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Smarthistory: Khan Academy for Social Studies

Great Mosque at Damascus by G. Lewis, courtesy of Smarthistory & Flickr

Great Mosque at Damascus by G. Lewis, courtesy of Smarthistory & Flickr

Khan Academy is popular in math for its brief lectures and interactive modules. However, you can also use it in the Social Studies. Check out Smarthistory, a free multimedia platform for student and teacher of history, archaeology, museum curation, and art history.

It includes an interactive timeline, in-depth yet easy to understand articles, vibrant images, and videos about topics throughout history and around the globe. Check out “Teach with Smarthistory” for ideas on how to incorporate it into your classroom. If you are a historian, archaeologist, museum curator, or otherwise involved in the social science consider contributing an article or multimedia content. Additionally, Smarthistory contributes videos to Google Art Project.

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The Culture of Cheating

Today, Mind/Shift highlighted the rising problem in academia of cheating. Professionals are asking is it the current demands and high stakes associated with grades that drives cheating, or the ease of access (with the internet and hand-held devices) simply making it easier to do so (and likewise, to catch perpetrators)?

Interestingly, thy find that cheating is a problem not just with students, but teachers and administrators. The recent scandal in Atlanta highlights the pervasiveness of academic dishonesty. If teachers are doing it, one can hardly be surprised that students are following suit. Additionally, the findings demonstrate the most cheating is done not by those students who are struggling, but far more by those in honors and advanced classes.

“I was in honors classes in high school because I wanted to get into the best schools, and all of us in those classes cheated; we needed the grades to get into the best schools.” – Anonymous Student, Psychology Today

So, what is behind this new culture of cheating? Is it simply that we talk about it more openly or that it truly has become more pervasive? I’ll admit, I always struggle with the issue of cheating as it is a feat I cannot fathom – I have never cheated on a test in my entire life. The idea of cheating on a test make me anxious and sweaty. In fact, I remember a time in middle school where I accidentally saw my neighbor’s answer on a multiple choice test. I wrote a note to the teacher on the exam stating what happened (I don’t remember the outcome). I really struggle with putting myself into the mind-set where cheating is a viable option.

To read more about the study and thoughts behind this issue, see the Mind/Shift article: “What’s Behind the Culture of Cheating?

The Flipped Classroom Model: A Full Picture (via User Generated Education)

The Flipped Classroom Model: A Full Picture Due to Khan Academy's popularity, the idea of the flipped classroom has gained press and credibility within education circles. Briefly, the Flipped Classroom can be described as: Flip your instruction so that students watch and listen to your lectures… for homework, and then use your precious class-time for what previously, often, was done in homework: tackling difficult problems, working in groups, researching, collaborating, crafting and creati … Read More

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Khan Academy Now on iTunes U

The Khan Academy is now available on iTunes U! The Khan Academy is a hugely popular, free online resource for students and educators, supplying more than 2,300 ‘micro-lectures’ on various topics (math, biology, history, chemistry, statistics, etc). The Khan Academy became a grass-roots success several years ago and has recently exploded in the public sector. Its stated mission is to provide “a high quality education to anyone, anywhere.” The addition to iTunes U provides portability and access to students in both High School and College.

Check out Salmon Khan’s 2011 Ted Talk on YouTube