Sunday, December 13, 2015

Create Interactive Year-in-Review Timelines

Last week I shared directions on how to interactive year-in-review videos. Another fun way to have students review the year is to have them build interactive timelines. They could even include their interactive videos within their interactive timelines. There are two tools that I like for building interactive timelines, HSTRY and Timeline JS.

The video is from HSTRY's extensive student guide.

In the video embedded below I provide a short demonstration of how to create a multimedia timeline on Timeline JS.

Fake or Real? - A Fun Google Search Challenge

Over the years I've written quite a bit Dan Russell's work and the concept of using images as the basis of web search challenge activities for students. Last month, Dr. Russell posted another fun search challenge that could be completed by middle school and high school students. That challenge is called Real or Fake? You can read the challenge set-up here and the solutions here.

There are three parts to the Real or Fake challenge. In the first part students have to decide if a picture is real or fake. The second part of the challenge asks students to determine the validity of a Trip Advisor review. The third aspect of the challenge tasks students with determining the authenticity of quotes posted in social media memes.

Applications for Education
The thing that I like most about the Real or Fake challenge is that the emphasis is on critical thinking and not on technical tricks or deep knowledge or search engine operators. If they take time to evaluate the information in front of them and think critically about it, most middle school and high school students should be able to solve the three Real or Fake challenge activities.

One Minute Lessons on US History and Government

Video lesson producer extraordinaire, Keith Hughes, seems to have started to produce a new series of videos for students of U.S. History and Government. The new series provides one minute overviews of big topics in history and government. You might be thinking, "he can't possibly put any detail into those lessons!" And you're right to think that. That's why Keith has added links to further explanations in the notes below his videos on YouTube.

Some of the topics in Keith's new series include the Electoral College, Federalism, Judicial Review, and Habeas Corpus. Check out his new videos in the playlist below or go to his YouTube channel to watch all of his great productions.