Saturday, March 13, 2010

Harvest of History - Where Does Food Come From?

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.

The Week in Review - Most Popular Items

It's Saturday morning in Maine and as I do every week I've put together a list of the most popular posts of the week. Next week I'll be traveling to Bow Island, Alberta to give a series of presentations at the Teacher 2 Teacher conference. Some of the other presenters at the conference include Silvia Tolisano and James Hollis. I'm not sure if the sessions will be live streamed, but I do plan to try to record a couple of my own sessions. Look for those later next week.

Here are the seven most popular posts of the last seven days:
1. Turn Your Spreadsheets into Word Clouds
2. Nine Tools for Collaboratively Creating Mind Maps
3. Math Live - Animated Mathematics Lessons
4. Exploratree - Thinking Guide Templates
5. How the Web Works - A Slideshow from the BBC
6. Creating a Teacher's Online Hub
7. Putting Tech in Phys Ed - Google Maps Bike Routes

As always, thank you to everyone that has shared this blog with your friends and colleagues. Because of you, this week we came close to 2800 fans of Free Technology for Teachers on Facebook.

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Why Do We Connect?

Shelly Terrell, who recently guest posted on this blog, produced a video this week about the purposes and benefits of developing a personal learning network (PLN). About thirty members of Shelly's PLN appear in the video. If you're looking for a way to show your colleagues why you've developed an online PLN, this video does a nice job of illustrating why we form PLNs. After watching the video you might also want to see Shelly's wiki and slide presentation about connecting with social media.

If you're just beginning to take steps toward creating an online PLN, you may want to work your way through this presentation that I created last summer with the help of my PLN.