The 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is in full swing. The entry deadline has been extended until July 11. The four categories include: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments.
This is a great list of free mapping tools that require little cartographic background. Tripline in particular would be a good way for students to create a project out of student trips. Also, if you've never seen this blog before, it is a very useful one to have bookmarked.
The Choices Program asks Brown University's Political Scientist Melani Cammett to briefly explain the Arab Spring. This is a great primer to teach young students who don't follow international news to understand the beginnings of the Arab Spring. For more videos by the Choices Program in their "Scholars Online" series, see:
This chilling video is a poignant look at a portion of U.S. history that many would rather not teach simply because they wish it never happened in the first place or wish to dismiss it as a historical abberation.
I keep referencing twitter as an incredible source for professional development, networking, and gathering resources. This compilation of numerous tweets on March 21st on #sschat demonstrates the collaborative power that educators can tap in to by using social media.
This is a video introduction to www.historypin.com which might just prove to be a very useful and important project. It's historical geography powered by collaborative mapping that is infused with social media dynamics. Backed by Google, they are geo-tagging old photos to recreate the historical geographies of all places and comparing them with current street view images. You can search by topic, place or date...this has the potential to be very big.
The Mapping History Project has been designed to provide interactive and animated representations of fundamental historical problems and/or illustrations of historical events, developments and dynamics. The material is copyrighted, but is open and available to academic users.
Information about the endangered Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus and what you can do to save it.
So many of our student passively accept what they read on the internet as truth, especially if the website looks professional. Since we are trying to help foster critical-thinking skills, we can present this website as though it were factual and encourage our students to analyze, critique and evaluate the 'information' presented. Personally, I wish I lived in a world where the Tree Octopus was safe to freely climb in the old-growth forests.
” If we trained airline pilots the way we train teachers, we’d give them a 2-year training program behind maybe a simulator, but most of it would be lecture. And then we would give them...
This is an great article that highlights some of the problems inherent with the educational system. You wouldn't want the pilot to be trained a we train teachers because you'd want the pilot to have as much experience as possible before flying solo. So why would we train our teacher in a way that doesn't maximize hands-on experience? Some food for thought and we contemplate educational reform.
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