Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fall of the Berlin Wall - Video and Photos

Tomorrow, November 9, marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. CBS News has two visual resources looking back at the events of November 1989. The Fall of the Berlin Wall is a slideshow of twelve images with captions from twenty years ago. Berlin Wall in Pictures is a three minute documentary of the political circumstances leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the fall Berlin Wall.

Watch CBS News Videos Online

President Reagan's speech at the Brandendburg gate.

1962 - Road to the Wall.

ABC News doesn't allow embedding of its clips, but you can view Peter Jennings reporting the news of the Wall's fall here.

Maps of War - Animated Thematic Maps

Maps of War has a collection of seven animated maps based on the themes of war, religion, and politics. Click here to see the History of Religions map. You can embed these maps into a blog or website, but I found that my blog loaded very slowly when I tried embedding the maps. Maps of War also has an extensive library of maps from third parties like the BBC and the New York Times. Many of the maps contained in the library are interactive learning tools.

Applications for Education
Maps of War's animated maps are a great visual aid for students. The timeline that accompanies each map make the maps a great resource for showing changes over time. As the maps change the timelines change accordingly.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you: - Multimedia Timelines, Wiki-style
Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms
US History Animated

Changes to Free Technology for Teachers

If you normally read Free Technology for Teachers in your favorite RSS reader, you may not have noticed that I have made some changes to the blog's layout. I changed the layout for a couple of reasons. First, I wanted to highlight the two free ebooklets that I offer (I have plans for two more of these before the end of the year). Second, I wanted to clean-up the way the blog looked.

Here's the list of changes:
1. I have consolidated the links to resources that used to appear on the left side of the blog. These now appear as lists under the heading "Favorite Resources Lists."
2. I've added a contact form under the "About Me Section."
3. The search box is now larger and easier to use (hopefully).
4. The subscription options are easier to locate.
5. A lighter background to provide better contrast and easier reading (hopefully).

Still to come:
1. Wibiya toolbar.
2. Consolidated collection of all of my slide presentations.

If you have suggestions for making the look of Free Technology for Teachers better, please feel free to contact me.

Site Maintenance

For the next couple of hours Free Technology for Teachers will be undergoing some changes and updates. If things appear a little wonky, don't worry, it'll be fixed soon.

Phase one of the site update is complete. I have some more tweaks planned that I hope to complete next weekend.

Learn English - Games for Kids to Learn English

Learn English Kids is a project sponsored by the British Council. Learn English is designed to help young ESL students. Students can visit the website to play educational games, listen and read along with short stories, or listen to and sing along with English songs. Learn English Kids also has a number of activities designed to help students practice writing in English.

Applications for Educators
Learn English Kids has many activities that students can do individually which is great for differentiated instruction. Learn English Kids also has a long list of activities and lessons that teachers can do with a whole class. The teacher section of Learn English Kids has some articles and reports that will be of interest to ESL teachers.