Greetings to all educators! We appreciate your interest in the Collaborative Study in American History and hope you and your class might gain as much as possible from the site. The following information guides you through a few simple tips to consider whe n attempting to integrate the Collaborative Study with existing history curriculum.
First of all, you’re going to have to spread the word. Just simply take a little time before the beginning of class and make a brief announcement concerning the availability of the site. Once you’ve piqued their interest, distribute the URL (http://librar y.advanced.org/10335). Encourage your students to use the site for test preparation, research, and just general intelligent debate. It might also be a good idea to inform any fellow history teachers about the Collaborative Study. Remember, the more people parti cipate, the more everybody benefits from the site.
The Collaborative Study is a great tool for reinforcing any information delivered in the classroom. You might want to schedule "chat sessions" in the realtime discussion room or have your students fill in the appropriate top ics on the conceptual topic map and the interactive topic outline following an intense lecture. Invite other classes, teachers, and even professors to make guest appearances during online study sessions.
Students might also use the Collaborative Study as a research utility. The knowledge base, historical document collection, and the virtual lecture hall are all excell ent resources for students to use in research projects. During the process of researching, students may want to post links to useful web sites on the link base, so that other students may have access to the same resources.
Probably the reason the Collaborative Study was developed in the first place, any form of traditional exam preparation can and will occur on the Collaborative Study web site. The discussion room, message board, online multiple choice quiz, essay grader, knowledge base, and interactive outline can all be used for exam preparation. The key to successful exam preparation is to invite as many historical experts (teachers, professors, graduate students, etc.) as possible. Trust me, you’ll need them.
One of the ways you as a teacher can contribute to the site is by donating recorded versions of your lectures to the virtual lecture hall. If you’re interested in contributing, please e-mail the development team at firstname.lastname@example.org.[an error occurred while processing this directive]