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Learn three multimedia approaches for teaching memorable history lessons by bringing history to life, through websites and audiovisual tools that engage students and help them to remember and gain a deeper understanding of what they are studying.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Teachers and tutors of all levels who teach or participate in history or technology

We study history through the exploration of dates, documents, artifacts, places, people, and events, as well as through the connections and patterns that emerge. Studies have long shown that multisensory learning helps the brain to remember information better than single-sensory learning and is in line with the learning style theory of multiple intelligences.

Through two webinars plus homework, learn how multimedia tools can be used to create materials that engage your students in an effective and comprehensible way. By using Internet sites and video, audio, and picture software, students can experience the voices, locations, music, photos, and more of significant and momentous historical times.

Webinar #1: Thursday, May 25, 2017, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. View and discuss three multimedia approaches that may be used to show historical information:

  1. PowerPoint timelines: Walk through events in a linear approach loaded with videos, podcasts, pictures, and sound files
  2. Primary source websites: Demonstrate historical primary sources and secondary sources to differentiate the types
  3. Infographics: Transform complex information into graphics that are easy to understand

 Homework between webinars:

  1. Use PowerPoint software to draft a multimedia presentation of one historical event, person, document, or artifact for use with students.
  2. Post your presentation to Blackboard or e-mail it to the instructor.
  3. E-mail the instructor with any questions around difficult history topics or challenges within the multimedia approaches. The instructor will investigate and present the answers in webinar #2.

 Webinar #2: Thursday, June 15, 2017, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. View and discuss peer presentations, and review any difficult topics or challenges that were identified.  

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Explain three methods for using multimedia technology to present and engage with history
  • Discuss two ways an infographic may represent a historical person, place, or thing
  • Describe one historical primary source and how it may be demonstrated
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of how to use PowerPoint for presenting historical information
  • Basic Microsoft Office skills
  • Comfort with accessing the Internet
  • An understanding of the Blackboard distance learning environment
  • Access to a computer or device capable of webinar participation 
  • Comfort with trying audio and video tools
05/25/2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
06/15/2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Online course
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Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
Distance Learning
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