Teacher Review For Historypin

Awesome in concept, struggles in practice

Michael B.
Classroom teacher
Armada High School
Armada, MI
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My Grades 10
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I read some of the other reviews and agree that the app is very difficult. Much better on the website, but that part has been reviewed already, so I won't go into it. I used it with some of my pre-AP English and soon to be AP World History students to help make connections and draw on themes by seeing primary photos in places throughout time. It also helped exploring settings of a novel we have read. It went ok with the students, so I think it'll go better if I made it more into a webquest where I had them follow explicit instructions and then have them do the thinking instead of having them find the pictures and then do the thinking.
My Take
I think this is a tool that can be useful, but it has to be a very specific task and plotted out until the site gets a bit more fluent and navigable. I will come back to this site, but I'm not sure how often yet, so it doesn't lend itself to daily/weekly lesson usage.