Showing posts with label US Civil War. Show all posts
Showing posts with label US Civil War. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Animated Maps and Timelines of the U.S. Civil War

The Civil War Trust offers many fantastic resources for teachers and students. One of those resources is a set of animated maps and timelines of significant battles of the Civil War. Each of the maps includes video clips, a timeline, and placemarks indicating troop positioning in the battle depicted. The more famous battles the most content included in the maps. I recommend starting with the Gettysburg map and timeline to get an understanding of what the Civil War Trust's maps offer.

Applications for Education
The teachers section of the Civil War Trust's website includes excellent lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. The teachers section also includes a helpful glossary of Civil War terms and a selection of primary sources appropriate for middle and high school students.

H/T to Google Maps Mania

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Using Primary Sources to Learn About Lincoln

Under His Hat is a website produced by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation for the purpose of showcasing some digital versions of primary source materials about Abraham Lincoln. The materials on Under His Hat are arranged into eight sections or chapters about Lincoln's life. Within each section you can click on featured materials to enlarge them. A lesson plan suggestion is included with primary source material. Some of the materials are also accompanied by audio and video recordings.

Applications for Education
Helping students learn to analyze primary source documents can be challenging. The lesson plans on Under His Hat could help you help your high school students learn to analyze primary sources while learning more about a historical figure whose basic biography they probably know.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Interactive Civil War Poster

At this time last fall I received a great poster from that featured a roadmap for conducting historical research. This year they're back with another quality free poster for history teachers. This year's poster is about the US Civil War. The poster is titled How Do You Piece Together the History of the Civil War? This 24"x36" poster demonstrates some uses of primary documents and artifacts for reconstructing the history of the Civil War.

How Do You Piece Together the History of the Civil War? has an interactive companion site. The interactive version of the poster allows students to zoom-in on different parts of the poster and click through to find more information about those artifacts and their roles in the Civil War.

Applications for Education
I learned about How Do You Piece Together the History of the Civil War? from Glenn Wiebe who suggested getting the poster for your classroom and using the interactive site at the same time. Through both the poster and the site you can introduce students to the idea that a historical artifact is more than just an object, it can be the start of a great story.

After students explore the poster and interactive site, you could have them create their own interactive Civil War posters by using Glogster EDU.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Lee's Map of Gettysburg

Today's featured document from the National Archives is General Robert E. Lee's map of Gettysburg. The map includes the placement of troops on July 2, 1863. Download the high resolution copy of the map to see the details of the map. Lee's Map of Gettysburg is one of many Civil War documents, images, and maps available from the National Archives.

Applications for Education
Lee's Map of Gettysburg could be used as an image overlay for a tour of Civil War sites that you have students create in Google Earth. The map could also be used as part of lesson plan like CSI Gettysburg developed by Jim Beeghley and published on his site Teaching the Civil War with Technology.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

3D American Civil War on Google Earth

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sumter, the first battle of the American Civil War. Through the Google Earth Blog I learned about a great source of Google Earth files and Google SketchUp models related to the American Civil War. 3D American Civil War is all about sharing and producing SketchUp models to use in Google Earth to illustrate places and events of the American Civil War.

The Google Earth file and 3D model that drew my attention is this one featuring the Battle of Fort Sumter. The file contains the following:

  • 3D version of Fort Sumter before it was attacked
  • 3D version of the Floating Battery of Charleston that was used to fire on Fort Sumter
  • Historical map overlays of the locations of various Confederate Batteries that fired on Fort Sumter.
  • These maps come from Library of Congress and the National Archives 
  • Geo-located Civil War Era photos of the damage Fort Sumter endured and the locations of the Confederate batteries. These photos also come from Library of Congress and the National Archives
  • Twitter Feeds of the Washington Post's twitter campaign of the Civil War
  • Links to Qwiki and Wikipedia articles and media about the Battle and various locations 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Drop Mocks - A Simple Way to Share Image Galleries

Drop Mocks just might be the simplest tool for constructing an image gallery and slideshow that I've come across since I started Free Technology for Teachers. To create an image gallery with Drop Mocks just go to their site and drag images from your desktop onto the Drop Mocks canvas. Then click on an image to have it featured while the other images are blurred in the background. Click another image and it will come into clear view while the previously featured image fades back into the background. You can share your Drop Mocks gallery by giving people the url assigned to it. To create and save multiple galleries sign into Drop Mocks using your Google Account.
My Drop Mocks gallery of four screenshot images.
Update: Thanks to Kathy for leaving the comment that Drop Mocks does not work with Safari. 

Applications for Education
The students in my special education class are currently researching the stories behind images of the US Civil War. My students are placing the images on a Wall Wisher wall which they will share with their classmates and eventually give a short presentation to the class on the stories behind their favorite images. I chose to use Wall Wisher for this assignment, but had I discovered Drop Mocks just a few days earlier I probably would have had my students use it.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Center for Civil War Photography Features 3D Images

The Center for Civil War Photography is a great place to find photo essays about the US Civil War. A lot of websites offer images of the Civil War, but what makes The Center for Civil War Photography different is that they offer 3D images in their photo essays about the Civil War. Of course, to view the images in 3D you'll need a pair of cheap 3D glasses, but otherwise you can access the content for free. If you can't get ahold of some 3D glasses, don't worry because The Center for Civil War Photography has some nice photo essays that don't include 3D images.

You can get some cheap 3D glasses from Amazon.

Applications for Education
The Center for Civil War Photography's 3D images provide a good way for students to examine records of the Civil War in more detail than before. One of my classes is currently working on a visual history of the Civil War project (I'll blog about it next week), these images could bring a new engaging element to their research.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Pennsylvania Civil War 150 Interactive Soldier

I've mentioned Teaching the Civil War with Technology a couple of times in the past because it is an excellent blog that every US History teacher should follow. Recently through Teaching the Civil War with Technology I learned about the Pennsylvania Civil War 150 website. On Pennsylvania Civil War 150 you can find interactive timelines, interactive maps, artifact displays, and a neat interactive soldier display. Through the interactive soldier students can see how a cannon was loaded and fired, examine the intricacies of a Union uniform, and watch soldiers act out common field commands such as "charge bayonets."

On a related note, make sure you check out Civil War Sallie which is the companion site to Teaching the Civil War with Technology. Civil War Sallie won the 2009 Edublog Award for best student blog.

Applications for Education
The interactive soldier on Pennsylvania Civil War 150 could be a great way to bring a study of the US Civil War to life. If you really wanted to get your students physically, actively engaged in a lesson you could have them study how the soldiers act out field commands then have the students try to act out field commands themselves.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Three Good WWI Resources from the BBC
American President - An Online Reference
The Science and Technology of WWII

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Before GPS - Map Making on Horseback

The History Channel in collaboration with the Library of Congress host a series of short videos called This Week's Hidden Treasure. One of the videos that I watched this morning is called Mapmaking... on Horseback. Mapmaking... on horseback is a short video in which a curator from the Library of Congress shares the sketchbook and maps made by Jedediah Hotchkiss during the US Civil War. The maps and sketchbook shared in the video are from the LOC's Hotchkiss map collection. The Hotchkiss map collection is a part of the larger Civil War maps collection.

Applications for Education
Mapmaking... on horseback could be a good way to get students thinking about how maps were map and how maps were used during the Civil War. The LOC's Civil War maps collection could be used by students as the basis for creating placemarks and virtual tours in Google Earth of Civil War sites.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
20,000+ Historical Maps
Henry Hudson's Maps and Model Ships
American Memory Historical Maps