Online Art Education – Smithsonian Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum offers thirteen fantastic online activities for use in art and history classes. The activities range from topics like Cleopatra Lost and Found to Picturing the 1930’s to Exploring Whitehouse Craft. I spent some time today exploring the Picturing the 1930’s exhibit and activities. In Picturing the 1930’s students can walk […]

Want to Know What My Classes Are Doing?

In the style of Dan Meyer and Larry Ferlazzo, I share with you the link to my classroom blog for the year. is where I will be posting the videos, articles, and other materials that I use in class throughout the year. This year I’m teaching 11th grade US History and an elective Civics […]

10 Good Videos About Flu Prevention

The US Department of Health and Human Services recently held a contest for people to create public service announcements about influenza prevention. The ten finalists have been selected and the voting for the top video is now open. You can see all ten of the finalist videos on Department of Health and Human Service’s YouTube […]

43 Things – Goal Setting and Progress Tracking

I’ve written about 43 Things in the past, but as school starts again I thought it would be worthwhile to revisit it. 43 Things is an interesting way to track goals and achievements. 43 Things is not a personal organizer, it’s a goal tracker. The service is simple, users enter a list of things that […]

Masher – A Great Video Creation Tool

Masher is a great, free, tool for creating video mash-ups. Masher offers a large collection of video clips from the BBC’s Motion Gallery and Rip Curl video. There is a large music library, an effects library, and a good selection of video player skins. If you don’t find content that you like in Masher’s library, […]

Freezly Helps You Locate Free Stuff

Last week my blog post 5 Ways to Get Free Stuff for Your Classroom was the most popular post of the week. That tells me that there are many of you like me that relish the opportunity to get free things. Freezly is a new service that searches Twitter for free product give-aways. Some of […]

The Museum of Humor Offers Fun Lesson Plans

The Museum of Humor appeared today the Delicious “most popular” RSS feed. I had never heard of the Museum of Humor prior to today, so I had to check it out. One aspect of the Museum of Humor is a large collection of lesson plans for teaching with humor. In this collection there are links […]

The Week in Review – The Most Popular Items

It’s Friday afternoon and time for another week in review. As I do every week, I’ve compiled a list of the seven most popular items of the last seven days. The list is based on item clicks and views. If you ever miss the week in review post, you can always check out the Post […]

A Brief History of US Border Expansion 1763-Present

This is another short video that I used in class today. Before showing the video, as a review activity, I asked my students how the US grew in size and how long it took to reach its current size. This short video provides a narrated, animated explanation of the expansion of US borders.