Richard Byrne and I were teaching our third of three technology for the Social Studies classroom today when a teacher asked me how I keep my students on task in a flipped room. One trick I mentioned is countdown timers projected on the front of the classroom. Believe it not the kids sense the time restraints. Like anything it isn't good to do it every day, but can be one trick in your hate. Here are several types and the one above is what Richard suggested.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Thanks to my collegue, Jeff Feinstein, for sending me the link.
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As we know the colonists in Jamestown came after the Protestant Reformation, but just recently four new graves were found from the "starving time" and one included what it seems is a box put in Catholic burials. It might be interesting for your students that Jamestown is still a live dig even though it has long been a recreated (since the real Jamestown is mostly underwater) site. You can read the WashPost article on the dig here.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The cross-media company British Pathé, released 85,000 historic films onto its You Tube channel, in high resolution. It's an absolute gold mine for both US and World history. The two-minute clip above is about the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. And here is the D-Day landing. My thanks my collegue, Jeff Feinstein, for sending me the link to British Pathé.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Richard Byrne and I started teaching a class together online tonight. One of the things we spoke about what using Twitter in your classroom. Several of the middle school teachers were understandably hesitant. So I suggested something we also use at Hayfield called TodaysMeet. The beauty about this site is that there is no login or password required for the kids. You can also set the time paramaters and share the link only with your students. It is can be used to have a discussion. You could use it if you want the students to watch something at home and have a live chat. Alternatively you could use it so students could carry on a conversation during a portion of a movie giving them some active participation skills. Believe me they are used to using two devices at once and will find this easy to do.
Above is a great tutorial about it.
Above is a great tutorial about it.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
I am slowly gearing up for having Chromebooks in my classroom this fall and will also be testing (since I haven't felt it was good enough until now) Google Classroom. In that endeavor I found Alice Keeler's Chrome extension (her blog is also very helpful) to let you split your window so you can have your gradebook on one side and the student work on the other. Of course if you don't want her extension, just watch my video video below on how to do it by opening up two windows.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
For example, right now I am reading An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America . It is different than most revolutionary stories as it tells it from the British perspective and argues that the war was essentially a long term prospect that could have been avoided, but once it started was already a lost cause for our colonial mother.
At any rate it mentions that Boston had five newspapers, when a city its size normally had one. One of them was the Massachusetts Spy. You can see an original copy here and blow it up large enough for you and your students to read.
Along those lines here is a WashPost article arguing that Southern writers have succeeded in getting textbooks to state that the Civil War was over states' rights and not primarily slavery. Considering how our textbooks can sway people one way or the other this would be a great discussion to have in class.
Friday, July 3, 2015
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
When I do in-services I used to start with Shift Happens, but then it wasn't updated for a while. Well I just found s 2014 version of it which is still quite good, even if it is a bit old given how fast technology moves in a year. If you haven't seen the series before, you will be somewhat amazed at the statistics for learning in the 21st century.