Resources for teaching the Civil War and specifically the battle of Gettysburg are found in an abundance, but which ones are right for your Civil War classroom? Are you looking to “flip “ your classroom or to use something as part of a presentation? Maybe a pre Gettysburg visit activity? Maybe something for students to use during research?
Here are a few tips on resources to use and a few that have been used in Teacher Ranger Rob Finkill’s classroom
Flipping the Classroom?
Many teachers are flipping their class with the help of technology. Students may watch a short teacher created video or listen to a podcast outside of class to obtain basic notes and information, then in class higher level activities are done.
Some of flipped classroom teachers chose to use a video camera and a white board to make videos of their lectures, others use screen casting apps such as :
These videos are made on a tablet / iPad, but then can be posted online and links to videos emailed
Flipped Gettysburg Resources
Planning a field trip or series of lessons on the Battle of Gettysburg?
Click on the link below for a short video on events of the Civil War leading to Gettysburg that could be watched by students on their own or as a large group.
If you are coming to Gettysburg and visiting the Visitor Center and Museum, the link below will take you to a video for students to help them understand what to expect when they come to the museum and will help them complete activities in the Best Field Trip Ever! pdf planning kit
If you are planning a presentation on the battle of Gettysburg, a great resource for enhanced presentations is Prezi.
Prezi can be described as Power Point , but with movement and more features to be visually pleasing.
This Prezi gives you the presenter a series of pictures and images to help you as you give a brief overview of the battle. Not a lot of text, but plenty of images and movement to help enhance a talk on the battle.
excellent site from teachersfirst.com with incredible visuals to explore the battle of Gettysburg from multiple angles and perspectives!
Zaption is a tool that allows for the editing of You Tube videos , while adding questions, and other response activities.
Edpuzzle allows the teacher to take a You Tube or other video and add questions and activities for students to do while viewing. Create “classes” that students can join, then teachers can view the results.
Online Quiz games for practice
There are several on line quiz games on line now that work with both IOS devices and laptops:
Kahoot is one of the most popular web based quizzing platforms. Teachers can create their own quizzes from scratch or use quizzes shared by other teachers from around the globe. Students play using their own device to answer and view the questions on a large screen in the teacher’s classroom. Kahoot is constantly updating their features to make this an amazing resource.
Another popular student quizzing activity that is web based. Games can be played in the classroom – no large screen needed – or students can play outside of class as many times as they wish to study or prepare for class activities. As a teacher, you can view results and download scores as well. Again, this platform is always evolving and updating to meet teachers’ needs.
There are many other emerging platforms and most sync with Google and classroom management systems like Edmodo or Canvas.
Civil War in Four
If you are looking for some brief videos on different topics about the Civil War, the Civil War Trust has recently started to post videos under the heading of Civil War in Four. These are four minute videos detailing different aspects of the war with commentary from Civil War experts. Great for use as a whole class, research or as flipping the classroom resources.
Comment here with your own ideas or other resources!