Introduction


My name is Andrea Williamson and I teach 8th grade Social Studies, 10th World History and 11th US History at Ben Eielson Junior-Senior High School.
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The picture is of me at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA. They have a great display of all the signers of the US Constitution, I am standing next to Benjamin Franklin.

Favorite Web 2.0 Tools


Here is a list of some of my favorite web 2.0 tools.
Blogger My Blog
  • In the classroom I could seeing this for a discussion board to work on linking topics that are being discussed in class with current events today. I really think that a class blog could stimulate a lot more discussion than I might normally receive in class.
Wikispaces for Teachers History Wikispace
  • Great for group collaboration assignments or just showcasing individual work.
Flickr WPA Flickr
  • People have posted great flickr project, the link above takes you to a flickr project of Works Progress Administration posters. Flickr allows you to show the pictures in a slideshow format. This was perfect for showing students all the different things the WPA did during the Great Depression. Look in flickr for already done projects for your class.


Web 2.0 Integration Project



Using Wikispaces Within the History Classroom



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Purpose



The overall goal for this project was for a group of students to do research on one topic about the Industrial Revolution and then to share that information with the class. I guess you could say that my wiki was a digital jigsaw. Students were broken up into groups of 3 and each given 1 topic and 1 page on the class wikispace.

The screenshot above shows the navigation bar to show how I organized the class wikispace, each group had 1 page assigned to them.

Audience


This wikispace is for the students. After the students created their individual page they were directed to preview each of the other pages to take notes from each of the other pages. I used this at the 10th grade level, however I feel my 8th graders with a lot of front-loading could also create a class wikispace.

Essential Questions


Using a wikispace for history is a great tool, there is always a large topic or era that you are attempting to cover that lends itself to multiple topics.

Assessment


My assessment was assessing the material presented. Student received points for each picture they used and I grade the quality of their work, it was easy to spot students that cut and paste. In the future I would create a rubric for kids to follow.