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Awesome Free Windows Apps for Every Educator

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As a teacher who enjoys finding new ways to integrate technology in the classroom, I would love to share some of my favourite digital tools with you.

 

I have been using Windows devices, particularly Microsoft Surfaces for all of the eight years I have been teaching (and I have written about why this is the case before in this blog post).

 

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What’s the Difference Between Source Analysis and Evaluation?

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When using historical sources in class, both teachers and students know that they need to ‘analyse and evaluate’ them. But what do these two words mean? What is the difference between ‘analysis’ and ‘evaluation’?

 

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A Teacher's Experience with the Surface Go

For the last three years, I have been lucky enough to have been awarded as a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert (otherwise known as a MIEE). This means that I get to hear about Microsoft’s latest education initiatives and give feedback to the company from a teacher’s perspective. It is an incredibly valuable experience, one that is open to all educators.

 

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A Day in the Life of a History Teacher

 

As a History teacher, I believe I have one of the best jobs in the world. Every day I get to share my passion for the past with hundreds of students and I never grow tired of seeing people become fascinated with all of the crazy and impressive things that humans have done over thousands of years.

 

But what is it like to be a History teacher? What does a typical day look like?

 

If you’ve ever considered becoming an educator and were curious about what a career in teaching was like, or if you're simply curious, then I thought I would share some answers to those questions above.

 


From the Colosseum to the Cuban Missile Crisis

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Two Days with Microsoft Education

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Why Bother Studying History?

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As a History teacher, it will come as no surprise that I think that studying the past is one of the most enjoyable things we can do. However, I frequently get asked by students, teachers and even my own friends why someone would invest so much time in people and events that haven’t existed for a very long time.

 

I thought I would summarise my typical answers to these people in today’s blog post.

 

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A Global Museum

How Flipboard Can Help Bring a World of Ancient Wonders to Classrooms Half a World Away

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Constructive (Source) Criticism

Do you feel like you should be doing more source criticism in your History lessons but not sure how? It can be surprisingly simple to do!

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Letting Students ‘Choose Their Own Lesson’

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What if you gave students the choice of how to learn? What if you gave them options for how to complete a lesson?

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Microsoft Surface Vs Apple iPad in High School Classrooms

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