Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Tomorrow morning I am doing three in-services for our county's social studies teachers. One of the in-services will be "The Best of the Teacher Blogs." If you go here, you will see what I will be going over. Here are the individual topics on the attachment:
E-mail to Text
Free Computer Access
Organizing Using Technology
Just yesterday one of the teachers in my department was asking me about how he could make student blogs for his kids' writing assignments. He believes that making them "live" will motivate them more. I use blogspot.com (hence the name), but there are wordpress.com is also excellent. A cool new find (discovered at freetech4teachers.com) is BlogBooker which allows you (or your students to covert a blog into a pdf document. You can also use Pdftoword.com to change a pdf into a word document. Finally the problem with blogs is that you do not want to have to go a different url for all of your students. I use an "aggregator" which allows me to have all of the sites in one place. The best one for teaching is Bloglines.com which allows you to see when each student has updates their blogs. For more on HOW to do this go here (to a short sheet I created and will highlight later today) and look at social networking.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
House Incumbent Defeats, 1968-2008
Senate Incumbent Defeats, 1968-2008
Earlier this week Larry Sabato asked if 2010 is a ripe year for a "congressional slaughter." With 40 Congressional seats leaning towards the GOP and a half dozen Governor's races favoring the GOP candidates, his projection might be right. Nonetheless as this chart shows, we never "throw all the rascals out." Incumbency obviously has its advantages.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Fascinating article in the Boston Globe, "How Facts Backfire"
Now it makes all the sense in the world why 20% of the public still think Barak Obama is a Muslim.
Oh, here's an added bonus. The Washington Post has a piece on how politicians haven't helped put the "birther" issue to rest.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands is releasing a 23-minute documentary for Constitution Day. The documentary tells the story of Thaddeus Edmonson, an African American construction worker whose personal injury lawsuit in 1991 became a Supreme Court landmark case on the right to an impartial jury.
As with all Sunnylands Trust videos, this documentary is extremely well-produced and classroom ready. While supplies last, it will be sent free of charge to teachers, schools and libraries that become part of the Sunnylands Classroom community. Please sign-up at http://www.sunnylandsclassroom.org/ConstitutionDay/Registration.aspx. Remember: Constitution Day is September 17th.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
The Living Room Candidate
This site is remarkable in that it seems to have every presidential from 1952-2008. Your students will get a laugh at some of the cartoon ones and be amazed at the way women are shown in some of the early advertisements. Above is the most controversial presidential ad of all time from 1964 which was only shown once on television.