Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Authentic Learning in History and Social Sciences: How "Real" Can We Make the Classroom Experience?

Scot A. French, Associate Professor / Director, University of Virginia

Abstract: How can we bring authentic learning, with real-world outcomes and assessments, into the history/social science classroom? This session will discuss the presenter's efforts to design and teach digital history seminars in partnership with museum professionals at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Monticello.

My Notes

Yesterday's sessions are available for everyone online:

Partner with non-profit cultural orgs
Partnership mentoring K-12s
Smithsonian Art Museum partnership where History majors can fill a gap interpretting paintings in the S's collection. Taging them and making them relevant to K12 teachers.
Also partnered with Primary Source Learning who work with Lib of Congress.

How could the images of life between the wars help teachers tell a meningful story of life between the wars and connect to K12 standards?
Inventing the course on the fly - it suffered from that.
Majors were trained to think like teachers and be aware of their constraints (eg emphasis on testing).
Connections being made in the back channel to Digital Storytelling and authenticity (Oral history approaches). It's worth thinking about DST in terms of authenticity. Later...
Must follow up on some of the DSTs shared (saved to my Delicious account and with SHUCDT and DST tags).

Great timeline visualisation being shared:
Pachyderm tool for building stories mentioned in chat. I think that's an NMC tool. We looked at it briefly years ago. Must take another look.


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