Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Direct link to Speaking of History Podcast #15 - Example of a StudyCast for American History - MP3 Format (10 minutes)
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Hello. This episode of Speaking of History is the longest to date. Last month I was honored to recieve a Missouri Teaching With Cable Award from the Missouri Cable Telecommunication Association in Jefferson City. It was an amazing event and I was able to meet and visit many people invlolved with educational technology. The award banquet featured many distingued guests that work with education in the cable industry - including Cable in the Classroom, A & E Networks, Time Warner, Comcast, Charter Communications, Discovery Networks, etc. After dinner I was able to interview several of these individuals about upcoming projects for teachers. This episode also describes the Missouri Teaching With Cable Awards and I would encourage everyone to submit an application next year.
If you have a comment about this episode you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on the bottom of this entry.
Direct link to Speaking of History Podcast #14 - "Missouri Teaching With Cable Awards and Interviews" - MP3 Format (38 minutes)
- Missouri Teaching With Cable Awards
- Video from Award Banquet - produced by Time Warner Kansas City
- Missouri Cable Telecommunications Association
- Cable in the Classroom
- Windward - an Online Interactive Game by Cable in the Classroom
- Helen L. Headrick - Queen of All Saints School - St. Louis, Missouri
- Eric Langhorst - South Valley Junior High School - Liberty, Missouri
- Stephanie Long - Pleasant View Middle School - Springfield, Missouri
- Angel Taylor - St. Charles Borromeo - St. Charles, Missouri
- A & E Networks Idea Book
- Article on the Upcoming History Channel Production: "10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America"
- Discovery Networks
- Discovery Educator Network
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Hello. The topic of this episode of Speaking of History is reading in the junior high American History Classroom. We will discuss an online reading blog, graphic novels and SSR.
As part of a grant from the Liberty School District Foundation, I purchased 60 copies of The Year of the Hangman by Gary Blackwood. I will be giving these copies out to my students and we will be discussing the book in the form of an online blog starting on March 6, 2006. We are inviting you to be a part of the book blog. The book is available in paperback for $6. It is a great historical novel with a twist - it is an alternate history book. In this novel the British have defeated the colonists in the Revolutionary War. Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson are in exile in New Orleans trying to figure out how to break George Washington out of prision where he is awaiting execution. A 15 year old British boy - Creighton Brown - is caught up in the middle of spying and relationships. His actions could impact the fate of two nations. If you are interested in joining us please e-mail email@example.com for more information. It could be a single student who likes to read or an entire class. We would love to hear from you!
The second topic of the show is graphic novels and my discovery of an adaptation of the Red Badge of Courage by Wayne Vansant. The entire novel is written in graphic format - like comic book for lack of a better term. It looks awesome. Check out the link below for more information on this new twist on an old classic. Please let me know if you have used graphic novels in the classroom.
The final segment takes a look at SSR and how just 20 minutes of reading at the start of each day has transformed the culture of our building into one of reading and literacy - for both teachers and students.
Please e-mail comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct link to Speaking of History Podcast #13 - Join Our Class in Reading "The Year of the Hangman" - MP3 Format (14 minutes)
- The Year of the Hangman by Gary Blackwood
- Review of the The Year of the Hangman
- Official site of author Gary Blackwood
- Liberty Public School Foundation Grant web site
- The Red Badge of Courage (Graphic Novel) adapted by Wayne Vansant
- The SSR Handbook by Janice L. Pilgreen
- Are They Really Reading - Expanding SSR in the Middle Grades by Jodi Crum Marshall
- Order Speaking of History Podcast items from Cafe Press
Sunday, February 05, 2006
I doubt many of you have been saying to yourself, "What I really need is a "Speaking of History Podcast" coffee mug, but just in case you have - here is your chance. Check out the online store at www.cafepress.com/sohpodcast
I have always been curious about the availablity of items with a custon logo through the Internet so I checked out CafePress and set up an account. I designed a logo for the podcast and within minutes had my store up and running with items that bear the show logo. You can purchase coffee mugs, t-shirts, mouse pads, magnets and a tile coaster with the logo. The store gives the storekeeper the option of charging more than the base price but I did not mark up any of the prices. I figure if you are willing to purchase an item to promote the show the least I can do is give it to you for the lowest possible price. The main reason I wanted to create some products with the show logo are to give away some items to friends and family as well as have a couple of items to give away at upcoming workshops where I am presenting information on my podcast. I also thought it might be cool to drink my morning coffee in an official Speaking of History Podcast mug.
Let me know what you think of the logo by dropping me an e-mail at email@example.com I'm working on the rought drafts of a couple new shows and hope to have a couple of new episodes posted this week. Thanks.
Saturday, January 28, 2006
This episode of Speaking of History is an interview with Tim Flook - the Representative from Missouri in the House of Representatives in Jefferson City. In the interview I ask questions about state government from the perspective of an 8th grade student. Tim discusses his experiences as an 8th grader in Liberty, the day he saw Ronald Reagan in person as an 8th grader and he began to develop an interest in politics, his committee assignments and the aspects of being a state representative that he enjoys the most and the least. Thanks to Tim for taking the time to visit with me. I hope to secure a similar interview with the mayor of Liberty later this spring. I think this type of podcast has great potential and I would like to have the students produce the show and do the interview in the future. Check out the show notes for some additional information.
I would be more than happy to answer any questions or listen to your comments. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct link to Speaking of History Episode #12 - An Interview with State Representative Tim Flook - MP3 file (14 minutes)