Showing posts with label modern history. Show all posts
Showing posts with label modern history. Show all posts

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Wayback Machine - Take a Look at the Evolution of the Web

The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine is one of the resources that I have included in my presentation about search strategies and fake news. I include it because it is a tool that can be used to see how a website or a specific webpage has changed over time. As is demonstrated in my video embedded below, you can use the Wayback Machine to see how a website looked and read the text of pages as they were originally published.

Another interesting way to use the Wayback Machine is to look at how major news websites reported on significant events in late 20th Century and in the 21st Century. Not only does the Wayback Machine show you the text, it may also show you images that may have since been removed.

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Last 18 Years of News In a Flocabulary Rap

As they have for the last couple of years, Flocabulary has released a rap video highlighting the last eighteen years of news headlines. The video is titled 18 Years in Rap. The choice of eighteen years is based on average age of students graduating from high school this year. The video can be found on YouTube or you can watch it and read the transcript here.

Applications for Education
Most of Flocabulary's products are not free. 18 Years in Rap is one resource that is available for free. Playing the video then having students research some of the headlines in the video could be a good little modern history research project.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

ChronoZoom - A Timeline of Almost Everything

ChronoZoom is a new timeline project from Microsoft Research. The primary goal of ChronoZoom is to provide a multimedia timeline of the history of the world from the dawn of time to today. The timeline is arranged according to themes and thresholds. Thresholds are eras and major developments in the history of the world. Within each threshold there are multiple videos, images, and texts about that time. ChronoZoom is an impressive display yet it is a little tricky to navigate at first (or at least it was for my click-happy fingers). You should watch this ChronoZoom tutorial from Microsoft to discover all of the functions of ChronoZoom.

I initially learned about ChronoZoom from Audrey Watters then did a little more reading about the ChronoZoom project on the Microsoft Research website. Microsoft describes ChronoZoom as a "an infinite campus in time."

Learn more about the ChronoZoom Project in the video below.

Applications for Education
About ten years ago someone gave me a monstrous-sized book simply titled The History of the World. While it is a nice book, it certainly has some significant gaps. ChronoZoom reminds me a bit of that book in digital form. ChronoZoom has the potential to be a great reference tool for history students and teachers. The option to view images and videos makes ChronoZoom a definite improvement over an giant, printed reference book. Like many reference sites that are slick in appearance, ChronoZoom has the potential to capture a student's attention and launch him or her into a series of quests for more information about a variety of topics.

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Last 18 Years of News in Rap

Just like CNN Student News, The Week in Rap is going on hiatus for the summer. In their last episode before the summer instead of just covering the last week of news, The Week in Rap is covering all of the big stories from the last 18 years. This is a great way for students who are about to graduate to be reminded of all that has happened in the world in their lifetimes. The video is embedded below.

The Last 18 Years in Rap 1993-2011 from Flocabulary on Vimeo.