Doug Peterson got my creative juices flowing right out of the chute this morning, when he shared a link via Twitter, to Historical Tweets.
This humourous look at how historical figures might have used Twitter, got me imagining how an innovative teacher might call upon students to demonstrate their understanding, by considering how the use of modern communication tools might have altered our perception of historical events.
Consider a few possibilities:
1] What might Einstein's Facebook wall have looked like? Who would have left comments, what might have been shared?
2] What would the Twittersphere have been microblogging during the time that Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation? How would the different sides of the Civil War have responded?
3] Would on the spot tweets have changed our memories of Hiroshima?
4] If the Apollo astronauts had been bloggers, what would they have reflected upon? What type of comments might American and Soviet readers have left?
5] How might independent podcasts have influenced World War I? What would flying aces have had on their ipods?
6] What would have been the most popular albums, movies, podcasts on iTunes during the depression?
7] How might the Wikipedia entry for Canada have been updated as provinces joined Confederation after the BNA Act?
My head spins in wonder at how Ghandi, Hitler, or Elvis Presley might have leveraged modern tools? I can only imagine what students might come up with...
Please add your ideas to the comment section below. Your contribution might make school more interesting for students you don't even know!
Photo Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZC4-2442
Title Reference: Historical Tweets