Don’t worry, we’re not going to teach you a new dance (I can’t dance) or even ask you to do the limbo. We’re just going to share the tip of the day that is going to take you way back on the oh so young Internet.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with Leon County DEN Members at Panera Bread. One DEN member, Kathleen McCarron, stayed way past 5:30 to work on podcasting with Cheryl Cyrus and then go over details with me. Poor Kathleen didn’t get out of there until after 8! I think she learned I’m as easily distracted as the mouse you give a cookie to.
However, one of our distractions is your tip of the day! It’s actually more for stress reduction, because I found it quite fun. I showed her a site called Internet Archive. It’s a site that a DEN Teacher on the West Coast showed me while at their Regional Event. There is a wealth of information there, but what I like the most is the Way Back Machine. It’s sort of like the Yearbook for Internet sites. Now you know that you laugh (and reduce stress) when you look at some of those old yearbook photos (at least I do), so imagine looking back at old Internet sites. Some are just goofy, others like unitedstreaming have made INCREDIBLE changes! There are so many ways that you can use this in the classroom, such as showing a video on inflation and then taking the the students to Sea World’s website and actually comparing the price from 1998 ($46) to today‘s price ($61.95 – unless you’re a smart teacher that gets the free teacher pass and leaves the family behind while you enjoy the calmness of the Beluga Whales. Not that I would do that.). I looked up unitedstreaming and included some screenshots of our favorite tool in education today. Boy have we grown!
Kathleen said we had to share this with the teachers. So, here we are sharing. Share with us – what’s your favorite "way back" visit? Try the Discovery School, Discovery Channel, and other great sites. Leave your comments below on your favorite "evolutions" on the web or how you can use this with unitedstreaming in your classroom.
Don’t forget to turn in any events that you’ve held to get things ready for back to school.