Sunday, May 1, 2016

SOL Review Aids for World II

Here some links to released tests and other review aids for the Virginia SOLs.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The 5 Major Religions: Great TedTalk Overview

Here's a great review of the five major religions from a terrific TedTalk from John Bellaimey.

It's only 11 minutes but hits all the major beliefs and practices of Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

We have to review the religions for the world history state tests in May and this short clip may help reinforce student understanding.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Online AP World Review Apalooza

Here are two terrific ways AP World students can review online with other students and teachers next week.
  • One is through Adobe Connect on Monday, April 25 and Tuesday, April 26. See the Google Doc for times.
  • The other is through Today's Meet on Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28.  Read this Googledoc  to see the guidelines, instructions and schedule for students. 
Angela Lee, one of the hosts for the Today's Meet review reminds us  that "these chats/forums are open to all students and teachers across the country as a service to everyone. Please remind your students that they should comport themselves appropriately."

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Quizlet goes Live for Classroom

Jeff Feinstein posted this new update about Quizlet on the US History blog. I checked it out and like it a lot and think its a good complement to Kahoot.

This clip from quizlet explains the simple process. Students just type in their name. Quizlet then pairs them with random team-mates. The different teams complete to get all the quizlet questions correct.

How to Play Quizlet Live from Quizlet on Vimeo.

Using Hexagons to Stimulate Learning

Here are hexagons about Stalin's leadership which students can maneuver into various categories.

Russel Tarr, an English teacher who curates a terrific website called Classroom Tools, created the set as well as a form on which you can create your own.  He also writes about the hexagon generator on his blog and how it helps to engage students.

I'm working on one for the Cold War now!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Spread of Christianity & Islam under the Byzantine Empire

Watch as Christianity, and then Islam spread throughout the Mediterranean and the Byzantine Empire from Imperium Tour.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Medieval & Byzantine Art

Here's a fun clip reviewing the differences between medieval and Byzantine art from Tice art.

You can find other resources for the Middle Ages on my Pinterest board here.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Teaching History Through Art

Here's a good clip showing how to incorporate art into social studies from the Teaching Channel.

Teacher David Cooper gets his students to first write down what they see, not what they can infer. Then, he asks them to "wonder" or ask questions about what they see. Next, he asks them to think about answers to their questions. And, finally, he asks students to make guesses about their image. 

Cooper calls the system "see, wonder, and think."

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Google Web Clipboard

Here's a Google app that helps you copy and paste with greater ease. The Web Clipboard allows you to save and retrieve text across google applications--sheets-docs-and slides.

In your application, simply go to Edit > Web clipboard > Copy to web clipboard.

Here's a very short clip that walks you through the steps.

Globalization summarized

Studying globalization? Here's a great 8-minute clip from the BBC explaining what it is and it's ramifications.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter: The Different Ways it's Celebrated in West & East

PBS Religion and Ethics has an excellent six minute clip about the different ways Roman Catholics, Protestants, and Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter.

PBS Learning Media also has a background essay as well as discussion questions.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Story of Cities: Terrific Short Histories

Fifty cities. Fifty amazing stories!

The Guardian initiated earlier this month a 50-part series "charting the planet's urbanization."  They have released seven stories so far including histories of Alexandria, Rome, Bagdad, Bejing, Benin, Potosí.

Former Guardian correspondent, Jack Shenker, is writing the series.

The stories are relatively short and include terrific maps and images. I read two of them--the one about Potosi and the other about Bagdad.

Both are readable and suitable for students. In fact, they might work as a jigsaw, or perhaps as a single reading assignment. Potosí would certainly work in AP World  in the 1450 to 1750 period.

My thanks to Bram Hubbell for tweeting the link to this series.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Understanding the Conflict Between the PPK and Turkey

Today, a suicide bomber killed four and wounded 36 people on a popular Istanbul street. While no one has claimed responsibility, the bombing is similar to other attacks by the the PKK.

What is the PKK and why is it committing terrorist acts in Turkey?

The PPK (the Kurdistan Workers' Party) represents the Kurdish minority in Turkey. It was formed in the 1970's and originally called for  a separate Kurdish state and clashed with the government. Over 40,000 people died in the armed struggle.

In the 1990's the PPK abandoned it's call for a separate state and began agitating for more autonomy. Kurds represent 20% of the population but Turkey refuses to grant them any representation.

The Kurds are key players in the struggle against ISIS and the international community would like Turkey to support them.

In the excellent NPR clip below, Gonul Tol of the Middle East Institute explains the situation to NPR.

Here, TestTube explains who the Kurds are in this four minute clip.

And here is a 30 minute documentary from France24 with "a look inside the Kurdish rebel movement: PKK, war on all fronts."
Here are some good resources for understanding the conflict between the Kurds and turkey

Israel & Palestine: Crash Course

Studying the Middle East? Here's a great review of the conflict between Palestine and Israel from John Greene.

Greene notes that the conflict is more about land than religion and that Jews, Palestinians, Christians and Arabs all got along before Israel was created.

AP World History teacher Bram Hubbell wrote the episode.

Field Museum Releases Educator Toolkit

Studying Chinese history? Chicago's Field Museum has a terrific online exhibit organized around specific themes in Chinese history.

For example, students can learn about China's major belief systems--Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism--through art and objects.
In another section, students can examine different maps and draw conclusions about audience, purpose, and bias.
The museum developed pdf's for each of the themes.  Each pdf contains links and lesson ideas for the theme. The lesson on religion, for example, contains links to the museum's galleries on the different religions.

Other themes in the exhibit include the Silk Road, scholar officials, science, and language.

The exhibit corresponds to one of the museum's permanent exhibitions, the Cyrus Tang Hall of China, which can be visited in person by Chicago-area classrooms, or accessed digitally around the world for free.