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February 18, 2015

Check out this awesome blog post from SmartBrief’s SmartBlog on Education – three of our teacher contributors appear in the article on using tech to engage students with Black History Month! Kerry Gallagher’s students found portraits of Frederick Douglass online, and then used Skitch, a visual annotation tool, to place key text from his famous speech, ‘The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro,’ around his face, creating a powerful way of visualizing what Douglass stood for – and against – in his time. Ken Halla replaced all of his AP US Government class’s books with multimedia tools and content, using tools like Google docs and YouTube to introduce his students to the concept of due process, how the Supreme Court works, and key Court cases. Lastly, Kevin Zahner’s 11th-grade students made an interactive map of ten key events from the Civil Rights movement using Google My Maps. Students submit their work for editing via Google Forms, and then upload it to a blog or website to publish, sharing the link via social media, QR codes, and email, and allowing their school and community to use their work as a resource.