April 24, 2018

Integrating Tech: Poetry 180

Poetry 180 is a project of two-time U.S. Poet Laureate (2002-2003) Billy Collins. The Poetry Foundation describes Mr. Collins, "Dubbed 'the most popular poet in America' by Bruce Weber in the New York Times, Billy Collins is famous for conversational, witty poems that welcome readers with humor but often slip into quirky, tender or profound observation on the everyday, reading and writing, and poetry itself." In an October, 2002 webcast discussing Poetry 180, Mr. Collins described his vision to … [Read more...]

Tech Tool: Interactive Thinking Triangle

We have had lots of teachers use the primary source thinking triangle with great success, so when Montana teacher librarian Ruth Ferris asked if we had an interactive version of this graphic organizer we knew it was time to create one. While it's not high-tech, Ferris said it will help her model the process of completing the the thinking triangle. We have created versions in Google Docs and Microsoft PowerPoint®. If you haven't yet used the primary source thinking triangle, learn how to use … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: Capturing an Oral History

Capturing an Oral History Oral histories help us to understand people and communities, giving personal and cultural context to history. Capturing an oral history is not difficult as long as you prepare for the interview in advance. Preparing for the Interview Students should conduct research to know the context for terms, events, and people linked to the social and historical events being explored. Students should generate interview questions in advance. The interview team should … [Read more...]