Monday, October 20, 2008

Hemingway Animated

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Today, Open Culture posted an animated video of Hemingway's classic "The Old Man and the Sea."

Applications for Education
This video could be a way to show students the story in conjunction with reading "The Old Man and the Sea."

Three Facebook Groups Connecting Teachers

There are numerous places online for teachers to connect with their global colleagues. Ning groups like Classroom 2.0, Twitter, and Plurk are popular places for building professional learning networks. One place that might be overlooked by some teachers because it might not seem "professional enough" is Facebook. I'm currently a member of three Facebook groups for teachers. I've made professional connections with at least one person from each of these groups. These groups are 1. "You Know You're a Teacher When." 2. "I'm a teacher and yes I deserve my holidays." 3. "Teaching is a REAl job."

Where Did Your Last Meal Come From? - Farming History

Harvest of History is a website produced by the Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York (also the site of the Baseball Hall of Fame). Harvest of History is designed to help students and teachers explore the origins and development of modern farming practices. The basis for Harvest of History is to explore the question, "where did your last meal come from?"

Applications for Education
Harvest of History is designed with elementary school students in mind. The teachers' page provides 16 lesson plans for use with students of fourth grade age. The question, "where did you last meal come from?" and some of the content of Harvest of History could also be used with older students to spark discussion about the development of modern agriculture.