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Chapter 18 Screencasts

Industrialization is a very topic in American history. Cities grow. Populations change. Technology astounds. Workers protest, and all of it happens in just a few decades. To explore these topics, I’ve created a few (five) screencasts to 1) analyze the text, 2) explore deeper questions raised by individuals, events and issues, and 3) provide study material for the upcoming exam.

Beyond that student/school related stuff, it is just fun to talk about history and explore its different perspectives. Please forgive the minor mistakes I make in the videos. Yup, even history teachers get some facts wrong. Let me know what you think of the screencasts and how I can improve them.

For the first two, I used the text as a base, jumping to other websites, as topics allowed. For the last three, I focus on seminar discussion questions instead of reviewing facts. Some might work better for you than others. Send me a message to let me know. Thanks.

1920’s Screencasts

I’m learning. You’d think that teaching for 16 years would give me an idea of how I wanted to approach a lecture, but with the technology of screencasting, I have to look at things fresh. For instance, I made these screencasts on the 1920’s with the idea that I would build on them from my PowerPoint notes and then go through the text piece by piece and explain things with more detail.

Well, that may  have been how it started, but I saw that my lecture grew as I spoke. I decided that I would try and incorporate website video and images into the project too, and that went ok. Overall, though I saw how limited my topics were and how I didn’t consolidate them as I’d hoped.

Practice will hopefully help. I did enjoy making them. I hope you enjoy watching them as well.


Presentation Tools

Be Creative.  Try some new tools for digital presentations.

Here is a great resource for making cool videos:


Make your own comics!  There are many sites for this – and you can add your own photos.


Create a fake facebook wall


Glogster is awesome – Online posters

Prezi for online posters that are zoomable

Screencast-o-matic (this is what we use to make our videos)

Dipity for online interactive timelines

Pinterest – an online pinboard

Storybird – build a story book online








Screencast Intro

I remember when I was a child, my school went on a field trip to Boston to visit the Museum of Science there. It was so cool! There were stairs that made music and lots of other neat things that I don’t really recall the specifics of… but one thing I remember well is the telephone exhibit. Back then, telephones were really basic. You put your finger in the slot and dialed by spinning the wheel. You would talk into it, but you wouldn’t hear your own voice back through the wires, until now. The Museum of Science somehow found a way to automatically record and play back your own voice. It was weird. I heard it and thought that it must be someone else. That’s not how I sound!

So, welcome to the future! My voice does actually sound like that. It’s something I am going to have to get used to if I am going to jump on a YouTube stage! So, I’m going to make videos for my students about their text, notes, PowerPoints, and historical websites that will help them learn (if all goes well). This is my super-first attempt. Will there be mistakes? Yup. Will my voice crack? Maybe. Will I spend hours preparing and producing the video? Sure.

It’s my attempt to flip the classroom. Notes at home. Homework in school. Enjoy!


Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium

Hardy-Weinberg Help

This video can be very helpful for understanding the basics of Hardy Weinberg.  Check out www.khanacademy.org for lots of great biology videos to help you study.  Pay special attention to the distinction between what p and p2 mean.


This online lab simulation will help you to practice these principles and see their application.  Click on the image below to begin.




This link will take you to another teacher’s idea about how to present Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium.  I think you may find this a helpful, simplified explanation.