Today, we are going to finish up our look at the role of "change" in history, and the concept of defining moments. Use this handout to help focus your learning as we watch the three heritage moment clips below.
I think everyone enjoyed yesterday's trivia quiz and, hopefully, you realized that there is a lot of VERY interesting aspects to the study of Canadian History.
Today we are going to tackle the question "What is History?" I have included a humourous look of some of the typical answers I have received from students over my career. Any of these ring true with you?
We are going to develop a definition of history, discuss causation, delve into bias, and look at the role of the historian. You will be expected to take notes (and file them in the appropriate folder in your digital binder). We are going to spend one day on historiography. I, on the other hand, had to take an entire full term university course on the subject. Consider yourself lucky!
Use this source as a starting point as you develop your answer to "What is History?" You are expected to share your 2-3 sentence answer with the class .
It is the start of a new semester, and I am VERY excited to be teaching 20th Century Canadian History to each and every one of you. I have my specialist in Canadian History, and while that may seem strange to some of you, it is a subject that is near and dear to my heart (and something that I am VERY passionate about!).
We also have the exciting opportunity of studying history in a 100% digital classroom, and as such, we are truly going to be looking at some very innovative and interesting ways to explore the skills and content associated with this course. I am more than ready to undertake this journey with you.
Before we start the class, we need to make sure that everybody has a school appropriate email address that will serve as the repository of everything that we do this year. We will need to have cloud storage, so I am asking everyone to sign up for a Microsoft supplied email address and Skydrive. The email address should be in a format that best represents you in a business environment (firstname.lastname@example.org as opposed to email@example.com). Try to avoid numbers and symbols in your address as well.
The course outline is available here.
All handouts, daily work, Smartboard notes, powerpoints, and rubrics will posted on this website. That said, students are expected to keep copies of their work both on their Skydrive and in their local folders at GHSS. It is also a good idea (if possible) to purchase an 8GB thumbdrive (less than $10) so that work can also be stored when there may be network or internet-access problems.
CHC2DI is intended to be a paperless classroom. However, if students wish, they may print out any handouts, rubrics, etc that they need to help with their learning. All I ask is that they use their discretion, and only print pieces that they absoultely need.
Today's trivia challenge is available here.
Today will be the last day of historiography (fingers crossed), with my intention of starting our unit on WWI tomorrow.
We will be looking at this powerpoint on sources and bias, and making a mind map on the smartboard about potential sources of bias.
We are also going to discuss your first assignment on defining moments and go over the expectations and the assessment rubric. I will be away at a meeting on using iPads in the classroom (we should have our class set next week) on Thursday, so you can plan to use that period to get a big chunk of the assignment done.
This will be the on-line binder for the CHC2DI class.