Event Title

Bringing the Past to Present: Incorporating Technology in Primary Source Learning

Graduation Year

2014

Location

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

11-4-2014 4:00 PM

End Date

11-4-2014 5:00 PM

Description

In the high school history classroom, effective incorporation of technology in primary source learning is an infrequently tapped well of possibilities. Teachers often become rooted in traditional methods of history education which isolates a new generation of students. Due to lack of knowledge, implementation, and planning, technology is being underutilized as a way of teaching using primary sources. History teachers who blend technology and primary sources find students more motivated and engaged while promoting higher level critical thinking skills. In this literature review, I explored empirical studies of how educators incorporated technology in their classrooms as well as the success and failures of teaching history using primary sources. Based upon the literature, I found that teacher ability and effective planning were critical to success.

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Apr 11th, 4:00 PM Apr 11th, 5:00 PM

Bringing the Past to Present: Incorporating Technology in Primary Source Learning

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

In the high school history classroom, effective incorporation of technology in primary source learning is an infrequently tapped well of possibilities. Teachers often become rooted in traditional methods of history education which isolates a new generation of students. Due to lack of knowledge, implementation, and planning, technology is being underutilized as a way of teaching using primary sources. History teachers who blend technology and primary sources find students more motivated and engaged while promoting higher level critical thinking skills. In this literature review, I explored empirical studies of how educators incorporated technology in their classrooms as well as the success and failures of teaching history using primary sources. Based upon the literature, I found that teacher ability and effective planning were critical to success.