Friday, October 30, 2009

World Civilizations: The Global Experience (Free Ancillaries)
And yet another online textbook. I actually had an unnamed textbook person (pretty high up in the company) tell me that it was okay to charge more for the online books (because you get a newer version twice in a six year adoption phase) than the hard back since there are so many extras - WHICH THEY GIVE AWAY FREE (except for the test maker). But here are more free outlines from "The Global Experience" + multiple choice, true false and so much more.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ann Frank Youtube Channel
This is why I get upset when youtube is blocked in a school. Above is the only know video image of Anne Frank (I got the idea from FreeTech4Teachers) and here is an entire video grouping put together by the Anne Frank Museum including interviews with Otto Frank, the view she had from her window, a virtual tour of her apartment and much more.

Saving Paper By Splitting Your Screen
Two years ago I almost bought another monitor so I could see two screens at the same time as I was tired of printing out paper, using it for a minute and then throwing it away. Perhaps the people who view this blog know about the trick above, but in case you don't, please watch the one minute video and learn how to see and work with multiple documents/webpages all at once.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Indus Valley Script
This is a very interesting Time magazine article on the attempts to decode the script from the Indus Valley. Thanks to our Gov't Teachers Blogger, Frank Franz, for finding it.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

AP Textbook Online
Well, by textbook, I mean the outline for every chapter, five question multiple choice review questions (how often do we see more than four stemmed questions), short answer review, matching and interactive maps.  The book is titled "Traditions and Encounters" by Bentley and Ziegler.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Italian and German Unifications
Okay, so this is not a professional movie, but it is a nice idea to have your students do in MovieMaker and so this is a great example of what you might expect of them.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Chinese Dynasty Song
My wife is amazing in that she remembers virtually every song she hears which is why she still remembers the periodic table as she learned it to a song. Above is one class (not mine) singing their song to remember the Chinese dynasties. It may work in your class or you may want to come up with your own as an assignment.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The French Revolution in 10 Parts
Each of these movies are under nine minutes and weave movie scenes with scholars (who speak only short parts at a time so the kids will be able to stay with it. Part one is above.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

D-Day Smithsonian Videos
Here are three short videos put together by the Smithsonian Institute on the D-Day invasion. To see all three go here.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Multiple Choice Questions Explained
If you look at the AP books on Google, you will see they are teases in theat they have some of the book, but not all of it. So this one has the first 37 pages before it misses one. BUT, in those pages are an explanation of all the different types of questions so if you have a student who needs help, it might be a help. It is also above. Finally I set it so the first page you see above is where the explanation begins.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Classzone Maps
Why pay for the expensive hanging maps when you can show these on your television or LCD. This has US and world maps and has them in political and physical ones. You can also move the maps around and zoom in and out. When you get to the site, you will need to click on your state and subject and then look for the "Rand McNally" link at the top in the middle and click on it

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Maps and more maps
If you go here, you will see a plethora of maps from Pearson and you can print out and give your kids. It is set up alphabetically so you can easily find them. Above are some of the maps under "B."

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Chinese History in 2 Minutes
This is the last sixty years of Chinese history which I found on

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Short How To For Google Docs
If you follow these blogs, you know I have been exploring Google Docs as a way for teachers and students to share and store their documents/spreadsheets/PowerPoints, etc. online. Above is a 4 minute overview that is quite good about how to use the basic features.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Downloading Video
There are many sites out there, but here is a site that allows you to download a video.