Lesson Plan

Sights of the Past

Using photo to tell the story of change.
Nicholas C.
Technology coordinator
Berlin Metropolitan School
Berlin, Germany
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
My Subjects Social Studies

Students will be able to...

  • use device camera to capture images of an historic landmark
  • use image search to collect historic photos
  • aggregate and organize photo media
  • create a QR code to link photo to a location 
  • serve as historic ambassadors for their community 
Social Studies
Grades 6 – 8
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1 Hook

By beginning with Historypin, students will be able to visual evidence of change over time.

A good example to start with is a famous monument such as the Eiffel Tower or the Pyramids at Giza. 

This will allow students to connect with previous units of study. 

2 Direct Instruction

Student use Google Search to identify historical landmarks and monuments in their local area. 

From there, students use Google Image Seach to locate historical photos and images of these landmarks and monuments. 

Students will use the Evernote WebClipper plugin to collect the URL sources of the images.

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Investigating

Students will head out into their local community and look for a monument or historical landmark. Once they locate one, they will use the camera on their mobile device to capture some photos of it in its present condition. 

Students can refer back to Evernote to make sure that the angle and focus of of their shots match the historic images. 

4 Independent Practice

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Students agregate the historic photos clipped to Evernote and update the recently shots to an Evernote note. 

For there, students can place the photos side by side and generate an unique URL to the note. 

This provides the opportunity for authentic and formative assessment. 


5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Creating

As an extension activity, students can generate a QR code linked to the unique URL matched to the Evernote note. After the QR code is generated, students can print the code onto stickers that can be later applied respectfully around the monument site. These QR codes will direct people to the shared note created by students, providing an historical photographic tour of the site.