Showing posts with label The Atlantic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Atlantic. Show all posts

Saturday, August 31, 2013

What Is Money? - A Short Economics Lesson

The Atlantic's new series Economics In Plain English is a good resource for social studies teachers to bookmark and share with their students. One of the new additions to the series is What Is Money? What Is Money? uses the fun scenario of trying to deposit a banana into a bank to explain the basic purpose and function of money. The video is embedded below.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Impact of One School Principal

Vicki Davis recently wrote an article for The Atlantic about her decision to leave the business world to become a teacher. Those of you who, like Vicki and myself, worked in other fields before teaching will probably relate to Vicki's story.

On the same page as Vicki's story is an interesting infographic about the mathematical influence of one school principal on a community. The infographic has some interactive elements that will allow you to see how that one person's influence projects over one year, five years, and ten years. I can't say that I agree with everything in the infographic and The Atlantic doesn't disclose the source of their statistics, but it's still interesting. I would like to see the same type of infographic showing the influence of one teacher over five, ten, or more years.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

What People Don't Get About My Job - Share This With Students and Parents

The Atlantic has a great article titled What People Don't Get About My Job.The article is comprised of 26 contributions from readers explaining what most people don't understand about their jobs. There is one job for every letter of the alphabet. In the article you will find jobs like Kindergarten Teacher, IRS employee, zookeeper, and even unemployed.

Applications for Education
Part of my responsibilities with my homeroom group (we call it Common Block in my school) is to talk with the students about their post-secondary plans. I'm thinking about having my students read this article next week as a way for them to see that there is more to many jobs than what they see from the outside. A good companion to What People Don't Get About My Job is iCould - True Career Stories.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Narrated Tour of the Erie Canal

The canals had a relatively short life-span as the primary commercial transportation system in the United States. The Erie Canal system was the first to connect the east coast to the Great Lakes. Although commercial traffic on it is relatively limited today, the Erie Canal system still exists and can be traveled. This narrated slideshow featured on The Atlantic takes a look at the origins of the canal system and the current state of the canal. The video is embedded below.

Applications for Education
This narrated slideshow about the Erie Canal could be useful for anyone that is teaching US History. The canal system could be studied for its role in expansion of industry in the United States.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Congo's Other War

This month's issue of The Atlantic has a good article titled As Go the Hippos... The article is about damage to the Congo's ecosystem as a result of the civil war there. The online version of the article is accompanied by a five minute video slideshow narrated by the author, Delphine Schrank. The video is embedded below.

RSS Readers may need to click through to view the video.

Applications for Education
This video and article could be good for getting high school students to think about the unintended consequences of war.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Jitterbug of Educational Technology

The Jitterbug is a cell phone marketed to baby boomers (my parents' generation). The Jitterbug's advertisements highlight the key features of the phone as large, easy to see buttons and displays, preprogrammed and ready to use out of the box, and overall simplicity. The advertisement running in this month's issue of The Atlantic boldly exclaims, "It doesn't play games, take pictures, or give you the weather." In other words it's perfect for my step-father who, much to my mother's chagrin, still prefers to keep a ham/ c.b. radio in his car rather than use a cell phone.

Yesterday, the staff at my school was introduced to a new grading program. This new software has a staggering number of capabilities and uses (it should for what it costs). Unfortunately, the presentation of the software to the staff was butchered. Rather than showing and having staff try the basic tasks like taking attendance and listing assignments, the staff was shown, in a large auditorium, a myriad of functions that 98% of them will never use. As I looked around the room I saw many, I dare the vast majority, peoples' expressions bely their utter confusion and stress from just thinking about trying to use the software on their own. A much better approach to introducing the staff to new software that they're required to use would have been to break the staff into smaller groups, distribute step-by-step directions for the basic functions, and then let the staff try those basic functions. In other words the staff would have benefited from trying the Jitterbug instead of being shown, but not touching, the Nokia N95.

Application for Education
The lesson to take from this story is that as teachers in love with and comfortable with technology we sometimes get ahead of ourselves when showing students or staff a new website or piece of software. It's important to remember that there are always people in the audience that need to get comfortable with the Jitterbug before trying the iPhone or the Nokia N95.