I've posted this before but since this site keeps getting lots of new viewers, I wanted to put it up again. It is a great way to review the war once you are done. This video shows the battles, ongoing casualties, which side controlled which side and more.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
here is a site that might make your transition smoother.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Sometimes my students need help with something technical we are doing. Well now I can take over their screen or they can see mine. Well now I can easily take over their computer screen. From the same makers of Screencastomatic (which I've blogged about before), you can now use Quick Screen Share to let someone else see what you are doing or even to take over their computer screen. As with Screencastomatic you do not need to set up an account and only need to let a small java file run to be able to do it. A big thanks to Notanotherhistoryteacher for this heads up.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Google, type in "let it snow" and after your screen has fogged up, use the cursor to write as if it were a fogged up window. Other fun can come from writing "do a barrel roll" in a Google search engine or even seeing what you get when you write "where is Chuck Norris" in the search engine. Have fun and know that I will continue putting up updates over the winter break.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
COPPA, we are not letting our students (and since they can not be separated out, our teachers & administrators) share with someone outside of our domain. If you have the same issue where you teach, it might be a concern for students who are graduating or leaving your school system. Well a bunch of engineers at Google have a site explaining how to download any of their products in batch download. Here is how you can do it for Google Docs. Then, of course, you could tell your students (or fellow teacher) to turn around and re-upload it in a free Google Docs, so they take it with them to their next school.
gmail and call from there. As you can see in the picture above, you need to download a small file and then simply hit the "call" button and a dial pad appears. Then you dial in the number and call from your computer. Google just announced that they are allowing free calls (they keep extending it) through 2012.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Thankfully my principal has finally agreed to unblock youtube at my school, but if that is not the case for you, then you should watch the video above. Youtube has tagged (so far) about 200,000 videos that they deem educational which you can see here. Additionally there are no other videos to see afterwards. Youtube allows you to see short video clips that back help the students visualize what you have just been teaching.
Friday, December 9, 2011
virtues of Google Docs. Well without even getting a free account, you can go here and see of the great tools that come with Google Documents, Presentations (PowerPoints), Spreadsheets and Drawings. The great thing is that you can do most of what you pay for with Windows and you can do it on any smart phone, tablet or laptop and collaborate with up to 100 people anywhere, instantly for FREE.
Here is the regular one and here is the advanced one. If their AP book is any indication the FlatWorldKnowledge one coming out in February will be amazing (as their government one has great pictures, video and a very comprehensive text).
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Here is an ipad app for reviewing material on the SOL exam. Since our test is similar to most other states (in terms of coverage) this might be a useful app for any students. There is US history as well as World History I (prehistory - Renaissance) and World History II (Renaissance - present).
Monday, December 5, 2011
This is a great video on the definition of manifest destiny from All in the Family. It goes from 1:30 to 4:00. You can also use the video to teach something about Americana. Thanks to Maggie Tran for the heads up on the video.