Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Decades project

Mr. Phillips and Ms. Rothschild's project
Decades presentation rubric

This is what the period 1 and 6 kids should be doing in the lab on Friday and submitting to the Moodle:
  1. Referring to your completed "Presidents" Graphic Organizer, identify ONE Foreign and ONE Domestic challenge from your assigned decade (60's to 90's) that you plan on referring to when developing recommendations for President Obama 
  2. Describe how these challenges are connected to a foreign and domestic policy challenge facing president Obama. 
  3. Identify the specific sources you will use to research these challenges and why you have selected them.

Destiny (online catalog):
You must log in to access eBooks, we have LOTS of eBooks for this project.
Look up "Decades Project AND 1960s" (or whatever decade you are working on in the online catalog.

Reference Books:
TimeTables of American History breaks down each year according to PERSIA +GT
Timetables of World History is good too, in case you can't get your hands on the first - I know this is a U.S. class, but world affairs apply too!
1960s, 1970s, 1980s, etc. books are very helpful. Use them. They are stored on a cart near the back window in the green dot computer section of the library.
Atlas of the Baby Boom Generation: A Cultural History of Postwar America is an excellent resource that covers the 1960s through the 1990s and includes graphs, trends, statistics, etc. for each decade.
American Decades (both in hard copy, and in eBook format in the Gale Virtual Reference Library) - You can search the book electronically by choosing the delimiter source and adding the title "American Decades" then searching for your term/decade.
Decades Day by Day series will be helpful too - tons of detail, literally, one day at a time. There is a volume for each decade (REF 909.82).

user name and password information is in your NCHS planner on p. 41-47

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians,
Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film
Encyclopedia of World Biography
American Decades
American Decades Primary Sources
Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell-Bottoms: Pop Culture of 20th-Century America
Dictionary of American History
Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion
Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History
Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History: Government and Politics
Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History: War
Korean War Reference Library
New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture
Supreme Court Drama: Cases That Changed America
UXL American Decades
Vietnam War Reference Library
World War II Reference Library
Major Acts of Congress
Supreme Court Drama: Cases That Changed America
West's Encyclopedia of American Law
The African-American Years: Chronologies of American History and Experience
Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History in America
Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America
Terrorism Reference Library
Crime and Punishment: Essential Primary Sources
Encyclopedia of Population
For biographical information, use the Biography in Context. I shouldn't see you on Wikipedia at all for this. You have access to amazing databases for this project.

Annotated bibliography:

In addition to the complete bibliographical information (author, title, publisher and date, etc) - feel free to use EasyBib, NoodleTools, or BibMe for this, an entry in an annotated bibliography (150 words or less) should include at least four of the following:
Author: Authority, experience, or qualifications of the author
Purpose: Why did the author write this?
Scope: Breadth or depth of coverage (Is this work very in-depth? Does it cover a wide range of topics?), topics included, etc.
Audience: For whom was it written (general public, subject specialists, students…)?
Viewpoint: What is the author’s perspective or approach (school of thought, etc.)? Do you detect an unacknowledged bias, or find any undefended assumptions?
Sources: Does the author cite other sources? Is it based on the author’s own research? Is it personal opinion? …
Conclusion: What does the author conclude. Is the conclusion justified by the work?
Features: Any significant extras, e.g. visual aids (charts, maps, etc.), reprints of source documents, an annotated bibliography
Comparison: How does it relate to other works on the topic: does it agree or disagree with another author or a particular school of thought; are there other works which would support or dispute it? (How to Write)
Reliability and date: How up-to-date is the resource and how do you know it is reliable?
An annotation is evaluative. In addition to a description, it offers a brief critical assessment of the publication, assessing its relevance, accuracy, reliability, or usefulness for a particular audience or purpose.

File management:

Ms. Swan's page is packed with PhotoStory tutorials
Remember to comply with copyright law when creating your presentations! You are accountable.

We talked about this in class, but here is a reminder:
  • You may only use 30 seconds/less than 11% of the entire work of any commercially marketed song (i.e. Arcade Fire, Jay-Z, Radiohead, Taylor Swift or The Beatles - the stuff you have to buy in order to own it legally)
  • You must attribute credit for images accessed on the web (unless through Creative Commons - see below)
  • If you borrow dialog or a description of your book, be sure to attribute credit to the source.
NEW! If you want to clip part of a video on YouTube, I just read about this on a Free Technology for Teachers blog by Richard Byrne. It looks SUPER-EASY! <http://snipsnip.it>

Music Files
Must log in to ncps-k12.org Google Apps account before accessing:
NEW! NCHS Music Tech compositions This folder is working now!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

American Soldiers

Ms Brown's assignment

Ms. Swan's instructions for using Diigo

Web resources:
See left sidebar for conservative and liberal perspective media publications. There is a nice, concise list of resources there.

Christian Science Monitor
National Review
Wall Street Journal
Washington Times

Los Angeles Times
New Republic
New York Times
The New Yorker
Washington Post

Other media: National Public Radio (NPR)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
British Broadcasting Service (BBC)
Fox News
It's not that we are discouraging you from using databases, it's just that links from ProQuest Newspaper articles require authentication before accessing them via a link. Here is the authentication information (must log in to Google Apps to access the info).

If you want to use databases so you can simultaneously cross-search all of the aforementioned periodicals, ProQuest National Newspapers is a great resource. If you are not finding what you need, the go to a more comprehensive periodical database collection like NewsStand.

NewsStand articles can be uploaded to our Diigo group!


Iran Assignment
Costs of War Assignment

Mr. Webb's website

Online catalog:
All of the resources identified in Mr. Webb's assignments are indexed in Destiny, our online catalog (there's an app for that). You must log in with your NCPS network log in user name and password (The same one you use to log in t a school computer).

We have over 1,400 eBooks. The ONLY way you will be able to access them is by signing in to Destiny. Same for websites. Websites for this project are tagged with the subject Arab Spring.

The following is a list of websites that will give you country overviews. They too are indexed in Destiny, our online catalog.

Fantastic resource for current newspapers around the world: Kiosko.net World news services organized geographically. Use BabelFish to translate.

Twitter: Use Kiosko.net above to find out the major news publications for your country, then follow those on Twitter (i.e.Al-Jazeera is @AJELive on Twitter).

Use the hashtag (#) to search Twitter (#syria for example) to identify keywords that will help you when you turn to the databases for research. Look at the example below, and the the following list of keywords, which are taken straight from the search in the screenshot.

  • Colvin
  • Summit
  • Death
  • Injur*
  • Minist*
  • Journalist*
If your country is in complete flux at the moment (i.e. Syria), you may consult Wikipedia BUT you need to check the following to evaluate the passage's validity:
  • View History (top right)
    • Check user activity (for example, as of this writing, the most recent Egypt article editors include a person who mostly edits movies, and a person who mostly edits foreign policy articles - which one are you going to trust more? BTW, you can't answer that question based on the provided information. The foreign policy editor might be completely biased whereas the person who just edited Lilo and Stitch might have spent the last two weeks among protesters. Who knows? - You have to carefully review the edits to find out!)
  • See also
  • Notes
  • References
  • External Links
By the time you do all this, the aforementioned resources may seem more appealing!

Remember the eBooks are under Digital Resources in DestinyQuest


To access the database page, type in the library's generic user name and password, not your personal user name and password! You know the generic one, right? If not, it's in your planner ---->

Recommended databases:

Country overviews:
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • CultureGrams
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • ABC-CLIO: World Geography
  • CultureGrams
Historical databases
  • ABC-CLIO World History: The Modern Era 
  • History in Context (App for That! - Gale AML)
    Using the advanced search features will help you limit your search results to articles that cover a specific time period like India between 1800 and 1849. This is a good strategy if a combined search term search doesn’t work, like India AND colon*
Global perspective
  • Access World News(foreign news, including Al-Jazeera)
  • Global Issues in Context (tries to bring non-western perspective to controversial topics in world affairs)Global perspective (App for That! - Gale AML)
News then and now
  • Newsstand (Huge database of contemporary periodical publications).Use the Advanced search! Use your Twitter search terms to construct your search! Be use to use the “place name” delimiter and select your country!

  • ProQuest Historical Hartford Courant (goes back to 1750!) Remember this from Rev. Diaries?
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers (starts at 1850) Remember this from Rev. Diaries?

Research process
Formatting bibliographies
In-text references

Be sure to post comments/feedback/questions below! Comments are set for moderation, so they won't appear immediately. Please be patient!

When you've completed your research and are ready to construct your presentation slides, please consider how this slide set can become an experience for your students. Refer to this tutorial for lots of how tos:

The power point experience
Note: this embedded presentation is posted to slideshare.com.  The videos will not function in this mode, but the instructions for placing them will help you create your slides. Create an experience!