Want to get some students interested in Columbus? Give this a shot. It’s amazingly easy to find out some really dark things about people we have set up as pretty one-dimensional heroes.
Remember this guy was arrested for excessive cruelty during the SPANISH INQUISITION. He did some really twisted things. Wild to think that people want him canonized.
I learned quite a bit researching the information to make this. Students would too.
There’s a TED Conference pass for sale on EBay. It’s now at $32,000 (starting price was $10,000 and it’s gone up $9,000 since I looked last night). Bidding ends on February 3rd so you’ve still got time. If you haven’t watched the TED conferences they are up for free on iTunes (video or audio) or the TED site. I’d check them out for three reasons. There are some great talks relating directly to education There are tons of options to pull these videos into class to introduce or enrich any subject you can think of This is a perfect chance to watch some really spectacular presentations and look for ways to use their techniques and style in your delivery
This is a pretty interesting video tool from HBO. It’s an interactive 3d framework that shows a story from 4 distinct perspectives. Each one gives you a different amount of information. In order to really understand what’s going on you have to see the story from these different perspectives and then combine the results into a “big picture” kind of understanding. You can watch two perspectives at the same time, which is interestingIt’d make for an interesting multitasking test.. The key here is that you can’t understand the full story from just one of the views. It really takes some processing to figure these stories out in their entirety. It extrapolates nicely to the idea of perspective in terms of personal bias, both historically and in writingScience could be worked in there I think, in terms of the limits of observation.. Questions like . . . How does perspective change a story? How does perspective impact history? Can you write a narrative without perspective? There are ton of stories to browse through. They’re short but some, of the few, I’ve been through would be questionable for some classrooms. Lots of possibilities for student projects on perspective branching off of this using text, images or video.
I am still feeling my way around using Google Earth in the classroom. I want to make it more than a 3d worksheet. I think the key is making the students responsible for creating the files but I think in order to do that they need examples and exposure the program and how to use it on a more basic level. That is what this file is supposed to provide. This KMZ file covers SOLs USI 5 (for you non-Virginians that’s the early colonies in North America and some of their climate/economy/settlement rationales/religion). Download the file here. In the end I’d like to see students using it as an interactive hyper-linked notebook. If the teacher gave them a KMZ file at the start of the year and it was divided into folders based on SOLs then that’d get the organization started and the students could be responsible for adding the place marks, additional information and links out to relevant websites. I would like an internal search feature that scanned the info window text (which should be easy for Google) and I think it’d be a complete package for certain content.