Bring History Alive with Newspaper Primary Sources

From the website:

Welcome to, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing FREE primary souce material for students, teachers, and historybuffs. This site focuses primarily on HOW news of major, and not so major, events in American history were reported in newspapers of the time. In addition, there is information about the technology used to produce newspapers over the past 400 years. Our latest addition is panoramas of historic sites in America.

If you want free resources that draw from historical events in newspapers, you will enjoy this site!

Google Maps–Make Your Own and Embed

While this is really a practice for me to learn how to embed Google Maps into a web page or blog, I am learning how to extend the use of Google into classroom instruction. This is one that I’m making for Virginia History and will be happy to show you how I’m doing this. Interested? Just let me know!

View VS 2b Regions of Virginia in a larger map

Google Tricks: Web Cams

Imagine, while teaching a lesson in Social Studies (Parliament Bldg? Eiffel Tower? Niagra Falls?), being able to access a web cam easily without having to go on a massive Web hunt. Or, have you wondered what web cams are available that you might not have thought of? I found a quick and easy way to do this on Google Maps! In the upper right hand corner, click on the Satellite or Map boxes, and check the Web Cam choice. Little icons of available web cams appear on the map, and if you zoom in closer, more choices appear. What fun!

Blogosphere Finds: Technology Integration Links, Ideas, and Professional Reading

Sort Google images by subject (new)

Technology for K-2/Early Childhood
Teach K-2 and want a great idea for your room? Write up about Voicethread

Facebook-like project for Biographies and the like

Video Making: Green Screen
Learn about green screen usage and see an example of a weather video project:
Another link from Langwitches

Professional Reading/Thinking
Will Richardson’s And What Do YOU Mean by Learning?

Interesting Post SOL project Idea:
Digital Story telling Ideas and other digital projects: Go

Fun Friday: Geography Through a Travel Blog

travel mapOK–Academic Review’s over, Benchmarks are over, the weekend’s here, gas prices are going through the troposphere…why not take some time to sit back and read the travel blog of Nicholas Rapp: “In the summer of 2009, Nicolas Rapp decided to take a break from his Art Director job at The Associated Press to attempt a one-year overland travel around the world in a 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser. He was back in New York in February 2011 after traveling 15 months and 37,000 miles.” If you like Amazing Race, for example, this is your time to experience a similar adventure from your house. Nick’s blog can be found at Trans World Expedition.

There are also some great resources in here for the classroom–especially the web cams that are attached to the map above. There also might be some ideas that you can get from here, such as writing prompts (If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?, etc.). Enjoy the weekend!

Free Interactive Websites for K-2

TaxsonKristy Taxson, “new kid on the block” in our Instructional Technology Department, AKA Promethean guru/expert, has developed a list of a plethora of interactive websites for Kindergarten through Second grade on her blog at If you are in one of my two buildings where Kristy and I team together, feel free to pull her aside for a run through of the sites.