Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Day 21 of Lent: Giving Up Distractions

Life is filled with distractions that will take our eyes off the prize.

Link: http://gs4nj.org/giving-up-distraction/

The Motherlode for Civics Teachers

The Bill of Rights Institute consistently provides quality, primary-source based resources to civics educators. "Voices of History" gives you the opportunity to access six of our best curricula, online, anytime, free of charge. Written by teachers for teachers, our materials are aligned to content standards, searchable by topic, and accessible anywhere on any device.

Each unit features the founding principals. and overview, quotes, critical thinking questions, objectives, standards, material, lessons plans, resources and expanded classroom activities. (Units not shown below are Being an American, Being an America ELL, and Founders and the Constitution)

Link to all units: http://voicesofhistory.org/

Twitter Question of the Week for Students

XW1W uses today's instant technologies to share answers to the same question across the world once a week. XW1W says it is a "simple, social way for students to learn about real life in other cultures from real kids all across the world. By simply 'hashtagging' Twitter or blog responses to a weekly question about daily life, students can share and learn about other cultures from their international peers."

Link: http://www.teachersfirst.com/xw1w.cfm

Using Primary Sources in Lessons and Projects

Last Wednesday, Richard Byrne gave a presentation at the NCTIES 2015 conference on using technology in lessons and projects incorporating primary sources. This is his presentation, but unfortunately, there is no audio. Fortunately, there is a goldmine of resources written on the slides.

Link: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/03/teaching-with-technology-and-primary.html

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is an annual event, usually held on the last Saturday evening in March, when millions of people and thousands of business worldwide turn off lights and shut down most electrical appliances to celebrate sustainability and show their support for strategies that will help solve the problem of global learning.

The date: Saturday, March 28, 2015, 8:30 pm. Local Time

Link: http://www.jonesoil.ie/blog/earth-hour/

History in Motion

History in Motion allows teachers and students to build multimedia history stories. You can build animated timelines that are synchronized with movements on a map. At each stop along a timeline and map can include descriptions of events, images, and videos.

Link: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/01/history-in-motion-create-multimedia.html#.VPyUgGTF9NE