Thursday, October 29, 2009

American Experience - The Crash of 1929

Today marks the 80th anniversary of Black Tuesday. CNN Student News had a short segment about it today. Watching the CNN segment reminded me that the PBS series American Experience has an hour long video about the stock market crash of 1929. PBS does not provide embed codes for their videos, but you can watch the entire video on the PBS video site. You can watch American Experience: The Crash of 1929 by clicking here.

Applications for Education
PBS has a series of eight lesson plans designed for use in conjunction with a classroom viewing of American Experience: The Crash of 1929. The lesson plans are separated into four categories; history, economics, civics, and geography.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
From Common Craft - Stock Markets in Plain English
Interactive Timeline of the 08/09 Financial Crisis
Financial Glossary for Students

20 Interesting Ways to Use Audio In Your Classroom

Last Friday I wrote a post about Tom Barrett's latest installments to his Interesting Ways series. At the time, one of the installments, Interesting Ways to Use Audio in Your Classroom, didn't have any ideas or resources in it and Tom was looking for contributors. As a testament to the power of crowdsourcing, Zero Interesting Ways to Use Audio In Your Classroom is now 20 Interesting Ways to Use Audio In Your Classroom. The crowdsourcing hasn't stopped yet. If you have ideas to add to the slideshow, contact Tom.

Significance of the 2010 Census

Say It Visually has created a new video that explains the significance and possible implications of the 2010 US Census.

Applications for Education
This video does a nice job of introducing some of the ways in which the data collected in the US Census is used. I might use the video in my Civics class when we begin to talk about how the government makes decisions about program funding.

Two Twitter and Email Scams to Be Aware Of

In the last 18 hours there have been two similar scams launched on Twitter and via email that you should be aware. The Twitter scam involves direct messages. If you receive a direct message that reads something like "is this you" or "this is you" followed by a link which leads you to a Twitter login page. The login page looks real, but if you look at the url you will notice that it is not a Twitter page at all. Entering information there will hijack your Twitter credentials.

The other scam that readers of Free Technology for Teachers should be aware of involves FeedBurner's email delivery service. If you receive an email containing a subject line to the effect of "confirm your subscription to Free Technology for Teachers." If you have been receiving the daily email from me, you do not need to confirm your email. Clicking any link in the scam email will lead you to a real-looking, but fake FeedBurner email confirmation page.

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Applications for Education
These scams and the screen captures I've included above, are good examples of why we need to teach our students to be careful and intelligent consumers of online media. Teach students to check the url against the actual page content.

Common Craft has a good video that explains phishing scams and how to avoid becoming a victim of one.