Wednesday, September 28, 2016

History Geek Teacher Vlog #2 - Creating Visual Stories

I started a vlog last spring called "The History Geek Teacher" as a platform to share ideas related to education, technology and history.  As I type this in late September 2016 there are a total of 9 episodes.  I realized that I had not yet shared any on the vlog so over the next couple of days I thought I would post several of the videos specifically related to best practices in the classroom.

You can subscribe to my History Geek Teacher Vlog YouTube channel here so that you don't miss any new episodes.

Episode #2 described a project I call "Visual Stories".



Thursday, July 28, 2016

Open Educational Resources ( OER ) - Go Open Regional Summit

Today I am presenting at the 2016 Go Open Regional Summit in Liberty, Missouri on July 28th.  One of my sessions includes a presentation I have given several times this spring and summer describing our OER journey in social studies at Discovery Middle School.

Link to Google Slides Presentation 

Please let me know if you have any questions about my presentation. Thanks.


Monday, July 18, 2016

2016 MSTA Leadership Symposium - Connect Your Team With Social Media

This week I am attending and presenting at the 2016 MSTA Leadership Symposium at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri.

I am presenting on the potential of MSTA CTA's using social media to help connect their members - specifically Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

Here is my presentation in Google Slides

Friday, February 26, 2016

NCSS 2016 - Mount Vernon Professional Development and BreakoutEDU Games

This weekend I am attending and presenting at the 2016 Missouri State Social Studies Convention in Columbia, Missouri.  

Here are the resource links to my two presentations:

Saturday - February 27th - 8:00 AM
"BreakoutEDU - History With a Challenge"

Friday - February 26th - 3:00 PM
"Connect With the General - Mount Vernon Resources and Opportunities"

Friday, February 05, 2016

2016 Kanas City Google Summit - YouTube and Google Maps

This weekend I will be attending and presenting at the 2016 Kansas City Google Summit. The thing I enjoy about Google Summits is the intense focus on innovation and new ideas.

Saturday I will be presenting "Becoming a YouTube Jedi" and discuss a variety of ways you can use YouTube to edit and watch video online.

Resources for my YouTube presentation can be found here.

On Sunday I will be presenting "Getting Geeky With Google Maps" with a focus on different ways you can create and use custom maps on Google.

Resources for my Google Maps presentation can be found here.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Resources for "Geo to Go - Google Geo Tools" - Science Pioneers

Hello. Today I am presenting a 4 hour workshop for Science Pioneers entitled "Geo to Go - Google Geo Tools" at Union Station.

I have included all resources on a Google Doc here to participants.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Star Wars and American History Mashups

It has been hard to escape the media onslaught which is the Star Wars release. I am a fan of the Star Wars series but not a FAN like my brother. I have seen what I consider "the original three" but not the more recent ones. I collected a few Star War action figures in my childhood and remember having a set of Star Wars trading cards.  My family has not seen The Force Awakens but will over Christmas break while visiting family.

It has been interesting to see historical memes and creations mashing up history and Star Wars. Facebook and Twitter have been full of these this week.  My favorite has to be the Washington Post article on how Ken Burn would tell the Galactic Civil War story in Civil War documentary format.

I have also enjoyed the many historical images that have Star Wars adaptations.  There are a couple of my favorite George Washington Star Wars images.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

YouTube for Teachers - Become a YouTube Superhero - 2015 MSTA State Convention

Presentation for the 2015 MSTA State Convention in Columbia, Missouri - November 13, 2015.

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Sharing Your Stories - Using Social Media to Promote Great Things In Your School - 2015 MSTA Convention

Presentation for 2015 MSTA State Convention in Columbia, Missouri on November 13.