I have been assigned to Dr. Langhorst and his blog is "Speaking of History........". His podcast titled ""Watching" the State of the Union Address Through the Eyes of Twitter" was very interesting! He made several valid points and it also made me think more about the use of Twitter. He mentioned how he was unable to watch the State of the Union Address, but while it was happening he was able to go to Twitter and get updated. He used his Twitter account to get details of topics discussed and opinions. He mentioned that he follows several news reporters, other history teachers, sports writers, and friends so during the State of the Union Address he saw all of their comments concerning this event. Even though he was unable to sit down and watch the State of the Union Dr. Langhorst was able to use technology to be caught up on the event.
Dr. Langhorst also mentioned the importance of technology and I could not agree more with his statements. He mentioned how valuable it is to have connections with people all around the world and having technology. Whether we like it or not technology is our future. We either get on board or fall behind and live in our own world!
Dr. Langhorst posted a blog sharing the idea of using a new app called Wordfoto. This app is similar to Wordle, but you use a picture instead of all words taken from a paragraph or list of words. In his post he took a picture of Mount Vernon and added key words to the picture.
I think this is a great tool to use during a new history lesson. This would be a quick and easy way to catch the students attention about the new chapter in our lesson. I could also use this idea as a small project to get my students to try out their technology skills. I think this is a simple project that even 1st graders could try out! The picture attached is my practice using Wordfoto. The picture was taken of me holding my bouquet on my wedding day.