I’ve recently been accepted to make a presentation at the AP Annual Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida this year. My session is entitled Using 21st Century Skills to Look at the Past and will deal with how AP teachers can utilize the power of social networking to help students study various topics of historical concern within our courses.
I built my own website with a social network component, RicardAcademy.info, which I have used to help serve my students from simple things like keeping track of exam and quiz dates to creating opportunities for collaboration and community-based learning in the form of discussions on various topics. I will reveal some of my insights and experiences that should help any teacher regardless of level of technology or familiarity with the resources in the field. The session will be on Saturday July 21st from 9-10:15 am and is under European History and Technology.
Here is a copy of my abstract:
The scope of AP courses is massive and could be daunting to both students and teachers. Using the tools and resources available on the Internet, discover how to make lessons more compelling and dynamic for both groups. Employing social networking and Web 2.0 features, learn to build a community of lifelong learners through collaboration while also making the subject matter more navigable. Participants can increase interaction among students by using specific tools to make the content come to life. Doing so creates a more efficient manner of evaluating student achievement.