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Teaching with Open Source Video Lectures

One of my favorite aspects of the Internet as a conduit of information is that I can enjoy video lectures made available by varied universities. I regularly take classes via Coursera or consume lectures open sourced by professors. Watching a lecture over a cup of coffee in the morning or listening to one at night when I am making my kids’ school lunches is now an established and beloved part of my routine.  

I started using video lectures in my American History classroom two years...

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The Global Search for Education: The...

“When the viewer looks down, they’ll see their arms are branches, their body is the trunk, and when they move, the tree moves too.” – Winslow Porter

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality Markets are expected to reach US$162 billion by 2020.  How can schools use...

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5 Sneaky Ways to Engage Your Students...

Do you remember learning to read? I am a very lucky girl – I don’t.

What I do remember is lying in bed with my Read it yourself Ladybird Book, reading to my mother. I was so intrigued with the images of Cinderella. They were different to the usual ‘soft’ images. They were almost digital (in a pre-digital time!). I grew up in a house full of books and enjoyed reading stories about The Famous Five, Mr Twiddle and The Faraway Tree……

I remember my kindergarten teacher writing a...

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Why Simulations Matter in the History...

One of my favorite parts of history class as a high school student was participating in simulations. Role-playing, mock trials, fake battles – replaying any moment in our nation’s past inspired me as a student and made history come alive. I remember once in AP US History being assigned roles as Confederate and Union leaders in the early 1860s and told to prepare for the oncoming war. We spent a week strategizing troop movements, building economic policy, writing speeches and organizing our...

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Teaching the French Indian War

I start this lesson plan with an admission: I love studying and teaching about the French Indian War. On a personal level, I find it fascinating – the multiple sides, the desire for land expansion, the connection to events on continental Europe and the significance of the outcome to British-American relations. For years, I struggled with how to make the war and its results come alive for my students and really stick for them. In the last few years, I have finally found a lesson plan that...

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Technology as a Vehicle for Discussion...

Discussion and debate in the History classroom are necessary if we want our students to truly engage with the material and think critically about the past. How to generate discussion, however, can serve as a challenge for many educators – particularly in wired classrooms where students are constantly connected to computers or devices. Yes, technology can sometimes serve as an impediment to live discourse. Students, and even teachers, sometimes find it easier to immerse themselves in an...

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“We want mindfulness to be as common as brushing your teeth!” – Addie Wootten

The Dalai Lama once said, “if every 8 year old is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”

Mindfulness has become much more relevant and effective in a constantly changing environment. Clinical...

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Making Schools More Introvert-Friendly

When visiting classrooms, I often feel for introverts—those who prefer to work alone and gain strength from their own thoughts and ideas.  Classrooms have been transformed into collaborative factories, full of teamwork, groupwork, small groups, debates and discussions.

Let me say right off the top, that I believe these configurations are valuable to students and help prepare for them for the work force, which depending on the field and job, more than likely will be designed around...

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