Wednesday, August 27, 2008

So Cool!


In case the embedded video doesn't appear, here is the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY
Assignment:
Part I: After watching this video, spend a few minutes "free-writing." (Post your comments on the blog.) Basically, I want you to write what ever comes to mind after viewing the video. Some ideas if you're stuck: How did this video make you feel as you were watching it? Why do you think the people making the video did it? Have you been to any of the places included in the video? Have you seen any similar videos on YouTube or elsewhere? Would you recommend this video to others? Why or why not?
Part II: You'll need paper, a pen or pencil, a world map and an atlas to complete part two.
Write down every place Matt visits.
Using the atlas, find every place Matt visits in the video. Mark and label each place on the world map handout.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

For the love of learning!

There are so many amazing (and free!) educational resources/workshops/courses/lectures, etc. out there. Everyday it seems I learn of more. I thought I'd pass along some of my new discoveries (and some I've mentioned before on the blog for those of you who missed them or are new to the blog).

Happy learning!

Stanford on youtube (Many free lectures on numerous topics):
http://www.youtube.com/user/stanforduniversity?ob=4
Past post (Stanford on itunes):
http://hansengeorge.blogspot.com/2008/03/this-is-awesome.html
MIT on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/mit?ob=4
MIT Open Courseware:
http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/courses/av/

Monday, August 4, 2008

Blogging...What is it?

Greetings!

Blogging will be an integral part of this course. To familiarize yourself with the concept of blogs and blogging, take a few minutes and watch the video below. Once you're finished, you're ready to begin!

Before you post comments on the blog, you must register with Blogger. On the first day of class we will do this. Everyone must do this. If you do not have an email address, we will set one up for you. Once you register, DO NOT forget your user name or password! Your user name is your email address. You cannot retrieve forgotten passwords from school computers. Finally, when you are asked to type your display name, DO NOT type in your first and last name. Type your last name and the letters "U.S." or "W" for U.S. History Recovery or World History Recovery, etc.



"Blogging in Plain English"

Now, we're ready for "wikis"! Watch "Wikis in Plain English."

George's Classroom Wiki:
http://georgeclasses.wikispaces.com/

Friday, August 1, 2008