It can be difficult to continuously find history experts and historical experiences that expand on classroom lessons. For that reason National History Day wants teachers and students to have the opportunity to “hangout” with them and their partners. National History Day (NHD) started using Google Hangouts this year to connect teachers and students with experts from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian, the Newseum, Carnegie Museum of Art, and others.
NHD Hangouts in the Classroom
On Tuesday, January 29th, NHD executive director, Dr. Cathy Gorn, will lead a classroom Q&A session to help assist students with the NHD projects. Gorn will connect through the Google Hangout Platform with Mr. Winfield Watson’s eighth grade class at Lakeside Junior High School in Springdale, AR. Students can ask questions and get their answers from THE primary source on the National History Day Contest.
Hangout after School with NHD
Last week NHD kicked off a new Google Hangout series for students who are entering the National Contest. Each of the Hangouts in this series will focus on a different category and feature a different host with expertise in the field. All hangouts in this series begin at 7pm ET/4pm PT, and participants can live tweet questions during the event using #NHDHANGOUTS. These events are open to everyone and free. Hangouts are scheduled for the following dates.
- Performances – Tuesday, January 21 (Watch the recorded version here: http://www.youtube.com/embed/bEApLakzn8Q)
- Websites – Tuesday, January 28
- Exhibits – Thursday, January 30
- Papers – Tuesday, February 4
- Documentaries – Thursday, February 6
Hangouts for All!
NHD is expanding our use of the Goolge Hangouts Platform throughout 2014. Later this year several experts will work with NHD to broadcast their own hangout. To register for a NHD Google Hangout and watch for related updates, visit: http://www.nhd.org/hangouts.htm.