Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Tomorrow morning I am doing three in-services for our county's social studies teachers. One of the in-services will be "The Best of the Teacher Blogs." If you go here, you will see what I will be going over. Here are the individual topics on the attachment:
E-mail to Text
Free Computer Access
Organizing Using Technology
Just yesterday one of the teachers in my department was asking me about how he could make student blogs for his kids' writing assignments. He believes that making them "live" will motivate them more. I use blogspot.com (hence the name), but there are wordpress.com is also excellent. A cool new find (discovered at freetech4teachers.com) is BlogBooker which allows you (or your students to covert a blog into a pdf document. You can also use Pdftoword.com to change a pdf into a word document. Finally the problem with blogs is that you do not want to have to go a different url for all of your students. I use an "aggregator" which allows me to have all of the sites in one place. The best one for teaching is Bloglines.com which allows you to see when each student has updates their blogs. For more on HOW to do this go here (to a short sheet I created and will highlight later today) and look at social networking.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I figured I'd start my tenure with some solid primary documents: footage from the National Archives on YouTube.
Private SNAFU is but one example of the bevy of interesting videos from the National Archives. (I can hear Bugs Bunny through and through.)
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands is releasing a 23-minute documentary for Constitution Day. The documentary tells the story of Thaddeus Edmonson, an African American construction worker whose personal injury lawsuit in 1991 became a Supreme Court landmark case on the right to an impartial jury.
As with all Sunnylands Trust videos, this documentary is extremely well-produced and classroom ready. While supplies last, it will be sent free of charge to teachers, schools and libraries that become part of the Sunnylands Classroom community. Please sign-up at http://www.sunnylandsclassroom.org/ConstitutionDay/Registration.aspx. Remember: Constitution Day is September 17th.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
I cannot tell helpful Twitter has been to me in the past 10 months as a research tool for teaching and technology. I just found "Twhistory" on Twitter and here is their website. It is a site that is devoted to teaching history on the Internet (not unlike this site!). Obviously one of the items they like to do is to re-enact events using Twitter. One of the items I found on the site is Prezi presentation (also above) of creating historical re-enactments on the web. Prezi is a type of PowerPoint presentation on steroids. It is a great way for students to present topics. Press the arrow button and be impressed!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
I received an e-mail from the NEH the other day telling me about their site. It is great as it has interactive maps, games, quizzes, lesson plans, etc that are really technically saavy. It is great for both US and World History teachers.