Wednesday, January 6, 2010

FDR's Four Freedoms - Text, Images, Audio

Today's featured document from the National Archives is the first page of Franklin Roosevelt's Four Freedoms Speech. On a quick visit to Our Documents I found the full text of FDR's speech. To accompany the text of the speech, the National Archives has a feature called Powers of Persuasion. The Powers of Persuasion contains images of Norman Rockwell's paintings that represent the ideals of FDR's Four Freedoms. After looking at the text and images, on YouTube I found this video which contains the audio recording of Roosevelt's speech.

Applications for Education
A potentially interesting activity to do with these resources is to have student read the transcript then develop their own images and or video representing the Four Freedoms. After the students have created their own images have them compare and contrast their work with that of Rockwell.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Howard Zinn's A People's History in a Free Digital Format
Watch American Experience Online
American Rhetoric - Famous Speeches from Politics and Entertainment

New From Common Craft! Protecting Reputations Online

Common Craft has just released another awesome In Plain English video. This new video, Protecting Reputations Online, is must viewing for students. As with all Common Craft videos, Protecting Reputations Online does a great job of clearly explaining concepts in easy-to-understand terms. Protecting Reputations Online explains the risks of posting inappropriate pictures, videos, or messages about yourself online. The video also tells you what action to take if you do find something you don't like about yourself online. You can watch the video on the Common Craft website.

Applications for Education
This video should be required viewing for all students. In my school I'd love to see our tech department require students to watch this video as a condition of receiving their netbook at the beginning of the year.

This Common Craft video as well as some of their other recent productions are not available anywhere but on the Common Craft site. Therefore, if you're going to use this school-wide the proper thing to do is to download the video after paying for the appropriate license. Common Craft videos are one of the very few fee-based digital items that I endorse. (As clarification: Common Craft doesn't pay me to say that nor do I have any financial affiliation with Common Craft).

Check out some of these other great videos from Common Craft:
Computer Hardware in Plain English
The World Wide Web in Plain English
Lesson Plans for Teaching Web Search Strategies

More than 2000 Free Mathematics Tutorials

Brightstorm is a provider of online study materials for mathematics as well as ACT and SAT preparation. The ACT and SAT preparation materials are not free, but the mathematics tutorials are free. The mathematics tutorials are videos featuring mathematics teachers explaining and demonstrating how to solve mathematics problems. There are tutorial videos covering Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus. The videos can be viewed on the Brightstorm site or you can embed them into your blog or wiki as I have done with the video below.

Applications for Education
Brightstorm could be a great resource for middle school and high school mathematics students in need of mathematics help when they are away from your classroom. To view some videos students will need to create a Brightstorm account or login using the Facebook connect option on Brightstorm. By logging-in students have the opportunity to post questions to the discussion areas of Brightstorm.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Five Sources of Fun Mathematics Games
Math and Language Arts Games on Arcademic
Need Math Help? Try Wolfram Alpha

Vote Now for the 2010 ISTE Keynote Speaker

The final round of voting for the 2010 ISTE keynote speaker is now underway. The finalists are:
Gary Stager, Peter H. Reynolds, Jeff Piontek, Alan November, and Chris Lehmann. You can learn more about each of these men and vote for your choice on the ISTE 2010 keynote page. Scott McLeod kept running totals of the preliminary rounds of voting which you can find on his blog.


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