Jody’s book History Class Revisited: Tools and Projects to Engage Middle School Students in Social Studies can be preordered through Routledge Publishing here. Coming out in May, 2016, this book discusses the unique possibilities and challenges of working with middle school students to make social studies/history relevant.
Our project based learning unit was one of the projects featured in the Buck Institute’s book: Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning.
We also discuss it with Suzie Boss and John Larmer in this Google Hangout about the book: check it out!
As always, I come into this conference with a balance of trepidation and excitement. Trepidation because, no matter how much I always WANT to improve as an educator, it is always so challenging to put all of the pieces together, to open myself up to radical change, to see the vast applications of technologies and how they apply to me and to my students. I worry that I will not remember everything–I worry that I won’t choose the correct tools to focus on for next year–I need to let all of these worries go to enter an open space where I know that the pieces I need will fall into place and all of the tools and ideas will show themselves to me.
I am excited, because we as educators are at a moment of educational revolution. I feel the energy of innovation in this room; together we can create something new–and at the very least–a new network from which to learn — a place where we can share and collaborate in this unique place of Judaism and technology.
Let’s use all of these tools–I want to imagine what education can look like with this JET13 cohort.
We have teamed up with our friend and collaborator Aaron Brock on “The Future of History” a new blog at MiddleWeb.
Please check it out!
Aaron’s most recent post about project learning without technology is really impressive.
Our article in Scientific American addresses the problem of students dealing with the massive amounts of information found on the Internet. As history teachers, we’ve had to incorporate even more source analysis into our curriculum.
Research in the Digital Age: It’s More Than Finding Information.
Our new post about the necessity of classroom transparency in this age of technology is up today on Education Week Teacher. Check it out!