Monday, August 16, 2010
(In a previous life, I attempted to teach Early American History to 7th graders. You'll note on my About page the effect those 12 years had on my hairline! But I digress... :) )
The project described in this post would be a great way to integrate a middle school or high school History class (or a character study in a Language Arts or English class) with technology skills and popular culture. It is a ready-made project template that asks a student to select a figure from history and create her/his Facebook profile, create a few wall posts, etc.
And the best part is: you can do it even though Facebook is blocked in our District! All you have to do is log in to the free GoogleDocs file and download the template!
Plus, you don't even need an internet connection - kids could do this using (gasp!) paper and pencil, too! Sweet!
- Google FastFlip
- Google Books
- Google ImageSwirl
- Google WonderWheel
- Google Scholar
Read the blog post for more details!
Friday, August 6, 2010
AVer+ Advanced Features Walk Through
Click here to learn how to Integrate your AVerMedia Document Camera into existing and future classroom activities. These document cameras are installed with many of our District's elementary teacher workstations.
Integrating Your AVerMedia Document Camera
Using the Move Tool and Managing Media Files
Click above to learn more about the Document Camera software that is installed in our District's Elementary Teacher Workstations.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Education Department is offering a FREE WORKSHOP to teachers entitled, "What's real? And how do we know it?" From their email:
Staff historians will present examples and methods of identifying primary sources and how to use them in today's classroom.
Attending teachers will receive 6 CPDU's.
Workshop participants will examine and discuss:
- Documents from our collections
- An 1830's New Salem newspaper
- Presidential Library Manuscript holdings
- Newspapaer and Microfilm
- Political cartoons
Attendeeds will also learn about the benefits and potential pitfalls of using oral history
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Classroom
To Register: Carol Manning - 217-558-8929
Registration Deadline: October 13, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Registration is open for the 12th Annual Conference on Illinois History! The Conference will be held in Springfield (where else?) September 30 through October 1, 2010, at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center. Register here or call 217-557-6251. You can Download the Program to learn more about other presentation. Presentations cover a wide variety of interests, including religion, politics, the Supreme Court, contemporary figures, popular culture, art, and biology (yes, there's a session on the Asian carp 'invasion' as well as a session entitled "Fish in History")
Teacher Workshops include:
- Using Primary Sources to Teach the Civil War
- Making Research Fun! Incorporating Hands-On Research Projects into the Classrooms
- Navigating & Mining Illinois' Oral History Landscape
- Illinois' Travelling Salesmen
- Perspectives of the Pullman Strike
- Presidential Candidates from Illinois, 1950-2000
- Using Graveyards as a Teaching Tool
Highlights of local interest include:
- Christmas in Illinois (Panelists include Owen Muelder, from the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Center)
- Dirksen: Johnson's Enigmatic Right-Hand Man (presented by Hope Grebner from Monmouth College)
- The Abolition of Discriminatory Clauses in Knox College Fraternities, 1953-1966
- Illinois Education
- Clark E. Carr of Galesburg and Lincoln's Contested Invitation to Gettysburg
- The Historian and the Poet: James G. Randall, Carl Sandburg, and the Life of Abraham Lincoln
- Stories from Artifacts at the Western Illinois Museum, Macomb, Illinois
Monday, August 2, 2010
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