North Carolina Digital Textbook

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

This is an astonishing collection of sources having to do with North Carolina.  As a digital textbook, it is incredible.  Nearly every page is linked to a lesson plan, further links, etc.  This is a treasure trove for any history teacher.

 

http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/nchist-twoworlds/

Web-based word processing on tablets

August 18, 2011 Leave a comment

It was shameful that the iPad was not released with a decent word processor app.  Apple wants people to buy Pages, Apple’s admittedly powerful and beautiful word processing application.   Other word-processing apps are in the same price range (e.g. Office HD).  This has led many to consider web-based word processing solutions.  On computers, the options are plentiful – google docs, zoho, wikispaces.  On the iPad, for example, things are not so simply.  Google Docs is fairly glitchy on Safari, and there is little to no document formatting.  Thus, while it is perfectly easy to sync and view docs from with a browser on google docs, it is hard to really create content from it.  Wikispaces is decent.

The best solution I have found so far is wordpress.com…..the host of this website.  Even within mobile browsers, most of the text formatting features are still available.  Surprisingly, and in my opinion somewhat embarrassingly for WordPress, submitting posts on wordpress within the browser is more advanced than within the dedicated WordPress iPad App, which allows for almost no document formatting at all.   The WordPress App is good for content viewing, but not for content creation.

 

 

 

curriki.org

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment

curriki.org has some interesting, open-source lessons/lesson plans.  Browsable by subject.  I wonder what additional benefits accrue from being a member?

Pacific Hills + Colegio New City School Tech Links

August 16, 2011 Leave a comment
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More Shmoop – U.S. History

August 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Shmoop really delivers a LOT across many subjects – here are the subheads for US history – lots of content including summaries, timelines, quizes, etc., for each. . .

SHMOOP! Full-on online course texts, FREE, many subjects

August 12, 2011 Leave a comment

A must to check-out. . .  here’s the opening shot of their bio text online:

Categories: Biology

Library of Congress – Teaching about September 11

August 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Great resource for history and English teachers from the Library of Congress – using L.O.C. documents, photos and other holdings to teach about the 9/11  attacks and their aftermath.