Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Life of a City - Early Silent Films of New York City

The Library of Congress has some neat playlists on YouTube that history teachers should explore. One of those playlists is titled The Life of a City: Early Films of New York. This playlist includes 24 silent film clips of events like the opening of the East River bridge, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Parade, and the first automobile parade in downtown Manhattan.


The films on their own don't tell you a whole lot about what you're seeing. However, the descriptions included below each video on YouTube are full of information about what you're seeing, when it was filmed, and who filmed it.

Applications for Education
One of the ways that students might use these videos is to include them in a side-by-side "then and now" display. They could create those displays in Google Sites or any other website builder that supports side-by-side video displays.

Some of the videos would be excellent to use in multimedia timelines about the development of New York City. And the automobile parade video featured above would be good to include in a timeline about the development of the automobile industry. Timeline JS is a great tool for making multimedia timelines. I have a tutorial on how to use it included in this Practical Ed Tech posting.

How to Create Staff Notebooks in OneNote

Early this year I was finally convinced that Microsoft's OneNote is a product that I should be using more often. In fact, I've moved all of my bookmarking and digital note-taking into OneNote and now use Google Keep just for reminders and shopping lists (yes, I know you can do that in OneNote too, but old habits die hard). Sharing and collaboration is one of the key features of OneNote. You can create OneNote notebooks to share with students and notebooks to share with colleagues. To that end, Microsoft has an excellent three-part course about creating staff notebooks in OneNote.

OneNote Staff Notebook: Tools for Staff Collaboration is a free course that walks you through how to create staff notebooks. The course is not just a series of tutorials, it includes suggestions for application with your staff as well suggestions for questions to use while facilitating your own training on OneNote staff notebooks. The entire course is estimated to take 30 minutes to complete.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Get Back to Me - A Wait Time Strategy

The Teaching Channel has a vast library of videos that demonstrate and explain teaching strategies. One of the videos that I recently stumbled upon is about the "Get Back to Me" strategy. This is a strategy that can make students feel comfortable asking for more time to respond after you have given the class some wait time following a question. You can watch the short video here and find the transcript of the video here.


The Science of Cookies

I love cookies! In fact, I just had two warm chocolate chip cookies for dessert tonight. I bet that you have a student or twenty that enjoys cookies too. TED-Ed has a fun lesson that you can use to teach some science concepts through cookies. In the TED-Ed lesson about the chemistry of cookies students learn why you shouldn't eat raw dough, the temperature at which salmonella is killed, why cookies spread-out (or don't spread if the dough is not correct), and what our noses tell us about cookies. The video from the lesson is embedded below.




How Coffee Affects Your Brain

Like millions of people, I start my day by brewing coffee. On those rare days when I discover we're out of coffee at home, it can totally throw my morning out of wack. Heck, I even pick hotel rooms based on whether or not they have in-room coffee makers. In other words, I'm addicted to coffee. What is it about coffee that gives it so much power in our lives? The following short video has that answer.




Enjoy your coffee!