Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Must-See Timeline for US History Teachers

Over the weekend, through Larry Ferlazzo's blog, I learned about a great resource that every US History teacher should bookmark. The American Revolution Center has a fantastic interactive timeline about the American Revolution. The timeline features an easily navigated combination of text and images. Click on any event in the timeline to view a short paragraph about that event. Click on an image of an artifact in the timeline and a you will see an enlarged image of that artifact. The page hosting the enlarged artifact image also hosts a description of the artifact and, in some cases, a video podcast about the artifact. It really is one of the best US History timelines that I've come across.

Applications for Education
The American Revolution Center's timeline could be used as a primer for a study of the American Revolution or as a review of the Revolution. You might try challenging students to locate, online, images of artifacts representing each event on the timeline. In addition to a great timeline, the American Revolution Center offers a twenty question quiz and a lesson plan search engine.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
American Memory Historical Maps
US History Animated
A Video Overview of the American Revolution

Prezi Announces New, Free Education Licenses

Prezi, a great service for taking presentations beyond bullets and pictures, has just announced that they're offering a free education license for teachers and students. Prior to this announcement the free version of Prezi did not allow for making content private. The new education license will allow teachers and students to keep their content private. The education license also offers five times the storage space of the previous free Prezi license. To get an education license you need to register using your school's email address.

In the announcement of the new, free education licenses Prezi cites this blog post as one of the reasons for the change. It's great to see a company respond to the education community. It's also a good example of what can be accomplished with an online campaign.

If you've never tried Prezi, I encourage to read this post and or watch the following video.

Google Apps for Education - Security Whitepaper

Security and protection from lawsuits are two of the most common concerns that school administrators have regarding student use of cloud-based web services. I've heard from more than one school district network administrator that "Google will steal your data" and "we can't use Google because then we can't archive email." Both of those statements are false. Google has a short whitepaper designed to address the security concerns of schools. The next time you're trying to convince someone that Google Apps for Education is safe, refer to this whitepaper. It doesn't provide every answer, but it's appropriate for addressing the "email archiving" and "data stealing" concerns.