One Best Thing
One Best Thing is a collection of iBooks created by Apple Distinguished Educators that demonstrates the use of Apple technologies to transform teaching and learning. Apple Distinguished Educators are part of a global community of education leaders recognized for exploring new ideas, seeking new paths, and embracing new opportunities with Apple technology in and out of the classroom. Each iBook shares a unit, lesson, or practice designed by a professional educator to help other educators implement successful practice.
The One Best Thing iBook that I chose to review is Photographing History: Archiving with Apps. I chose this iBook because I want to be a secondary social studies teacher. All social studies teachers know the importance of primary sources in history. Primary sources teach students the process of history inquiry. Photographing History: Archiving with Apps emphasizes the importance of looking at the pace, person, or event in context with an image. Primary sources give students the learning outcomes of understanding research, participating in inquiry, and learning historical content. It teaches that technology can now be used to learn about these primary sources
This app can be used on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with the use of the camera app. These can be considered mobile research stations and curation tools. With their mobile devices, student can access maps, images, and more information about the historical content.
I would definitely use this in my classroom. I understand how boring and irritating primary sources are. This would allow my students to become more interested in historical content. Photographing History: Archiving with Apps allows learning primary sources to be more fun and engaging for students.
Cheryl Davis is the author of Photographing History: Archiving with Apps. She is a technology specialist in the Acalanes Union High School District. There, she collaborates with teachers to create learning environments that provides students with innovative technology for learning. To learn more for Cheryl, follow her on Twitter and Google+.