Robert Scoble has posted on his blog a video of a conversation he had with a New York Times developer working on a project called the Times Machine. The Times Machine is not publicly available yet, but it looks like it could be a great web resource for history teachers and history students by the time school starts again in September. I’ve embedded the video a little lower in this blog entry.
The New York Times Learning Network has been around for a number of years now, but it’s worth mentioning in case some hasn’t looked at it before or hasn’t heard of it. The New York Times Learning Network is constantly updated with new lesson plans designed for students in grades 3 through 12. Everyday there is a new lesson plan available. Each new lesson plan is based on a current news story. The New York Times Learning Network lesson plans can be searched by subject (every content area is covered), grade level, or news story.
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The lesson plans available from The New York Times Learning Network are accompanied by news stories written on a reading level to match the lesson plan’s intended audience.
In addition to lesson plans, The New York Times Learning Network furnishes a selection of quizzes and learning activities that students can complete independently. Students will find daily quizzes about the news, a word of the day, and a test prep question of the day among other resources. The web navigator link on The New York Times Learning Network will lead students to a series of links categorized by academic content area.
Here is Robert Scoble’s video taken at the NY Times about the Times Machine.