Sunday, January 21, 2018

History of Africa & Middle East from Ancient to Modern: Cool Simulation

Here's a terrific simulation of the changes in African and Middle Eastern empires from the ancient era to the present.

Changes in control of the Middle East are as amazing as those in Africa.  

Watch as control of the Middle East passes from the Achaemenid Empire in about 400 BCE to the Seleucid, Parthian, Sassanid, Rashidun Caliphate (did no know about this one), Ummayad Caliphate, Abbasid, Saffafids,  Seljuqs, Ilkanate and the Timurids in 1370.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ottoman History Podcast

Here's a great podcast all about Ottoman history. It includes episodes on the Tanzimat reformsIslam in West Africa, the Indian Ocean,  and art of the Quran, to name just a few.

You can stream some of the recent episodes online but you have to play older episodes on iTunes where you can also subscribe to the podcast.

Most of the podcasts run about 30 minutes.

In the art of the Quran, the host takes you through the Freer Sackler Museum exhibit which closed in October last year.

And the podcast about Islam in West Africa begins with a discussion explaining how Islam came into West Africa.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mita & Encomienda Labor Systems: Awesome Video Lecture

Here is an excellent video lecture on the mita system from another teacher.

It runs about 30 minutes and offers a great overview. I learned stuff about the mita system that I did not know, mainly that it lasted until the end of colonization.

I played the first 5 or 10 minutes in class for students and then posted it on classroom.

The same professor also has a lecture on the encomienda system as well.

German Unification: Documentary

Here is a good reenactment of the unification of Germany from the Learning Corporation of America. 

It's dated and a bit corny but does a terrific job of reviewing Bismarck's central role in developing German nationalism through blood and iron. 

The documentary reviews the three critical wars--Prussia's attack on Denmark to gain the German-speaking territories of Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia's defeat of the Austrian empire, and the crushing defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian War.

The film runs just under 30 minutes

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Atlas

Here is a slave trade data base that uses thousands of documents to show much of that trade.

Developed by historians Historian David Eltis and David Richardson, the data base includes information on almost 36,000 voyages.

You can search the data base for particular voyages, examine estimates of the trade, or even explore African names.

I explored estimates of the slave trade. A table shows the number of slave voyages by country between 1501 and 1825.

You'll see that Spain sponsored far more voyages than any other country.  A timeline shows the the number of voyages by year and maps show the source of embarkation and disembarkation. The map is interactive and you can click specific areas and a menu pops up showing the sources and number of slaves disembarking at specific location in the America.

The site work work for an interesting webquest.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Five Travel Books about the Muslim World

Teaching Islam ? Want to understand the Muslim world better?

Good travel books tell us a lot about the rich Muslim tradition and a lot of great history!

Tim Mackintosh-Smith, a British, Yemen-based writer and lecturer put together five travel books that we might consider.
  1. The Travels of Ibn Battutah by Ibn Battutah (edited by Tim Mackintosh-Smith)
  2. The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron
  3. A Year Amongst the Persians by Edward G Browne
  4. The Sindbad Voyage by Tim Severin
  5. Night and Horses and the Desert by Robert Irwin (editor)
Mackinstosh-Smith reviews each of the books here and explains what makes a good travel writer.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Resources for Teaching Current Events and Religion

Teaching current events?  Here are some resources that I put together for a current events elective. You'll find resources for fake news, migration and refugees, the Middle East, and white nationalism.
And if you teach world religions, here are resources that I put together for each of the different religions.  They include lessons plans, links to videos and video clips, and links to other websites. You'll also find information about methodology for teaching religion from The Harvard Literacy Project.
Finally,  if you teach indigenous religions, especially Native American religion, you might find this unit plan helpful.  The plan includes four lessons: one on the features of Native American religion, one on the Native American encounter with British colonists, one on the colonial effort to reeducate Native Americans and convert them to Christianity, and one on current issues affecting Native Americans.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Transatlantic Slave Trade: Online Data Base & Talk of Nation Interview


Here's a great episode of Talk of the Nation about the transatlantic slave trade.

 The hosts interview the author of a book called Atlas of the Transatlantic Save Trade by David Eltis and David Richardson.

David Eltis also created an online data base of the slave voyages.

Both the interview and the online data base might be interesting to adapt for students.   The online data base includes some terrific maps as well as lesson plans.

Friday, December 22, 2017

1750-1900: Topical Video Reviews

Here are some terrific short videos about specific topics between 1750 and 1900 from another teacher.

Topics include the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution and  the development of capitalism and communism.

They come from Mr. Byrd whose YouTube channel also includes topics in psychology.





Thursday, December 21, 2017

Use Playbuzz for Formative Quizzes

Playbuzz allows you to create  a variety of fun quizzes.

Here's one I created for the inventors and thinkers of the Industrial Revolution. It's called a "gallery quiz."

But you can also create quizzes using flip cards and you can create a poll or a ranked list.

Embed the quizzes in Blackboard or simply put the link in Classroom.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Difference between Communism & Socialism: Great Clip

Here's a terrific explanation of the difference between communism and socialism from "Now this World."

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Herodotus: Awesome TedEd Clip

Bookmark this for next year or for review this year.

This great five minute TedEd clip  narrated by Mark Anderson outlines the importance of Herodotus as the first historian.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Free Virtual Database about International Affairs


Here is a terrific virtual library with all kinds of annotated data bases about international affairs.

You can search one data base with world news resources and links to international news outlets like Voice of America, Le Monde Diplomatique, or Radio Free Europe. These might be great for those of us teaching current events.

Another data base takes you to Global Cultural Issues with links to resources like the Globalist, a comprehensive daily online magazine about the global economy, politics and culture

A menu category called Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs takes you to a wide variety of resources. You can read about human rights in China or you can check out Human Rights Watch and find out how those rights are violated around the world.

The library is frequently maintained, receives worldwide use daily, and designed for teachers, scholars, and students.

It’s also free!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Sultan Mahmud I and his Jeweled Gun: Asian Art Museum Clip

Here is a very cool clip about the jeweled gun of Sultan Mahmud I, dated 1732-1733

It comes from the Asian Art Museum. Sultan Mahmud I was a sultan of the Ottoman Empire between 1730 and 1754.

The gun is amazing because of the various compartments behind some of the jewels. For example, you' see pen knife come out one compartment abnd a ceremonial dagger from another compartment.

Thanks to Joshua Fahler for the link.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Industrial Revolution Web-Quest


Here is a short web-quest about the Industrial Revolution. It includes five parts:
  • Inventions
  • Child labor
  • Images of child labor
  • Women in theIndustrial Revoltuon
  • Effects