5 Links Monday (On Tuesday 4/19)

Welcome back to 5 Links!

Link #1 – Autodizactic

Zac Chase and Ben Wilkoff, Director of Personalized Professional Learning in DPS, are engaging in a virtual discussion #LifeWideLearning16 about education, life and on simply being human. Each day Ben and Zac pose questions to each other and respond openly and thoughtfully on their blogs.  Their discussion is a great example of digital discourse.  See Ben’s responses to Zac’s questions at Learning is Change.

Link #2 – American Panorama 

The University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab created a set of digital maps for the “American Panorama” project.  Currently the set includes four maps, The Forced Migration of Enslaved People, The Overland Trails, Foreign Born Population and Canals.  A great way to get a dynamic and visual representation of various parts of American History.

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Link #3 – PeaceCorp Lesson Plans and More

I wish I had known about this site when I was teaching world studies not only does it have lesson plans created by former volunteers but it includes rich photographs from the field and letters and stories written by volunteers during their time of service.  Each resource is equipped with great narrative and detail by the volunteer who took the photo, wrote the story or created the lesson plan.

Halloween Chadian Style - visit the site to see a more detailed description
Halloween Chadian Style – visit the site to see a more detailed description

Link #4 – Parallax News

Parallex News offers three differing viewpoints on current policy issues.  A great place to see how presidential primary candidates  or policymakers view different issues.

Link #5 – Erik Weihenmayer’s Journey to Everest

I have always been fascinated by those who have the physical and emotional strength to climb Everest.  In this video blog viewers can follow Erik Weihenmayer’s journey to summit Everest.  What makes his journey even more remarkable is that Weihenmayer is the first blind person to successful reach the summit.  Thanks to Science Coordinator Mike O’Toole for this awesome resource.



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