Monday, February 28, 2011

Gadhafi Interview

I assume this will be all over the Internet tomorrow, but here it is too.  Christine Amanpour just interviewed him and this is quite a good (and short) interview which includes references to the fact that no demonstrations are occurring and that the rebels are drug induced! 

Continual Update on the Middle East

If you want one central location to know about the recent changes in the Middle East, go here and you will see a map, current time, a paragraph on events in the last 24 hours and links to recent articles.  A great place to send your students or you if you need an easy update. 

Friday, February 25, 2011

How to Use Glogster Edu

Glogster allows students to create a virtual poster with words, images, video, and more.  Above is a video detailing how to do this. Below the video is an example of a student's work.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rome Videos From the History Channel

This is my first year doing World History I (after years of doing WHII) and so as I plan it out, I am making sure that everything we do (my students have an e-book and you will note there are several links to others on this page) is found online - from their assignments, to the e-book, to videos.  It probably would be easier to just use the VCR tapes in our school library, but I am committed to this process.  So above is a video on Hannibal and here are a bunch more on Rome from the History Channel.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Short Videos on Ancient Rome

So yes I am putting my ancient Rome unit together, it you couldn't guess.  Glencoe has some short videos on every topic found here.  Here are the five on Rome. 

Rome at 320 AD on Google Earth

The video above describes some of the things you can do on the Google Earth search of Rome in 320 AD.  I will be using it for a web quest. The Google Earth Rome site is here.   Here are three lessons plans. 

Ancient Rome

Don't let the look of this page fool you as it has a lot of information on ancient Rome.  It has a nice breakdown of eras from the Stone Age through the fall of Rome.  

Monday, February 21, 2011

What is Going on in the Middle East?

Here and here are two great graphics which briefly explains the reasons behind the demonstrations in the Middle East.  Here is a page with pictures, video and more. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Study Guides

These are Virginia Standards of Learning (state exam) review guides, but they work fine for US and world history which your state would have. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Peak at the Future

Kno is an educational tablet company that just might have the coolest laptop in the world which you can see in the above video.  Think if you connected to ipads together and you get Kno. You can drag things from one screen to the other, type (a la the ipad) on one screen, read on one side and use the Internet on the other, or even make it fold back on itself to have only one screen showing.  Take a look and imagine how your students could use it. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Summary of Tunisian and Egyptian Events

Showing why the NYTimes is the best e-paper in the world, here is a wonderful summary of the events of the last few months in Tunisia and Egypt that you could share in parts on in its entirety with your students.  It is a visual summary of the events, from pictures (with explanations) as well as short videos and an audio track overview. 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Steve Martin's King Tut

Okay, so perhaps this is just me remembering my high school years.  But since it is on the webpage I posted on below, it made me think that next year I will show it to my students as it does have some rather relevant information on King Tut (okay just a little bit) and is fun! 

Tremendous Teacher Webpage

Tremendous Class Webpage
This is quite simply one of the best class webpages I have ever seen. It includes outlines (yes they come from a textbook, but you will see it is very smoothly done and you still remain on the website), great online games, video, terms and a calendar. I will add that it is made for AP World. I just wish the teacher had his e-mail on there so I could get him to help me on this blog page.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Athens vs Sparta

Here is a very detailed comparison chart showing the differences and similarities between Sparta and Athents from PBS.  There are also links giving more details. 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Damage to Egyptian Antiquity

The top video is a CNN explanation of the damage that has been done to the King Tut exhibit and others at the Cairo Museum.  Below is from Al Jazeera which has video of the damage. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Teaching the Middle East

Given recent events in Tunisia, Yemen, and Egypt, the Middle East has yet again taken center stage in world news. Most of us use these headlines as entres into historical narratives, specifically regional or national narratives, and this teaching site from the University of Chicago does a fine job of supporting that goal.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Persian Wars

This is certainly not professionally done, but if you want to show your kids the highlights of the Persian Wars, this is perfect.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Paintings Close Up

Google has gained access to some of the finest museums in Europe and now (as you can see in the video) above, you can go to their website, link to the museums and then look at the paintings in a very close up fashion with your students. 

Twitter, Google and Egypt

Sorry, but as a world history teacher who loves technology, I could not pass up sharing this with you.  With the Internet mostly still down in Egypt, Google and Twitter have teamed up and there are three numbers that Egyptians can call to record a message you can hear here on Twitter. They last from 5 seconds to a minute.  Above is a short story on it and another one is here

Using Google Docs w. Your Students

I did an in-service today was partly on how to use Google Docs, Google Presentation (PowerPoint), to create collections (folders), how to upload and how to link to one's student presentation tool (ie Blackboard, Google Sites, Edublog, etc.).  The advantage of doing this is that once you have the link set up, you can just make the change within Google and will never have to re-upload the document or presentation again.