Monday, April 13, 2015
>Was the killing of close to 2 million Armenians by Turks in 1915 genocide? That's what the Pope called it today. Turkey immediately withdrew its ambassador to the Vatican saying that the evidence for genocide is controversial. The Al Jazeera clip above reviews the story.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Deeper Learning Through Technology, is all about the personalization of your teaching so that each of your students can have more one on one time with you - the teacher. It also looks at how you can find a professional learning community online so you can go beyond your classroom as well as using many online tools and how to flip your classroom. Send me a note at email@example.com
Saturday, April 11, 2015
- AP World Flashcards on Quizlet
- Ms. Burnett's AP World History page with notes on each chapter of Stearn's AP World textbook.
- Another nice page with notes from each era of history. Another great site with notes grouped by the five units in AP World
- Essay Writer's Handbook from McGraw Hill. This is supposed to be very good.
- Slideshare on how to nail the DBQ
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Smarter Schools Project it was published today in the Richmond Times Dispatch. As with many states, Virginia (where I live) has been grappling, in our legislature (as has our Congress), to protect students, often at the cost of using technology. While it is a fine balance, my thoughts are printed here in full. About the only thing missing is that I wish a start-up would develop to vet our burgeoning ed tech needs.
Friday, April 3, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
I am engrossed in Erik Laroson's new book Dead Wake which looks at the last voyage of the Lusitania including the view from U20, which sunk it as well as the decoders who knew that there was a great possibility that the Lusitania was going to be sunk. In one very vivid scene, Larson describes the Lusitania leaving port which you can see above. I think showing a brief part of this video brings the sinking alive to your students as does showing the Zimmerman Telegraph (here is a lesson plan developed around it).
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
I am starting to get all of my review items ready for the end of the year Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL - yes that is really the acronym) and found this twelve minute video above that you might want for your AP students.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015
My blog is all about free things you can use with your students, but occasionally I veer as in posting about my own new book. But for year I have asked the students who do poorly in my classes why they don't care in an effort to better serve them. The answer is always the same "I don't know." Well, now I have a great answer after reading Robert Putnam's new book, Our Kids which argues that we have created two Americas - those in the middle upper class and above and the rest. He shows, using lots of statistics, but also anecdotal stories, that members of the lower classes are much more likely to have little or no college, more likely to divorce, be a member of far fewer extracurricular activities, be more likely to go to a school with fewer AP/IB classes, and on and on. He makes a strong argument (and we have heard this before) that the first three years are essential to the life development. He builds a case that fifty years ago it was much easier for someone to "rise up," but today that is much harder today.>