Showing posts with label history projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label history projects. Show all posts

Thursday, March 1, 2018

7 Options for Creating Timelines Online - An Updated Comparison Chart

Making timelines is a go-to activity for many social studies teachers. When I made timelines as a student and in my first year or two of teaching, timelines were made on paper. Today, there are better ways to have students create timelines. In fact, in Teaching History With Technology I feature a couple of my favorite timeline tools for use in high school, middle school, and elementary school classrooms. In the chart embedded below I showcase the key features of seven multimedia timeline creation tools.

Click here if you cannot see the embedded chart.

Bonus: A Timeline Game!
Play Your Dates Right is a templates that I like to use to create a game that is focused on helping students recall the sequence of historical events. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to create a simple timeline-based game with the Play Your Dates Right template from

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Recording & Mapping Local History - Project Idea

What is the history
behind this phone?
Here's an idea that I've shared in some of my presentations over the years, but I've never posted it here on Years ago when VoiceThread had a substantial free option, I asked students in one of my U.S. History classes to have a parent, an aunt or uncle, or a grandparent share a favorite memory about growing up in our area. The project worked fairly well and we collected some nice stories. I never upgraded my VoiceThread plan and those stories are long gone. But the same type of project could be undertaken by using a combination of Google Maps and YouTube or a combination of ThingLink and SoundCloud.

YouTube + Google Maps for recording and mapping local history.
With the YouTube capture app for iOS or any number of Android video recording apps (I like WeVideo) your students could record short interviews with parents, aunts and uncles, or grandparents. After uploading the videos to YouTube they can grab the link and include it in a placemark on a Google Map for which all of your students have editing permissions. In this post you will find directions for collaboratively creating a Google Map.

SoundCloud + ThingLink for recording and mapping local history.
The procedure for this activity is similar to that of the activity above. First, have your students record their interviews using SoundCloud. SoundCloud can be used to record through a laptop, on an Android device, and on an iPad. After capturing their audio interviews through SoundCloud have students place them on an ThingLink image of a historical map of your town. The ThingLink remix option allows you to upload one image to start the project then have students make their own copies to edit.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Historypin Adds an Android App to View Old Map Imagery as You Walk

Last summer I introduced you to a great Google Maps-based service called Historypin.On Monday Historypin's Executive Director Nick Stanhope guest posted on the Google LatLong Blog to announce some new features that are available now and some features that are in the works. Before telling you about the new features let me first remind you of Historypin's purpose. Historypin allows you to place old images of places on current Google Streetview imagery.

Historypin's newer features include tours, collections, and an Android app. Tours allows you to string together a series of geolocated images to tell a story about person or place. Collections is a series of geolocated images arranged around a theme and time in history. You can create your own collections and tours or browse through the content contributed by others.

The Historypin Android App allows you to view historical imagery layered over the current map for where you are standing (provided imagery is available). You can also use the app to add imagery to the map.

Learn more about Historypin in the video below.

Applications for Education
Historypin could be a good tool for students to use to explore the history of their communities. Better yet, students can use Historypin to research and record local history.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

3 Free Android Apps for Recording Oral History

Earlier this week at the Ed Tech Teacher Teaching History With Technology workshops I facilitated a discussion about using cell phones in schools. One of the ideas that I shared with the group was having students use their cell phones to record local history through pictures, videos, and audio recordings. On that note I mentioned using Google Voice to have students make audio recordings of interviews with local historians. We also had an attendee mention using iPadio for similar purposes. But since Android powered phones are now outselling iPhones (actually have been for a while) I thought it would be appropriate for me to highlight some Android apps that can be used to make voice recordings.

A search of the Android Market for voice recording apps will yield lots of results. To narrow my selections down to three (I'm afraid that installing more than that at once would suck the life out of my phone's storage) I had to establish some criteria for selection. In picking apps I ruled out any that wanted permission to access personal data on my phone. I also ruled out any apps that had not been updated in 2011. It was somewhat surprising to find quite a few apps that I had to rule out for one or both of those reasons.

Tape a Talk has the highest average user rating of these three apps. The feature of Tape a Talk that is most appealing to me is that recordings can continue even if your phone has turned off the display (something that some of the other apps don't do). You can also record to an existing audio file on your phone. Recordings are saved on your phone. The free version of Tape a Talk is ad-supported while the pro version costs about $6 USD. The video below includes an overview of the app (there is not any sound in the video).

iRecord is the simplest of the apps I'm trying. It has a very straight-forward interface. Simply launch the app, press record, press it again to stop the recording, then save to your phone. The length of your recordings is only limited by the space you have on your phone's SD card. Watch the video below for an overview of the app (there is not any sound in the video).

Hi-Q MP3 Recorder, as the name implies, records your audio as an MP3 that you can export from your phone's SD card, email to yourself, or send via Bluetooth to storage off of your phone. The app will continue to record even if your phone has changed screens or gone to black for battery preservation. The free version of this app allows you to record for up to ten minutes.