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Downton Abbey and Social Media Literacy
SPOILER: This week, Lord Grantham entered the 20th century by buying a "wireless" for the manor - a radio. The purpose was to hear the King address the nation. It was the first time EVERYONE in England had a chance to hear the King's voice. It was a new era. In 1924, the King spoke in Wembley Stadium and speakers were set up all over England so everyone can hear him. It was a first for England, and this new technology, radio, would prove that it wasn't just a fad. In the show, folks were divided on whether it was good for the King to give a speech over the radio. Was it destroying the image of the King, or making him more relevant?
Years ago, folks wondered if social media would last. Twitter? Facebook? Now, history is being defined by social media. US Presidents are on Facebook and go on The John Stewart Show, the Iranian President tweets, the TSA is on Instagram, and terrorists recruit. I even had the app on my iPhone that told Israelis when they were being bombed the last time they were under attack.
Social Studies teachers have a lot to teach, content and skills. One of those skills is teach students how to understand social media and how its used by the current history makers.
Article: Downton Abbey
A New Year
- How does Social Studies differ from other educational fields?
- What is the most important role of a Social Studies teacher?
- What are the essential skills to pass onto students?
- How do you create a remarkable experience for your students?
- What topics (events/themes) do you have difficulty teaching?
- What is your most effective teaching style and why?
Good questions to think about as we begin this year and move into the second semester. See how your answers can influence how you teach.
Flipping the Flipped Classroom
Flipping a class, done correctly, can have huge rewards. But, it does take time to develop good habits from the students. The most difficult part of flipping is trusting that your students do the work at home. Which is always a problem. The video below and this article explains how you can actually flip the classroom, in the classroom.
It's based on stations and might not take that much more time since the activities that students are doing, you've planned for anyway, they are just rotating in stations instead of doing them all at the same time.
So read the article and watch the video below if this interests you.
Using Social Media as a Learning Tool in the Classroom
Social media is an ingrained part of today’s society. Our students are constantly on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and likely many sites we’re not hip enough to know about, and by reading this blog, you’re interacting with social media at this very moment. If you want to bring the “real world” into the classroom, consider integrating social media into your lessons.
John Marshall Teacher of the Year Award
- Nomination forms are available online.
- Nomination packets must be postmarked by Friday, March 27, 2015.
- Awards will be presented on May 1, 2015 (Law Day) in Richmond, Virginia.
Students Can Make a Global Impact
Do you have a club or maybe teach being a global citizen in your classroom? There's a great website you can use for either situation. It's called Students Rebuild. As they say,
"We inspire young people worldwide to connect, learn and take collective action on critical global issues." There are a number of ways your students can impact the world. The site has challenges, "water challenges, literacy challenges, bookmark challenges,
Students Rebuild is a collaborative program of the Bezos Family Foundation, born in January 2010 in response to the devastating Haiti earthquake. Since then, we’ve mobilized thousands of young people in 65 countries and all 50 United States and raised more than $2 million in matching funds for rebuilding schools in Haiti, youth facilities in Japan and livelihoods in Africa. Click here for a downloadable fact sheet about Students Rebuild, and learn more about each Challenge below.
“The movie Selma tells the story of how Martin Luther King, Jr. and others peacefully protested to advance voting rights. What do you think needs to be done today to protect individual freedom and self-determination? What are you doing or will you do to peacefully advance those rights?”
Sadly, I just heard about this contest. Essays are due Jan 30, 2015.
Auschwitz Exhibit at the VA Holocaust Museum
Gilder Lehrman Teaching Seminars
Be a Historian!
The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University is pleased to announce Hidden in Plain Sight, an asynchronous, online U.S. history course for teachers. The course was developed with funding from the Virginia Department of Education.
Participants in this course work through eight modules. Requirements in each module include writing a hypothesis, exploring historical context, and reflecting on classroom applications. The cost is $40.
Register by January 16, 2015
See Freedom Speak
High School Student Seminars (by online registration only, two students and one teacher per school) – Day-long instructional activity for students and teachers to gain accurate knowledge, discuss events and engage in conversations with people who were present at history changing events in America. Free.
February 4 (Wednesday) - Vietnam - Lessons Learned
Guest Speaker: BG John “Jack” W. Nicholson, USA (Ret.) – former Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission and Vietnam Silver Star Recipient
March 18 (Wednesday) - World War II Round table
Guest Speaker: Peter Bacque - Army veteran and Staff Writer for the Richmond Times Dispatch along with WW II veterans
Digital resources for SOL courses including state guidelines, online textbooks, and other resources to use in the classroom.
Free AP Questions
You get plenty of free questions, but if you register, you can get more for your content area for pretty cheap.
They are even marked as Easy, Medium, or Hard.
Free History Reader
The readings include US and World History and use primary and secondary sources.
Each begins with an essential question and students then use historical thinking skills to learn about the issues.
This is his second book, the first one is here.
The main benefit is that it's highly flexible. You can have students create short, 30 second stories, or highly detailed 3 minute stories. Students can retell a historical story, or make it more biographical (the better way). It's also very hands on, uses images, music, and their own narration. The story can be yours to assign, or ideally, theirs to create. Furthermore, with laptops, it's easy.
Students can use Movie Maker on their laptops or websites like Animoto. With Vimeo, students can upload their Stories rather then trying to turn them in with a flashdrive, email, or other clunky way.
This project uses literacy skills, puts context to history, can involve research, and is very creative. It can be narrated (the best way) or written using timelines. There are even apps for smartphones that can be used.
There pretty much isn't anyway that you can't use Digital Stories in your classroom.
More Timeline Tools
With it, students can create interactive timelines that use images and video. It's easy for the teacher to create a class page, where all the student timelines can be housed. You can also create quizzes inside them. Once you have access, you can see professionally made timelines, those made by other members, your student timelines, and ones you've made.
Here's a sample about Sherman's March to the Sea. You have to register to see it.
World History I and II Online Textbook
APUSH Redesign: Great Site
From Ken Halla:
Rebecca Richardson has created a tremendous website which she uses with her APUSH students. It has readings, lectures, PowerPoints, word walls, chapter summaries, writing activities and strategies to deal with the new APUSH exam. A great resource for the AP US History class. Check it out.
PDF Maps at your Fingertips
Just go to the Software Center and download... easy. These are maps for:
- 6th grade US History
- 7th grade US History
- World History 1
- World History 2
- US History
Students can also download these maps. once downloaded, you won't need the Internet. You can also print them out or use them on your Smart Board.
Trivia and Other Balderdash
Trivia 2014 - 2015: Teachers- 5 and Me- 7
Last Week: Which archipelago were the Greeks most interested in conquering?
No winners. The answer was the Aegean Sea. In Greek, Archipelago means a sea studded with many small islands.
This week: Which nation was actually made up of 7 different, inland, regions?
Don't Take your Job Too Seriously
"If or when you've had a bad day, you had to deliver bad news to a child, you gave out report cards with bad scores, you can't seem to get it right when it comes to instruction, just remember that you're not alone. There are millions of teachers around the world who have, believe it or not, the exact same struggles that you have! They struggle with delivering effective instruction, managing classroom behavior, dealing with a micro-managing principal, etc., etc.
"While thinking about this might only help in the short run, remember that our lives really only move forward - luckily. Tomorrow is a completely new day, and sooner that you realize it, all of today's worries will become concerns of the past."
This is Tip #5 in an article called, "Staying Healthy and Managing Stress While Teaching," and you can read tips 1 - 4 here.