Monday, November 29, 2010
here if you don't know how). Well (and I am getting no $ for saying this), but you can try new software (for a temp fix) or pay $7 to be able to easily snap (as you can on Windows 7) the screens in half on your Mac. It comes from PC World, so I think you can trust it.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
here, you will see pretty much ALL cases' audio since 1973 from Roe v. Wade to Citizens United v. FEC,
Last year one of my AP students actually did her entire assignment on a smart phone when her power was out. I, of course, praised her, but now it is even easier to do from a phone, an ipad or if you have an Android, you can do write a document simply by speaking.
Friday, November 26, 2010
This New York Times interactive, "A Historic Shift", shows the results from the mid-term elections. It provides in-depth graphics that compare 2010 to 2008, party control of the House over the last fifty years and also the demographic groups that contributed to the Republican "wave".
Posted by Kelly Enders at 5:14 PM
Several of my students have added themselves to my Twitter (kenhalla) feed. When I tell them that I only put up content and technology links through it, they seem somewhat saddened that I don't put up anything personal. That, is, of course, the same belief that many educators have of Twitter when I tell them how many resources I get on it. If you want to get free information quickly, I'd suggest setting up a Twitter account, watch minute video above (taken from web20classroom on Twitter), go here for suggestions on how to get a group of people to follow (I started by plugging in "education," "social studies," "history," and other items like this. You can also go to my Twitter list and look at the people I follow and follow the ones you like.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Well first we had fantasy sports' leagues and now we have one for the Supreme Court. There are already over 200 schools signed up for this site which allows you to look at current Supreme Court cases, make predictions and compete against students at other schools. Above is a video explaining it and here is the website.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Here is a link for every country where we have ambassadors and how many are political as opposed to career diplomats. Above and here is a graphic that basically shows what parts of the world attracts political ambassadors.
Monday, November 22, 2010
This video first tells us why we vote on Tuesdays and then defines redistricting in depth (5 minute video). There are a bunch of videos that "Why Tuesday" does and can be found here. Also, the redistricting game mentioned in the video can be found here. I have used it with my kids and find it quite helpful.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Hat tip to the Monkey Cage Blog.
From the Pew Research Center.
Friday, November 19, 2010
I had a student tell me today that he was so happy I had helped him with Google Docs and that not only does he use it in every class, he can't imagine how he existed without it. While this video is for Google Apps (the paid version), you can do almost everything in the video for free. For example, I have the my kids' schedules on one of my calendars, my wife's on another and mine on the last one. About the only thing you can't do for free is to e-mail or give access to every teacher in the school or district. Beyond that you can do all of this. If you are into Google Docs or the power of cloud computing this 12 minute video is well worth it. I found this at FreeTech4Teachers.com , but I find most of my Google Docs info at the blog for it and in the upper right hand site of my account where it says "New Features."
you'll go here and nominate and vote for it for an Edublog Award. It is quite an award to get and would be a nice reward for the hard work of my fellow bloggers. If you want mine, I like FreeTech4Teachers as a blog and "ShellTerrell" and "web20classroom" on Twitter.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Although I am always looking for new ways to bring technology into my classroom, I often am overwhelmed in trying to determine what will truly be useful. Jing is a tool that allows you to capture screen shots and narrate images, among other things.
Posted by Kelly Enders at 8:57 PM
this has been put together by a AP US History teacher and has podcasts for all of US history. It is broken up into units that will match your textbook and is very easy to follow.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I am presenting at the online Global Education Conference on Tuesday November 16th at 8 AM EST. The conference has over 300 free sessions. If you are interested, I will be doing a session on using Google Docs with your students and peers. In a one hour session, you will be trained to create a create Google documents, Presentations (PowerPoints), drawings, folders and how to share them with your peers and how to easily grade your students work online. To get to the session, click here and then put "Halla" in the search engine and when you get to my link, click on the Elluminate session.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
This page has every single assignment for the entire year of AP US Government. If you are new to teaching the course, you will love it. I am going to "borrow" some of the assignments myself. You will find assignments as well as PowerPoints for the entire year.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Monkey Cage (which is done by several political scientists), they do explain (in simple statistical terms) that being a Tea Party member improved one's vote total by a "whopping" 1.3%. In short, the Tea Party makes for great news stories, but as Christine O'Donnell's campaign showed, there isn't statistically that much there. By the way, Jill Lapore has a great book out talking about how the Tea Party (and most of us) have forgotten some of the realities of that era.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I am presenting at the online Global Education Conference on Tuesday November 16th at 8 AM EST. The conference has over 300 free sessions. If you are interested, I will be doing a session on using Google Docs with your students and peers. In a one hour session, you will be trained to create a create Google documents, Presentations (PowerPoints), drawings, folders and how to share them with your peers and how to easily grade your students work online. In a few days I will give you the Elluminate link and you can attend the session for free.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
here, all you need to do is fill in a few parameters and gives you a rubric for literally anything you need (essays, debate, play, brochure, letter and lots more).
Monday, November 1, 2010
YTimes has a moving graphic that shows the number of people tweeting on campaigns over the last couple of months. If nothing else, it does reflect some of the key campaigns (except for O'Donnell's and then it just reflects what is in the news).