Sparked: Scramble for Africa

Sparked: Scramble for Africa

I used Adobe Spark to create this online augmented reading assignement which covers the scramble for Africa, Belgian exploitation the Congo, and the impact of colonialism on today’s DR Congo.

New York Times Asks Teens: "What Does America Stand For?"

New York Times writer Anna North has collected videos from a group of American teenagers—"a group that was diverse in as many ways as possible: geographically, politically and in terms of race, gender and sexual orientation"—answering the question "Is our country living up to its values today?".

This is how our country looks today to some of the young people who will help decide its future.
— Anna North, New York Times, Aug. 23, 2017

On the Mindless Menace of Violence - Zen Pencils

Zen Pencils never fails to provide meaningful material. In #188, Gavin has illustrated an excerpt from one of Robert F. Kennedy's most important speeches, titled ‘On the mindless menace of violence’, which Kennedy gave on April 5, 1968, the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

RFK's words and the Zen Pencils illustrations would serve as a great introduction to a lesson/classroom discussion about the racial strife and animus that exploded into violence in Charlottesville this past weekend.

Zen Pencils 188

Teaching Literacy in History/Social Science

The future citizens that are our students must be given a "toolbox" of literacy techniques and taught when and how to apply them so that they can translate the 24-hour flood of information that they are exposed to into meaningful, actionable data and assert a greater level of control over their lives and society.

The Importance of Inquiry-Based Learning in History/Social Science

As part of my grad school coursework, I have written an elevator speech explaining the importance of inquiry-based learning in History/Social Science. Here's what I came up with:

The adoption of Inquiry-based learning in History/Social Science Education ensures that students are not performing rote memorization and regurgitation of dates, facts, figures, people, and places. Instead, they are learning the disciplinary knowledge and practices that will allow them to develop a deeper and more holistic understanding of History, Government / Civics, Geography, and Economics. Students are taught to think critically about the information: to evaluate the source(s), to consider the temporal and spatial context from which it originates, and to identify any biases that may impact its reliability. They learn to look for connections and causal relationships between systems, events, decisions, and cultures; and also to their world and experiences. The ultimate goal of inquiry-based learning is not merely to impart content knowledge, but to teach students the skill set and thought processes required to be informed, active, and engaged citizens. In light of current events, I believe that this is critical.

I'll be refining this over course of the term but this is my quick take on the subject right now. Yes? No? Maybe so?