Pages Book to Keynote Animation - Women’s History Month

Previously…

I created a sampler postcard book for Women’s History Month. The purpose of the book was to give educators a guide as they created lessons centered around women’s history using Library of Congress primary sources. The book, titled Reminders from the Ceiling Breakers, is in the Apple Book store and includes some “how to” instructions.

Book cover for Reminders from the Ceiling Breakers
Book cover for Reminders from the Ceiling Breakers

This Year…

I’m sending out those postcards - one a day! This was easily accomplished by copying each page from Pages and pasting onto a Keynote slide. Next I exported the front and back of the card as an animated gif and I’m posting them as a “spark” idea for teachers who might want to create a Challenge Based Learning lesson. These postcards are examples for teachers during online professional learning sessions and network sharing.

 

Postcard of high school girls working on a car 1927
[High school girls learn the art of automobile mechanics. Left to right: Grace Hurd, Evelyn Harrison, and Corinna DiJiulian, with Grace Wagner (under car), at Central High, Wash. D.C.] Library of Congress 1927.

My challenge is, how might I use Challenge Based Learning in professional educational venues to engage teachers in using digital tools to create history content lesson? With the postcards, this might be the direction:

Big Idea: Woman’s History

Essential Question: How can we amplify the role of young women in changing the educational opportunities in schools?

Challenge: Engage learners in the study of women’s contributions and cultural challenges throughout history. 

Check back here for some daily postcards during Women’s History Month to hopefully inspire some Women’s History Month CBL! Also please add your own ideas for wrapping content based history lessons with CBL.

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March 10, 2023

And here is the day 2 postcard sent out on March 10, 2023 for Women’s History Month.

 

Women’s History Month animated postcard - Shirley Chisholm
Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm announcing her candidacy for presidential nomination - Library of Congress 1972
Big Idea: Woman’s History

Essential Question: How can we encourage young women to get involved in the political process?

Challenge: Use history to inspire learners to participate in the democratic process.

March 11, 2023

Day three postcard - Many students are involved in sports. This primary source from the Library of Congress challenges them to evaluate sports access and equity at their schools and in their communities.

Postcard of Althea Gibson talking to students
Tennis talk Althea Gibson, U.S. and Wimbledon tennis champion, gives some pointers on the game which has brought her international fame. Some 500 students attended the tennis clinic yesterday at Midwood HS - 1957

Big Idea: Woman’s History

Essential Question: What have been the historic inequities for women in sports?

Challenge: Amplify sports equity in our school and community.

March 12, 2023

Day 4 Postcard - There are many inspiring stories about women’s participation in aeronautics. Showcasing these might provide a pathway for student careers. 

Amelia Earhart in airplane - Library of Congress
Amelia Earhart in airplane - Library of Congress
Big Idea: Woman’s History

Essential Question: How can we bring to the forefront women’s participation in aeronautics and space?

Challenge: Build a knowledge base of women’s participation in aeronautics and space.

March 13, 2023

Day 5 Postcard - Students take a look at activities that were historically off limits to women and identify examples they still see today.

 

Postcard Photo showing a woman on a motorcycle Big Idea: Woman’s History Essential Question: How can we teach others about wo
“First of fair sex to obtain motorcycle license in Capital. Washington, D.C.” - Library of Congress
Big Idea: Woman’s History

Essential Question: How can we teach others about women who pushed the boundaries of participation?

Challenge: Showcase women who dared to defy.

March 14, 2023

Day 6 Postcard -  It is important for all our learners to see themselves in the people we elect to represent us.

Postcard of Patsy Mink
Representative Patsy Mink announces the formation of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus at a press conference - Library of Congress

Big Idea: Woman’s History

Essential Question: How can we amplify the political impact of women of color?

Challenge: Demonstrate and share the political impact of women of color.

March 15, 2023

Day 7 Postcard - What has been defined by culture as men’s work and women’s work has changed substantially overtime.  Students might explore these changes to understand some of the challenges women faced.

 

Postcard showing women working during World War II
Women in industry. Pioneers of the production line, these young workers are among the first women ever to operate a centerless grinder, a machine requiring the knowledge of precision measuring - Library of Congress 1942

Big Idea: Woman’s History

Essential Question: How can we illustrate for learners the changing role of women in the workforce?

Challenge: Research, illustrate and share the changing role of women in the workforce.

March 16, 2023

Day 8 Postcard - It’s important for students to explore how movements can become amendments.

 

Postcard of Sewing stars on suffrage flag - Library of Congress 1920
Sewing stars on suffrage flag - Library of Congress 1920
Big Idea: Woman’s History

Essential Question: How can we tell the story of the passage of the 19th Amendment and its impact on women today?

Challenge: Craft and share with multiple media the story of the impact of the 19th Amendment.

March 17, 2023

Day 9 Postcard - It has only been in recent history that principals or superintendents of school districts were women (with some exceptions). Students take a look at and analyze the statistics on women and men in the field of education.

 

Postcard with photo of Mary McLeod Bethune, the first women educator to head a federal agency
Mary McLeod Bethune, the first women educator to head a federal agency, with a Line of Girls from the School. Library of Congress 1905

Big Idea: Woman’s History

Essential Question: How can we recognized the achievements of women in educational roles?

Challenge: Collect and share data on women in educational leadership positions.

March 18, 2023

Day 10 Postcard - Social Justice movements have been inspired by young women.  Learners can take a look at the impact these young activists have had on society.

Postcard that shows 14-yr. old striker, Fola La Follette, and Rose Livingston - Library of Congress 1913
14-yr. old [garment worker] striker, Fola La Follette, and Rose Livingston - Library of Congress 1913
Big Idea: Woman’s History

Essential Question: How can we understand the impact of young women on social justice movements?

Challenge: Highlight current social justice movements led by young women today.

March 19, 2023

Day 11 Postcard - Showcasing examples of women in science & math encourages young women to look into these fields as career paths.

 

Post card of a woman scientist
Woman scientist - Library of Congress

Big Idea: Woman’s History

Essential Question: How can we amplify the role women have played in math and the sciences?

Challenge: Showcase the achievements of women in math and science throughout history.

March 20, 2023

Day 12 Postcard (last one!) - Students explore the historical and contemporary contributions of women in the military.

 

A postcard with women in the Woman’s Radio Corps.
The Women's Radio Corps - Library of Congress 1919

Big Idea: Woman’s History

Essential Question: How can we recognize the role women have played in in the military over time?

Challenge: Create an interactive resource that highlights the role of women in the military.

April 13, 2023

So many excellent Challenges in this one post! And also I love the empowerment your examples give to others for creating their own CBL starters as well. Creating a postcard to launch a CBL is such a simple way to ENGAGE learners in a Challenge. Love this all around!

April 13, 2023

Thanks Katie, CBL is such a perfect approach for heritage and cultural months that we celebrate or commemorate throughout the year. Gives learners a chance to focus on the reasons we recognize these months and how to become involved.

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