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For the iPad-using US History teachers and students out there, here is an excellent app that I learned about through the US History Teacher's Blog . The Revolution: Interactive Guide is an interactive textbook about the American Revolution. The video embedded below provides a detailed overview of the app. Here are a few of the highlights of the app: Narration of text. Quizzes after each section.
On Monday Chris Brogan wrote a post, Throw Away the Maps , that reminded me of an analogy that I've often made in my own presentations, but have only hinted at in blog posts until now. In Throw Away the Maps , Brogan tells readers to work toward something larger and more meaningful than your job description. I love to watch re-runs of M.A.S.H. whenever I get a chance (not having a television at home, that's not very often). I've always connected with Alan Alda's character Captain Hawkeye Pierce. Hawkeye was the best surgeon in camp, but not the best soldier in the Army's eyes because he had a tendency to ignore Army rules if they were in the way of delivering best care to his patients or if they were in the way of being a humanitarian. As educators there are times when organizational rules might stand in the way of providing the best educational experiences for our students.
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These pages, sparked by a presentation by TeachersFirst's own Candace Hackett Shively, provide a way to plan and conduct curriculum projects to build creativity skills along with curriculum concepts.
“By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.” —President Barack Obama, Address to Congress, February 24, 2009 The National Education Technology Plan, Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology , calls for applying the advanced technologies used in our daily personal and professional lives to our entire education system to improve student learning, accelerate and scale up the adoption of effective practices, and use data and information for continuous improvement.