This week I read articles about how to do the different projects on my topic. The first article I read was by the National History Education Clearinghouse and it was about how to use Omeka. The article showed how easy it is to use Omeka for students and teachers. Once you start Omeka, there will be a step by step tutorial for the student and teacher to set up their site. There is even a website on Omeka to answer any questions the student or teacher has if they have difficulties. There is a lot of customization tools for the teacher to use to set up their own homepage and control what the students do on the teacher’s homepage. The Omeka website is a place for teachers to put the documents the students have to read for the class and makes it easy for the students to access.
Another article I read is how to teach with Omeka by Jefferey W. McClurken which follows up how to set up Omeka. It is a great website for doing a project with a good amount of documents added to the project. If its just one picture, Omeka would not be the best website for the small project. When the student is using Omeka for the first time, the teacher should play as the role as tech support and role model and help the children with Omeka. The teacher should help the students get started and have little discussions during times in class to help the students understand how to use Omeka, uploading primary sources and other problems the students have. I think the teacher should play the big roles of tech support and role model and help the students with any questions the students have.
The final article i read was by Jennifer Swartz which talked about using social media apps for educators. I never thought of using social media apps for education. I always thought those apps were just used for entertainment and reading news articles, but i was wrong. There are history accounts that post history topics and people can have conversations about that history topic. Swartz explained how when she used twitter she was nervous entering these twitter chats but she actually enjoyed them, because its different talking about the same topic but not being mean to each other and acting mature in the chats. Swartz also explained some standards or rules the teachers should follow when using social media to teach a history topic. The teachers should demonstrate leadership, establish a respectful environment for a divers population of students, teachers know the content they teach, teachers should facilitate learning for their students and reflect on their practices.
For my project I will use Omeka and try using twitter for the other project on Hernan Cortes about how he became commander of the Spanish Conquistadors, what battles he led and what impact he had after the battles he has led. Omeka would be a great site to use so I can gather all the documents, pictures and maps i will find and put on the site. Omeka would be great to organize ll my documents I find and present them to the class. I will try to use twitter and other social media apps to find topics about Hernan Cortes, participate in chats on twitter and explain to the class what I found. I am excited to use these sites and find the sources that I need, but I will need help how to use Omeka because I have never used the site before.