Friday, August 28, 2009

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Items

It's Friday afternoon and time for another week in review. As I do every week, I've compiled a list of the seven most popular items of the last seven days. The list is based on item clicks and views. If you ever miss the week in review post, you can always check out the Post Rank widget embedded in the right column of the blog. Post Rank displays the most popular blog entries at any given time.

Here are the seven most popular items of the last seven days:
1. 5 Ways to Get Free Stuff for Your Classroom
2. The Science of Motivation
3. Three Easy Ways to Resize an Image
4. Tips and Tutorials for Everything Google
5. Live Binders - Online Binders of Webpages and Images
6. Social Media It's Not a Fad, It's a Revolution
7. When You Use Creative Commons Licensing...

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A Brief History of US Border Expansion 1763-Present

This is another short video that I used in class today. Before showing the video, as a review activity, I asked my students how the US grew in size and how long it took to reach its current size. This short video provides a narrated, animated explanation of the expansion of US borders.

CNN Student News on My First Day of Classes

Today was the first day that I met with the students in my US History classes. Whenever I can, I try to incorporate current events into my classes. Combine that idea with the fact that today all of my classes were on an abbreviated schedule and it was the perfect day to show CNN Students News in two of the three courses that met today.
Today's episode of CNN Student News led-off with a segment about the death of Senator Ted Kennedy. Because the segment contained many mourners mentioning the things that Senator Kennedy did, the segment was a good starting point for a review (for most students it was a review) of what Senators and Representatives do. This was part of a larger review of the three branches of US Government.