Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Great Class Teacher Site for AP World
This is a great site, especially if you are in the first few years of teaching AP World. It has nice overviews of each topic, review questions, links and even a section of how to write DBQ free responses.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Real Player

This is a follow up on the earlier post about embedding videos into a PowerPoint - if you use the new version of Real Player, it will allow you to download videos from sites like YouTube (or any other website that streams video). Real Player has a pop-up button that makes it very easy to download with one click - it's a neat feature that allows you to save videos from the web, especially since sites like YouTube are blocked by most filtering software in the schools. If you don't have Real Player, you can go here to see how to convert a video.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Spark Notes
Here is another review site. You do have to sign in with an e-mail, but you can take a 30 question AP World test and it will give you the answers and tell you the areas in which you are weak.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

This is a very comprehensive news source for countries around the world. To begin with there are links to newspapers within each country, blogsites, cartoons and headlines. So for example you can get viewpoints of American actions from other countries written by the writers of or go to newspapers from other countries for their view. Either way, this is a great view to expand beyond your town's newspaper or the WashPost or NYTimes.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

WWI Propaganda Posters

There is something about propaganda posters that just intrigues students. They love to look at them and comment on them. This is great for me, because there is so much to be learned in the posters also.

This site has a lot of great WWI propaganda posters from the big countries involved in WWI. There is also a lot of other information about WWI on the site too. Overall, a great resource.

In addition, I have created a project for my students to create their own propaganda poster using Glogster. The link for my project is here.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Timeline + Google Search All in One
This is a one shot google site for history timelines. It has a rather comprehensive timeline and when you click on each era it then breaks it down into smaller segments that has links to images, searches, etc. For example for on the "1800" timeline, Toussaint L'Ouverture is one of the links. The first link for L'Ouverture has a bio on him. There are then three other text searches and three image links such as this one. A cool use for this site would be to make a "pop up" slide show such as I have here (albeit for my US history class).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Here is an amazing array of videos from the show Frontline. Certainly not all of them are appropriate for world history, but some such as the crisis in Rwanda and Darfur will work. It is well worth your time to look at the choices.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Youtube War Maps
If you liked the maps a few posts ago, you might also like the videos above. The top one is a 6 minute map on WWI. The second is for WWII. All three are narrated.
Review Sites
Here is everything you need to review for the AP or end of the year state exams. Please leave a message if you find other sites.

Outlines & Textbooks
AP Outline
Textbook - this is for early civ to Renaissance. It has a great search engine and is broken up nicely by topic. More on this in a later blog.

Quizzes - All of them have answers except the Regents one.
AP World Quizzes for each unit (and answers)
Bubbabrain - makes games out of questions
Cenage - broken up by topic
Course Notes - these are essay questions that would be help for the kids to do - possibly in groups
Glencoe Quizzes (third item down on the list)
Global Studies' Quizzes (lots and lots of them)
Interactive Map Review (questions are asked and the student has to locate the place on a map)
Map Quizzes - Early Civilization to the Renaissance
McDougal Littell - select your state and level of students, find your text and then you will be able to get the questions.
Regents Exam - lots of questions -but no answers
School District Made - geared for the VA end of the year tests, but lots of questions by topic
School District Made - again geared for the VA end of the year tests
SparkNotes - this has notes, 45 question review quizzes for each section, detailed outlines, analysis, test questions, summaries.
Teacher Made - Early Civilizations - Renaissance
Teacher Made - Renaissance - Modern
World Civilizations (AP text) - select a chapter and the questions will be on the left.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

When I started this site and its companion ones (see side links) I thought it would be a good way to help the teachers in my school district. But, thanks to the teachers helping me (two of whom are way outside of my school district) on this site and YOU, it has grown each month to where in March we had over 10,000 hits. A number of you have linked this site to yours and/or featured it in your own blogs. Additionally, I've received a number of e-mails with suggestions. So thanks and please keep your ideas and site visits coming. _ KenHalla

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Outline of European History
This is a short review of European history which is broken down into many subsections. It would be a good place for students to go to for review for a test, midterm or final.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Cover It Live

I recently heard about using backchannels in teaching. I am not going to go too much into it, but basically the idea is to take all of the students' chatter during an activity and focus it back into a positive forum.

I tried this Friday with my World History class. We were watching a video about WWI, which is already a very interesting topic for students. I have heard of a lot of different chat programs to use, but our filter at school blocks most. The one it did not block was Cover It Live. And I am very happy they did not. It is an excellent program to use for backchanneling.

A couple of the features I liked: the teacher can control all communication. I put one student in a "time out" because they posted an inappropriate comment. It sent the message to the students to stay on topic. I could also post polls for students. I was also able to see what students were thinking about during the video. For example, what did they know, what questions did they have, and what did they find interesting.

I was very happy with its use and I do plan on using it again.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Embedding a Video Into a Power Point
It is amazing what one can find from a Google search. Watch the video above and you too can embed a video into a Power Point. Wow!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

What to do After the AP/State Exams
If you are like me, our state exams come before the end of the year. So what to do! One thing might be to incorporate these PBS videos and discuss how the world's people and governments should react to the problem. The summary of the films mentions that melting glaciers, rising sea levels, fires, floods and droughts. On the eve of a historic election, award-winning producer and correspondent Martin Smith investigates how the world's largest corporations and governments are responding to Earth's looming environmental disaster.