Friday, December 31, 2004

None of us planned to think about earth events this week.
SAVAGE EARTH Animations PBS A number of them.
Forces of Nature National Geographic
How Earthquakes Happen BBC
Deadly Quakes CNN Of the past 20 years.
Major Quakes of the 20th Century CNN With static plates map.
Mountain Maker Earth Shaker - You Try PBS Move the plates.
anatomy of a volcano MSNBC

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Tsunamis, 9-11, and the U.N. in Rwanda
For four days now, each check of the news brings a sadder report from the Indian Ocean. From here, just unimaginable in horror. 70,000 dead at this time. History tells us that the sadness and terror of Sept. 11 pale miserably before this type of disaster.

In April of 1994, in just 5 days, Rwandans murdered an equal 70,000 of their men, women, and children. Over the next 95 days, they would kill ten times more - 800,000 in all. While the U.N., Kofi Annan, and the world stood still.

Does the U.N. need to be rebuilt from scratch? 100 Days of Mass Genocide.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

The Ottoman Empire--World History lesson plan (grades 9-12)
We've looked at these before for interactive media; what I didn't know is they've added audio of vocaubulary pronunciations and definitions to the lessons.

Monday, December 27, 2004

OK, this is an ad for IBM and hass little to do with history. The story-telling, however, makes pretty efficient use of the medium.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

The Video Game Revolution | PBS
This show ran back in Sept. I'm posting today mostly to get rid of a little slip of paper which says this: In it's various releases, Mortal Kombat took in $1.5 Billion. A billion and a half, for one game!

Monday, December 20, 2004

PISA Results Show Need for High School Reform
This report on students from 41 countries was widely covered. The results have to do with math, which is more easily comparable and literacy, which can be subjective. Places like the Czech Republic, Ireland, and Belgium spanked us.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

The 3D Bible Project
Students explore 3-D scenes from the Bible on this VRML site. I had the best luck starting from the cut-away views at the bottom of the home page.

Friday, December 17, 2004

Monkey Trial | American Experience
A video tour of the courthouse starts things; a gallery of political cartoons chimes in. But really, can you beat a site with Monkey Music?

Thursday, December 16, 2004

P2P Bibliographies with Bibster Slashdot
Another item whose significance may be deeper than first view.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Google & Harvard University's Digitized Library
Harvard has 15 million volumes, many in the public domain. Google has indexing & cash. You may soon search & read the holdings at Harvard for no-where near the $39,880 tuition! FAQ.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Flash timeline of Big Bang
A tour back through time to the beginning of time...and a unique way to do it!
TimeRef - Medieval History Timelines
"Follow the history of Medieval Britain from the time of Alfred the Great,... up to the start of the Tudor Age. Detailed Timelines contain events for years between 800 and 1499AD. Maps show the locations of castles, abbeys and cathedrals in England, Scotland and Wales. Every person and building on this site has its own timeline and links to related subjects. " Not to mention 3-D castles and a 3-D game!

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Parthenon Graphics Timelines:? Full Size Images
Lots and lots of static timeline images. Designed for wall use, but a great resource.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Whose House? BBC
Game. This would be a great one with a lot more added to it. As it is, if you're right, you get no reinforcement for why. If you're wrong, you just get a cold "Wrong" before being shoved to the next house. Cool concept to build on!
'Muck and Brass' Victorian Public Health GAme BBC
Really vert limited decision points in this one. There must be a little more to the story!

Friday, December 03, 2004

Centuries of Citizenship - A Constitutional Timeline National Constitution Center
This is a great one! We introduced the Interactive Constitution a year ago; now they've added a Flash timeline. Even the loader is cool, with a reading in diverse voices of the Preamble. Timely music accompanies each era. Be sure to see Map and Point-Counterpoint in each era, and the best feature: Can you Vote?

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Who Wants To Be A Cotton Milionaire Victorian Business Game BBC
A fun way to learn a little about early industrialization. I'd like to see more reinforcement of the time period we're playing in.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

HistoryLink 101
"A resource site for World History classes." Text, with lots of maps, pics. There's also Timelines By History Link 101.