Why History is relevant to the modern generation

On a snow day I read through the following article: https://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2018/08/22/history-relevant-generation-z.html

This was very enlightening to me as it is more important than ever to keep history being taught to students. Though with the modern generation of technology and shorter attention spans, how can this be done?

I have realized that with my Teachers pay Teachers account and my students that incorporating apps and video games really helps the students to comprehend geography. But incorporating the history with the video games is hard. Students want to discuss the game instead of just the history.

What has worked is actually having students incorporate what they do every day. Making videos, tweets, posts, etc. with the history information. This makes the material come alive to these students and allows them to use the skills that they use every day with their cell phones. This helps them to feel connected and to use their skills on their cellular devices.

One area that still is difficult is having students read through the primary documents that are in cursive. Cursive handwriting is now no longer taught in schools. So these students are looking for those documents to be typed online so they can read the text. This is concerning to me as we could lose the past as students cannot read it. However, insert some great historians who are helping out to provide the primary text (in cursive) and then provide a typed document in addition that states the same information. This allows the students to learn and understand the document. This makes me happy that the documents are still being used.

I also have found out that students always love going on virtual field trips. This allows the history to come to life. They do not want material that is just in a book, lectured, or not relatable to them. When they can relate to it and actually see the historical location or item, it is far more meaningful. Plus, you have to make history fun to the kids. They are used to it being dry, boring, and just reading documents. Bring in fun activities and tell them the "stories" of the past. That's how we can get kids involved in history and keep it relevant.

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