Saturday, March 27, 2010

Narrated US History Power Points
This site has every theme in US history and is narrated. What better for students who can't make it to class.

Monday, March 22, 2010

History of the US Census
I found this at Freetechteachers. It is a nice 10 minute history and part re-enactment of the US Census.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

AP US History Help Site
Actually this can be used for regular history as well. It has an overview of the course, primary source documents, outlines, notecards and more.

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Wizard of Oz as an Allegory
I just did this w. my students last week. I have found talking about the gold and silver standards, Wm Jennings Bryan, industrialization and farmers as a lot for a unit - but telling the kids the real meaning behind the Wizard of Oz makes it all soooo easy for the kids to get. Here is one interpretation that I like, but here are more.
Twitter Contact List for Educators
Now that I have become a Twitter Disciple, I have been asked a lot, whom I follow. My simple answer is to look at my "kenhalla" feeds, but here is a link that I got today from which has given me a long list of ed tech people to choose from. It feeds from my list and multiples it many times. It allows you to looks the Twitter Profile and then at several recent tweets to see if you like them. If you are new to Twitter, be assured that I like to follow people who can give me great links that will help me in the classsroom as opposed to knowing what people are doing.

Buffalo Bill Talks
This is pretty cool as it has Buffalo Bill talking about Cuba and the onset of the Spanish-American War. I found this from a tweet of "russeltarr."

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Slave Trade Website
This site will allow you to expand beyond a few lines and a few pictures of the brutal slave trade. For example, here is a typical page that shows where the slaves were from, where they went, how many started (413) and how many made it there (374). There are also a lot of write-ups and ways to use the material to teach in class.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Great Uses for Google Apps
You can find more from the author of this site by here. What I like is that there are links to how to videos, you can see the teacher's Google Site and some examples of what he does in his classroom.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Paper Rater
Some of the teachers in my department are using this year which is a good way to catch students who have copied from other sources. However it works well AFTER the paper has been turned in. This site, however, allows students to turn in their papers BEFORE the teacher sees it. Number one, it tells the kids who has plagiarized. This is imporant for the kids who like to change just a few words rather than putting the information in their own words. But the site also tells a student about spelling and grammar mistakes (and yes so does Word and Google Docs) as well as telling them the level of their vocabulary and even if they should use different word choices. So I tried the site with some of my student's work and one nice thing it quickly showed was that the student had used the word "elite" three times in three sentences. When the student clicked on the word, it gave suggestions for new words. Finally the analysis ended up giving the level of vocabulary (average, above average, etc.). Thanks to FreeTech4Teachers for the tip.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Spark Notes
I wrote about Spark Notes about a year ago, but it has changed since then. It is a decent way for your students to quickly review before a test. It has a quick overview of every topic and review questions (some better than others).
Regents' Tests
If you ever want to supplement your own tests with good questions or give your students practice, here are the old New York Regents tests which are their cumulative exams given in June.