelines:

1. Red, Yellow, Green poster

2. Create a digital social contract

3. Arrange the classroom so it makes it easier to monitor

4. Have students place device in a designated location when not in use (shoe organizer, chalk tray, or corner of desk

5. Set time goals for the tasks

6. Mobile devices in classroom= Mobile teacher in classroom

These ideas and more can be found on this site.

Bonus: Google Storybuilder

Look at this simple cute way for students to summarize what they've learned. This would be great as an exit ticket!

Go Google: Hall and Oates

Your Mission:

What name would you give to the 20th Century? Using one of the tools we've explored today, create a product that identifies the new name and any primary source documents and or media to support the name you chose. For example, create a story using Google StoryBuilder where you highlight a few key events, people, and topics of the 20th century and choose an appopriate music clip.

Let's keep in touch!

This is just some of the tools you can use to transform learning your classroom! Feel free to reach me in any of the following ways.

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Image citations

1. Reach: www.gachialpha.com

2. Learning to be free: lauvc.deviantart.com

3. Technology replacing teachers: flickr.com (Scott McLeod)

4. 21st Century Teaching: www.educatorstechnology.com

5. Mission (targets): www.churchplanting.com

6. Document camera: www.elmousa.com