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iboard: Treasure Hunt

What it is: Treasure Hunt is an interactive game where students practice following directions to coordinates on a grid.  Students are given a set of directions that they must follow to find a hidden treasure.  Directions are in the format of left, right, up, and down. How to integrate Treasure Hunt into the classroom: Treasure Hunt gives students a platform to practice direction.  Students are given directions such as take 3 steps right, take 1 step down, take 4 steps left, dig.  If students have followed the directions correctly, they will reveal a hidden treasure.  Use Treasure Hunt for a whole class game.   Split students into two teams.  Have each team form a line at the interactive whiteboard.  Team one sends up their first player to follow the first direction, then the next player on team one takes a turn, etc.  If they correctly follow directions and dig up a treasure their team receives a point.  Repeat with team two.  Students could also practice coordinates at a math center on the classroom computers. Tips: iboard has a variety of activities for the interactive whiteboard that can be purchased.  Treasure Hunt is one of their freebie samples. Leave a comment and share how you are using iboard: Treasure Hunt in your classroom.

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History Pin

Posted by admin | Posted in Analyze, Apply, Evaluate, Geography, History, Middle/High School, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, Understand (describe, explain), Web2.0, Websites | Posted on 02-10-2012

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What it is:  History Pin is a really neat website that lets students (and anyone) electronically “pin” historical pictures, videos, audio clips, and stories to a digital globe.  There are three main ways to use History Pin: exploring it, adding to it, or curating things on it.  History Pin has some great collections and tours that have already been created that can be used in the classroom.  Collections bring together content around a theme.  Students can explore collections or create one of their own.  With a Tour, students can go step-by-step through content, a story, explore a place or walk through time.

How to integrate History Pin into the classroom: History Pin is a neat place for students to learn about history.  They can see history through pictures, video and stories submitted by people around the world.  History Pin is also a fantastic place for students to demonstrate learning.  They can add pins, create collections or tours around their learning.  In many states in the US, students have standards that are related to learning about the state history.  In Colorado, this is true of our 4th grade students.  History pin is a great place for them to demonstrate their learning of their own state.  The best part?  This learning can be viewed and used by others all over the world.  Our students get really excited about sharing their learning when they become the “experts”.  History Pin lets them be the experts.  Way cool!

Depending on which Collections and Tours your students engage in, there are great opportunities for incorporating other subjects.  Our students enjoy comparing statistics from history with statistics of today.  They are really enjoying knowing how to use ratios these days!

I love the way that Geography is so ingrained in History Pin.  Students can easily see (and track) where history occurred in the world.  This helps students understand how movements, revolutions, immigration happen as a result of geography.

Tips: Be sure to check out the school channel on History Pin.


Leave a comment and tell us how you are using History Pin in your classroom.

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