Thursday, March 18, 2010

Free Webinar - Learning Civics Through Gaming

Yesterday I shared a post about Our Courts. Our Courts hosts detailed lesson plans and three fantastic games for teaching US Civics. Shortly after that post went live Andy Blanco from the Learning Games Network told me about a free webinar about teaching Civics with games that his organization is conducting next Wednesday, March 24 at 5pm PST. The free webinar will be focused on teaching Civics using the games from Our Courts. You can learn more about the webinar here and here.

C-Span Video Library Expands

C-Span has offered selected videos of various government events and related unofficial political events for a long time. Recently, C-Span has greatly expanded their video offerings to include every C-Span program since 1987. The new C-Span video library can be searched by category, quantity of video views, and the frequency with which videos have been shared. All of the videos can be embedded into your blog or website.

Embedded below is a video about President Nixon's visit to China in 1972.

Thanks to Open Culture for the news about the C-Span Video Library.

Applications for Education
I have to admit that the C-Span Video Library could use more search options, but the sheer quantity of videos is impressive. If you need a video about any topic in US History or politics in the 20th or 21st Century you would do well to start your search in the C-Span Video Library.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
WWI Video Map
The Bayeux Tapestry Animated
Smarthistory - A Multimedia Art History Book

Check Out the New Pages

I've recently added some new pages to Free Technology for Teachers. These pages, located just below the header banner, contain some presentations, how-to instructions, and resources for teaching with technology. The pages are a work in progress so check back from time to time for more content on the pages. If you're wondering how I created these pages, I used the new(ish) pages option in Blogger.

From Oxford to the NFL

Today's episode of CNN Student News has a story that every high school athlete should watch. In today's episode there is a segment about Myron Rolle. Rolle was a highly talented college football player who accepted a Rhodes Scholarship instead of heading directly to the NFL after college. Now Rolle is getting ready for the NFL draft. Hear from Rolle in the video below.