Meet the TeamIn addition to our core team located in New England, we work with talented instructors from across the country. Our group has experience teaching grades K-12, and working with independent as well as public schools. Learn more about who we are and what we do.

Meet the Team

In addition to our core team located in New England, we work with talented instructors from across the country. Our group has experience teaching grades K-12, and working with independent as well as public schools. Learn more about who we are and what we do.

Learning Futures SummitCome join us for a NEW type of conference! July 28-30, 2014, at Chicago's Navy Pier, EdTechTeacher will bring together educators from around the world for three days of workshops and conference sessions dedicated to exploring the future of learning. Early Bird Registration and a Call for Proposals are open.

Learning Futures Summit

Come join us for a NEW type of conference! July 28-30, 2014, at Chicago's Navy Pier, EdTechTeacher will bring together educators from around the world for three days of workshops and conference sessions dedicated to exploring the future of learning. Early Bird Registration and a Call for Proposals are open.

2014 Summer Workshop SeriesOur 12th annual Summer Workshop Series spans 6 cities across the United States. From iPads and BYOD, to Flipped Classroom and Google Chromebooks, to Teaching History and Teaching Elementary Grades, we have an amazing line-up of workshops. Visit our Summer Workshops web site for more information.

2014 Summer Workshop Series

Our 12th annual Summer Workshop Series spans 6 cities across the United States. From iPads and BYOD, to Flipped Classroom and Google Chromebooks, to Teaching History and Teaching Elementary Grades, we have an amazing line-up of workshops. Visit our Summer Workshops web site for more information.

2014 iPad Summit BostonWe will host our 5th iPad Summit this November in Boston. A Call for Proposals and additional details will be announced later in the spring. Please sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Twitter for updates.

2014 iPad Summit Boston

We will host our 5th iPad Summit this November in Boston. A Call for Proposals and additional details will be announced later in the spring. Please sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Twitter for updates.

Professional Development ServicesWhether you bring us to your school or district for one or two days, or work with us for an entire school year through our Teaching for the 21st Century (T21) Program, our hands-on workshops give teachers the opportunity to develop their technology integration skills with the coaching and support of educators who have extensive experience teaching with technology.

Professional Development Services

Whether you bring us to your school or district for one or two days, or work with us for an entire school year through our Teaching for the 21st Century (T21) Program, our hands-on workshops give teachers the opportunity to develop their technology integration skills with the coaching and support of educators who have extensive experience teaching with technology.

Chapter 6 - Homework

For many years teachers have been bringing all sorts of exciting things into class—slides, video, audio, additional documents, and other technologies and resources—to enrich the curriculum. But for homework, teachers have still relied on books and worksheets. As the Internet spreads to more homes, schools, libraries, and after-school centers, assigning homework online has become a more realistic option for many schools.

Online homework offers the promise of including a much wider variety of readings and assignments and, for the truly motivated teacher, an opportunity to end the tyranny of the textbook. Online homework can also enable persistent discussion outside the classroom and more collaboration among students after the school bell. Many of the ideas on this site can be adapted for short homework assignment.

Homework Ideas and links?

Our book, Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology, includes dozens of ideas for lessons and homework, including 25 examples of short term assignments in our homework chapter. The links for all 25 exercises are below, and the full instructions for the first 7 are as well.

1. Topic: Manifest Destiny
Subject: United States History
Grade Level: High School
Resource Type: Primary Source Collection

Teacher's Note: Digital History is a great site for U.S. History teaching resources and includes short excerpts of primary sources that are handy for homework assignments. Digital History organizes the primary sources by topic and includes questions at the end to help students analyze them.

Instructions for Students: Go to the Manifest Destiny "Classroom Handouts" at Digital History: http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/historyonline/us17.cfm Read and answer the questions that follow the primary sources, and email your answers to the TurnInDaccord email account.

2. Topic: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Subject: American Literature; United States History
Grade Level: High School
Resource Type: Primary Source

Teacher's Note: Many publications over 75 years of age are in the public domain and are available on the Internet. Since The Jungle is freely available on the Web, Tom copied sections he wanted the students to read and pasted them into a Microsoft Word document. He then inserted his comments and instructions at select points in the document. In this way Tom guided his students to read select sections of The Jungle, along with his comments, without having to purchase a copy of the book.

Instructions for Students: Read excerpts from Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle in the attached Word document. The full text of The Jungle is available online at: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/SINCLAIR/toc.html

3. Topic: Louis XIV
Subject: World History
Grade Level: High School, College
Resource Type: Online Documents-Based-Question (DBQ)

Teacher’s Note: There are many DBQs available on the Internet. One of our favorite sources for history DBQs is HistoryTeacher.net at http://historyteacher.net. If you teach literature, EDSITEment offers many source-related lesson plans for American literature at http://edsitement.neh.gov/tab_lesson.asp?subjectArea=4.

Instructions for Students: Read from the following Web page: http://historyteacher.net/EuroProjects/DBQ1998-1999/dbq2899.htm “Was Louis XIV an enlightened despot?” Read the documents, create an outline to answer the question, and be prepared to discuss it in class.

4. Topic: Kurt Vonnegut Interview
Subject: American Literature
Grade Level: High School, College
Resource Type: Podcast

Teacher’s Note: National Public Radio is a great source for podcasts on various American and international topics. (For more on Podcasts see Chapter 8, Students Presentations.) In this interview from 1986, Kurt Vonnegut talks to NPR about writing, censorship, and the experience of war.

Instructions for Students: Listen to the following NPR interview at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9567370
Be prepared to discuss Kurt Vonnegut’s approach to the writing process and his thoughts on censorship.

5. Topic: Judaism
Subject: World History
Grade Level: High School
Resource Type: Primary Source Collection

Teacher’s Note: PBS has many excellent educational Web sites and they often include lesson plans and activities. PBS Web sites often serve as companion sites to select PBS video series. The assignment below uses sources available at the PBS Heritage: Civilization and the Jews Web site, located at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/heritage/.

Instructions for Students: First, go to: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/heritage/episode1/documents/index.html Click on Abraham Migrates to Canaan. Read the introduction and then the primary source. Next, click on The Covenant at Sinai. Read the introduction and then the primary source. Answer the following:

  1. How are the Israelites God’s “treasured possession,” and what is their “priestly kingdom?”
  2. “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.” What historical event is YHWH referring to?
  3. Click on David’s Everlasting Dynasty. Read the introduction and then the primary source. What evidence is there in the passage that YWHW rewards and punishes his people?
  4. Next, click on Solomon’s Apostasy. Read the introduction and then the primary source. Explain this statement: "You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you; for they will surely incline your heart to follow their gods.”
  5. Go to Assyrians Conquer Israel. Read the introduction and then the primary source. Do the same for Punishment from GodAccording to the author of the passages, why was Israel destroyed?

6. Topic: Acropolis 360
Subject: World History
Grade Level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Virtual Tour

Teacher’s Note: There are many educational virtual tours available on the Internet. Some of these are photo tours, some include audio and video, and some use specialized software like Google Earth (discussed in Chapter 4, Guided Inquiry). The following tour uses panoramic images to allow the visitor to tour the ancient Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

Instructions for Students: Go to the following Web page: Acropolis 360 http://www.virtualbritain.org/ Look underneath the image and make sure that the audio button is on. Turn up the volume loud enough on your computer to hear the audio commentary. Scroll down and look for Enter the Tour Here. Select Broadband or Dialup depending on your connection and start the tour. Click the numbered links to see a panoramic tour of each location. (Tours appear in a pop-up window so make sure to allow pop-ups from this site on your browser.) Use the arrows to navigate forward and backwards. You can also zoom in and out of the image. < Be prepared to answer the following: What was the purpose of the Acropolis? How do the varied structures and monuments reflect its purpose?

7. Topic:9/11: Are We Safer Five Years Later?”
Subject: United States History
Grade Level: High School
Resource Type: Blog

Teacher’s Note: Tom gave this blogging assignment on the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which coincided with the first week of school. Since educational blogs are most effective when students are given opportunities to express their ideas and feelings on topic that interest them, Tom’s objective was to engage his students on a current topic on a both a personal and academic level. It was also an opportunity to get to know a group of students he had just started teaching. Many students opened up on the blog and revealed deeply personal responses regarding the events of that day.

Instructions for Students: In recent speeches President Bush has claimed that the United States is much safer now than it was before 9/11. “Many Americans look at these events,” Mr. Bush has said, “and ask the same question: Five years after 9/11, are we safer? The answer is, yes, America is safer. We are safer because we’ve taken action to protect the homeland.” He and others point to air security improvements and revamped intelligence agencies that can share information more freely. Other cited improvements include the expansion of agents assigned to work on counterterrorism. Others disagree. For instance, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Larry Korb says: “What has happened is, particularly with the invasion of Iraq, we have created a lot of al-Qaida wannabees, and there are more people now that are trying to do us harm than there were before we went into Iraq.” Senator John Kerry concurs: “[President Bush’s] disastrous decisions have made Iraq a fuel depot for terror, fanning the flames of conflict around the world.” What do you remember of 9/11? Do you feel safer now than five years ago? Why or why not? Post your answer to your blog.

8. Topic: Creating a Diamante Poem
Subject: Poetry
Grade Level: Lower School, Middle School
Resource Type: Online Interactive Tool - http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/diamante/

9. Topic: “Turning the Pages” - Jane Austen’s Early Works
Subject: English Literature; World History
Grade Level: High School
Resource Type: Multimedia Presentation - http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/ttp/ttpbooks.html.

10. Topic: Toni Morrison Interview
Subject: American Literature
Grade Level: High School
Resource Type: Online Video Interview - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4593061045941294502&qand =video+toni+morrison+beloved&total=8&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=3

11. Topic: “Industrial Age” Practice Quiz
Subject: United States History
Grade Level: High School
Resource Type: Online Quiz or Game - http://www.quia.com/cb/85720.html

12. Topic: Virtual Tour of Progressive Era Dwellings
Subject: United States History
Grade Level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Virtual Tour - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/carnegie/sfeature/tour.html and http://tenement.org/index_virtual.html

13. Topic: Crisis in Darfur
Subject: World History; Current Events
Grade Level: Middle School, High School, College
Resource Type: Google Earth - http://www.ushmm.org/googleearth/

14. Topic: American Soldiers in the Philippines Write Home about the War
Subject: United States History
Grade Level: High School
Resource Type: Primary Source Collection - http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/58/

15. Topic: Debate: Should the U.S. Annex the Philippines?
Subject: United States History
Grade Level: High School
Resource Type: Primary Source Collection - http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6613/

16. Topic: Maps & Battles of World War I
Subject: World History
Grade Level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Online Map - http://www.pbs.org/greatwar/maps/maps_outbreak.html and http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/peoplescentury/episodes/killingfields/

17. Topic: Oral History of the Holocaust
Subject: United States History
Grade Level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Online Oral Histories - http://www.tellingstories.org/

18. Topic: WWII animations
Subject: World History
Grade Level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Online Animated Maps - http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/launch_ani_overlord_campaign.shtml, http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/launch_ani_d_day.shtml and http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/pacific/maps/maps_02.html

19. Topic: Interactive Timeline of Art History
Subject: Art History
Grade Level: High School, College
Resource Type: Interactive Timeline; Virtual Tour - http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/splash.htm?HomePageLink=toah_l

20. Topic: Research Essay-Step 1
Subject: United States History
Grade Level: High School
Resource Type: Internet Search Engines and Online Databases

21. Topic: The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Subject: United States History
Grade Level: High School
Resource Type: WebQuest - http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webquests/wwii/

22. Topic: Cold War Russian Diplomatic Letter
Subject: World History; United States History
Grade Level: High School
Resource Type: Primary Source - http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cold.war/episodes/04/documents/cominform.html

23. Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr. in His Own Words
Subject: United States History; American Literature
Grade Level: High School
Resource Type: Primary Source Collection - http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/publications/autobiography/chp_7.htm and http://coursesa.matrix.msu.edu/~hst306/documents/letter.html

24. Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X
Subject: United States History
Grade Level: Middle School, High School
Resource Type: Video - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/mlk/sfeature/sf_video.html

25. Topic: White House Statements During the Watergate Investigation
Subject: United States History
Grade Level: High School, College
Resource Type: Primary Source http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/onpolitics/watergate/documents.htm

Spring Webinars

We have an incredible line-up of FREE, live webinars for spring.

  • 4/8 - All Things Google!
  • 4/15 - Leading Change in 1:1 Classrooms
  • 4/24 - Technology in Humanities Classrooms
  • 4/29 - Games Are Good for You!
  • 5/6 - Creation and Collaboration Tools for the BYOD Classroom

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