Back in Time, an IOS app that can be used with all ages, is described as best for Grades 6-12. The site TeachThought calls in an innovative educational app, and although it comes at a high ($7.99) price as apps go, it is sure to capture your interest and that of your students. It includes all subject areas. With a clock as a time-machine, it takes the user on a journey through history. TeachThought says that it “visualizes the mind-numbing scale of history.” There’s a trailer you can watch to determine if you want to purchase Back in Time and then travel with your students through time whenever you want.
In its latest newsletter, PBS LearningMedia features
resources related to Hispanic
culture and history. The content is designed to help students gain a deep
appreciation of the Hispanic culture and history while building Spanish
language skills. Some of the digital resources include salsa
music, bilingual science discussions, Hispanic names like Nevada and
Montana in the United States, Latino family ancestry, gender, and race as part
of an understanding of history, and revolutionary
art featuring the Mexican Muralist Movement.
The Children's University of Manchester in the United Kingdom hosts a very nice language arts site for students and parents. On the site, you'll find an introduction to words, a world language map, jigsaw puzzles, and fun with nouns, adjectives, pairs, and much more. There's even a timeline of the English language. —And, if you don’t know what an EPONYM is, you should head to this very nice site, which also includes fun with history, science, and art and design.
The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in
cooperation with the Washington Workshops Foundation offer a
seven-day (June 21-27, 2014) seminar to high school essay winners. To enter,
students must write an original essay on the topic, “To what degree can it be
said that the decisions of John Marshall’s Supreme Court laid the essential
groundwork for establishing a strong federal government?”
Highlights of the experience include interaction with guest
speakers from the three branches of government, visits to Washington D.C.
landmarks, housing at Marymount University, exposure to career opportunities,
and much more.Online submissions are
due by November 28, 2013, and written submissions by December 1, 2013.
Big History Project starts with the Big Bang and continues today. Its
purpose is to help students ‘better understand people, civilizations and our
place in the universe” through 13.7 billion years of historical themes and
patterns. If you’d like to try this “world class curriculum and online
experience” with your students, you can register for the Beta version. When the
project is complete, it will be free for all schools to use.
To get ready for its 150th (Sesquicentennial)
Anniversary, Gettysburg National Military Park has opened a new Visitor Center,
which is a perfect launching point for field trip experiences. For those
schools, which are close enough to bring students to the park, The
New York Times recommends that in addition to touring the Center, the
Battlefield, and the Cemetery, visitors (until 12/13/13) take in the exhibit
“Slaves, Soldiers, Citizens: African-American Artifacts of the Civil War Era”,
which is housed at Gettysburg College’s Musselman Library and was created by
Gettysburg college students.
If it’s not geographically convenient for you and your
students to visit Gettysburg this coming school year, you’ll find excellent
information about the
Anniversary and the Park on the National Park Service site. The site features
an abundance of photos and multimedia about the Battle of Gettysburg,
information for teachers and students, and a very nice section on related
history and culture of the period.
It hasn’t been that long since we used filmstrip projectors,
overhead projectors, 16 mm projectors, and cassette recorders in our
classrooms.Some of us may even remember
the old mimeograph machines we used for making copies of worksheets. eSchool News offers us a backward glance
to the 1970s,
1980s, and 1990s to see how far we’ve come with ed-tech resources in just
over 40 years.
Take yourself back to the days of Lemonade Stand and Oregon Trail
to see the forerunners of today’s digital games, and to floppy disks, Nano
Pets, and the search engines, “Ask Jeeves” and “Ask Jeeves for Kids.”Younger teachers may not have heard of the
popular devices and software of the past, but as we enjoy our interactive
whiteboards, educational apps, and mobile technologies, it’s good to remember
that not that many years ago, we were working with games that were animated
with little squares put together to resemble pictures. Maybe we don’t have all the educational tech
tools we want, but at least we don’t have to struggle with broken film when
showing a 16 mm movie, fighting mimeograph machines in an effort to print out
decent copies, or breathing in the dust from chalkboards and dry erase boards.
Help students, ages 10-18, learn to use primary sources
through investigation with H.S.I.
(Historical Scene Investigation). Created by the College of William and
Mary, the University of Kentucky School of Education, and the Library of
Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program, this free learning tool
encourages students to seek solid evidence through primary sources and to go
beyond textbook information in their search for knowledge. The four steps in
the H.S.I. model of learning are: Becoming a Detective, Investigating the
Evidence, Searching for Clues, and Cracking a Case. Examples of investigations
students may take on include: Jamestown Starving Time, The Boston “Massacre”,
Constitution Controversy, Dropping the Bomb, Children in the Civil War, March
on Frankfort, and the Case of Sam Smiley. In the Jamestown Starving Case, for
example, evidence features accounts by Captain John Smith, drawings of Indian
villages, interviews with an archeologist and a pathologist, lists of settlers
and supplies, and excerpts from‘The Proceedings
of the English Colonie in Virginia Since Their First Beginning (1612)”.
Geographic’s MapMaker Kits you and your students can download, print, and
assemble wall-sized maps of the world, United
States, Asia, Europe, American, Africa, Australia &
Oceania, and the Polar Regions. What are
called “Mega” maps can be assembled by your students on the floor or tabletop.
There are also one-page outline maps for individual use.MapMaker Kit Activities such as Mapping
Watersheds, Mapping Blue Whale Migration, and Explorers of the Americas are
available to give you suggestions for use of the MapMaker Kits. The free kits
come with directions for assembly, but the maps can be assembled by students in