Friday, November 28, 2008

And another one!
Here is another site for World History notes. There are tabs for each subject and once you click on them you will get to a pdf file. If you want to make changes on the notes, go to "edit ... select all" and then "edit ... paste" and then copy it into a word document.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The History of Religion
How has the geography of religion evolved over the centuries, and where has it sparked wars? Our map gives us a brief history of the world's most well-known religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. Selected periods of inter-religious bloodshed are also highlighted. Want to see 5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds? Ready, Set, Go! Click here. There is also another map that has "The March of Democracy."

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bridging World History
This has an amazing number of maps and videos. You can see the list above right or by go to the site here.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Martin Waldseemueller's Map
Waldseemuellar was the first (that we know about) who gave credit to Amerigo Vecpucci by putting the name "America" on his map in 1507. Here is a rather informative article that discusses it. Also click on the map above to get to a much larger image that you could show your students.
Movie on Islamic Spain
You can see this movie as a whole or in parts by going here.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Webpage Making for Teachers and Students
I have received a number of inquiries into how to make teacher and student blogs. You can see that I use, but there is a newer site, which has one additional advantage in that is allows you to upload documents for your students. Blogspot, though, has a bunch more add-ons. Both have tutorials in how to set them up. However here is one that I wrote which tells you how to set up a webpage and how to set up an aggregator. An aggregator lets a person list a bunch of websites and tells you when they have been updated. This way there is no need to type in a url. This is handy if you want your kids to turn in assignments. The blog feature allows you to make comments and you can set it so that only e-mail addresses you want can see the site so that students can have their work protected. I had my regular world history students do this writing assignment and it worked rather nicely. Now another idea is to have one page and have your students add entries as is done here. If you want to see an example of wordpress and how it is used for class assignments, go here. If you want to go further with all this, read this book.

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Flow of History
This site has a flow chart which you can download or blow up for use on an overhead for each part of world history.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Graphic Organizers
Here are a few good sites to use if you want ideas for graphic organizers and blank sheets.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Each episode from this site is approximately 45 minutes in length (one-hour with
commercials) and addresses five events or people from a century. For each century, the filmmakers have selected a technology to serve as a metaphor and to tie the events and themes of the episode together. They also include curriculum connections, essential questions, historical perspectives, history and geography themes. The episodes are linked to a CNN web site and appear as
Episode 1: 1000-1100 CE - Century of the Sword
Episode 2 : 1100-1200 CE - Century of the Axe
Episode 3: 1200-1300 CE - Century of the Stirrup
Episode 4: 1300-1400 CE - Century of the Scythe
Episode 5: 1400-1500 CE - Century of the Sail
Episode 6: 1500-1600 CE - Century of the Compass
Episode 7: 1600-1700 CE - Century of the Telescope
Episode 8: 1700-1800 CE - Century of the Furnace
Episode 9: 1800-1900 CE - Century of the Machine
Episode 10: 1900-2000 CE - Century of the Globe
Each of the five segments of the episode is approximately 7-9 minutes in length. Some stories are distinctly cultural, some focus on movements of peoples and ideas, some illuminate the lives and legacies of important individuals, places, and events, and some concentrate on historical themes. All segments augment and subtly develop the technological advances that distinguish the century depicted in each video episode.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Need a Map?
This site has every map you'd ever want and you can download them for copying for students and or save them on your own website.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Online Supplements for Anyone
Whether you have this Peter Stearns' book or not (and he designed the course and helped write the first tests, so it's not a bad idea to have it or use it as a supplement), this is a fantastic site available to anyone. There are terrific summaries of each chapter, practice questions, links to other websites, flashcards, essay prompts and more.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Brief History of the World
This source breaks up world history into its distinctive units and gives you (or your students) the essential points. It would be a good supplement for test review or a cumulative one at the end of the year.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Powerpoint Palooza
This site is amazing and it is completely made by a NY teacher. She has a complete set of powerpoints for AP European History as well as World Geography. There are also links to great sites, class ideas and more.