Friday, January 29, 2010

Howard Zinn Dies at 87
Certainly he was one of the most controversial historians of his generation for his view of history through the "average person." Here is an article on his death and here is his entire A People's History of the United States."

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

US History and Hulu
I found this at There are a number of shows from the NBC Today show. For example, there are the ignagurations of Reagan and Kennedy (see above),assassination of RFK, Vietnam, "Meet the Presidents," the Apollo 11 moon landing and much more.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Books of the Future or Should I Say the Present
The juniors in my school have been using e-books this year rather than a paper text. Some of them love it and others don't, but for me it is an important step towards what will be a much better product in the near future as you can see above.

Google Docs for Teachers
I can't say enough about how easy it is to have your students turn in work through Google Docs and then grade them. Additionally Google Docs is a tremendous way for students, and teachers to collaborate. Above is a nice how to video.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Multiple Ways to Use Wordle
I have used Wordle on this site to show how you can compare two different sources on the same topic to look for bias. But I went to this blog and found the multiple uses you can see above including ways for your students to analyze their own writing and work. It is a great slideshow.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Timeline Using Microsoft Excel
If you want to make a timeline easily such as the one above, you can go here for all of the directions. The site is done by a British teacher who mixes free lessons which are quite good with others that you have to pay for to use.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Past Decade Through Magazine Covers

I found this from a twitter post from "classroomtools".

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

WWII Classroom Exhibit
The video above is a great example of using resources right at your fingertips as the teacher had her students bring in momentos from their family while they were studying WWII.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Free Online Meeting for Your Students?
Like all public schools that I know about, we are not allowed to use Facebook to let our students to collaborate after school hours. Here, though, is a free site that allows one to have up to 10 people working together in a conference setting. Here are the features:

Desktop sharing, ten participants, switch presenter, remote keyboard, session recording and playback, whiteboard, transfer files, pointer, copy/paste, etc.

As we head towards MLK Day next week, here and here are two great places for resources on him.  Above is the video of his "I have a dream speech."  While we study it as historians, it also had the very real political impact of putting pressure on Kennedy and the Congress to pass what became the 1964 Civil Rights Act. 

Thursday, January 7, 2010

US History Videos on Dred Scott, John Brown and Uncle Tom's Cabin
My US students just turned in their "Causes of the Civil War" blog assignment and they found three three short videos above which are quite good.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

JFK Announces Presidential Bid
This is pretty interesting. Fifty years ago, President Kennedy announced his candidancy for the president. Now the JFK Library will be having a daily Twitter feed saying what he did each day and releasing documentation. For example above Kennedy making the announcement and here is the press release. I found about this project from one of my "Twitter friends" named ww2poster. You can, of course, follow me on Twitter, either on the sidebar of this blog or here.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Converting a PDF to a Word Document
Boy I wish I had this a million times in the past. Go here to find a site that will convert a pdf to a word document. It will only work, though, if the original document was a word document and not a pdf. Also, I found this site on this blog.