Category Archives: Podcast

MIT Open Courseware: STEM Concept Videos

Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 12.16.38 PMThe MIT Open Courseware project has released a new class on iTunes U: STEM Concept Videos.

“The Concept Vignettes are a series of videos produced by the Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL) at MIT, for the Singapore University of Technology and Design (STUD). Each video is designed to help students learn a pivotal concept in science and engineering.”

As all iTunes U courses and MIT Open Courseware, content is entirely free and can be downloaded here. You can also browse other MIT Open Courseware options on their website

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iTunes U – Civil Rights: Voices of a Movement

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. - Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Martin Luther King, Jr. – Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

American RadioWorks, a subset of American Public Media, has published 10 free iTunes U episodes “Civil Rights: Voices of a Movement.”

“For much of the 20th Century, African Americans in the South were barred from the voting booth, sent to the back of the bus, and walled off from many of the rights they deserved as U.S. citizens. Until well into the 1960s, segregation was legal. Hear the voices from the heart of the Civil Rights revolution describe life before, during and after Jim Crow, Freedom Summer and Brown vs. the Board of Education.”

The accounts include transcripts, recordings, and other important artifacts of the Civil Rights movement. You can subscribe for free here.

iTunes U: Behind the Veil – Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crowe South

Separated "Whites" and "Colors" cafe in Durham, NC. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Separated “Whites” and “Colors” cafe in Durham, NC. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

iTunes U is an amazing, free repository for educational material for primary, secondary, and college level learning. Duke University’s Library has posted its collection, “Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crowe South.”

The collection includes more than 300 digitized recordings of interviews with African Americans that lived through segregation throughout the south, with a focus on the Charlotte-Durham-Enfield regions on the state of North Carolina.

You can learn more about the production and the full collection here and download the contents via iTunes U here.

Free Online Course: The Kennedy Half Century

The University of Virginia is offering a free online course via iTunes U on the Kennedy Half Century. Larry Sabato, Director of UVA’s Center for Politics, will be exploring the impact of Kennedy Politics on America. The class discussion will be hosted on twitter @JFKClass. The book for the course can be purchased on the iBooks store. The course description is as follows:

Screen Shot 2013-10-21 at 8.36.15 AMWhen John F. Kennedy entered the presidential limousine at Love Field in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, he began his ride into history. That journey continues even today and we call it the Kennedy legacy. In the weeks leading up to the 50th anniversary of the assassination, this course will explore the Presidency, assassination, and lasting legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Students will learn how JFK’s life, administration, and tragic death have influenced the general public, the media, and each of the nine U.S. presidents who followed.

Identifying John F. Kennedy’s legacy and influence helps understand many of the vexing problems that developed over the last half century as well as many of the challenges that confront us even today. November 22, 1963 was so powerful a moment that in the fifty years since the assassination, every U.S. President that followed JFK has used Kennedy’s words and actions in an effort to craft their own political image. Why does Kennedy’s influence persist, and will it continue? What are the effects? We’ll address these questions and more as we explore The Kennedy Half Century.

Follow @LarrySabato on Twitter.  He frequently tweets about JFK and other political subjects.

Participate in the Class Discussion Board on Twitter @JFKclass

Take the free course, participate in class discussions, and learn something new!

6 Plagiarism Advice Webinars for You!

Plagiarism is the bane of educators, but here are some great tools to help you not only catch plagiarism, but to address it before it happens!

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We all want students to have integrity and submit class work with honesty. Yet, plagiarism exists. I found a site with some great resources for you! Plagiarismadvice.org released a set of 6 on-demand webinars.

Topics:

  • A Quick Guide to Referencing
  • Identifying Plagiarism
  • Case Processing
  • Reducing Plagiarism through Assessment Design
  • Using Electronic Sources
  • Why Do Students Plagiarize?

The resources tab will bring you to downloads of useful articles including Fighting Dishonesty with Turnitin.

Other web sites that you may enjoy regarding plagiarism:

Plagiarism.org – learn more about plagiarism and how to cite sources, or check for plagiarism

The Plagiarism Checker – copy and paste text into the box to check

Plagiarismchecker.com – check for plagiarism plus handouts

 

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iTunes U Courses for High School

d2_160Apples iTunes U allows individuals to access content from educational institutions around the world – for free. If you’re interested in incorporating iTunes U in your classes or even creating your own, check out this free course by Cheryl Davis, iTunes U Courses for High School.

This course introduces iTunes U courses to teachers and provides examples  of iTunes U courses that work well in the high school curriculum. The course also covers creating iTunes U courses.

iTunes U – Stanford School of Education

iTunes U: Stanford's School of EducationiTunes U is a great place to hear innovative lectures and learn from international and renown scholars from around the world. This summer, put Stanford’s School of Education on your iTunes enabled device. Learn about current trends and practices in education, recent studies an their relevance, as well as innovative learning practices. These are high quality and all free!

Subscribe to the iTunes U series here.