The course is a one semester survey course covering events from Early Man to the Age of Discovery. Emphasis will be on connecting the events and people of the past to our lives, making history come alive for students so that they can understand the impacts on the present. There are major areas of focus such as ancient Rome, Middle Ages, Renaissance etc., where several weeks are spent delving deeply into the given period. For areas of a major focus, the teacher has a PowerPoint for lecture and discussion and students will be asked to do group research on an aspect and present their results to the class utilizing PowerPoint. Classes without this application may use standard student presentations and the teacher overhead sheets provided in this course.
The class utilizes the resources of the self-contained student and teacher workbooks, detailed teacher PowerPoints, and overhead sheets to meet state standards and minimize teacher preparation time. Useful for new and experienced teachers alike, this course is a model for applying technology in education.
Joseph Enge was a Fulbright teacher, writer, member of his state's history standards committee, and has won a number of awards and grants for applying technology in education.
The course runs in cycles for each area of focus: Brainstorming & Introduction; Ongoing discussion & lecture with teacher overhead sheets or PowerPoints; ongoing reading and activities; Intermittent quizzes and final exam; Group research & presentations as an authentic assessment tool.