Talking Pictures: how to exploit the power of visual sources to create curiosity and teach history

In this webinar Tom Morton gives examples and strategies about how to use visual primary sources to teach historical thinking concepts.

Presentation by Tom Morton

May 4, 2016

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About this webinar

Photos, cartoons, paintings, and other visual media can provide engaging entry points to complex concepts in history. Often they hold an emotional oomph that can spark curiosity. However, cultivating an informed understanding of visuals depends on the teacher's careful planning and skilled questioning. This webinar will give examples and strategies about how to use visual primary sources to teach historical thinking concepts.

About this presenter

Tom Morton is the author of "Reading Historical Photographs" on the Learning Portal of the Royal BC Museum and co-author with Peter Seixas of The Big Six Historical Thinking Concepts (Nelson). He taught for more than thirty years in Sierra Leone, Montréal and Vancouver before becoming the co-ordinator for the BC Heritage Fairs Society. He has received the Social Studies Teachers’ Association Teacher of the Year award, the Kron Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education, and the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History.

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