Wednesday, January 27, 2010
This is an interesting interactive site that looks at what would happen if the temperatures of the world went up 4 degrees. It looks at items such as forest fires, crops, water availability, sea levels, impact on marine life, drought, tropical cyclones and extreme temperatures.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Books of the Future or Should I Say the Present
The juniors in my school have been using e-books this year rather than a paper text. Some of them love it and others don't, but for me it is an important step towards what will be a much better product in the near future as you can see above.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Multiple Ways to Use Wordle
I have used Wordle on this site to show how you can compare two different sources on the same topic to look for bias. But I went to this blog and found the multiple uses you can see above including ways for your students to analyze their own writing and work. It is a great slideshow.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Not that you can't find some of the images everywhere for the Haitian earthquake, but above is a video I found on the NYTimes Lede page. I can't say enough about that resource as they upload video and pictures in real time from people in an effected area (last month it was amazing footage from Iran). If you incorporate current world events in your world history class, the site is a must.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
TeachMideast.org is a new website from the Middle East Policy Council that offers K-12 teachers a smorgasbord of fresh resources on the Middle East, Islam and Muslim societies. It utilizes Google Earth, to showcase many lesser-known aspects of the Middle East in tours that bring the region to life. The site also connects teachers, students and the general public to a variety of other resources, including background essays, articles by prominent scholars, lesson plans and activities, presentations, images, and more. The site is organized thematically, with resources on stereotypes and realities, geography, history, religion, peoples and languages, culture, current issues and pedagogy. This organization helps teachers to quickly find the kind of information they need for their classes. There is also a search function that allows teachers to search for information by country, subject and grade level.
A blog feature on the site also allows the education team at MEPC to showcase exceptional new resources and to take advantage of "teachable moments" in the headlines. The blog gives teachers new ways to approach the subjects about which their students have the most questions.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Eid al-Adha and the Hajj, 2009 - The Big Picture - Boston.com
Here are 38 amazing pictures on the Hajj. Also above is the first of a five part series on going to Mecca for the annual pilgrimage there.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Desktop sharing, ten participants, switch presenter, remote keyboard, session recording and playback, whiteboard, transfer files, pointer, copy/paste, etc.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Here is a complete e-book on European history. It is certainly not as long as your students' textbooks, but it does give a great overview and might be useful as a resource. It would be especially good for review material. Here also is the IB book for European History. I found these two after a little clicking that started with a tweet from MisterHistory. You can follow my tweets on the sidebar of this page or by going here and signing up for them.