Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Brief Timeline of FDR's WWII Decisions

Yesterday, while exploring Time's website I came across this timeline featuring the key decisions made by President Roosevelt during World War II. The World at War is an interactive timeline in which you can click on any of the key decisions listed to learn more about those decisions. The decisions interspersed amongst other key events of WWII. None of the events are terribly detailed, but the timeline does provide a nice general overview.

Applications for Education
The World at War could be a good introductory resource or review resource for US History teachers and their students. Teachers could have each student in a class select an item from the timeline to research and teach to their classmates.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
TimeRime Multimedia Timeline Builder
Great Timeline Builders - Multimedia Timelines, Wiki-style

Week in Review - My Trip to GTA

This was a very busy week for me, but other than Thursday when I was playing airline limbo, I was still able to write at least four new posts everyday. On Wednesday and Thursday I was at the Google Teacher Academy in Washington, DC and I'm now a Google Certified Teacher. I learned some neat things at GTA, stayed tuned for some posts based on my GTA experience. In the meantime, you can read my notes from GTA here.

On Tuesday I created a Facebook fan page for Free Technology for Teachers. So far almost 400 of you have become fans, thank you. I'd also like to this time to welcome all of the new subscribers and say thank you to everyone that has helped Free Technology for Teachers reach a wider audience.

As I do every week, I've compiled a list of the most popular items of the last week.

Here are the seven most popular items of the last seven days:
1. Five Ways to Build Your Own Educational Games
2. A 7th Easy Way for Students to Create Videos
3. Student Conversation Starter
4. PupilTube - How-to Videos With Potential
5. How to Read Your Gmail Offline
6. Rutgers Animated Research Tutorial
7. Lessons About Lions

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Play the Cash Cab Quiz Game

Discovery's Cash Cab game show is one of my favorite afternoon television programs. I often have it on in the background while grading student work or writing blog posts. Most of my students and probably many of yours will never take more than one or two NYC cab rides in their lives, but that doesn't mean they can't play the Cash Cab quizzes.

The Discovery Channel website lets you test your trivia knowledge while playing the same quizzes the contestants on Cash Cab play. Play the Cash Cab quiz game and earn fictitious money for every question you answer correctly. Answer three questions incorrectly and the game is over.

Applications for Education
The Cash Cab game is good website to have in your bag of tricks for those "down times" that sometimes occur when one student finishes an assignment earlier than her classmates and you're waiting for everyone to finish before moving on.