Saturday, August 21, 2010

Week in Review - Most Popular Posts

This week I took an offline vacation for a few days which is why there were fewer posts this week. I'm back to full blogging strength after my vacation so look for me to be back to five posts a day next week. I will also be back in my classroom on Wednesday so look for some posts about what we're (my students and I) doing with technology.

Here are the most popular posts of the last week:
1. 5 Lesser-Known Google Tools for Teachers & Students
2. Do You Moodle? Three Helpful Resources
3. 38 Weeks of Algebra Lessons
4. How-to Video - Today's Meet
5. Earth Calendar - Everyday is a Holiday Somewhere
6. Hack Education - Add This Blog To Your RSS Reader
7. Author Stream - Do More With PowerPoint

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Using Primary Sources - A Guide from the LOC

If you use primary source documents in your classroom, the Library of Congress Teacher's Page is a site you should check out. A part of the Teacher's Page is the primary source center. The primary source center walks teachers through the process of locating documents on the Library of Congress' site. The primary source center also provides guides for using various types of primary sources including political cartoons, photographs, and oral histories.

Applications for Education
When I was a just starting out as a history teacher I knew that I should include primary source use in my classroom, but I wasn't quite sure how to go about it. Fortunately, after some stumbling around a colleague gave me some of his primary source-based lessons which gave me a much better handle on how to use them effectively. Hopefully, the Library of Congress Teacher's Page will help new history teachers avoid the stumbling process I went through when I started out as a history teacher.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Textbooks, Wikipedia, and Primary Source Research
The Avalon Project - Hundreds of Primary Documents
National Archives Our Documents Source Book

Glogster Video Tutorial

Glogster is a great tool that students can use to create multimedia collages. I've written about Glogster on a number of occasions in the past (examples here, here, and here). One of Glogster's strongest supporters is Traci Blazosky who created an excellent video tutorial that walks teachers through the process of using Glogster. Watch the video below.

Applications for Education
Glogster is a great tool for having students create collages of information they've found and or created. Students can combine videos, images, text, and audio into one online display that can stand alone or be embedded into a blog, website, or wiki. This fall some of my Civics students will be creating Glogster "glogs" about the candidates running for political office this fall.