Monday, August 16, 2010

Facebook for Dead People

Facebook DeadI love it!  This post, from Free Technology for Teachers, provides a ready-to-go lesson idea to get your kids thinking about History. 

(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!

Demystifying Jargon from the Online World

Sue Waters, of EduBlogger fame, has compiled A Glossary to Demystify the Jargon of the Online World for you.  In the article she covers the big terms, from Avatars to Wikis.  Enjoy!

Lesser Known Google Tools for Students & Their Teachers

Great post from !  Here are Five Lesser-Known Google Tools for Students and Teachers.  They include:

  • 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 about advanced features to use with your AVer+ software, included with many of our District's elementary teacher workstations.

AVer+ Advanced Features Walk Through

Integrating Your AVerMedia Document Camera



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 & Managing Media Files

Click this link to learn how to use the Move Tool and Manage Media files using the AVer Media software for document cameras, installed on our District's elementary teacher workstations.

Using the Move Tool and Managing Media Files

Main Introduction to the AVer+ Interface

Main Introduction to AVer+ Interface

Click above to learn more about the Document Camera software that is installed in our District's Elementary Teacher Workstations.

What's real? and how do we know it? FREE WORKSHOP


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

12th Annual Conference on Illinois History

IL History 12



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

Lincoln Museum Field Trip Deadline!

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & MuseumThe Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum reminds us that the field trip grant application deadline is September 1, 2010.  For more information about grant opportunities for your school trip, please contact the ALPLM or call Randy Wiseman at (217) 558-9016.

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"New" IAR Replaces PARCC in IL

Image from After several years and no small amount of controversy, PARCC in Illinois is being replaced by the IAR: The Illi...

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