Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bill of Rights Rap

Here is a good little review video of the US Bill of Rights. The video, produced by the people at Flocabularly is a two minute take on the Bill of Rights. You can find a copy of the lyrics here.

Thanks to Oswego98 for sharing the link on Twitter.

Applications for Education
Flocabulary videos provide a good model for combining US History and music. History teachers and music teachers could work together to have students develop their own songs or raps about various aspects of US History.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Reach 'em 2 Teach 'em: Educational Rap
Free Music Archive
More Than 100 Links for Music Teachers

Cobocards Create Flashcards to Use Online or Offline

Cobocards is the newest entry into the online flashcard market. Cobocards, like other flashcard services, allows you to create customized sets of flashcards. One of the key differences between Cobocards and other flashcard services is that Cobocards provides you with pdf copies of your flashcards that you can print to study offline. Of course, you can study also study your flashcards online. If you study your flashcards online, Cobocards will keep track of your results for you. If you would like to share your flashcards with a private group, like the students in your classroom, Cobocards allows you to do that too. Another of Cobocards' better features is a comprehensive set of video tutorials explaining all of the options and features that you can utilize.

The screenshot below shows the flashcard printing options offered by Cobocards.

Applications for Education
Cobocards offers students and teachers the best of both worlds, an option for studying online and an option for studying offline. If you have students that don't have Internet access at home, creating Cobocards flashcards at school and the printing them to take home is an excellent alternative to online studying.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Ediscio - Collaboratively Create Flashcards
Flashcard Flash - Search for Flashcard Sets
Quizlet - Create and Share Flashcards

10 Free Royalty-Free Stock Photos per Day

PhotoXpress, featured on TechCrunch earlier today, is a new source of free royalty-free stock images. In order to download the images without watermarks you must register for a free account with PhotoXpress. Once you have registered and completed your profile you can download up to ten images per day. The PhotoXpress collection currently contains nearly 350,000 images with many more being added daily.

Applications for Education
PhotoXpress is a good resource to add to your list of places for students to find free images for their digital presentations.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Photos 8 - Thousands of Public Domain Images
William Vann's EduPic Graphical Resources
Morgue File - Odd Name, Good Free Photos

From Washington to Obama in 4 Minutes With Dates

I few months ago I posted this video depicting each of the 44 US Presidents in 4 minutes. Today, while looking for another video I came across the video embedded below which depicts the 44 US Presidents in 4 minutes. This video includes the dates of the time in office for each president.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
American History in Video
American History Review Videos
Snag a Free Full-Length Documentary

New - Video Responses to YouTube Videos

YouTube has announced the addition of a new feature that could be useful for online discussion about videos. The new feature is the option to record a video response to a video using your webcam. After every video that you watch you can click the "post a video response" link just below the video player and record your response.

This only works on YouTube itself, not on embedded video players.

Applications for Education
If you teach an online course or in a 1:1 environment, the option to quickly post video responses could be a good way to build a conversation about a video. In particular, I think this would be good for courses that frequently discuss news stories and or public policy issues.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
VoiceThread Highlights
PBS Launches a New Video Portal
20+ Educational Alternatives to YouTube

Resources for Learning About the Khmer Rouge

A colleague of mine that teaches a course called "Holocaust and Human Behavior" asked me if I had any materials for teaching about Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. As I once taught the same course, it was logical to ask me, but I didn't have anything readily available. So I went looking for a few things to share with him and I figured that some of you might appreciate the links too. Here are a few of the things that I found.

FRONTLINE World has a twenty-five minute video in which Amanda Pike interviews survivors of the Cambodian Genocide. Ms. Pike visits former prisons and execution sites throughout the video. It is a powerful (and sometimes graphic) documentary. Prior to watching the video you may want to have students review some of the background information provided by FRONTLINE World.

Outreach World has published a very detailed lesson plan designed for use in a high school setting. The focus of the lesson plan is to have students evaluate the social, economic, and political effects of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. The lesson plan calls for about six hours of classroom time.

Reuters recently released a short news video about Cambodians gathering to remember the victims of Pol Pot's regime. The video is embedded below.