Here are my initial plans for games and technology for the upcoming school year. First I have to say that my building is under renovation this year, so all plans are only penciled in. I can not know for certain that our internet connection will be up on an individual day.
I. Use of Google Earth. I am learning more and more everyday about Google Earth. But as a World History teacher the power of this application has tremendous upside. As I find layovers I get more and more excited.
II. Use of Making History. I will be going with my third round of Making History in my classroom. I am certainly hoping to do more testing this year. Hopefully I can be a bit more organized and provide more results. Also, I am mulling over the use of MH in my Sociology class. I am thinking about using it with the focus being on the difficulties of leadership and the cause/effect that decisions have on society. I certainly can make that work.
III. Blogging. Especially with my Sociology class. I am thinking about making this a regular feature in my room. Possibly requiring students to post on a specific topic per week of class. Maybe doing one post during classtime and one as homework, needing to be completed in a weeks time period.
IV. The Sims. I am still up in the air on this one. Especially since I have such a large class in Sociology. However, as I learn The Sims I am thinking that my Sociology class can adopt a Sims family and we can play as a class. Then of course students will have to blog about the effects of religion, love etc….on an individuals life. I would be farther along on this venture but I have a good friend who just bought Civ IV and we have been playing and discussing a game starting tonight via IP connections. As soon as I learn to split the atom I will have to blow the ^*(&%^^$*&())(_^%%() out of him!!!!!
Those are my thoughts and plans at this point. I will have a busy year. Football starts in one week. I have 158 total students through out each school day this year. And of course my three young daughters and beautiful wife to keep happy. Also, one final thought for now. I will be attending the Social Studies convention in D.C. this November. If anyone is going to be there maybe we can meet up for a drink.