Connecting to the Past, Building the Future: Using Edtech to Enrich History and Civics (Paperback)
This guide offers fun, practical resources and strategies to help teachers use edtech to enrich history and civics curricula, and build community inside and outside the classroom. History and social studies educators are uniquely positioned to empower, inspire and motivate students to become engaged citizens who contribute to their communities. When students see themselves in history, they can recognize their importance in the world today. In this guide, two award-winning teachers show how to use edtech to help students engage more fully with history, then apply their learning in ways that promote civics and citizenship on a local, national and global level. The guide features:
- Four easy tips for getting started with edtech.
- A short list of widely used edtech apps and tools that are easy to learn and implement.
- An introduction to historical empathy, and edtech tools that can help cultivate it in students.
- Resources and techniques for building civic awareness in students.
- Activities to build community in and out of classrooms.
- #TryOneNewThingChallenge ideas that can easily be implemented for lasting impact on classrooms.
Laurel Aguilar-Kirchhoff (@LucyKirchh), M.S.Ed., is a former history and science educator who now serves as a professional development coordinator and digital learning specialist. Aguilar-Kirchhoff works with educators, administrators and students to successfully integrate educational technology into curriculum for lasting student learning outcomes. Her areas of expertise include digital citizenship, media literacy, blended learning, curriculum instruction and design, and edtech and innovation. She was recognized as the 2018 National History Day California Teacher of the Year, was a top six finalist for the National History Day Teacher of the Year, and was the Inland Area CUE (IACUE) Administrator of the Year in 2022. She's a Google Certified Trainer, Leading Edge Certified Online Blended Teacher and a member of the iCivics Education Network. Aguilar-Kirchhoff served on the ISTE Digital Citizenship PLN Leadership team and is currently an ISTE Community Leader.