Showing posts with label Glenn Wiebe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Glenn Wiebe. Show all posts

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Latest Mission U.S. Game Teaches Students About Immigration

Thanks to Glenn Wiebe, earlier this week I learned that one of my favorite U.S. History games has added a new component. Just about one year after Mission U.S. added A Cheyenne Odyssey they have added City of Immigrants. City of Immigrants is the fourth game in the Mission U.S. series.

City of Immigrants is set in New York City in 1907. Players take on the role of a fourteen year-old Jewish immigrant named Lena Brodsky. Lena is from Russia and she arrived in New York after her older brother who came to New York a few years earlier and sent money home to buy passage for family members. Lena is now trying to earn money to send home so that her parents can come to New York. Throughout the game you meet other people in Lena's life in New York who are faced with tough choices just like she is.

Applications for Education
City of Immigrants could be a great game for middle school students and some high school students to play to learn about the challenges that faced immigrants to New York in the early 1900's. What I really like about the game is that players meet the various people involved in Lena's life. Meeting those people could help students understand the community dynamics common to immigrant neighborhoods at the time.

The Mission U.S. games are available to use in your web browser. Some of the games will work on iPads and Android tablets. The Mission U.S. website offers an educators section that includes printable lists of vocabulary terms, writing prompts, and post-game discussion prompts.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Hip Hughes Explains Government Shutdown

Earlier this week Keith Hughes, producer of the world renowned YouTube channel Hip Hughes History, released a new video in which he explains the current U.S. Government shutdown. In The Government Shutdown for Dummies Keith covers the causes of the government shutdown and explains what it means for ordinary citizens. The video is intended for high school students.

For even more resources on the government shutdown check out the lists of resources that Glenn Wiebe and Larry Ferlazzo have assembled. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Collections of Historical Maps and Ideas for Using Them In Your Classroom

The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection is often the first place I go to when looking for old maps to use in a social studies lesson. The collection contains more than 100,000 historical maps documenting places throughout the world. The maps can be searched by area, by time period, or by cartographer. There is also a Google Earth layer based on the maps in the David Rusmey Map Collection.

Old Maps Online is designed to help you find historical maps of where you live or any other location that you enter into the search function. By default Old Maps Online searches for maps near your location. You can refine your search to a specific time using the timeline slider on Old Maps Online. Old Maps Online doesn't host the maps that you find through their search box. Old Maps Online refers you to the host of the maps. The David Rumsey Historical Map collection is one of the sites that is indexed by Old Maps Online. Old Maps Online also indexes collections from the British Library, Dutch National Archives, Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia, Harvard Library, and collections from nearly a dozen other libraries around the world.

Historic Map Works is an online gallery of hundreds of historical maps. On Historic Map Works you can browse for maps by continent, country, state, and province. Contrary to my initial experience, downloading the map images is not free. But, you can view more than half of the maps as Google Maps overlays using Historic Map Works's free Historic Earth Basic.

Applications for Education
One of the ways that I've used historical maps in my classroom in the past is to have students evaluate the role of physical geography in the outcome of significant battles in the American Revolution and the American Civil War. I've also had students use historical maps to compare our current understanding of the world with that of cartographers of the 15th and 16th centuries.

Glenn Wiebe recently shared a set of Smithsonian interactive activities in which students compare the views of modern cities with those of the 19th century. Glenn's post inspired me to look back at the historical map collections I've used in the past.