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Saturday, March 10, 2018

How Inventions Change History

This evening I was looking back at some resources that I have for teaching about Eli Whitney and the cotton gin. Included in that list was a YouTube video that demonstrated how the cotton gin worked. Next to that video I found a TED-Ed lesson titled How Inventions Change History (For Better or Worse). The lesson is centered around Eli Whitney's invention of the cotton gin and the impact that it had on slavery in the southern United States.


In addition to considering the impact of the cotton gin, students who view this TED-Ed lesson are asked to consider the impact of other inventions on the world.

Quizzes, Syrup, and Public Domain Videos - The Week in Review

Good evening from Maine where the winter keeps on going. This week we had lots of new snow fall. As a skier, I love the snow. But many of my friends were not so happy about the latest snowstorm. In other news from Lake Wobegon Paris Hill, this week I scheduled a new webinar for teachers interested in classroom video creation projects. The webinar is called 5 Video Projects for Almost Every Classroom. You can find all of the webinar registration details here.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. The Library of Congress Seeks a Teacher-in-Residence
2. 10 Free Apps for Elementary School Math Lessons
3. My Top 5 Choices for Making Multimedia Quizzes
4. New Shared File Organization Coming to Google Drive
5. 8 Changes to Google Docs & Slides Menus
6. Making Maple Syrup - A Science and Math Lesson
7. Three Places to Find Public Domain Video Clips

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